Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Man, I really wish I could play Castlevania for the first time again
My first experience with Castlevania was actually in my daycare before I even reached grade school. La Petite Academy, the good old days. In retrospect, it probably wasn't a good idea to let a bunch of four and five year olds play a game such as Castlevania, but hey, it actually helped me become the gamer I am today. After all, it was after playing the NES for hours on end at daycare that made me beg my parents to get me a console that year for Christmas.
Have you ever played a game so much that you know where every enemy appears in every level, and can just about beat the game from shear muscle memory? That's how Castlevania is to me. Aside from Mega Man 2, I'm not sure if there is any game on the NES that I have played more. I'm not sure Konami has ever coded a Castlevania experience quite as addicting or as engaging since.
The Castlevania soundtrack is famously atmospheric and slightly creepy. There is nothing like the feeling of getting to the last level, and finally facing Dracula. That is if you are able to make it there after all. I was only able to do so after, I don't know, dying about a thousand times before finally really understanding the ins and outs of the game. I guess that's the beauty of retro games, with lots of them, the whole game is about pattern and repetition...and Castlevania was one of the best.