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The first of the Metroidvanias, SotN gets a lot of flak for usurping the old-style Castlevania gameplay, and this is a shame. What it did, it did well -- even if it copied Metroid to do it. Reaching the inverted castle for the first time is one of those stellar moments in gaming when you see the potential games can truly offer.
Game Traits applied to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS) by laute