Next up in the Castlevania Series is a very rare and obscure Castlevania title. The Castlevania Chronicles.
This entry is yet another remake of the original Castlevania featuring Simon Belmont. However, this time the graphics and sound are much improved, and there is added dialogue and cutscenes. Many believe this is the “canon” version of the 1691 battle.
The game was released in the US on the Sony Playstation and while long out of print, is currently avail on the Playstation Network. The game is criticized by many of being extremely hard, especially in later levels. I tend to agree to a point. But then again, considering how easy the next few entries in the series have become, I consider it to be a rite of passage so to speak.
Other than that, there’s not much else worthy of mention as this title is simply another rehash. I’d be hard pressed recommending Chronicles over the original Castlevania, simply for nostalgia reasons, but it’s definitely worth a look.
I played thru the whole game in three sittings, so compared to the newer titles there’s not much content.
1576: Castlevania Adventure – Christopher Belmont vs. Dracula
1591: Castlevania Adventure II – Christopher Belmont vs. Dracula
1691: Castlevania, Super Castlevania, Chronicles – Simon Belmont vs. Dracula
1698: Castlevania II – Simon Belmont vs. Dracula
1792: Castlevania: Rondo of Blood — Richter Belmont and Maria Renard vs. Dracula
1797: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Alucard vs. Dracula
1830: Castlevania: Circle of the Moon – Nathan Graves vs Dracula
1844/1852: Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness – Cornell, Henry, Reinhardt, & Carrie vs. Dracula
1897: Dracula the novel
1917: Castlevania: Bloodlines – Jonathan Morris and Eric Lecarde vs. Dracula
Difficulty: Very Difficult – Very tough. The “nintendo hard” is back in this title with a vengeance. Story: The scenario in this title is identical to Castlevania and Super Castlevania, although for the first time, we have the inclusion of cutscenes. Due to the story elements, this is often considered to the be the definitive version of the Simon vs Dracula story.
Originality: This title harkens back to the earlier games in terms of design. Even the top-of-the-screen UI is a throwback. Aside from the new dialogue and visuals, there’s not much new here.
Soundtrack: CD quality audio and a lot of classic tunes from the series. But in my opinion, many of renditions are pretty poor. Overall, I was most really that impressed. But, I’ve heard worse.
Fun: It was really cool to see another flavor of the Simon story, but a lot of the fun was diminished by the high degree of difficulty. 🙁
Graphics: There are really two versions of this game. The original was released on an obscure computer system and the PSX remake. The CD actually includes both versions, but I feel that the PSX version is by far superior. The graphics are much improved. I might even argue that they look better than SotN.
Playcontrol: No real issues here. I feel that game doesn’t control quite as smooth as some of the other 2D Castlevania titles released at the same time.
Overall rating (out of four stars): 3– This a decent title, but I just don’t feel very passionate about it for some reason. Perhaps because it was another rehash, I’m not sure. I just didn’t light me on fire. But I cannot deny it is a very good game in it’s own right.
Currently available on: Playstation Network
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