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2San
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(10-04-2010, 03:17 PM)
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Always like the retrospectives GT does. Here they tackle Castlevania.

part I:
http://www.gametrailers.com/video/pa...levania/705561

part II:

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/pa...levania/705740

Part III:

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/pa...levania/705741

Part IV:

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/pa...levania/705742

Part V:

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/pa...levania/705743

edit: added part V
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Nemo
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(10-04-2010, 03:20 PM)
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Nice, thanks for posting. I love these!
Hellshadow
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(10-04-2010, 03:38 PM)
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Yeah, thx for the link.
I loved Castlevania 1 and 3, hated 2 though.
electroshockwave
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(10-04-2010, 03:44 PM)
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Thanks for posting this. And on a related note, the AVGN Castlevania episodes from last year.

Part 1: Castlevania
Part 2: Castlevania 2 & 3
Part 3: Super Castlevania IV, Dracula X, Castlevania 64
Part 4: Bloodlines, SOTN, portable games
Rollo Larson
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(10-04-2010, 03:51 PM)
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is part 2 up anywhere?
JTran2003
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(10-04-2010, 04:21 PM)
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Love their retrospective series thanks for the post! Can't wait for part 2!
VGChampion
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(10-04-2010, 04:25 PM)
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Nice. I've really only played the DS games so this shall be good.
DMeisterJ
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(10-04-2010, 04:26 PM)
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I love GT retrospectives... Will watch (even though I've hardly played the series).
brandonh83
(10-04-2010, 04:26 PM)
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It was so great, the first part. Kinda bummed that Super Castlevania IV is saved for part two though. Really do think people who are turned off because LOS isn't another Metroidvania should watch this and see how the series actually originated.
Poyunch
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(10-04-2010, 04:35 PM)
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Oh man a new one! They hasn't been one for a while.
Segata Sanshiro
(10-04-2010, 04:39 PM)

Originally Posted by brandonh83

It was so great, the first part. Kinda bummed that Super Castlevania IV is saved for part two though. Really do think people who are turned off because LOS isn't another Metroidvania should watch this and see how the series actually originated.

I got my eye on you, son.
brandonh83
(10-04-2010, 04:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by Segata Sanshiro

I got my eye on you, son.

I'm blushing.
oracrest
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(10-04-2010, 04:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by DMeisterJ

I love GT retrospectives... Will watch (even though I've hardly played the series).

Yeah, they do a really well researched job every time :) Very professional.
BatDan
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(10-04-2010, 04:46 PM)
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Nice, they finally made another one!
Judging from the preview of the next one, I hope they at least acknowledge Rondo of Blood and how it's a vastly superior game to Dracula X.
Imbarkus
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(10-04-2010, 05:00 PM)
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Glad to see the Retrospectives return. They quit doing them for a while. I downloaded them and made DVD's out of them!

Looks like the Castlevania one is so new you can only get to it from the front page, and it's not added tot he retrospective page yet. Silly lazy web designers. ;P

http://www.gametrailers.com/retrospective/?rdir=1
AgentOtaku
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(10-04-2010, 07:02 PM)
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Awesome!!!
Phenomic
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(10-04-2010, 07:04 PM)
Good video indeed but I wonder why they waited so long instead of doing them up to the release of Lords of Shadow which I thought they did for most games in the past. Still going to watch them even after I beat Lords though.
szaromir
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(10-04-2010, 07:05 PM)
I'm somewhat unfamiliar with the series, will be cool to learn what's the fuss with the series (though I won't play it anyway)
Volcynika
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(10-04-2010, 07:06 PM)
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I love the retrospectives. Will watch tonight :D
Pappasman
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(10-04-2010, 07:15 PM)
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AVGN has a really good Castlevania retrospective on Gametrailers too. I recommend checking that out.
szaromir
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(10-04-2010, 07:17 PM)

Originally Posted by Phenomic

Good video indeed but I wonder why they waited so long instead of doing them up to the release of Lords of Shadow which I thought they did for most games in the past. Still going to watch them even after I beat Lords though.

I don't think it's their role to hype up upcoming games. I imagine these videos are a nightmare to edit and take forever.
WrenchNinja
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(10-04-2010, 07:19 PM)
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Originally Posted by Phenomic

Good video indeed but I wonder why they waited so long instead of doing them up to the release of Lords of Shadow which I thought they did for most games in the past. Still going to watch them even after I beat Lords though.

Lords of Shadow was originally supposed to come out near the end of the month, so GT were going to do the retrospective leading up to it. But Konami moved Lords of Shadow to the beginning of the month later on, so GT just continued with their plan to do it across October.
Foffy
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(10-04-2010, 07:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by szaromir

I don't think it's their role to hype up upcoming games. I imagine these videos are a nightmare to edit and take forever.

Imagine the nightmare it'd take if they go into an episode about timelines, like with they did with Zelda. :D
Henchmen21
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(10-04-2010, 08:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by Hellshadow

Yeah, thx for the link.
I loved Castlevania 1 and 3, hated 2 though.

You know, I don't disagree with that.

Watching this retrospective, I realize something. They mention Zelda 2 while talking about Simon's Quest. I think I read somewhere that someone had mentioned all the similarities between those 2 games (hell I could probably make a bullet list with all the things they have in common). But where Zelda 2 is hated atleast it feels like a complete game. CV 2 just feels to me like it was half-way done when it was released. The level design is bland & boring. The bosses (what few there are) are ridiculously simple. To be honest, the only things I like about this game are Bloody Tears, Simon's sprite, The box art, and the basic premise behind the story i.e. Simon being cursed by drac and needing to reassemble him.
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SalsaShark
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(10-05-2010, 12:05 AM)
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Always liked these. About time they did one for Castlevania.
LiK
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(10-05-2010, 12:06 AM)
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Originally Posted by Rollo Larson

is part 2 up anywhere?

nope, Part 1 was just posted today, we'll need to wait for the next one.
Kard8p3
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(10-05-2010, 12:12 AM)
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Originally Posted by Phenomic

Good video indeed but I wonder why they waited so long instead of doing them up to the release of Lords of Shadow which I thought they did for most games in the past. Still going to watch them even after I beat Lords though.

I unfortunately listened to the latest Invisible Walls and they explained why they're doing the retrospective now. Apparently for most of the year they were under the impression that Lords of Shadow was coming out in late october so they planned accordingly. When the release date was announced it was too late to adjust things.
CcrooK
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(10-05-2010, 12:16 AM)
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I love Retrospectives. :D
Amir0x
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(10-05-2010, 12:17 AM)
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Originally Posted by brandonh83

It was so great, the first part. Kinda bummed that Super Castlevania IV is saved for part two though. Really do think people who are turned off because LOS isn't another Metroidvania should watch this and see how the series actually originated.

The type of action game that Castlevania LoS is has very little similarity to the type of action game that the series originated as. I mean, you might as well accept Castlevania LoS is not Castlevania.

That does not mean it is a bad game
Truant
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(10-05-2010, 12:20 AM)
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iPhone version doesn't work. YT links?
revolverjgw
(10-05-2010, 12:26 AM)
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Nice, these GT Retrospectives are a treat, as usual I'm chomping at the bit for the next part.

Castlevania 1 was an incredible experience back in the day, the game was just so much more atmospheric than anything else on the console at the time. That and Rygar are pretty much the two games most responsible for making me love gaming.
~Kinggi~
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(10-05-2010, 12:33 AM)
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I like to imagine if a game like Lords of Shadow were brought back in time to 1986 when these games were around, what the reaction might be. Probably banned for witchcraft.
Prime crotch
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(10-05-2010, 12:57 AM)
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Originally Posted by Amir0x

The type of action game that Castlevania LoS is has very little similarity to the type of action game that the series originated as. I mean, you might as well accept Castlevania LoS is not Castlevania.

That does not mean it is a bad game

For a series like Castlevania I find it hard to talk about its essence when the series was so evenly split by genre changing and the most common element being a gothic horror atmosphere, which LoS certainly is.
brandonh83
(10-05-2010, 01:02 AM)
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Originally Posted by Amir0x

The type of action game that Castlevania LoS is has very little similarity to the type of action game that the series originated as. I mean, you might as well accept Castlevania LoS is not Castlevania.

It definitely is its own thing. But the series originated as a 2D sidescroller with shitty platforming and pretty brutal combat, in that you get hit four times and it's over, and getting thrown back everytime you get hit, etc.

But to me the very essence of the series is a Belmont going through levels beating the hell out of creatures of the night with a whip, and this game carries that on, and it's not another Metroidvania. I do think this is closer to what the series used to be about in the NES days but naturally people may feel free to disagree.
Amir0x
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(10-05-2010, 01:04 AM)
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Originally Posted by Prime crotch

For a series like Castlevania I find it hard to talk about its essence when the series was so evenly split by genre changing and the most common element being a gothic horror atmosphere, which LoS certainly is.

There are really only two main types of Castlevania games (although with LoS, there are now three), and those are only segmented really by the speed of their action. It's not that complicated or divergent at all. Even the old 3D ones followed a very specific formula directly connected to the old ones. There is a lot more uniting the Castlevania series than "gothic horror atmosphere", in my opinion.
viciouskillersquirrel
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(10-05-2010, 01:22 AM)
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Will they do a timeline episode like they did with Zelda? A Castlevania one would be entertaining (and confusing as all hell).
Busaiku
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(10-05-2010, 01:26 AM)
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I love their retrospectives.
It's just a shame they didn't do one for Mario or Mega Man yet.
Darkmakaimura
(10-05-2010, 01:28 AM)
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Originally Posted by electroshockwave

Thanks for posting this. And on a related note, the AVGN Castlevania episodes from last year.

Part 1: Castlevania
Part 2: Castlevania 2 & 3
Part 3: Super Castlevania IV, Dracula X, Castlevania 64
Part 4: Bloodlines, SOTN, portable games

Thanks for the compile. I gotta watch these again.
brandonh83
(10-05-2010, 01:29 AM)
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Originally Posted by Darkmakaimura

Thanks for the compile. I gotta watch these again.

Do it. When it shows him hiding under his covers when he boots up the first game and goes "....oh shit..." I almost shit myself
Prime crotch
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(10-05-2010, 01:29 AM)
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Originally Posted by Amir0x

There are really only two main types of Castlevania games (although with LoS, there are now three), and those are only segmented really by the speed of their action. It's not that complicated or divergent at all. Even the old 3D ones followed a very specific formula directly connected to the old ones. There is a lot more uniting the Castlevania series than "gothic horror atmosphere", in my opinion.

A Castlevania pre-Symphony of the Night was not the same game as afterwards, the essence changed, and hopefully with this new title it will again.
In LoS's case it has roots in Lament of Innocence wether directly or indirectly, since it ressembles God of War; and combat in both games have similar features.
I haven't played it yet, other than the demo, but I see no reason to not consider LoS a Castlevania title.
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Yoshichan
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(10-05-2010, 01:30 AM)
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VERY high quality Retrospective.

Still not as good as RE quite yet, but very good nonetheless.
luka
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(10-05-2010, 01:44 AM)
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Originally Posted by electroshockwave

Thanks for posting this. And on a related note, the AVGN Castlevania episodes from last year.

Part 1: Castlevania
Part 2: Castlevania 2 & 3
Part 3: Super Castlevania IV, Dracula X, Castlevania 64
Part 4: Bloodlines, SOTN, portable games

I love this one. The montage at the end always makes me sad for some reason. :(
DRock
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(10-05-2010, 01:49 AM)
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I nostalgia'd hard watching that. That music, that gameplay :D
Crunched
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(10-05-2010, 02:11 AM)
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Gametrailers' retrospectives are always top-notch. Thanks for posting.
The Bookerman
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(10-05-2010, 02:17 AM)
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Originally Posted by Prime crotch

A Castlevania pre-Symphony of the Night was not the same game as afterwards, the essence changed, and hopefully with this new title it will again.
In LoS's case it has roots in Lament of Innocence wether directly or indirectly, since it ressembles God of War; and combat in both games have similar features.
I haven't played it yet, other than the demo, but I see no reason to not consider LoS a Castlevania title.


Lament of Innocence has more in common with Devil May Cry than God of war.
Phenomic
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(10-05-2010, 02:18 AM)

Originally Posted by luka

I love this one. The montage at the end always makes me sad for some reason. :(

Re Watching this. Porkchop in the wall :lol
jett
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(10-05-2010, 02:20 AM)
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Originally Posted by The Bookerman

Lament of Innocence has more in common with Devil May Cry than God of war.

LoI had a simple 3-button combo and a 5-button combo and nothing else, that I can remember. I don't think either DMC or GoW should be compared to it. :P
Anth0ny
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(10-05-2010, 02:23 AM)
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I love these retrospectives.

Although I'm embarrassed to say I've never played through a Castlevania game. I want to play the first one on NES as soon as possible.
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(10-05-2010, 02:34 AM)
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Originally Posted by Anth0ny

I love these retrospectives.

Although I'm embarrassed to say I've never played through a Castlevania game. I want to play the first one on NES as soon as possible.

It's a good series. The titles I've played all seem to blur together, which makes it hard for me to call it great, but each entry is solid and worthwhile. Taken individually they are definitely fun experiences, but I'm really glad LoS has taken steps to change things up. It's about time.
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(10-05-2010, 02:35 AM)
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