Castlevania Anniversary Collection

One of Konami’s 50th Anniversary collections, including Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Super Castlevania IV, Castlevania: The Adventure, Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge, Kid Dracula and Castlevania Bloodlines.


Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Available on: PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Windows PC


Delving Into…

Delving Into Castlevania – #1 - One of the nice things about revisiting old games from a modern perspective is the fact that you can see how certain genres have evolved over time… and sometimes seemingly morphed into different things altogether. The original Castlevania is a great example of this. Far from being your common-or-garden everyday mascot platformer that we saw a fair … Continue reading Delving Into Castlevania – #1
Delving Into Castlevania – #2 - Last time around, we looked at how Castlevania’s overall mechanics and sense of game design can be traced forward to technical action games such as From Software’s popular titles. Today, I wanted to focus on some other important and distinctive aspects of this original NES installment: specifically the platforming component, and the boss fights. All … Continue reading Delving Into Castlevania – #2
Delving Into Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – #1 - One of the games in Konami’s Castlevania Anniversary Collection that I was most interested to dig into was Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. I say this with the full knowledge that it has a bit of a reputation as being one of the least well-regarded Castlevania titles out there — but that was, in part, why I was … Continue reading Delving Into Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – #1
Delving Into Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – #2 - I’m enjoying Castlevania II, but I’m also seeing some of the reasons people might bounce off it a bit. There’s not really anything fundamentally wrong with it when taken in the context of its original release, but when revisited from a modern perspective it’s easy to find yourself missing the conveniences of modern games. Let’s take a … Continue reading Delving Into Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – #2
Delving Into Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – #3 - I finished Simon’s Quest! Yes, indeed, even after my podcasting buddy and good friend Chris Caskie suggested that I wouldn’t be able to stick it out to the end… I did! It wasn’t even entirely down to stubbornness or a desire to prove him wrong. I actually enjoyed the whole experience. Well, all right, most of the … Continue reading Delving Into Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – #3
Delving Into Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – #1 - I have, as they say, been looking forward to this. Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse is not a game I have any experience with whatsoever, aside from one critical aspect: its music. Specifically, back when the PS1 was current, I had an original copy of Symphony of the Night (which, believe me, I severely regret getting rid of now!) that came … Continue reading Delving Into Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – #1

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