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« on: June 03, 2009, 08:53:35 PM »

http://www.konami.jp/kojima_pro/e3_2009/castlevania/

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2009, 09:01:09 PM »

I'm interested. I was getting tired of the series kept under control by IGA, but at the same time this seems like a game that just got rebranded as Castlevania rather than being developed from the ground up to rejuvenate the series.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2009, 09:56:34 PM »

Yes, that's just what I was thinking. It looks/feels nothing like a castlevania game, then again, it looks to be fantastic. I love the norse/gailic flair to it, and the fact that a significant part of it takes place outdoors. Unfortunately, Castlevania isn't limited by anything more than it's name: "Castle" and "Transelvania", which basically means that it A) has to take place in a castle, and B) has to be about Vampires or the undead, and C) usually has an eastern european feel. This looks mostly outside, and I would pin down more to scandanavia or Scotland. Kojima running the show should be interesting. I'm game. I'm tired of traditional Castlevanias.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2009, 10:55:36 AM »

It's gonna be strange to see a story-driven Castlevania (at least by comparison to the others :P), but I approve of everything I saw in that trailer.  I definitely approve of the giant step away from the goggle-eyed anime style seen in the last 75% of the series. :P
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2009, 01:14:09 PM »

wow, this came out of nowhere. That damn trailer gave me shivers. It looks fantastic. I agree that it looks like a retro-fitted castlevania game, but that doesn't take away that it looks to be a great game.
 
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2009, 01:38:46 PM »

Plus the fact that Hideo Kojima is working on this game. Which surprised me. It's a good thing that he's FINALLY doing something besides MGS (or MG) on the next-gen consoles (And I'll never stop saying that).
Hopefully it will be more than just a GoW clone.
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2009, 10:55:17 AM »

I'm very interested in this game also. I hope it has the "very many items, weapons, armors, and food" feature (this feature got me into Castlevania: SotN onwards so much).
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2009, 04:10:51 PM »

Looks good, but I was hoping for a return to platforming in the next 3d Castlevania, and this doesn't look like it has much. At the very least the level design can't get any worse than the PS2 entries.
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2009, 06:05:28 PM »

While I usually cringe at the sight of a 3D Castlevaina this does look somewhat intriguing.

At least it can't possibly be any worse than the last 3D Castlevaina game.
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2009, 06:47:25 PM »

These developers DID do Jericho though, so I'm really hoping that was just a bad/rushed case, or that Kojima's supervising winds up pushing them along the path to greatness.

Really though, the more I think about it, I really wish this were for something developed straight up as a Castlevania. The series definitely needs rejuvenation, and at least a break from Iga's hands, but simply rebranding something else doesn't seem like the proper way to do it.
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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2009, 08:51:54 PM »

Well, we really don't know that, actually. The fact is, ANY IP that Kojima does is going to sell millions, regardless of what it is. So I don't think they really gain much by rebranding something else as Castlevania. I suspect that this was meant to be, from the ground up, a Castlevania game, but they decided to stray considerably from the norm, because the series needed a reboot. And we really don't know much about it yet. The truth could be that when we actually stick this game in, it may be immediately apparent that it is indeed a Castlevania game.

All I'm saying is, let's wait until more info becomes available before we start condemning aspects of the game that we really don't know about.
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« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2009, 09:13:25 PM »

Well, we really don't know that, actually.

No actually, we DO know that. Plus there was teaser from last TGS that seems to have been tossed aside. Put two and two together, and it seems obvious to me that Konami decided that for whatever reason (Judgement being a failure) that they'd rather try to take the series in a new direction, and this was similar enough stylistically to be rebranded. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if it were influenced by the series in the first place.
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« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2009, 09:32:22 PM »

Holy cow, think it's about time for me to stop procrastinating and pick up one of these systems.  Although I'm a little worried whether it's more of the Metroidvania feel or the old Castlevania, I have to say that trailer was just as impressive to me, notably in terms of the talent (Patrick Stewart?  I'm sold!).
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« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2009, 11:33:18 PM »

I've heard so much whining about it being in 3D lately. Hey, the PS2 ones weren't that bad, I enjoyed them to a certain extent. This looks good and I hope it'll be great. With the team behind, we can definitely hope for an excellent product.
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« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2009, 11:40:53 PM »

I've heard so much whining about it being in 3D lately. Hey, the PS2 ones weren't that bad, I enjoyed them to a certain extent.

Finally, someone with sense.  Curse of Darkness is more enjoyable than 70% of the rest of the games I own.
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