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Castlevania Symphony of the Night, a classic addicting game to remember

October 5, 2014

If you've ever wondered what the top flagship games of all time produced by Konami, I can name you four that stand out more than the rest. Metal Gear obviously, followed by Silent Hill, Pro Evolution Soccer, and one of my personal favorites, Castlevania. This is in no particular order of course for those of you who have a specific preference. But the long time running vampire slaying series mentioned last needs something that the others have already gotten, a complete reboot. Where does it go from here? The Lords of Shadow series has ended, but is that the end of the road for a franchise that's been around for over 25 years? Of course not.

So here are my own two cents thrown into the mix, and feel free to add yours in the comment section as well. What was the high point of Castlevania? I say Symphony of the Night, as it was likely the grandfather of them all. So why not use that a catalyst for future games? When the first LOS game was released, many of the fans were literally up in arms over the movement of the series into the 3D realm. It had to happen sooner or later didn't it? LOS was indeed well received, but it lacked that certain appeal that past titles had earned itself. As a non linear experience. The ability to return to other areas, unlock secrets, characters, and other necessary elements needed to advance the game. You know?, what SOTN and Order of Ecclesia were known for.

I firmly believe you can blend the two, and still come out on top with a best seller. Something that will please both new fans and old fans alike. Now that producer Dave Cox, and Koji Igarashi have left Konami, both of whom have worked on past games, who will step up to the plate and make the next installment? At this point it's any one's guess, and assuming the ball gets kicked back to Konami or contracted out to another company, classic addicting games like Castlevania will never die, but reborn through the eyes of someone else with a vision. You can only hope that such a vision will take notice from what made the series so great to start with. What do you think?

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