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Castlevania Requiem Launches on PlayStation 4 this October

Two classics are returning to the PlayStation 4.

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Castlevania Requiem

Earlier this week, Konami announced the release of Castlevania Requiem for PlayStation 4. The upcoming title consists of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Fans regard both games among very best of the Castlevania series. Rondo of Blood became heralded as a high point in the series’ platforming roots. Likewise, Symphony of the Night is hailed as one of the greatest games of all time.

Rondo of Blood

Originally released in 1993, Rondo of Blood debuted on the PC-Engine. Exclusive to Japan, Rondo of Blood would not see a western release until the 2008 PSP release of Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles. In addition to unlocking the original Rondo of Blood, Dracula X Chronicles was a full-blown 2.5 remake of Rondo of Blood.

The original Rondo of Blood is known for the popular enemy spritework featured in many games that followed in the series. It contrasts heavily from Super Castlevania IV. It doesn’t feature the SNES title’s jump and whipping mechanics. However, it featured a different style of music and a brighter color palette that set the standard for future Castlevania games.

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Moreover, Richter Belmont, the main character, gained the ability to use a super move, called Item Crash, which destroyed enemies in various directions. Finally, Rondo of Blood offered branching stage paths. These would take players to different stages. Plus you could play as Maria Renard, who summoned animals and became Richter’s partner in the game.

Rondo of Blood saw a limited release on the Wii Virtual Console in the late 2000s. However, the Wii Shop service dissolved years ago, and as a result, the game is no longer available on the Wii Shop.

Symphony of the Night

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released in 1997 for the Sony PlayStation. Boasting the 2D sprite pixel art in Rondo’s vein, the game offered a number of 3D effects as well, such as rotating backgrounds. While the game’s prologue begins with Richter’s battle against Dracula, the story takes place four years later. With the disappearance of Richter Belmont and the reappearance of Dracula’s Castle, you now play as Dracula’s son, Alucard. The character initially appeared as a playable character in Castlevania III for the NES.

Produced by Koji Igarashi (IGA), what set Symphony apart from its predecessors were its RPG elements and its deep level of exploration. While borrowing the gameplay elements from Super Metroid, you could explore the castle while gaining items to open up your path. Your map would frequently update with the new areas you found, and you could take paths in whatever way you chose. Similar to an RPG, Alucard could equip weapons, shields, and armor to bolster his stats and utilize new attacks, as well as magic spells.

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Despite being known for having great music in the series, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night raised the bar. With Michiru Yamane’s beautiful compositions, Symphony gained renown for one of the single greatest soundtracks in gaming. It set the precedent for future titles, such as Aria of Sorrow, Lament of Innocence, and Curse of Darkness.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night set the foundation for the modern Metroidvania. Utilizing its blend of RPG elements and exploration, it became the subject of many tributes in the form of indie titles, such as Dust: An Elysian Tail, Hollow Knight, and many others. Over 20 years later, Symphony of the Night is still hailed as one of the greatest games of all time.

The whole package.

If you’re a fan of side-scrolling adventures with epic boss battles, Castlevania Requiem is for you. These beautifully-animated classics feature some of the best music in gaming and you’re bound to love the games as they come together. Visuals, audio, and gameplay all hit high notes and resonate loudly over two decades later. Whether you’re a newcomer to the series or a loyal fan, you’ll certainly appreciate the games and their upgrades, which boast some new filters and HD effects!

Along with the confirmation of series’ icon Simon Belmont, Rondo of Blood star, Richter Belmont, will appear as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, due in December. Smash fans who own a PS4 will want to check this title out to learn more about the series. Castlevania Requiem will release on October 26, 2018 for PlayStation 4. This date shares the release of Season 2 of the Castlevania Netflix series!

Castlevania Requiem

Castlevania Requiem is currently available for preorder on the PlayStation Store. It retails at $19.99 and $15.99 for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Thank you for reading our coverage on Castlevania Requiem! Are you planning to pick this up? Will this be your first time playing? Let us know in the comments below!

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