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  • Summary: As a descendant of Dracula, you must end the vampire bloodline. Can you rid the world of this unspeakable terror? Uncover the mystery of Castlevania and challenge an adventure as legendary as its name. Over 140 different enemies, bosses, and ghastly creatures. Awesome magical spells -As a descendant of Dracula, you must end the vampire bloodline. Can you rid the world of this unspeakable terror? Uncover the mystery of Castlevania and challenge an adventure as legendary as its name. Over 140 different enemies, bosses, and ghastly creatures. Awesome magical spells - transform into a bat, a wolf, or etheral mist. Hidden weapons, secrets, and characters...the largest Castlevania ever! Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
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  1. 100
    A mandatory addition to any Castlevania fan's game library.
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    Featuring a massive quest filled with RPG elements, mind-blowing 2D backgrounds, fantastic character artwork, an astounding soundtrack and osme of the best Castlevania gameplay ever seen, SOTN is a PS one classic that can't be missed. [Nov 2001, p.40]
  3. This is exactly what I'm looking for in a 32-bit Castlevania game: great graphics and animation, plenty of way-cool Bosses and tight 2D gameplay.
  4. GMR Magazine
    90
    A certifiable classic. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  5. 90
    The music is brilliant too - sometimes daunting, sometimes rousing and always doing what music should - enhancing the action.
  6. It's tremendous fun and very addicting, despite the uninteresting plot and the bad acting. I only wish it were larger because I enjoyed it so much.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 87
  2. Negative: 0 out of 87
  1. ThorntonG.
    Feb 15, 2003
    10
    This is the best game I have ever played. I going on my seventh year of plaing it because I want to see if you can really turn into a DRAGON This is the best game I have ever played. I going on my seventh year of plaing it because I want to see if you can really turn into a DRAGON not just in stone. Expand
  2. SimonB.
    Mar 9, 2002
    10
    Best damn game ever for the PSX!!!
  3. Dec 10, 2012
    10
    ZzzZZzzZz *Oh, another CoD, thanks is pass* ZzzzzzZZzzzz *Oh what we got here ? MoH Warfighter* ZZzzzzzZZZ Oh, Another CoD Game ? ZzZZzzzZZzzZZzzZz *Oh, another CoD, thanks is pass* ZzzzzzZZzzzz *Oh what we got here ? MoH Warfighter* ZZzzzzzZZZ Oh, Another CoD Game ? ZzZZzzzZ *Opens old PS1 Book, what have we got here ? Castlevania Symphonie of the Night... Pops the Game in... BAM! ............ It blows you away and shows you even to this Date what a real "Magical" Game does .. It is EPIC and holds up better then the Rest of the Sh** that gets shi* out nowadays!!!! Pick it up! Expand
  4. JonR.
    Feb 3, 2005
    10
    One of the absolute best games ever in my opinion. One of the few games I've played through more than 5 times and I've been gaming One of the absolute best games ever in my opinion. One of the few games I've played through more than 5 times and I've been gaming since '84! Expand
  5. Jun 1, 2016
    10
    Günümüzde bile keyifle oynanabilecek bir metroidvania başyapıtı.
    Oyunu yakın bir zamanda bitirdim ve şunu kesinlikle söyleyebilirim ki
    Günümüzde bile keyifle oynanabilecek bir metroidvania başyapıtı.
    Oyunu yakın bir zamanda bitirdim ve şunu kesinlikle söyleyebilirim ki hayatımda gördüğüm en zekice tasarlanmış oyun haritalarından birine sahip bu oyun. Bunun yanı sıra zekice de hazırlanmış puzzlara sahip. Oyunu seri şekilde bitiren bir kişinin bu oyunun önemini anlamasının mümkünatı yok. Ancak yavaş yavaş sindiren birisi görecektir ki oyundaki her şey özenle yapılmış. Hayatımda ilk defa bir oyunda bütün itemların infolarını okumak zorunda kaldım ve okumamın karşılığında da güzel bir şey keşfettim.
    Oyunun zekice ilerleyiş mantığını bir kenara bırakırsam oyun içerik açısından da yılına göre çok iyi durumda. Keşfedilebilecek skiller, upgradeler, çok fazla sayıda item ve pet. Bunları keşfetme duygusuda oyuna çok iyi yedirilmiş.
    Oyunun müziklerine gelirsem söyleyebileceğim tek şey "enfes" olur.
    Oyunu 5-6 saatte bitiren çok şey kaçırmıştır. Mutlaka haritanın tepesine çıkmadan önce her şeyi yaptığınıza emin olun. Aksi taktirde yavan bir son göreceksiniz.
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  6. Apr 10, 2012
    10
    This game is the best game of all times. PERIOD. There's nothing else to say.
  7. Alucart
    Jan 21, 2006
    5
    Played, finished it with the 197% completion rate, but never found it being an exciting game. Maybe it's because of the reason that I Played, finished it with the 197% completion rate, but never found it being an exciting game. Maybe it's because of the reason that I finished Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow not so long ago and they make this one to feel somewhat lacky, messy and boring. That, or this game is just over-rated. One thing is for sure (okay, two things): The voice acting is indeed _horrible_ (it's a common fact) and the game's plot was really uninteresting (or badly attached in the game). Expand

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