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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

PlayStation

Game Description:

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is an action role playing game for the PlayStation.

This game in the Castlevania series departs from the designs of the others, and takes the series into an RPG approach.

Known in Japan as Akumajou Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku (Demon Castle Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight), this game takes place after the first Dracula X game (specifically, “Dracula X: Rondo of Blood”). You play as Alucard, a returning hero from the third installment of the series on the NES. Alucard is Dracula’s son, who had gone into a deep sleep for many years until he was awakened by the return of Dracula’s castle.

As Alucard, you have a large number of equipment to choose from (daggers, one-handed swords, two-handed swords, fist-type weapons, rods, as well as armor, shields, capes, helmets, accessories, and usable items).

Alucard has many techniques at his disposal. First, he has a large set of spells (about 10 or so) that he can perform by using his MP (one of the three main statistics, in addition to HP and Hearts). He can transform into a Wolf, Bat, and Mist (each of which has a few abilities of their own). He also gets familiars of varying types (demons, faeries, and even a sentient sword) to help fight his enemies.

The game itself is huge. The amount of ground you have covered in the castle can be viewed on a Metroid-style map that takes up just about the entire screen when it’s full. There is also a separate area after the castle which is just as big. There are plenty of secret areas for you to find as well.

Translation Description:

This patch features a complete translation, multiple code hacks (8×8 and 8×12 vwf and other fixes for expanding available space on screen and in memory) and several graphical changes, including compressed graphics.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Main executable (SLPM_860.23 in root folder) MD5 before patching: C57AE36C7023962CC139A7A4443E754D

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
GeminiHackingHacking & Programmer
throughhim413Translation
TomTranslationEditor and Support Translator

User Review Information

Practically necessary.

Reviewed By: tziouv on 18 Sep 2021

The most important part of this translation is that it gives the items and weapons their proper names, instead of drawing them from a Tolkien book appendix like the official translations have done so far. The names are also consistent with the ones used by the Castlevania games that would come out after this, so SotN doesn’t feel like the “odd one out”.

It’s probably not perfect but it’s easily the best way to play SotN currently, especially if you are a fan of the metroidvanias/IGAvanias and expect some consistency between the games.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Practically necessary.tziouv18 Sep 20211.0Yes
A lot of work went into itCaptainHIT08 Nov 20201.0Yes
Beware redump.SCO05 Aug 20171.0Yes
Evocative, moody, subtle - as the game should bebigzapper13 Jun 20171.0Yes
I would have to disagree on the bad dialogue on the PSP though.thepatrickinator16 Aug 20161.0Yes
Heavy Improvement!justin300909 Apr 2012N/AYes
Oh, so that's what that was...Garoth Moulinoski27 Oct 2009N/AYes