My Castlevania journey continues with Symphony of the Night! I bought it on the Xbox Arcade, and I bloody loved it. It takes more than a little inspiration from Super Metroid (one of my all-time favourite video games) and adds RPG mechanics and an array of weapons, shields and armour. As with Super Metroid, it’s a fantastic mix of atmosphere, music and gameplay that makes backtracking thrilling.
Without ‘levels,’ there’s a desire to keep on exploring. When do you stop? After you’ve acquired an item? After you’ve beaten a boss? Symphony of the Night is almost impossible to put down. It’s a classic fully deserving of the term “classic,” served by a soundtrack that keeps on giving. Yes, the “secret castle” may be a letdown, but you’ll never forget you first playthrough of Symphony of the Night
Hammy’s Rating: 5/5
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