Castlevania

Nintendo 64
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Dec 31, 1998
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6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings

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  • Summary: Take control of Reinhardt Schneider, a whip-toting Vampire Killer who has waited his whole life to meet his destiny, or Carrie Fernandez, a young girl with a strong magical presence who is mysteriously drawn to Dracula's evil Castlevania. It is their duty to seek out Castlevania and put anTake control of Reinhardt Schneider, a whip-toting Vampire Killer who has waited his whole life to meet his destiny, or Carrie Fernandez, a young girl with a strong magical presence who is mysteriously drawn to Dracula's evil Castlevania. It is their duty to seek out Castlevania and put an end to its residents' plans. What is your destiny? Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 90
    A gorgeous rendition of the old Castlevania tale. Castlevania’s a 3D platform spectacle that definitely warrants a good look from N64 owners everywhere--you won’t find better hauntings than this one.
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    88
    The first attempt to bring the Belmonts to 3D was, for its time, an excellent one. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  3. If you're prepared to overlook, or at least work around, the faults, Castlevania is well worth considering. The only thing that old hands at Castlevania will be left wondering is why you can't swing with the whip.
  4. Yes, the graphics are less than desired and the camera and control can be bothersome. But the quest as a whole -- action, platforming, story and challenge -- is so satisfying that the problems can be overlooked. Be sure to give it a shot.
  5. While some people may feel that Castlevania was not meant to be 3D, we'd have to sorely disagree, being pleasantly surprised with the job Konami have done here. Have no doubt, Castlevania 64 kicks some major butt!!!
  6. It's one of those games you just buy on the name alone -- unfortunately, it's also one of those games that hold the potential to make a killing, but leave the impact of a mosquito on a windshield. It's not horrendous or even bad; just extremely disappointing in execution.
  7. Pales in comparison to its cousins and is not worth the money to buy. With repetitive gameplay and almost no depth, you're better off letting Dracula ravage the countryside. Might help lower global population numbers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. PenningtonP.
    Nov 7, 2005
    10
    I love this game to me it is a must have. litterly. the graphics are pretty good the game is good and the characters are awesome like I love this game to me it is a must have. litterly. the graphics are pretty good the game is good and the characters are awesome like reinheardt and his whip carrie is an awsome magison and malus well he just freacks me out more than the maze but hes cool I really suggest it. Expand
  2. Oct 25, 2018
    10
    Es un juegazo, el mejor juego de Castlevania, para ser e primer juego en 3D de esta saga es épico, jefes épicos, banda sonora historica,Es un juegazo, el mejor juego de Castlevania, para ser e primer juego en 3D de esta saga es épico, jefes épicos, banda sonora historica, personajes que amas, tienes niveles increíbles como Tower Of Sorcery, Duel Tower, Tower of Execution etc etc, finales diferentes que dependen de lo que pase en tu aventura y nuevos trajes, la verdad es un juegazo que tristemente la gente no valora. para mi es el mejor juego del N64 junto al Legacy Of Darkness Expand
  3. Nov 1, 2018
    10
    in those days it was a good graphics, phenomenal music (it would give a shiver and atmosphere), a story. The only drawbacks were not the bestin those days it was a good graphics, phenomenal music (it would give a shiver and atmosphere), a story. The only drawbacks were not the best controls. But so on is one of the best 3d games in those days. Expand
  4. Nov 15, 2018
    9
    This is really a great game, there is so much to love about it, must play for sure!
  5. Jul 19, 2014
    8
    this game is SOOOO underrated. Trust me this game is AMAZING. Do not listen all of these castlevania fanboys who say this game is sucks.this game is SOOOO underrated. Trust me this game is AMAZING. Do not listen all of these castlevania fanboys who say this game is sucks. First, it's the castlevania with the best atmosphere, the music are greats, two playable characters (Reinhardt and Carrie) with exclusive levels for each, alternative endings depending on your actions and unlockable costumes. But don't be fooled by the first level of the game (forest of silence), the game gets better thereafter. However, the game suffers of problems of camera, the platform sequences are sometimes difficult due to the camera and the lack of checkpoints within levels and levels are often labyrinthine so you will be often lost. But these problems are nothing compared to these great qualities and do not listen to people who tell you that this game is bad, IT IS NOT THE TRUE. Greatly underrated Expand
  6. May 27, 2012
    8
    This game used to piss me off so much, but when I played it again when I was older I realized it was actually a pretty good game with a greatThis game used to piss me off so much, but when I played it again when I was older I realized it was actually a pretty good game with a great atmosphere Expand
  7. Apr 30, 2016
    5
    The Nintendo 64 Era was a make-or-break moment for many franchises leaving their comfort zones of traditional 2D platforming and upgrading toThe Nintendo 64 Era was a make-or-break moment for many franchises leaving their comfort zones of traditional 2D platforming and upgrading to 3D. For many franchises like Mario and Zelda, it worked out very well. For others like Earthworm Jim, it didn't work out so well and the franchises never had the success they once had. Unfortunately, Castlevania turned into one of those franchises after this game. Expand

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#8 Most Discussed N64 Game of 1998
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#4 Most Shared N64 Game of 1998