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This game truly is proabably the greatest Castlevania game that came out for the NES. Unlike Castlevania 1 and 3 (Dracula's Curse) it's not simply just going through level after level and defeating bosses at the end, granted I'm a fan of the other two as well. This game is more like Metroid in that you have to explore and find items to advance in the game and can go wherever your current equipment allows you to. I read another review that called it a half assed rpg... well that's just not fair! Read on! It has a Legend of Zelda element to it (Adventrues of Link NES, Link to the Past, SNES and Ocarina of time, N64, in which you talk to people to find out information and how to get items or clues as to how to find a mansion or to get past a place that is seemingly a dead end. A cool element of this game is that it changes from night to day ("What a terrible night to have a curese"). The night time enemies are tougher, thus the curse. There a franchise favorites in this one (holy water, daggers and chain whip...even a fire whip!) and the idea of the game is to find the various mansions and collect the pieces of Dracula each with on in them (heart, nail, rib...this which can be uses as a shield). Do you remember the Nintendo Power cover for this game? It was truly awesome! Apparently it was controversial. A lot of parents were writing in and complaining saying it wasn't suitable for their kids and that they were having nightmares... (It was of Simon holding Dracula's head by the hair clutched in his fist). The music in this game is great too. This is truly one of the scarier games of its time. Not only does the content of the game lend to that, but the music does a great job to help as well. There are going to be a couple times while playing this game that you just won't know what the hell you're supposed to do next... There are a lot of little subtle hints you'll haev to pick up on to advance in some areas. I remember a lot of them from when I was a kid basically growing up with this game. My dad would play this game quite a bit too, which is how I became aware of what to do in some of the parts. This game is an on going epic kind of game, but there is no save battery for this one, it's all continue by password, and the passwords are mighty long. That's the only drawback to this game, though personally I prefer the password thing over save batteries in NES games as they've been known to fail over time. Unless you're good with a soldering iron or even would know how to go about such an endeavor, passwords are great in this instance! The only thing I'd suggest is taking your time and looking over what you copied down a couple of times before shutting off the system. There is nothing more frustrating after putting in hours upon hours/day/weeks/months into a game only to have all of your hard work obliterated. I'd also suggest making a distinguishhing mark between your S's and 5's and also for your 2's and Z's. That should go without saying as to why. The password music is awesome though. I can hear it in my head right now. Haha! Oh, and the music against Dracula is pretty cool too. As I recall the final battle isn't too tough, it's getting there that is the hard part though. Although I do remember quite a bit from this game, I'm sure it will not be a walk in the park by any means. It's been quite a long time since I've played, but it's a classic that absolutely should be in any classic gamers collection!
This game is cool we must venture to multiple haunting scenes as Simon Belmont you start your mission with the leather whip called "Vampire Killer" then you purchase a Thorn whip then you purchase a Chain whip then you purchase the Morning Star whip your last whip is the Flame whip this game is played in a Drakkhen style day-night cycle so young Simon your mission is to accumulate 5 of Dracula's body parts such as Heart Rib bone Eyeball Nail & Ring once all 5 of Dracula's body parts are put together as one you then have to fight Dracula the ending you get depends on elapsed playtime how will you do your mission?
The darkhorse of the NES Castlevania trilogy, and really doesnt resemble any other Castlevania ever made. Its a love it or hate it game, and personally I love it.
The open worlds you get to explore in between the towns are an exciting change from the normal atmosphere of Draculas castle. There are swamps, mountains, graveyards, and large lakes to explore. Its a different feel from other Castlevanias but I love it for its creativity and execution.
The one downside is the fact that its not straight forward at all. Its a "Nintendo Power game" where you need to flip through the pages of your strategy guide in order to figure out where to go next.
Another flaw is the fact that the bosses are a HUGE letdown. Castlevania bosses are traditionally epic encounters that will beat you down repeatedly. But here they are real pushovers and provide no challenge whatsoever, not to mention there are only 3 of them in the whole game.
Shortcummings aside its fantastic and should be played by all fans of the NES, Castlevania, or just videogames in general.
One of the hardest Castlevania games ever, but the graphics and music are exceptional and make up for the difficulty level for the 8-bit NES system. it has more of a non-linear style with RPG elements. kind of like Zelda ||, it has sort of a back and forth kind of game play which is enjoyable and pulls you into the game more. although it doesn't save, like many of the NES games at the time, it does have an easy to use password system to save the game without using a save battery.
Part 2 of the Castlevania series. This game is an instant classic and a must have for all video game collectors.
i bet most of you didn't know castlevania 2 had 3 different endings? well try it out it rawks, you will not be disapointed. I'd say one of my top five games and it's probably the second best nes game next to zelda of course.
Who wouldn’t want to be a whip wielding vampire hunter.. Castlevania series is by far the heavy weight of all horror games..
I played this game alot when I was a lot younger. It was one of my favorite games of all time. Playing this game takes me back when I was up untill 4am playing non-stop.
love it it takes me back when i was a kid playing it.. old school any nintendo lover need to have this game
This game brings back so many memories! I enjoyed playing it back in the day and still do to this day! I recommend this game to any old school gamers!