Castlevania Requiem: SotN & Rondo of Blood Coming to PS4 Oct. 26

Well, that clears that up then. There had been a ratings listing for this Castlevania two pack a few days ago, and low and behold here it is. Exclusive to PlayStation for… some reason.

While both of these games (Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night) are classics that by no means should be missed… I am tremendously underwhelmed by the sheer Konami-ness of this release. Neither game (both over twenty years old now) appears to have had anything done to them whatsoever, appearing exactly as they did on PS1 and PC Engine so long ago. Don’t let the poorly zoomed in and cropped footage in the trailer fool you, as the games will be played in a 4:3 aspect ratio bordered by “multiple high-resolution” backgrounds. The PlayStation blog post highlights that there will be “different rendering options such as smoothing” and full trophy support, as well as make use of the small speaker in the DualShock 4 controller. Apparently, all that does is play a “cool little chime when you pick up an item”. Amazing.

I don’t know friends, but I just can’t find it in myself to be excited for this, especially when SotN is available regardless on Xbox One (through the backwards compatibility program) and RoB is available in a much better version on PSP. This bundle will also be somewhere between $19.99 and $24.99, which is a bit much for two games that are this old. Maybe if it included the ability to swap between classic and the PSP remakes (which featured new voice acting with re-translated dialogue of the original games, as well as a full 3D remake of RoB) I’d bite. Guess we’ll see when it releases October 26th, which is the same day as Season 2 of the Netflix series.

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