As a descendent of Dracula, you must end the vampire bloodline.
Can you rid the world of this unspeakable terror?  Uncover the
mystery of  Castlevania and challenge an adventure as
legendary as its name.


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REVIEW

                               The Castlevania series has been a favorite on
                               a variety of console systems, and now it has
                               burst into the next generation of videogame
                               systems with a utterly playable new title.
                               Symphony of the Night starts during the final
                               scene of the previous Castlevania adventure
                               Dracula X. Players must fight and defeat the
                               evil Dracula before even starting the game.
                               Once it does start, however, players are
                               immediately plunged in a deep story-line with
                               so many sharp twists and turns that we might
                               ruin the surprises if we even talk about them.

                               Konami did just about everything right in its
                               first PlayStation offering of the Castlevania
                               series. Symphony of the Night is deeper, and
                               more intense than any of its predecessors,
                               and the classic gameplay and control are
                               refined nearly perfectly as well. Players can
                               expect to spend around thirty hours just to get all the way through this title.

                               The depth of this title is absolutely staggering at times. Even after playing
                               through the entire game, the desire to return and find all of the castle's
                               secrets remains strong. Hidden inside these walls are an almost countless
                               number of items, weapons and power-ups that can easily be missed the first
                               and even second time through.

                               This wide selection of articles allows players to experiment with a nearly
                               endless number of item combinations to get the best results. For instance,
                               certain shields work in conjunction with specific swords, and players are
                               given the freedom to find the combination that suits them best. This feature
                               adds excitement to every new pick-up because the new item may work better
                               with the objects a player may already have. If finding weapons is too difficult,
                               players can collect money throughout the game and buy items and weapons
                               in libraries inside the castle.

                               Players can also call upon `familiars' (characters who fight along side the
                               hero) to help in battles. These special characters include bats, pixies and life
                               draining ghosts. These familiars gain experience like the main character and
                               become more powerful as the game goes on.

                               A host of spells are included that can cause immense damage to enemies.
                               Special shield rod spells depend on what shield a player is using and are
                               considerably powerful. At the beginning, theses shield rod spells increase
                               basic attributes such as defense and intelligence, later they enable powerful
                               attacks from meteors, fire and giant lasers.

                               While the detail is superb, the gameplay is almost perfect. Control is just
                               about dead-on with a tight and intuitive setup that lets players concentrate
                               on exploring the immense castle landscape rather than worrying about
                               making jumps and careful moves. Also, the control features split-second
                               responsiveness, an control element recent platform titles (namely Lost World
                               and MK Mythologies) overlooked.

                               Even with all this depth, detail, and control, a title could frustrate players by
                               simply not being fun. However, this adventure hits the nail right on the head
                               in this area, making Castlevania: Symphony of the Night one of the most
                               enjoyable titles yet for the PlayStation.



CHEATS AND HINTS

210.1% Score

     To get 210.1%, go to the Royal Chapel in the first castle. Go to the long vertical place where the
     confession room (the room with the chairs and you hear the bells) is at your right and the left leads
     to the large sword. Stand in the left side, but don't go in, equip the sword familiar and do
     half-circle forward and up-left and hold up for two seconds then press down and square (Sword
     Brothers.) When the sword is spinning transform into a bat and go to the left doorway. If your
     timing is right you should go *through* the wall and be able to fly around the castle.

     IMPORTANT: To obtain 210% you must have your sword familiar maxed out to level 99 with
     99 experience points. If this is not acheived, the cheat doesnt work.

Alucard's Special Moves

     Hellfire (15MP): up, down, down-right, right and square

     Summon Spirit (5MP): left, right, up, down and square

     Soul Steal (50MP): left, right, down-right, down, down-left, left, right and square

     Dark Metamorphosis (10MP): left, up-left, up, up-right, right and square

     Tetra Spirits (20MP): hold up for 2 seconds, then press up-right, right, down-right, down and
     square

     Wolf Charge (10MP, must have "skill of wolf", and must also be in Wolf form): down,
     down-right, right and square

     Sword Brothers (30MP, must be using the "Sword" familiar for this to work): down, down-right,
     right, up-right, hold up for 2 seconds, then press down and square

     Wing Smash (8MP, must be in bat form when performing this): hold X, up, up-left, left, down-left,
     down, down-right, right and then release X

Axe Lord Armor

     After beating the game once, start a new game and enter your name as AXEARMOR. You'll find
     a cool new suit of armor in your inventory.

Belmont's Special Moves

     Whip Uppercut: down, up and X

     Run: right right, or left left (hold after second press)

     Whip Twirl: hold Square, then tap any direction repeatedly

     Slide: down and X

     Slide Jump: down and X, X again immediatly after the first one

     Back Flip: X twice, quickly

     Whip Dash: up, down, downright, right and square (Richter is invulnerable when performing this)

     Whip Lunge: left, then right and square(or vice versa)

Bonus Soundtrack

     Put the Castlevania CD into any regular CD player. Play Track 2, and you'll hear a special song.

Easy Familiar Experience

     Ok, easy way, but a bit time consuming, to get experience for all your familiars. I believe you have
     to have it beaten once first. but I may be wrong.

     As you start the game, go through like you normally would. But this time, don't but alot from the
     librarian. Only get the Jewel of Open, and 1 or 2 Library Cards.  The proceed with the game.

     Once you get in the inverted castle, keep going and get AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE.
     Once you get 500,000 go back to the librarian, and purchase the Duplicator. Then go BACK to
     the inverted castle, and equip it. By this time, you should have at least ONE of the Power of Sire
     items. Equip that as well. Voila, you have an infinite supply now as long as you have the duplicator
     equipped.

     Now go to the room in the inverted church thing (forgot the name off hand), and enter the room
     with the big sword that is surrounded by spears and shields. Use the Power of Sire, then leave the
     room, and go back in, use it again, and so on and so forth. Within an hour I had ALL my familiars
     powered up to 99/99.

Effortless Experience Gain

     To get effortless experience follow these simple steps:
          play through the game like normal until you get your bat familar.
          at this point go back to near the start of the game where the zombies keep coming out of
          the ground.
          then all you do is stand on the step on the stairs where the zombies can't reach you and turn
          your bat familiar on. Just make sure that you are far enough away that the zombies won't
          hurt you if your familar misses one of them.
          The bat familar will kill most of the zombies that appear, also make sure you are looking in
          the direction of the zombies or the bat will not hit them.

     The best part about this trick is that the familar will kill the zombies and both he and you will get
     the experience making this absolutely simple in gaining levels. In three hours my bat went from
     level 2 to level 60!

Enhanced Luck

     After beating the game once, start a new game and enter your name as X-X!V"Q. You'll start
     with 99 luck and the Lapis Lazuli item, but your strength and hitpoints will be reduced.

Extra Options

     At the name select screen, enter your name as AXELORD then go to the Settings screen.

Fiddle with the Logo

     When the words NOW LOADING are on screen, you can manipulate them with the d-pad.

Get the Holy Glasses and all Four Endings

     To get the Holy Glasses you need the gold ring (after beating the Succubus in Nightmare, located
     in a side path in the long tunnel to the underground) and the silver ring (in the hall of spikes in the
     tower, you need the Spike Buster armor from the underground.) Take these to the clock tower
     and equip them. You'll get a L-O-N-G sequence before it lets you go down. Follow the path to
     find Maria, she'll give you the Holy Glasses.

     Endings

     1. Simply go to the castle tower and defeat Richter without meeting Maria. Alucard will escape
     the destroyed castle and say a few things before going back to his eternal sleep.

     2. Get the Holy Glasses and defeat Richter. Maria will have also escaped and tell you she's
     continuing her search for what happened to Richter.

     For the 3rd and 4th endings, do this first: Get the Holy Glasses and equip them, but DON'T kill
     Richter. Instead, attack the green orb above him until it shatters. From here you'll go to the
     inverted castle.

     3. Defeat Dracula with anything below 200% and you'll see Maria and Richter waiting for you
     outside the castle. Maria will decide not to follow Alucard and will return with Richter.

     4. Get AT LEAST 199.1% and defeat Dracula. The others will be waiting, but Maria will decide
     to follow Alucard and try to help him cope with what he is.

Heaven Sword Special Attack

     You can get Heaven Swords as a rare item by killing the Cloaked knights (flying knights that toss
     their swords at you). If you have two of these, equip one in each hand and press both square and
     circle to activate the special attack.

Music Select

     To gain access to the excellent soundtracks, complete the game (fully, with over 190%) with
     Alucard and restart a brand new game with Alucard (do not cover over the old one). When you
     get to the Librarian, simply walk up to him and a music select option will appear with the 'buy/sell'
     box.

Play as Richter - Japanese and American

     After beating the game once, start a new game and enter your name as RICHTER. You can play
     now as Richter Belmont.

Secret Rooms

     Here are the locations of some of the secret rooms in the game.

     Room 1: Outer Wall
     When you enter the stage from the Marble Garden, go down to meet an Armor Lord. Beat him
     and go to the left. Hack the wall on the left wall to get a Pot Roast. Stand in the Space for 20
     seconds and you will go into a room with items

     Room 2: Alchemy Lab And Necromancy Lab
     In the Alchemy Lab, hack the wall in the first room going up. Inside is a Heart Max-up. The one in
     the Necromancy lab of the inverted castle is in the same spot.

     Room 3: Colossem and Reverse Colossem
     In the room with Blade Soldiers and Blade Masters, go to the first pillar, face left and use a few
     axes to reveil a passage.

     Rooms 4 and 5: Orlox's Quarters and Akmodan's Chamber
     The first room is in the room with the Sprit Sword. Go to the right to find a dead end, hack the
     wall to get some good items.

     The second one is later in the stage. When you are in courtyard with the Vahalla Knights, go
     down to the ground and proceed left. Proceed left until you are in a room with the bridge. Hack
     Every part of the wall until you reveal the room. Do the same in Akmodan's Chamber's (Orlox's
     Room in the Inverted Castle)

     Room 6: Clock Tower and Reverse Clock Tower
     In the room before the Birdman boss, Hack the right wall at the top of the room.

     Room 7: Pit to the Catacombs
     Use the Demon Familiar to flip the switch after the Cerberas Boss to reveil a room. Do the same
     in the inverted castle.



 



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