God I loved this game. I wish I still had it, but I had shitty friends back in the day and they stole my Black Label Final Fantasy 7 and this one. I loved this game before it came out because, 1- I love vampires, I always have and always will and followed the Castlevania series; 2- when they were covering it in gaming magazines I loved the art. It was gorgeous; so detailed, all gothic-like era (which is a period of art history I love as well).
Once the game came out and I received it, I was immersed in the game. I mean, the storyline was pretty basic. Alucard, protagonist, comes to destroy Dracula’s castle, fights super natural things, meets a girl, meets the antagonist… pretty normal to me, but was drew me in was that when you went into a new room something was different, something was new. It wasn’t the same thing over and over again. Of course, yes, killing stuff was repetitive, but what you were killing and the look of the rooms were always different. The bosses were amazing, too. My favorite was probably the final form of Dracula that was just so cool looking to me with his giant wing/claws. The weirdest one was Granfaloon. It was just a giant moving orb of naked bodies. And when you hit it, bodies would fall from it. It was just really strange, but whatever- to each his own.
Now, maybe someone could solve this mystery for me, because I swore that there was a monster or a boss that was made of just completely swords. It floated around and spin in a clockwise motion, then at times- to attack- the swords would jut out. I swore it was in Symphony of the Night, but for the life of me I can’t find this one. Anyone know/remember? Because that was definitely another favorite boss of mine.
Anyways- Another thing I liked about it was that, to me, it was challenging. The game definitely wasn’t a walk in the part in my opinion. It definitely did test you and challenge you; making sure you utilized the right special power (holy water, cross, etc.), making sure your armor was right; the rings were right; etc. It was almost like for each boss, you should’ve had a different game plan and set going in. I loved that.
As for the games successors— eh, I could forget a couple ever existed…
But yes, this game is definitely a great memory of playing for me.
Until next time,