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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)

Akumajo Dracula X: Gekka no Yasokyoku (original title)
Richter Belmont has vanished just as Castlevania reemerged from the mists. Meanwhile, Alucard, the bastard son of Dracula, has awakened from his eternal slumber, intent on destroying his evil father once and for all.


Toru Hagihara


Koji Igarashi (scenario) (as Kouji Iga), Toshiharu Furukawa (scenario)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Belgrade Robert Belgrade ... Alucard (voice)
Ramsay Scott Ramsay Scott ... Richter Belmont (voice) (as Scott McCulloch)
Kimberly Forsythe Kimberly Forsythe ... Maria Renard (voice)
Michael Guinn ... Count Vlad Dracula (voice) (as Michael G.)
Barbara Whitlow Barbara Whitlow ... Succubus (voice)
Dennis Falt Dennis Falt ... Death / Master Librarian / Ferryman (voice)
Alison Lester Alison Lester ... Lisa Farenheights (voice)
Jeff Manning Jeff Manning ... Shaft (voice)
Ryôtarô Okiayu ... Alucard (voice)
Kiyoyuki Yanada Kiyoyuki Yanada ... Richter Belmont / Shaft (voice)
Chisa Yokoyama ... Maria Renard (voice)
Norio Wakamoto ... Dracula (voice)
Rica Fukami Rica Fukami ... Succubus / Lisa Farenheights (voice)
Masaharu Satô Masaharu Satô ... Death / Master Librarian / Ferryman (voice)
Hekiru Shiina Hekiru Shiina ... Faerie Familiar / Half-Faerie Familiar (voice)

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In 1792, the vampire slayer Richter Belmont stormed Dracula's stronghold, the cursed bastion Castlevania, and eviscerated the Count Dracula. Four years later, under the glare of a full moon, Richter vanished just as Castlevania reemerged from the mists. Meanwhile, Alucard, the bastard son of Dracula, has awakened from his eternal slumber, intent on destroying his evil father once and for all. Written by J Hoffman

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Did You Know?


The game's equipment/item use system worked differently than later "Metroidvania" style games. Items had to be equipped to be used, and a piece of equipment could be put in either hand (you could have a shield in one hand a sword in the other, two swords, two shields, etc.) This was not repeated in later installments. See more »


Shaft: Ugh... no!
Alucard: You claim to love the darkness. Go then and dwell there for all eternity!
Shaft: Bu... but my goal is achieved... Count Dracula has come to purify this corrupt world with the searing flames of chaos!
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Alternate Versions

The version released for the Sega Saturn in Japan suffered from some glitches in comparison to the Playstation version, but also included two very large extras. One was the ability to play as Richter Belmont throughout the entire game from the start, instead of having to complete the game and enter a special code as your name. The other was to be able to play as Maria, also from the very beginning. See more »


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Produced by Rika Muranaka
Recorded by Robert Chinelli, Eric Greedy, Jeff Lorber & Larry Mah
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My 3rd favorite video game
2 March 2006 | by LifeVirusZEROSee all my reviews

This game is simply one of the best video games in existence. It lets you basically do whatever you want, in an exploration style that is reminiscent of the Metroid games. It still has those classic Castlevania elements, such as various sub-weapons including the axe, holy water, and dagger. Not to mention some really awesome music. Years ago I paid 30 dollars for the soundtrack to this game, and it was well worth it. Several endings are unlockable, which is always a plus. The storyline of the entire Castlevania series is very, very deep; and this particular game is no exception. If you enjoy freedom, awesome music, and RPG elements in a sidescroller, then this game is definitely for you.

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