Castlevania Advance Collection Review (PlayStation 4)

Our Castlevania Advance Collection Review goes back to a time when vampire games were all the rage, So we join the fight against Evil in the Castlevania Advance Collection, a compilation of timeless action-exploration masterpieces! In addition to the three legendary Castlevania games that were first released in the early 2000s, this collection also includes Castlevania: Dracula X.

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Castlevania Advance Collection Review Pros:

  • Gorgeous graphics.
  • 703.6MB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Works on Playstation 5.
  • Tutorials vary from game to game and how they are implemented.
  • Four games – Castlevania (Gameboy Advance), Castlevania Harmony Of Dissonance, Castlevania Aria Of Sorrow, and Castlevania Vampires Kiss.
  • Game version – American, European, and Japanese. (each has separate saves)
  • Music player for all the game’s soundtracks.
  • Gallery – concept and game art.
  • Each game has a story button to give you the general gist.
  • All game/video/control settings are on a per-game basis.
  • Screen settings – standard, pixel perfect, and full.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Rewind feature.
  • Gadgets – (on/off and different in each game) shows if a monster should have been obtained from a battle, display if any items remain in the current area, shows what DSS and action cards are obtainable in a battle.
  • Save and load replays.
  • Choice of wallpapers for the border art.
  • Save/load when you want.
  • High-quality sound option.
  • Encyclopedia for all the info on enemies, lore, and items/weapons.
  • Can easily quit back to the game select screen.
  • Castlevania Vampires Kiss has six screen settings – standard, pixel perfect, full, 4:3 with filter, pixel perfect with filter, and full with filter.
  • All settings can be changed whenever.
  • Each game shows a last played date and time stamp.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Every game’s cutscenes can be skipped and text fast-forwarded.
  • Powerful soundtracks.
  • An amazing collection of games.
  • Castlevania Aria Of Sorrow – is like your Symphony Of The Night, earn exp and level up, Metroidvania, equip new items, enemies randomly drop loot, etc.
  • Castlevania (Gameboy Advance) is a more hardcore experience that uses a DSS mechanic whereby you collect and activate action and attribute cards to change the game and how you play it.
  • Can use analog and d-pad.
  • Each game has 10 save slots.
  • Castlevania Harmony Of Dissonance is like Symphony of the night complete with the same enemy models, abilities, and save rooms.
  • Castlevania Vampires Kiss is actually the Snes version of Rondo Of Blood.

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Castlevania Advance Collection Review Cons:

  • The game menu does take a short while to load and close.
  • Castlevania is very clunky showing its age kind of game.
  • Quicksave and load are menu options so it’s not as fast as you would like.
  • No museum or history pieces.
  • Doesn’t add anything new to the games.
  • The rewind feature is a button combo that’s less than ideal.
  • You can’t just do an overall setting change so you don’t need to go into each game’s settings.
  • Vampires Kiss runs a bit sluggish.

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Castlevania Advance Collection:

Official website.

Developer: Konami

Publisher: Konami

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PlayStation

Steam

Xbox

Nintendo

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
9/10

Summary

We thought the first Castlevania Collection was good but Konami has once again listened and released another batch of goodness. OK so it’s all the advance games and a Snes game, a lot of people myself included didn’t get around to all the Castlevania games on the advance so this was and is the best way to experience these classics. Aria Of Sorrow and Dissonance play and look just like Symphony of the night so they have aged the best and are indeed the better games to play. Vampires Kiss and Castlevania are good but they do show their age from clunky controls to sluggish performance, playing them is still nostalgic and good but not as fun as the other two. Combine it all together and you have a solid collection of a solid game series, they added in a music player so you can listen to the badass soundtracks, a gallery shows a lot of the cool art off and then you have the mod cons like rewind, save when you want and screen settings. I know this is a collection that like the first one will be played a lot! I mean Castlevania is fantastic so to go back and play games you only ever heard about is a real treat. This for me is a better collection than the first one and the games have aged very well.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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