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SqualidPumpkin



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:04 pm    Post subject: Castlevania the Adventure Rebirth Reply with quote




Looks fun. I hope the level design is interesting. If not, then at least this can work together with Lords of Shadow in helping the powers that be to reassess what the Castlevania series is about in order to possibly enter uncharted waters. But I do hope the level design is interesting. I also hope they do something unique from all other Castlevania games, some new quirk that makes it a fresh experience.

Though even with the post-SotN games and the straight platformers using a working formula, the Castlevania games are pretty playable. The thing that gets me is, with the old straight platformers: excessive difficulty (Castlevania the Adventure, for example), and with the post-SotN games: leveling up is a monotonous chore.

Castlevania the Adventure was not altogether a bad game. There are things that didn't do it any favors. There was no password system for you to pick up your game at any level. There are only four levels, but still. Controls were clunky too. The whip was unresponsive, hitting the enemy a whole one or two seconds after you pushed the button. And the jumps were spiteful! These three things together made me feel like I was being punished for doing something incredibly bad in a past life.

I do wonder about the possibility of a Belmont other than Simon using the whip in four directions, but it seems like Christopher will only be whipping left and right, along with diagonally up or down at the most. Playing as Simon in Super Castlevania IV was utter bliss. Though the more I think about it, there are quite a few Belmonts with their own special powers: Simon can whip in different directions, Richter can do item crushes, Juste can use magic, and Christopher can whip fireballs. So we'll get that neat ability in this game.

The graphics look like they're done by the people who worked on the DS Castlevanias. Not bad - in a way I like simplistic graphics. But I think Konami has the potential to give us a downright visual feast if they set their mind to it.

Also, Konami has stated that Koji Igarashi is working on a new project, and when this came to light they stated that he is involved with Castlevania the Adventure Rebirth, but that they cannot give any information about his next project. So is his next project Castlevania Rebirth or something different? Why separate "CV the Adventure Rebirth" and "Koji's next project" in your statement, Konami? On one end, I hope they give us more Castlevania in the time to come, but on the other I hope they dedicate their time to giving us the highest quality in a condensed package.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been requesting a remake of the two Castlevania Adventure games for a very long time now. It would have been nice to see them combined and sold as a single DS game featuring a non-linear stage design (map-based) and some other RPG elements. I am far from disappointed though, in fact I am very excited about it.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't mind a combination of past and present elements in a new Castlevania game. Would wrap up the best of different styles in one package.

http://wiiware.nintendolife.com/news/2009/10/iga_involved_with_castlevania_rebirth_next_project_top_secret

So I was right - there is another project still in the works.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KstTwKhEwxU

That song's from Bloodlines.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The screens look good, but I have to say I'm disappointed that it looks like they didn't incorporate much from the original (the rolling eyeball is the only sign I see, other than the obvious Christopher Belmont himself). I think they ought to stick some rope climbing into it, and power-draining Punaguchi, at the very least. I know Castlevania Adventure has a lot of haters, but I rather liked it (although that may just be nostalgia, it was the first Castlevania I ever owned).
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gameplay Video: http://www.wiinintendo.net/2009/10/27/castlevania-the-adventure-rebirth-10-min-of-gameplay/
Track List: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/genmessage.php?board=973241&topic=51960852

Iga's mark appears in some small scattered elements from the post-Symphony games (Christopher's sprite looks like a DS protagonist, the doors are very Symphony-esque). It has Bloodlines tunes for the title screen and first stage, and plays more like the old console CVs than the Adventure or any of the other Gameboy CVs.

There are some tight jumps in the first level there. You have the problem of being invisible too long after hit by enemies and the turning platforms are a little slow - it seems a little too easy to jump from them. The area two rooms before the boss of the level where hordes of eyeballs are falling down while Chris has to make his way to the bottom looks cool though, as does the fight with the eyeball. I'm not sure what the keys are for, but I hope this game pays homage to Vampire Killer.

First runthrough of the game on Youtube...
Title: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ffdR3MHffQ
Stage 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRqnn8sH7PI
Stage 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCi-uvyubPo
Stage 3 Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6nBtMiPRVM
Stage 3 Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGmGmYwVgVk&feature=related
Stage 4 Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNhFjHi-kY4
Stage 4 Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjfL1rXAarc
Stage 5 Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxArzb7tjjU
Stage 5 Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhdCAWCgwiw
Stage 6 & Credits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SFl5fYRYJc

Music's great, but I wouldn't watch these videos if you intend to buy this game.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:10 pm    Post subject: Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth Reply with quote

I was on my Wii just the other day and I am soon to be getting paid so I can get some cards for my 360 and Wii, when I see that CV: T he Adventure Rebirth was released on December 28th. I am going to download it and the rest of the Phantasy Star series (I have PS2, I am missing PS1,PS3, and PS4, which was not released in the ported GBA game Phantasy Star Collection, that my brother lost when he borrowed it).
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can also get PS2, PS3, and PS4 on the Sega Genesis Collection compilation disc if you have a Playstation 2. If you have a Target nearby, they have it for a mere $15 (bought mine about 2-3 weeks ago from there). This is what's included:

Alex Kidd in The Enchanted Castle
Altered Beast
Altered Beast (Arcade)
Bonanza Bros.
Columns
Comix Zone
Decap Attack
Ecco The Dolphin
Ecco: The Tides of Time
Ecco Jr.
Flicky
Future Spy (Arcade)
Gain Ground
Golden Axe
Golden Axe II
Golden Axe III
Kid Chameleon
Phantasy Star II
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
Phantasy Star IV: End of The Millenium
Ristar
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
Shinobi III: Return of The Ninja Master
Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Super Thunder Blade
Sword of Vermillion
Tac/Scan (Arcade)
Vectorman
Vectorman 2
Virtua Fighter 2
Zaxxon (Arcade)
Zektor (Arcade)

Very much money well spent, even though I already own most of them in cartridge form.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also if you have a modded PS2, you can find around the Phantasy Star Collection for PS2, it features Phantasy Star 1 to 4, plus Gaiden and the Text Adventures. The regular PS games got 2 languages: English and Japanese (default Japanese), but the text adventures don't have a translation

Back on track, I'd love to see Adventure 2 ReBirth, or even a Legends ReBirth along with all the old NESvanias too. Easy money for them, great fun for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SqualidPumpkin wrote:
Gameplay Video: http://www.wiinintendo.net/2009/10/27/castlevania-the-adventure-rebirth-10-min-of-gameplay/
Track List: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/genmessage.php?board=973241&topic=51960852

Iga's mark appears in some small scattered elements from the post-Symphony games (Christopher's sprite looks like a DS protagonist, the doors are very Symphony-esque). It has Bloodlines tunes for the title screen and first stage, and plays more like the old console CVs than the Adventure or any of the other Gameboy CVs.

There are some tight jumps in the first level there. You have the problem of being invisible too long after hit by enemies and the turning platforms are a little slow - it seems a little too easy to jump from them. The area two rooms before the boss of the level where hordes of eyeballs are falling down while Chris has to make his way to the bottom looks cool though, as does the fight with the eyeball. I'm not sure what the keys are for, but I hope this game pays homage to Vampire Killer.

First runthrough of the game on Youtube...
Title: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ffdR3MHffQ
Stage 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRqnn8sH7PI
Stage 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCi-uvyubPo
Stage 3 Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6nBtMiPRVM
Stage 3 Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGmGmYwVgVk&feature=related
Stage 4 Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNhFjHi-kY4
Stage 4 Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjfL1rXAarc
Stage 5 Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxArzb7tjjU
Stage 5 Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhdCAWCgwiw
Stage 6 & Credits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SFl5fYRYJc

Music's great, but I wouldn't watch these videos if you intend to buy this game.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess everyone might have had a chance to play it by now. Thoughts?

For what it was, I liked it. I'm very happy about the numberous paths you can take in each level and the return of the Key sub-weapon ...not that you can attack with it or anything. Christopher has always been one of my top-favorite Belmonts and this is a good game but I wish they would have a real remake of Castlevania: The Adventure and Castlevania: The Belmont Legacy already.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I usually do before passing any type of judgment is finish a game then let its memory simmer for a month or so--to gain a sense of its value in retrospect; this prevents knee-jerk reactions and/or over-emotional, GTAIV-like glowing praise.

And in the case of Adventure Rebirth: I don't remember much of it, really. It's a pretty standard action-adventure game with the typical multi-form final boss. It might have been more memorable had it paid any respect the original Game Boy title, somehow elevating it, but it instead treated it like an unwanted guest in the Igarashi-visioned Castlevania universe (similar to how Curse of Darkness had no use for Dracula's Curse's ideas and Portrait's for Bloodline's).

I'll eventually give it another look--once I've finished up on other titles. Maybe I'll gain a new appreciation for it. As is: It's a nice starting point for Castlevania first-timers or adventure-RPG fans curious as to the series' classic formula. But it's to longtime fans nothing that'll preside high up in the annals of video-game (or series) history.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We just got our Wii, and don't have it hooked up to the internet, which I think is the primary way to play this game, right? If there were more buzz over it I'd probably find a way to play it, but from comments I've read (and from watching videos of the game) I don't think so.

Just in case anyone didn't know, from Gamefaqs:

"Level select - At the title screen, select Game Start and hold right on the d-pad for a few seconds. You'll be able to select and play any levels you have previously reached on the same difficulty."

Hope that helps those who want to jump right into particular levels!
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