With the release of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 only six months away, I think it’s time to deal with a pressing matter. The Castlevania franchise hasn’t had a proper Castlevania game on consoles since 1997’s Symphony of the Night, and when the Lords of Shadow trilogy comes to a close, what will come next?
The Castlevania franchise is one the classic franchises to come out of the 80’s, along with Mega Man, Contra, Metroid, Mario, and Zelda. Like many other 80’s franchise, Castlevania had a very difficult time making the transition to 3D. It all went downhill in 1999, with the release of the ill-famed Castlevania 64. Terrible graphics and gameplay will do that to a promising game, but it didn’t stop there. Years later, in 2009, the series got the mediocre crossover fighting game Castlevania Judgment, and in 2010 we were treated to the awful Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
Meanwhile, all the portable Castlevania games milked the formula present in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, while doing barely anything new. For the past 14 years, Konami still hasn’t given us the classic Castlevania experience we deserve, and we’ve had to put up we’ve a lot of nonsense coming from the company over the last decade. The closest we’ve got are ports and remakes of older games. That’s not enough. I want a game like Super Castlevania IV, a game that was simple, yet challenging, and played incredibly well. Damn it, I want the real Castlevania V.
When they make Castlevania V, it should be a side-scrolling action game like the classic Castlevania games. Any other way simply won’t count. Besides, I’ve had it with Castlevania trying to emulate the other big action games of today. Also, I think it should be in 2D style graphics, and on a Nintendo console.
When it all comes down to it, Konami doesn’t have any respect for its classic franchises anymore. They used to be the kings of ultra-hard games back in the 80’s and 90’s, but now, how can it regain its lost glory?
When Lords of Shadow 2 comes out in 2014, I’ll be left to wonder what comes next. Will they do the right thing, or will they screw it all up?