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  • Summary: 2 Castlevania masterpieces available for the first time on PlayStation4. Now relive 2 of the greatest titles within the Castlevania series: "Rondo of Blood" (PC Engine) and "Symphony of the Night" (PlayStation). Rondo of Blood -> The 10th in its series crafted with stunning graphics and2 Castlevania masterpieces available for the first time on PlayStation4. Now relive 2 of the greatest titles within the Castlevania series: "Rondo of Blood" (PC Engine) and "Symphony of the Night" (PlayStation). Rondo of Blood -> The 10th in its series crafted with stunning graphics and beautiful music. Released on PC-Engine in 1993, this was the first in the series released as a CD-ROM game. It took full advantage of the new media format, and was praised by reviewers for its crisp visuals and amazing music. Venture through 9 stages featuring hidden levels and alternative routes to save imprisoned villagers as you set out to destroy count Dracula once and for all. Playable characters include Richter Belmont the Vampire Hunter and Maria Renard the master of the 4 celestial beasts. Symphony of the Night -> First exploration-type side scroll action game in the series. The game is set in the sprawling Castlevania through which Alucard, son of Dracula must venture in his quest to confront, and ultimately destroy his father. Featuring ground breaking non-linear gameplay, Symphony of the Night helped define a new genre of gameplay by blending RPG elements, exploration and platforming. The vast number of weapons and items found throughout the game allows a diverse range of play styles to be employed. This game perfected the essence of the Castlevania series with gorgeous artwork and classic soundtrack that carry the player through the game. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Oct 27, 2018
    95
    It may not feature perfect ports but Castlevania Requiem still contains 2 of the best games ever made. However, after playing through these gems, it's hard not to feel bittersweet. On one hand, the era of perfectly crafted gaming experiences has passed in favour of Hollywood-style rubbish and wannabe indie developers. On the other, enjoying these timeless classics again is an absolute treat.
  2. Nov 20, 2018
    85
    For die-hard fans of the series, there is nothing new to be found here, but for those who never had a chance to get their hands on any of the Castlevania titles, this collection would be a perfect start to enter the Castlevania world.
  3. Nov 5, 2018
    80
    With two brilliant retro games in one bundle, the gameplay in Castlevania Requiem is excellent.
  4. Oct 26, 2018
    70
    Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood offers two of the best experiences from the long-running Castlevania series in one convenient package. While both games still hold up extremely well, the collection as a whole doesn’t introduce anything new to fans, making it feel like nothing more than a slapped together port. Still, both titles are worth the time of fans and newcomers.
  5. Nov 12, 2018
    70
    Castlevania Requiem lets players get their hands on two excellent games, so even though it offers little else, it is still a worthwhile purchase.
  6. Oct 29, 2018
    70
    Castlevania Requiem doesn’t expend much effort. The menus are still unpleasant and the translation is as poor as it was back when these two games released. But they were also amazing games, and they still are.
  7. Oct 26, 2018
    60
    While Rondo of Blood is entertaining enough, the lack of extras and the inferior version of Symphony of the Night being included in this package is sure to disappoint.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jul 22, 2020
    10
    Rondo of Blood: I absolutely love Maria Renard in this game. She is very agile and powerful, yet very cute (KAWAII Japanese cuteness). MariaRondo of Blood: I absolutely love Maria Renard in this game. She is very agile and powerful, yet very cute (KAWAII Japanese cuteness). Maria cutscenes are the most kawaii moment in castlevania games.

    Symphony of The Night: The best music in game history, maybe 2nd after Final Fantasy 6 (which is the best of the best I think). Awesome gameplay, but Bloodstained Ritual of The Night is better (Koji Igarashi made both these games)
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  2. Dec 4, 2020
    9
    This is my thoughts on Rondo since I recently finished it and can't tell my accurate thoughts on SotN since I played it 2 years ago, althoughThis is my thoughts on Rondo since I recently finished it and can't tell my accurate thoughts on SotN since I played it 2 years ago, although I feel both games are of similar quality. In Rondo of Blood, the music is the best I've seen in a video game. All the Castlevania soundtracks are top tier but this one hits different. On every stage, even though you will probably die a bunch, the music never gets old. The world is linear compared to SotN. They have different charms, Rondo is straight to the point and gets you where you need to go no matter what. The controls are tight and the level design is up their with the best of linear Castlevania games. It even has a built in easy mode in Maria if you can't beat a stage with Richter. I'm not going to lie, I did stages 6-8 and the alternates with Maria. Her gameplay is so dynamic and quick. Makes Richter look like he's walking in sand. Honestly I prefer Maria story wise, all the dialogue with the maidens and Dracula are great and charming. She has a very bubbly personality in this dark game, the contrast is so good. I would strongly recommend playing Rondo even though I know most people bought Requiem just to play SotN. Trust me, just like SotN, Rondo has also aged like fine wine. Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2018
    9
    This collection is great for people (who like me) never played Rondo of Blood or SOTN however, if If you already have both games there's noThis collection is great for people (who like me) never played Rondo of Blood or SOTN however, if If you already have both games there's no point in buying this as it offers nothing new, not even the Sega Saturn levels or to have the option to use the original voice overs from the PS1 version. nevertheless you still have two of the best games in the series, both with some of finest game play to grace the series.Who knows, maybe Konami may actually pull their finger out and give us a bigger collection of Castlevania games with MORE FEATURES, maybe a new game. I can dream dammit!! Expand
  4. Jul 23, 2020
    8
    I liked Symphony of the Night because of its RPG and level up system. That always keeps me coming back for more. The Rondo of Blood is moreI liked Symphony of the Night because of its RPG and level up system. That always keeps me coming back for more. The Rondo of Blood is more traditional. It’s cool but Symphony makes this collection worth it alone for sure. Check it out. Hours of fun, exploration and leveling up the way Castlevania knows how! Expand
  5. Jul 14, 2020
    8
    This is my first time playing Rondo of Blood & Symphony of the Night, I absolutely enjoyed every minute of SOTN, the secrets that the castleThis is my first time playing Rondo of Blood & Symphony of the Night, I absolutely enjoyed every minute of SOTN, the secrets that the castle holds are fascinating to uncover, it was a brilliant step to set the whole game in one location and build that into the experience that it was.

    I struggled with the limited movement within Rondo of Blood until I unlocked Maria, after that the game flowed and is a must play for any SOTN fan.
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  6. Oct 30, 2018
    7
    This is not the PlayStation version you remember. This is a port of the PSP version. The voice acting and dialogue has been changed in smallThis is not the PlayStation version you remember. This is a port of the PSP version. The voice acting and dialogue has been changed in small but impactful ways. If you want to hear Dracula’s cheesy opening speech, you’re out of luck. No “What is a man...” speech here.
    Still a great game. But was hoping for the original PlayStation version, but this will do I suppose.
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  7. Dec 31, 2018
    4
    As much as I love both games, it comes of as being very lazy port. Pixelated illustrations, awful looking menus and lack of any add-ons makesAs much as I love both games, it comes of as being very lazy port. Pixelated illustrations, awful looking menus and lack of any add-ons makes it pretty poor adaptation which does both great games no justice. Expand

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