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Qui-Gon Joe Sep 15, 2007

avatar! wrote:

I do know a lot of people hate the song, but I'm not really sure why...

Pretty much the same reason I hate pop songs being stuck into closing credits in films.  They completely clash with the rest of the score and are often entirely inappropriate for the mood set by the story/setting/etc..  Symphony of the Night is one of the worst offenders for this, I think.  Taken by itself, I might be able to tolerate the song, but in the context of the game it's totally out of place and weird.

shdwrlm3 Sep 15, 2007

Zane wrote:
Angela wrote:

Clearly, your worlds really are so dead ahead.

What the hell are you talking about?

You're a miserable little pile of secrets!


Just like the sun (Just like the sun)
When my day's done
Sometimes I don't like the person I've become
Is the enemy within a thousand men?
Should I walk the path if my world's so dead ahead?

Symphony of the Night is one of the worst offenders for this, I think.

Two words: Silent Hill.

For the record, I actually quite liked "I Am the Wind" and "Esperadonte." Both came out of nowhere, but I do think "I Am the Wind" sort of fits thematically. After all, it does have the words "dead" (vampires are dead; Alucard fights Death) and "sun" (vampires are afraid of the sun).

Is there a reason a new ending theme has been commissioned? I read on wikipedia that "I Am the Wind" was also eventually removed from from the XBLA version.

allyourbaseare Sep 17, 2007

Angela wrote:

Hush, the both of ye.  Clearly, your worlds really are so dead ahead.

This just made my day!

shdwrlm3 Sep 17, 2007

Amazingu wrote:
wrote:

Two words: Silent Hill

Silent Hill never used Pop songs.

I was talking about "inappropriate" or unexpected songs in general. I guess Rika Muranaka just has a knack for that.

Sami Oct 22, 2007

Has there been any word on who's done the new arrangements? Doesn't sound like Sota Fujimori from Castlevania Chronicles, what a pity... would have been fantastic to hear a new set of Fujimori remixes.

Angela Oct 23, 2007

Parish's 1up.com review is up: 8.0 for Drac X.

http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3163895

He cites that the original Rondo of Blood and SOTN have emulation problems, with Rondo in particular suffering from "awful sound and choppy gameplay."   Others have stated that overclocking the PSP to 333mhz readily solves the choppy gameplay, but really..... The fact that there's poor programming to begin with is a sad issue indeed.

On the other hand, the Rondo remake itself looks to be very good, with an equal share of comparative pros and cons to the original.

Oh, and apparently, both the original Rondo and SOTN needs to be unlocked by meeting certain criteria in the main remake quest.

Angela Oct 24, 2007

So I've given the remake a good hour of playtime, and to be honest...... I'm not wholly impressed.  Dunno, maybe it's the aftershock of playing an old-school Belmont again, but I'm just not feeling the game the way I had anticipated I would.  It's, um.... kind of mundane, actually.

The stage details are nice, as are the cutscenes - but the fluidity and animation pales in comparison to recent Castlevania outings.  And I think I'm spoiled on Maverick Hunter X and its 60fps presentation; Drac X moves at 30fps and looks a tad ugly for it.  Music's good, but doesn't touch the PC-Engine original - I wish there were a way to set music volume and sound effect volume independently; the sound effects dominate the music, unfortunately.

Guess I'll have to give this a bit more time.  Gotta see how SOTN and the original Rondo came out as well.

Zane Oct 24, 2007

I've only played for a half-hour or so, and I am enjoying it. It's not mindblowing by any means, but the game looks good to me and the new soundtrack ain't half bad.

Ashley Winchester Oct 24, 2007

I'm curious about the SOTN port when you guys (and gals) get to it. It was suppost to have redone VA right? Man, the original VA was so bad it was great... erm... it think we already established that earlier in this thread.

Ryu Oct 24, 2007

Hm, thanks for putting some perspective to my own hype I've been building up for this.  If I knew for sure the original was coming to the VC I'd probably pass on the remake (I already have SotN on 360), but because I'm impatient and have doubts that Bloodlines (that's the Genesis one, right?) will ever make it on the VC, I'll still pick this up soon.

avatar! Oct 24, 2007 (edited Oct 24, 2007)

Angela wrote:

So I've given the remake a good hour of playtime, and to be honest...... I'm not wholly impressed.  Dunno, maybe it's the aftershock of playing an old-school Belmont again, but I'm just not feeling the game the way I had anticipated I would.  It's, um.... kind of mundane, actually.

The stage details are nice, as are the cutscenes - but the fluidity and animation pales in comparison to recent Castlevania outings.  And I think I'm spoiled on Maverick Hunter X and its 60fps presentation; Drac X moves at 30fps and looks a tad ugly for it.  Music's good, but doesn't touch the PC-Engine original - I wish there were a way to set music volume and sound effect volume independently; the sound effects dominate the music, unfortunately.

Guess I'll have to give this a bit more time.  Gotta see how SOTN and the original Rondo came out as well.

That's a little disappointing to hear... but do give a complete review once you've played it further. Are you playing with the video out? Also, I guess having SOTN is really an awesome bonus, but it is technically a bonus, so as long as it's not horribly botched I can't imagine taking off points (so to speak) for what is intended to be a bonus and not part of the reason you purchase the game (which is Dracula X smile

cheers,

-avatar!

avatar! Oct 24, 2007

Zane wrote:

I've only played for a half-hour or so, and I am enjoying it. It's not mindblowing by any means, but the game looks good to me and the new soundtrack ain't half bad.

You too! definitely tell us more once you've gotten further into the game smile
I was SO looking forward to this! Recently however I've been knee deep in alligators and haven't had much time for any gaming... but come the end of the semester I'll have time to chill a little and hopefully play some Drac X, assuming it's worth the price of admission (oh I hope so)!!

cheers,

-avatar!

GoldfishX Oct 25, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXb02uRMyZA

Well, I can't say this was the long-awaited Konami Battle "Bloodlines" I was hoping for. Actually, I thought it kinda paled compared to the original. But then again, on another video, the version of "Beginning" was pretty good. Anyone who gets to where "Bloody Tears" or "Den" plays (final area, I think), please report.

I'm surprised how few enemies there seems to be early on. In those NES Castlevanias, the areas are crawling with life leechers.

Zane Oct 25, 2007

So far, the stage themes have either been good or great. Nothing really disappointing for me, but so far I've only gone through the "normal" route, so I can't comment on the "rear side" themes yet.

I really like the remix of "Bloodlines" (as heard in the video GX posted), but "Vampire Killer" is just okay; been there, done that about a hundred times. "Bloody Tears" rocks pretty hard, but has some cheesy synth that I really like, and "Painting of a Phantom Ship" was really enjoyable. The remix of "Beginning" was my favorite by far, with a different take on the tune than a straight forward arrangement... I can't wait to get the OST so I can crank this one. Also, stage 7 has a rockin' remix of "Moon Fight" that I totally did not expect.

While I've only heard less than 1/2 of the songs so far, I'm going to say the arranger(s) did a good job so far. I wouldn't say it's "better" than the classic DCDX OST, but it's an enjoyable compliment. I'm going to take the rear path this afternoon and see how the music is down there.

Stephen Oct 25, 2007

I saw an ad for this game in Game Informer recently.  It mentions that the Belmont family as "Beaumont."  Is that what is in the instruction manual or box cover?  It's odd to do a name change for something so fundamental.

XISMZERO Oct 25, 2007

I liked "I Am The Wind." I used hate it with passion but after listening to it more, grew on me more. I think what makes it special is that is does come out of nowhere and is something you'd never expect from a game whose soundtrack reflects the romantic, gothic origins of Castlevania. It's a nice song, albeit's cheese factor.

Someone also said that the song is actually a "treat," a down-tempo, relaxing pop-jazz vocal for completing such hard(ghost)ship.

Zane Oct 25, 2007

I played a little more today and I gotta say "Slash" (er, "Op.13") absolutely rules with its steady beat and Spanish guitar. Definitely a great arrangement. I want this OST right now.

Angela Oct 25, 2007

Stephen wrote:

I saw an ad for this game in Game Informer recently.  It mentions that the Belmont family as "Beaumont."  Is that what is in the instruction manual or box cover?  It's odd to do a name change for something so fundamental.

An embarrassing mistake that, as far as I know, has only appeared in the ad.  It's spelled correctly in-game and in its packaging.

I just unlocked Maria for the remake, as well as SOTN and the original Rondo.  Regarding the original Rondo, I think it runs generally well.  There are a few hiccups here and there, particularly on the sound front (it does go in and out at times, like when entering a new area and new BGM begins), but the emulation speed looks to be up to par.  The PC-Engine music score is well compressed, and still sounds really good - though you can tell some of the sound effects have been slightly changed.  Not necessarily for the worse, at least to me...... just different.

SOTN looks and sounds great, too.  With the exception of one fairly long load-up at the start, the rest of the game runs just as speedy as the PSOne original.  There are screen ratio options, but as with the original Rondo, I always choose the normal, small screen setting.  I'm used to my games sharp in resolution, even if means a sacrifice in screen real estate. 

And Maria is just as fun to play in the remake as the original.  Hell, I'll never go back to stiff ol' Richter at this point. ;p

XLord007 Oct 26, 2007 (edited Oct 26, 2007)

I put a solid four hours into this Wednesday night, and I love it.  This is how Castlevania is supposed to be.  I haven't had this much fun with a Castlevania game since Castlevania Chronicles came out for PSX.  It's really great, and was well worth buying a PSP to play.  The minor technical flaws are easy to overlook when you're enjoying the tight gameplay, huge amounts of hidden things (far more than any other regular CV game), and the pure fun that is Maria.  Add Japanese voice overs, the ability to select stages to replay, videos of how to beat bossess, and even a bizarre option that lets you reassign music to any stage, and this game is fully loaded.  Highly recommended.

One question for whoever knows: When you pause the game, there is a second score called "Credits" that sits next to your number of lives.  You always have infinite continues, so I'm not sure what this number means.  Anyone know?

Also, two notes:
-I agree with Angela about not being able to change the SFX/Music mixing in the Chronicles version since it's a bit hard to hear the new arrangements.
-As a veteran SNES Dracula X player, I was really surprised to discover how much easier the PC Engine version is when compared with the ball-busting SNES game.

TerraEpon Oct 26, 2007

So how's the SOTN music anyway? Is it exactly the same, or perhaps like FFT where it's the same but less 'full'? (I've bene playing FFT so I haven't gotten a chance to try CV yet...)


-Joshua

TerraEpon Oct 27, 2007

Ok, now that I've played it...


The new music so far is great. Perfectly CV. The game itself looks great as well, though I was expecting a bit more 3d-ness ala Klonoa, not a fully 2d sidescroller with 3d graphics.

SOTN sounds basically the same, though even at full volume, there's less oomph than listening to a CD has. I like the new dub, even if the old one was hilarious. There's a new glitch -- it's VERY easy too. Backdash out of the room where you encounter Death right as you enter it. You keep Alucard's equips. Yeah, makes the game a cinch tongue



-Joshua

Princess-Isabela Oct 30, 2007

I beat all the games and I couldn't imagine better spent $30, I would even pay $60 for this amazing collection.
it's as awesome bundle as orange box on 360.
games were a little bit on the easy side, but I'm gonna probably beat them all again, there are plenty of secrets to discover, music rocks hard and I'm probably gonna buy psp slim so I could enjoy these games even more with better d-pad and video out option.
probably the best PSP title ever to date.

allyourbaseare Oct 31, 2007

Princess-Isabela wrote:

probably the best PSP title ever to date.

Let's calm down and not forget these gems:

Lumines
Loco Roco
(and since we're including remakes)
Valkyrie Profile Lenneth
Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness

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