Review: Dracula X - Nocturne in the Moonlight


Posted by Eric on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 in Retro / Reviews
Nocturne in the Moonlight Saturn cover

Immediately following the events of Richter Belmont’s adventure, Rondo of Blood for the TurboGrafx-16, Dracula X - Nocturne in the Moonlight starts you off smack in the middle of the final boss fight against Dracula from the previous game in the Castlevania series. Known here in the U.S. as Castlevania - Symphony of the Night, Nocturne is the Japanese version of one of the best titles of the 32bit era. I had the privilege of playing the Sega Saturn exclusive version, which contains more areas of the castle to explore and additional features and dialogue than the PlayStation.

I first played this title when it was released as downloadable content on Xbox Live Arcade. Of course, that was the English port, but it was still enough to suck me into the decade old 2D adventure. Anyone who knows me knows that Super Metroid is my favorite game of all time, and Nocturne‘s gameplay is not far off. It’s a lengthy 2D RPG platformer that takes you through the bowels of Dracula’s castle in search of what’s caused Castlevania to come back into existence. Collecting a slew of weaponry, armor and items along the way, the main character, Alucard Tepes, is something of a recluse. He doesn’t talk much, but there’s honestly no need (Hell, Samus gets away with it...). On his journey he meets Maria, a sprite from Richter’s adventure searching the castle for him after his disappearance. They exchange awkward silences and facial expressions occasionally throughout the castle and eventually end up duking it out. You’ll see two different endings depending on the choice you make and/or items you collect.


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Symphony of the Night disc label


Posted by Eric on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 in Art / Gaming Life

I think I enjoy doing these labels because not only does it tune my skills but it’s also fairly quick and easy work. I enjoy art so much but have always failed to come up with my own style. I’m working on that, thought. Here’s a label for Castlevania - Symphony of the Night for Sega Saturn. Enjoy!

Castlevania - Symphony of the Night Sega Saturn CD Label

Castlevania - Symphony of the Night