Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is an action RPG game developed and published by Konami in 1997. It is the 14th installment of the Castlevania series, the first installment released for the PlayStation, and a direct sequel to Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.
Symphony of the Night was an important milestone of the Castlevania series. It steered the series away from the standard level-by-level platforming formula of older titles and introduced a new style of open-ended gameplay mixed with RPG-like elements that would be emulated by most of its successors. A similar, earlier form of this type of gameplay existed in Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest.
The development of these features can be attributed to Koji Igarashi, the game’s writer and one of the team’s newest members. Igarashi, a noted fan of 2D games, was instrumental in refining the game’s control scheme. His primary motivation for the abrupt design change was seeing dozens of Castlevania games in the “used” bargain bin in Japanese video game stores, as linear Castlevania games offered limited replay value after completion. He also established an official Castlevania canon, in an attempt to tie up several loose ends in the series’ time line during Symphony of the Night. Other notable staff include character designer Ayami Kojima and composer Michiru Yamane.
Symphony of the Night opens with the final stage of Rondo of Blood in which Richter fights and defeats Dracula. As Richter Belmont journeyed to Castlevania, he had one thing on his mind: destroy Dracula. His family had been attempting to do this for decades but always wound up failing — he’d be brought back to life by a priest named Shaft. Richter approached his nemesis and destroyed him thinking he had finally done what others before him had failed to do.
Then he vanished without a trace leaving Maria Renard all alone and worried. She set off to find her true love — the night Castlevania was to reappear. Unbeknownst to her, an offspring of the Dracula family was doing the same thing, though he had other plans. Alucard knew that his father wasn’t dead and vowed to put an end to Dracula once and for all. Because of what he is (a vampire), he damned his father for bringing him into the world and making other people suffer; it was time to put an end to it all.
Five years later, Alucard arrives at the castle. Inside, he meets Dracula’s servant Death, who warns him to stop his quest to destroy the castle; Maria, a seventeen-year-old vampire hunter on a quest to find Richter; and the castle’s librarian, who sells him various items and equipment. Periodically encountering Maria throughout the castle, he meets Richter, who claims to be the master of the castle and forces him to do battle with two monsters.
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date: 2007-07-19
Disc ID: NPUJ-00067
ISO size: 335 MB
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