Posted by Lets GET on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 · 33 Comments
Eric Lappe (Goemon047) is back and taking on Castlevania for the N64.
I found this review really interesting and had some humor. As a fan of retrogame reviews in general I appreciated how you compared it to AVGN’s review. Irate gamer sucks.
yes irate gamer does suck
I was really hoping you were going to go into Legacy of Darkness as that is my favourite N64 game. It contains all the characters and storylines of the first game, plus two new ones, drastically improves the platforming and camera issues and allows for expansion pack support.
Overall though I’m just beyond ecstatic that someone finally looked at this game seriously instead of judging it based on popular opinion. I have long said that 75% of the people that say these two games suck, probably never played them and are basing that conclusion entirely on the words of others.
Great job as always Eric! Though if I could give one criticism, try to slow down a little more as you speak, it’s something I noticed in the RWTV podcast as well, you’re a fast talker lol
Oh yeah, I remember playing Legacy of Darkness really briefly back then too, but I don’t remember it very well. Maybe I’ll revisit that game some day and maybe even do a review, who knows? I’ve heard it was better and recently picked up a copy. Thank you! Haha, yeah I tend to speak pretty quickly and it may sound lame, but in a way it was kind of a throwback to my first review (which was SUPER fast)! You’re right though, I’ll try to slow it down next time!
Theres no time
Legacy of Darkness really improves this issues, especially the camera
Hilarious!! Kinda salute for beating this piece of shit just to make a review of it… I thank u sir.
If you think this game is bad, I want you to actually go back and play Conker’s Bad Fur Day because I promise you it’s camera and platforming are faaaaaaaar worse. Bad controls and camera were a staple of early 3D games. Castlevania got it better than most.
I remember this guy! He had that Castlevania 3 reply to AVGN…then he disappeared for a long time after I subbed to his channel. Glad he’s back though!
I never had any problems with this game. perfect controls, music, feel, difficulty, story, epic battles, infinite continues, good save features, weapons, good character speed, etc. I love this game.
I only played through Legacy of Darkness and it actually seems a lot better. I guess I just have to check this game out as well.
Thank you for doing the game justice. I personally was very disappointed with James’ review, but I am glad that you were much more constructive with it. Also definitely try out Legacy of Darkness if you can get your hands on a copy, there was a lot more to it and the camera isn’t as bad.
You should have talked more about Legacy of Darkness. It basically fixed some of the technical problems of the original, so that’s cool.
i’m glad someone finally backs this game. I rented it when I owned an N64 back in the day and I actually loved it. People complain about the sillyness, but I feel like those people don’t get that castlevania was always supposed to be somewhat silly. Just like the rubber bat on the title screen of the original game. That little bit of schockyness of skeletons on motorcycles it what gives the game it’s charm, in my opinion. I never made it past the hedge maze, though, because I simply COULD NOT figure out what to do after playing it for many, many hours.
A Steak to the heart???
Seriously Eric, you’re a pun genius!! XDDDDDDD
Also loved the “It’s an axe, I was waiting for you to axe” in the Hexen video. ^^
Wow, incredible review! Next to the awesome editing and humor, it was great to see some genuinely honest opinions (both good and bad) from someone that actually spent time with this game. I personally really enjoyed it (likewise with Legacy of Darkness), but I agree that it definitely has some flaws and in those respects it hasn’t aged the best. If you ever get a chance to play it with Carrie, do it–I believe she has two stages (maybe more) that you don’t visit with Reinhardt. Along with her homing attack that makes destroying enemies easier, things are definitely kept fresh even after already having played through it with the Belmont.
Now,you know what you have to do next,right?A review for Symphony of the Night….you HAVE TO!Its one of the brightest gems in the gaming history.You cant miss that Eric…
By the way,I loved the Castlevania 64 video,and the humour in it 😉
I myself, really enjoyed this game…granted the camera…like in most 3-D N64….wasn’t great…but i played it twice w/ both characters..and spent a little more money/time getting Legacy of Darkness..talk about hard, the end puzzles…krazy!
I liked this game too and found the AVGN Review really offensive.
The music is very good when in the mansion and the labrinth part is just chilling.
And the mandragora and nitro part was awesome too, brought a nice challenge to the game.
Man!! Another great video dude! I’m glad you’re back doing your thing 😀 I remember I used to pester Eric on his YT wall a couple years back saying he was Drunk in a dumpster, that’s why he wasnt reviewing 😛
As much as I love AVGN, I didn’t much care for his review of Castlevania 64. He just got so many things wrong and it didn’t look like a very fair (I know it’s a comedy show and shouldn’t worry too much about that, but it’s still rather distracting for me). I love your review though!
Being a huge Castlevania fan, I bypassed this one when I was in my teens.
I kind of wish I didn’t because I was a little more forgiving back then, compared to now.
I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a copy of both of the N64 games, you should have reviewed both of them as the second one has slightly better graphics and more content. (it used the expansion pack!)
Regardless, after watching this you helped fuel my fire to go out and find myself a copy in the wild!
YES! finally someone else who loved castlevania on 64, i own both with box and booklet, and beat the game (legacy of darkness) with cornell, carrie, and henry.(which i am at end fight with reinhart which i never got to see the true ending) but ya the cameral angles are a pain but thats what the c-button is for unless your next to a wall then its u gotta play your instincts which i memorized every jump angle pretty much. also if you spend so much gold to that merchant “the devil” you have to fight him in legacy of darkness
It’s kinda like skyrim, Horrifically bad, but yet, cherished nevertheless…
Yet another excellent video, keep up the good work Eric!
Been a fan since your Yoshi’s Island review and I just wanted to say keep up the fantastic work…now pass me one of those delicious hamburgers you boiled inside of that trash can…
Whats the difference between this and the other N64 CastleVania? Also does that one have the other two characters in it?
In the other its a prequel some years before and you play as the third character, a werewolf, but its the same game entirely. In the playthrough he saves a boy from the Frankenstein and after finishing there is an extra mode years later, he is a teenager with a gun and go to the castle to save some kids while Carrie and Schneider are there
I enjoyed Castlevania 64 Legacy of Darkness a lot. I don’t recall ever playing the first one.
There really is no time…
No, I mean… I am dead serious, there is no time!
Awesome review. 🙂
I remember seeing someone else give a similar opinion of it, but I honestly can’t remember where. Now that this is the second time someone’s said it might be worth checking out, I might actually check it out.
As for the “can’t play the full game on Easy mode,” thing, it’s not really /that/ uncommon. I know several other games that do it, and for games with /endings/ (not just “You Won” screens,) I think it’s actually a good idea. You have to /work/ for your ending, and I think it makes it all the more satisfying. I personally use Easy mode in such games just as practice or if I’m just replaying it on a lark.
This really is a flawed, but good game.
You should check out the second N64 CV game: Castlevania: The Legacy of Darkness. It’s like the game the first one should have been. 4 characters, different stories, better controls, better camera, better music, better everything! Seriously, that game corrected almost all the flaws of the first one, and is really a great game. Oh, and they completely remade the more annoying parts of the first game (I’m looking at you, Duel Tower), and added a lot more stages. So yeah, it’s basically a hidden gem.
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