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3 NEW Movies - SOTN on XBLA - "soon" (OP!!)

BamelinBamelin Registered User regular
edited January 2007 in Games and Technology
Release Date Rumoured 02/10 -- Kotaku just changed their 02/10 release date statement to "soon"

3 New Gameplay Movies -- http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/adventure/castlevaniasotn/media.html

Achievement List
[spoiler:41b6b7aede]
Rampage - Defeat 10 consecutive enemies using the standard weapons without getting hit. - 5 points
Apprentice - Defeat 10 consecutive enemies using only magic without getting hit. - 5 points
Weapon Master - Defeat 10 consecutive enemies using special weapons without getting hit. - 10 points
Changeling - Obtain the Bat, Wolf and Mist transformations. - 10 points
Familiar - Collect all five familiars in the game. - 10 points
Demon Slayer - Defeat Gaibon and Slorga. - 10 points
Bloodlines - Defeat Dracula in the Bloodlines stage without getting hit. - 10 points
Warlock - Unlock/Cast all eight of Alucard's spells. - 15 points
Topsy Turvy - Unlock the Inverted Castle. - 20 points
Money Bags - Collect a bank of $100,000. - 25 points
Seeker - Explore 200.6% of the game. - 35 points
Belmont's Revenge - Finish the game, including the inverted castle, as Richter. - 45 points [/spoiler:41b6b7aede]
Kotaku wrote:
The PlayStation and Saturn classic may be an unexpected choice for the Xbox Live Arcade platform, but it's not unwelcome. The already classic Metroid-vania adventure really should be played by everyone, so we're thankful that Digital Eclipse is bringing it to Live.

I spent some time with the port of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night today and came away very pleased. The game plays nearly identical to the original, with almost nothing to distinguish it negatively from the 32-bit original.

The game controls very well with either the analog stick or digital cross pad, with the only control change being that the castle map is now displayed with the left trigger. Graphically, the game looks like it did in 1997. Players can choose either original (pixelated) or enhanced (filtered) graphics modes, with the option to stretch the screen vertically and horizontally to fill a 16:9 display. I'd recommend against that, as the game looks far worse stretched out.

Musically, the rich soundtrack seemed intact. However, some voiceovers from a conversation with Maria sounded a bit choppy and the ambient noise of Central Hall was fairly loud, so don't take this as confirmation that the redbook audio is perfect.

There are ten achievements for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, all of which veterans or noobs should have little trouble completing. Some are as simple as defeating certain bosses, some as time consuming as completing 200.6% of the map, but nothing too extreme awaits future downloaders.

The game is due to be available on Live "soon." I highly recommend anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of securing a copy do so when it hit. This is still a great game. Michael McWhertor
LCDXX wrote:

I haven't played any games from the Castlevania series, not since owning a SNES years ago.

SOTN was released on the PS right?

For those of you who played it on that console how was it?

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  • ZonkytonkmanZonkytonkman Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    man, all i know is that castlevania on the DS is freaking amazing, the new "metroid vania" style of game design is all aces with me.

    SOTN had maybe some of the best soundtracks of that generation, if i recall correctly, though i didn't play it, i DID download the soundtrack

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  • VicissitudeVicissitude Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    SOTN owns you. The new ones on the DS are great and all, but all they try to do is recreate the greatness that was SOTN. I can't wait for the 360 release, as it will be the first Live Arcade game I actually download.

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  • ZonkytonkmanZonkytonkman Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    wow.

    well if it's truely that good than i'll download it when i manage to get my box shipped here from out east

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  • Kaosu ReidoKaosu Reido Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    This is the best incentive for me to actually blow money on MS Points yet.

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  • Dodge AspenDodge Aspen Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Shit. Here's another reason to own a 360. They keep piling up.

    This is many people's best game ever. I never got a chance to play it for more than an hour. I still dream about that hour.

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  • Kaosu ReidoKaosu Reido Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    You will be exploding with joy when playing it.

    I simply demand the Saturn extras. Any word on those?

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  • solsovlysolsovly Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    If you like the GBA/DS versions, you'll love this one.

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  • SamphisSamphis Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I hope that running it off the hard drive will result in much smaller load times. Awesome.

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  • smallmouthsmallmouth Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I hope they don't mess with it, like with the graphix and muzik on the other Live! Arcade games.

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  • Vargas PrimeVargas Prime King of Nothing Just a ShowRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    This is probably the biggest boon for 360 owners yet.

    Anyone who hasn't played SOTN is seriously missing out. Hands down one of the best games I've ever played.

    Goddamn, did Alucard kick ass or what?

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  • ZonkytonkmanZonkytonkman Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    yeah, i missed that entire generation really. I've never owned a PS product, which is what i think SOTN is on.

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  • VicissitudeVicissitude Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    yeah, i missed that entire generation really. I've never owned a PS product, which is what i think SOTN is on.

    It was on the PS1 and Saturn, but I don't think the Saturn version was released outside of Japan.

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  • Marty81Marty81 Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Yeah, SoTN rocked hard. It's very high up on my replay list (in fact, I started a new game the other day, but I only got an hour or so in before I had to put it down) right now. Aria of Sorrow (and the DS games, I hear) is/are great, but there's something especially creepy/awesome/atmospheric about the castle and the environments in SoTN. It's just a notch above.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Bamelin wrote:
    LCDXX wrote:

    I haven't played any games from the Castlevania series, not since owning a SNES years ago.

    SOTN was released on the PS right?

    For those of you who played it on that console how was it?

    It was pure sex. Seriously, somebody stole my copy and I'm a broken shell of a man ever since. One of the greatest games ever created, period. Makes all the GBA/DS ones look like utter shit. Hell, makes most other games ever created look like utter shit.

    I'm now considering buying an Xbox 360, if only for this one game.

    Then again, maybe this will lower the prie it fetches on eBay, and I can just buy a Playstation copy again.

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  • VicissitudeVicissitude Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    mcdermott wrote:
    Bamelin wrote:
    LCDXX wrote:

    I haven't played any games from the Castlevania series, not since owning a SNES years ago.

    SOTN was released on the PS right?

    For those of you who played it on that console how was it?

    It was pure sex. Seriously, somebody stole my copy and I'm a broken shell of a man ever since. One of the greatest games ever created, period. Makes all the GBA/DS ones look like utter shit. Hell, makes most other games ever created look like utter shit.

    I'm now considering buying an Xbox 360, if only for this one game.

    Then again, maybe this will lower the prie it fetches on eBay, and I can just buy a Playstation copy again.

    There's a Greatest Hits version that you should be able to find for cheap. I got mine for something like $15 new.

    A bit off topic, but what part of Montucky are you from?

    EDIT: NM about getting it cheap, I guess the GH version is fucking expensive now too.

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  • Mr_GrinchMr_Grinch Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I never got the big deal with it, admittedly I more saw it being played than played it but it seemed pretty standard hack and slash afair with pretty bosses.

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  • powersurgepowersurge Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Even though I own the PS1 original this is SOLD the second it launches. I really hope they offer a widescreen mode that doesn't look crappy though.

    What I'd REALLY love though is a NEW 2D Castlevania on one of the next gen consoles with Live co op (REAL co op not boss rush ala Portrait of Ruin). Screw the sub par 3d ones give us moar awesome badass 2dness.

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  • Vargas PrimeVargas Prime King of Nothing Just a ShowRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Mr_Grinch wrote:
    I never got the big deal with it, admittedly I more saw it being played than played it but it seemed pretty standard hack and slash afair with pretty bosses.

    The "big deal", as you say, was that it combined hack n' slash with RPG elements, like levelling and item collection. Weapons, armors, abilities, all kinds of extra stuff to find outside of just running through the game killing things until the end.

    There's also the fact that the game played like an action platformer fan's wet dream. I mean, seriously, if you have any kind of love for Castlevania games, this one played pretty much as wonderfully as you could hope for.

    Oh, yeah... And Alucard kicked ass.

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  • CullenCullen Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I tracked down SoTN for the PS1 a few years back, but never got around to getting it out of my backlog until last year. I wish I hadn't waited that long as it's superb, and has possibly one of the best hidden features in the history of gaming.

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  • XanariosXanarios Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    This is one of those games that, even though I've got memorized backwards and forwards, simply forces me to play through it again every few months. <3

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  • FireflashFireflash Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Is this one Metroid-vania style or a "point A to point B" sidescroller.

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  • Target PracticeTarget Practice Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    The guy playing in that video sucks.

    Fireflash: This was the original "Metroidvania".

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  • ErandusErandus Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Fireflash wrote:
    Is this one Metroid-vania style or a "point A to point B" sidescroller.

    It was the first and greatest of the Metrod-vania style.

    I own a PS1 and one game. This one. Its the only reason I bought a PS1.

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  • Kewop DecamKewop Decam Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Fireflash wrote:
    Is this one Metroid-vania style or a "point A to point B" sidescroller.

    You know I like point A point B sidescrollers more. I'll give this game a chacne though. The only Castlevania game I played was the first one on the GBA and I couldn't beat the last boss because I was 15 lvl under the recommended lowest level according to gamefaqs

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    There's a Greatest Hits version that you should be able to find for cheap. I got mine for something like $15 new.

    A bit off topic, but what part of Montucky are you from?

    EDIT: NM about getting it cheap, I guess the GH version is fucking expensive now too.

    I go to school in Bozeman.

    And yeah, the GH version is pricey as fuck, too. It's been out of print for years now. When I bought it it ran me something like $30 for a new copy of the GH version. I had played it before that, but that was back when I worked at a video store in high school, and I could just take rental copies home.

    I shall someday kill the motherfucker who stole it.

    As for the "big deal," I think Vargas Prime hit it pretty much on the head. It was an excellent sidescrolling hack n' slash, but with nice levelling and items added. Also, the amazing artwork and music helped a lot.

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  • TuomaTuoma Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Great, now i won't sleep until this is released...

    And yeah, the old and new ones are nice, but this is THE Castlevania. If they fuck this up i might as well throw my 360 out the window.

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  • StormyWatersStormyWaters Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    The best part of SOTN is the massive Tolkien references, like Crissaegrim, Fist of Tulkas, Mablung sword, Nauglumir, etc etc etc.

    Well not the best, but it's nice .

    I hope they include the horribly great voice acting too :)

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  • ReignerReigner Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I hope they include the horribly great voice acting too :)

    I'm interested in this

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  • LockeColeLockeCole Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    so much waaaaant....

    Anyway, so when is the XBLA release exactly? And any chance of getting the extra stuff that was in the saturn version?

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  • HalfmexHalfmex I mock your value system You also appear foolish in the eyes of othersRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Crissaegrim owns all in this game. Those of you that have played SotN know this to be true. Those of you who haven't, will learn.

    It's not unlike the Power Glove, in that it is so bad.

    The downside being that it makes most of the game retardedly easy. Fairly warned ye be, says I.

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  • Kaosu ReidoKaosu Reido Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Halfmex wrote:
    Dual-wielding Crissaegrim owns all in this game. Those of you that have played SotN know this to be true. Those of you who haven't, will learn.

    It's not unlike the Power Glove, in that it is so bad.

    The downside being that it makes most of the game retardedly easy. Fairly warned ye be, says I.

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  • CullenCullen Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Halfmex wrote:
    Crissaegrim owns all in this game. Those of you that have played SotN know this to be true. Those of you who haven't, will learn.

    It's not unlike the Power Glove, in that it is so bad.

    The downside being that it makes most of the game retardedly easy. Fairly warned ye be, says I.

    I stopped using it when I beat a boss in 5 seconds. So, so broken.

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  • ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Man. My copy is SotN is a little wonky.

    THis just might finish me when it comes to the 360.

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  • StormyWatersStormyWaters Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Reigner wrote:
    I hope they include the horribly great voice acting too :)

    I'm interested in this

    I can still recite it by memory years after playing the game. It's really that awesome. Even reading the text is good stuff, but the voice acting... man.

    Also great is that many of the lines don't make sense. The religion/sarcasm ones specifically.

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  • Dr_KeenbeanDr_Keenbean Dumb as a butt Planet Express ShipRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I recall picking up a GH copy of this at a local Best Buy for $15.49 or some weird shit like that.

    It must have been before the world realized that this game was pure fucking sex.

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  • WykedWyked Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Bamelin wrote:
    LCDXX wrote:

    I haven't played any games from the Castlevania series, not since owning a SNES years ago.

    SOTN was released on the PS right?

    For those of you who played it on that console how was it?

    it is the best side scrolling game ever made. seriously. Pinnacle of 2d action/adventure/rpg.

    Is it sad that a (probably) 15$ download game is going to be a system seller?

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  • MiSTieOtakuMiSTieOtaku Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Wyked wrote:
    Bamelin wrote:
    LCDXX wrote:

    I haven't played any games from the Castlevania series, not since owning a SNES years ago.

    SOTN was released on the PS right?

    For those of you who played it on that console how was it?

    it is the best side scrolling game ever made. seriously. Pinnacle of 2d action/adventure/rpg.

    Is it sad that a (probably) 15$ download game is going to be a system seller?

    Not when it is SOTN. :lol:

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  • Dodge AspenDodge Aspen Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Wyked wrote:
    Bamelin wrote:
    LCDXX wrote:

    I haven't played any games from the Castlevania series, not since owning a SNES years ago.

    SOTN was released on the PS right?

    For those of you who played it on that console how was it?

    it is the best side scrolling game ever made. seriously. Pinnacle of 2d action/adventure/rpg.

    Is it sad that a (probably) 15$ download game is going to be a system seller?

    For me, I've been teetering on the edge of buying a 360. With Gears, Dead Rising, et al, this is the straw that has now broken the camel's back. Sonuva bitch I need monies.

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  • DamionDamion Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2007
    Halfmex wrote:
    Crissaegrim owns all in this game. Those of you that have played SotN know this to be true. Those of you who haven't, will learn.

    It's not unlike the Power Glove, in that it is so bad.

    The downside being that it makes most of the game retardedly easy. Fairly warned ye be, says I.

    unless it increases/levels in strength with bloody kills. then it is the second strongest weapon in the game.

    [spoiler:c5b24d2df5]muramasa is the strongest weapon in the game if used on enough "live" enemies or ones that heal you when you strike them. [/spoiler:c5b24d2df5]

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  • RenzoRenzo Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Damion wrote:
    Halfmex wrote:
    Crissaegrim owns all in this game. Those of you that have played SotN know this to be true. Those of you who haven't, will learn.

    It's not unlike the Power Glove, in that it is so bad.

    The downside being that it makes most of the game retardedly easy. Fairly warned ye be, says I.

    unless it increases/levels in strength with bloody kills. then it is the second strongest weapon in the game.

    [spoiler:962b6dae12]muramasa is the strongest weapon in the game if used on enough "live" enemies. [/spoiler:962b6dae12]
    Is that a permanent increase? I thought the power boost faded.

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