Get ready everyone, a collection containing Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood is finally releasing on the PlayStation 4.

According to the official announcement, “Rondo of Blood is known as one of the best side-scrolling, action games of its time, picking up plenty of praise for its level design and rewarding difficulty.” This entry was originally released in 1993 in Japan only on PC Engine CD. This was later release in North America on PlayStation Portable in 2007.

 

Considered a pinnacle game for the series, Symphony of the Night released to critical acclaim when it launched on the original PlayStation. It held onto the classic Castlevania formula from previous entries, while including light RPG elements to provide players with progress, and arguably one of the best level designs in the series [though I won’t spoil the surprise for those who will be experiencing it for the first time].

 

When players pick up the collection, they will be treated to the original versions of each title, with several updates to take advantage of the PlayStation 4’s modern hardware. This includes “4K/1080p upscaling, multiple high resolution backgrounds, different rendering options such as smoothing and full Trophy support.”

 

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TGC’s Thoughts: Symphony of the Night was the first Castlevania game I ever played. My friend introduced me to the title, and I’ve had a hard time jumping into other titles after such a great experience (and that genius level design!). This may be a great excuse for me to finally give another title a go. That said, with all the promotion of Castlevania in Super Smash Bros, it’s interesting they aren’t capitalizing on that exposure by releasing it on Nintendo Switch. But what do you think of the release? Have you played either of these titles before? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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