Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

a.k.a. CSotN / Akumajou Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku / Akumajō Dracula X: Gekka no Yasōkyoku / Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight / 悪魔城ドラキュラX 月下の夜想曲

published by Konami in 1997-10-03, developed by KCE Tokyo, running on PlayStation
type: beat 'em up, platformer
genre: Horror, Fantasy, Metroidvania
series: Castlevania, Bram Stoker's Dracula
perspective: side view
player options: single player
languages: eng jpn

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Official descriptions (2)

The legendary horror action revives. Players must not only beat the Count Dracula, but also explore a vast devil castle and unravel the mystery. A map exploration type action game appeared in PS One Books!
# 2016-12-25 05:39:27 - official description
As a son of Dracula, your destiny is to end the vampire bloodline. In Castlevania, Symphony of the Night, your challenge is to solve the mystery as to why Richter Belmont, the hero of the first game (and descendant of the original Castlevania hero, Simon), has mysteriously vanished.
You will challenge over 140 different enemies, bosses, and ghastly creatures as you explore Dracula's castle. Your bag of tricks contains many magical spells that can transform you info a bat, a wolf, or ethereal mist along with many hidden weapons that you can find along the way. This game has lots of levels and will keep you challenged for a very long time!
# 2007-04-08 12:05:12 - official description

Comments (3)

One of the gems among the PSX game collection, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night brings a style of gameplay unseen sence Super Metroid. One of the only side-scrolling games for PSX, this game takes you through not one, but TWO of Dracula's castles as his son, Alucard. Added with this game are elements of an RPG, exp, levels, different weapons and armors etc. A true classic.
# 2006
A very fun game with a lot of great music and backgrounds (check out the outside of the Clock Tower)! An interesting (though predictable) storyline and free travel through the castle make this one of the most innovative Castlevanias. It's right up there close to Castlevania 3.
trevor belmont - # 2006
The best Castlevania game I have come across, bar none. The rawness of some of the backdrops earlier on in the game does nothing to dispel my suspicion that this game was originally intended for a different format, most likely Megadrive or SNES. It seems the game was ten ported over to the Plastation somewhere in development, as the the graphical extravegance increases the more you progress.
Completely unlike the superb Castlevania 4 on the SNES (arguably the second best Castlevania game) Playstation Dracula bears more in common with the Mega Drive conversion in terms of game structure and layout. A mammoth quest, with some lavish backdrops and set pieces, the game is topped off with and stiring musical score which even tops the SNES suite of themes (and thats saying something.) Univerally ignored by th mass public on launch due to its 2 imensional roots, this sprawling Metroid - esque adventure won many fans in the hardcore sector, and this game along with the original Silent Hill and Pro Evolution Soccer demonstrated Konami's 32 - bit prowess at its peak - they always mster any platform they develop for through time. One final note.
If you are searching for this game in its original format,the original pckaging comes complete with a bonus game art material together with a superb Castlevania game music CD demonstration all the various themes across the many formats throughout the ages. Also, try placing the actual game CD in your Hi - Fi. Rest assured, it wont damage your equipment!
Andrew Laggan - # 2006

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