Super Castlevania IV
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The Completionist Super Castlevania 4 - How the whip was changed

The Completionist Super Castlevania 4 - How the whip was changed

Episode Number 140
Date Released August 21st, 2015
Completionist Rating Finish It!
Link Super Castlevania 4
Super Castlevania IV, known in Japan as Akumajou Dracula (Japanese: 悪魔城ドラキュラHepburn:Akumajō Dorakyura?, Devil's Castle Dracula) is a 1991 action-platformer video game and a remake of the original Castlevania on the NES. It was developed and published byKonami and is the first Castlevania game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The game was originally released in 1991 and later re-released on theVirtual Console in 2006 for the Wii and in 2013 for the Wii U. It features expanded play control, 16-bit graphics featuring SNES Mode 7, and a soundtrack featuring brand new pieces and remixes based on previous Castlevania music. Following the same setting as Castlevania, the game takes place in 1691 Transylvania, where the vampire hunter Simon Belmont must defeat the vampire Dracula.

The Completionist Edit

Jirard reviewed Super Castlevania IV for the 140th episode of The Completionist. The game was chosen for review to relive the glory days of Konami in light of recent controversies surrounding the company.

The video opens with an advertisement for a 24 hour Chrono Trigger stream with Jesse Cox and Dodger. Jirard will play the game for the first time in this stream.

Jirard praises the game’s presentation as a natural and impressive upgrade from the NES games. He brings particular attention to the use of color and attention to detail, as well as the use of Mode 7. However, he has mixed feelings on the music. He loves when the music is reminiscent of the other games, but not so much when it’s more atmospheric.

When it comes to gameplay, Jirard is very pleased with the multidirectional whip controls compared to the static whip range of the original games. He also praises the level design and enemy placement. However, as a whole he finds the game much easier than the NES games, but doesn’t find much of a reason to complain about this.

As a whole, Jirard finds the game to be a worthy successor of Castlevania 1, and feels like a natural progression of that game while staying true to its spirit.

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