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Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness

by Konami
Nintendo 64
Teen
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)


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  • 1 Player


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  • ASIN: B00001X510
  • Item Weight: 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,557 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Dracula's a tough fellow to pin down, so to speak, so it's no surprise that the popular Castlevania series has resurrected the nefarious guy nearly every year since the game's 1987 debut.

Legacy of Darkness is both a prequel and an update to the early 1999 release, Castlevania, for the Nintendo 64. Set eight years prior to its predecessor's narrative, the creepy story introduces a new main character, Cornell, a young gent who moonlights as a werewolf. Dracula's posse has kidnapped Cornell's younger sister, and the man-wolf must conquer a collection of enemies, including Dracula himself, to save her. In addition to Cornell's quest, players can experience entirely unique adventures from the viewpoint of three other characters, adding to the game's replayability.

With a slicker version of its precursor's game engine, Legacy of Darkness features improved graphics (bumped up even a few more notches via an optional high-resolution expansion pack) and redesigned puzzles and levels. Players navigate using a variety of gymnastic-style moves in the third person, with the camera following them from an over-the-shoulder view.

This game is definitely best enjoyed after a garlic-heavy dinner with the lights off and doors locked.

--Eric Twelker

Review

Once titled - more accurately - Castlevania: Special Edition, Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness is what Konami's first Nintendo 64 Castlevania title was meant to be when it was released early this year. Everything from Castlevania 64 is present here in an enhanced director's cut version, which contains improved graphics, sound, and two extra scenarios featuring the new characters, Cornell the werewolf and the young warrior Henry. Like the original, Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness isn't very similar to Symphony of the Night on the PlayStation but is a hard-core version of the early titles in the series set in 3D. Taking place eight years before the first N64 game, C:LOD begins with Cornell journeying to Transylvania after his friend Ortega had betrayed him, allowing Cornell's sister Ada to be abducted by Count Dracula. Now it's up to you to rescue her, or die trying. Instead of letting you play as any of the four characters from the start, C:LOD forces you to finish the game as Cornell before you can unlock the remaining three. As Cornell, you play through a mix of all-new levels and levels from the original that now carry different objectives. Cornell uses a sonic-boom-like punch as his primary weapon, and for close combat, he can use his claws to slash enemies. The weapons are pretty much the same as those found throughout the series: axes, daggers, crosses, holy water, and so on. Cornell himself is a little bit tougher to maneuver than Reinhardt or Carrie, because his lock-on is not as precise as theirs, and his attack is a bit slow. You'll end up facing in one direction for a few seconds while enemies attack you from behind and from the side. Cornell has the ability to morph into werewolf form, which makes his attacks and defenses stronger, but, disappointingly, there are no additional special moves. This new scenario is a lot of fun to explore, although, admittedly, it does seem to drag at points. Playing through Reinhardt's and Carrie's scenarios in the director's cut version isn't nearly as fresh an experience as playing as Cornell, but hard-core fans of the series will nevertheless enjoy playing through these now-more-difficult scenarios, with their new levels and bosses. Henry's mission is the shortest and least interesting of them all, requiring you to rescue seven children within six days. The graphics found in Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness are a mixed bag. The game looks much more impressive with the use of the N64 Expansion Pak, but even with the Expansion Pak the frame rate is still very jittery, making it almost unplayable. Without the Expansion Pak, the game looks slightly better than the original. A few touchups have been made to the backgrounds, such as added textures to the walls and added details to the flowers in the gardens. Although it may downgrade the resolution, playing without the Expansion Pak makes the game run much smoother. It's a shame that Konami couldn't use the pak more effectively. Many complained about the lack of music in the original, but Legacy of Darkness contains a nice assortment of new tracks and remixes of classic Castlevania tunes. Other additions include the introduction of cinematics and the option to switch the camera into several different modes. Cornell's intro sequence isn't FMV but an in-game engine cinematic, the likes of which was missing in the original. It's not quite up to what Konami accomplished in Metal Gear Solid, of course, but it's entertaining, and it adds a little flavor to the character. You can now also change the game camera between three different perspectives. But there isn't one view that works well for every situation, and you have to keep switching between them to find the best view of the current action. For example, setting the camera to boss mode will place it so far back that your view is often blocked by a wall in areas inside the castle. Complaints aside, Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness is exactly what it sets out to be: a better version of the original. If you loved the first one, there's enough added value to justify picking this game up, even though it feels a little dated now, and its price is pretty steep. But if you're one of those people who felt that Castlevania should've never made the jump into 3D, Legacy of Darkness will do only a little more than the original in convincing you otherwise.--Ike Sato--Copyright © 1998 GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. -- GameSpot Review

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WICKED FUN!!!!! June 24, 2001
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Go back 8 years in time before Castlevania 1.A young man,half beast-half man must save his only blood family relative alive today,his sister Ada.Cornell unleashes his wolf power and goes against skeletons,bats,vampires,werewolfs,and more to save is sister's soul.Ada was taken from her house,and her village was burnt to the ground,no survivors.Ada will have enough blood to bring back the one the only DRACULA.Cornell's journey begins in a foggy old lake,on a ship.Cornell kills a huge and very scary sea monster.Then he goes to a forest,an old castle,a villa,and then DRACULA'S CASTLE.Great music.For 10 and up due to bloody violence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We are the Children of the Night! January 7, 2000
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This game rules! It was a vast imporovement over the first Castlevania. Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness has everything you could ask for, more levels, better graphics(thanks to the expansion pak), and not to mention the chance to actually play in 3-D as a werewolf! If you spend the time to actually play this game, you might find some very rewarding suprises such as a knight, better costumes, and a Magnum! Overall this is an excellent choice for Castlevania fans, and for players who have never experienced Castlevania, now is the time to sink your fangs into it! Peace!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a MUST HAVE! July 14, 2001
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I loved CASTLEVANIA: LEGACY OF DARKNESS! The storyline is supurb and the gameplay is engrossing! This is far superior to any of the previous CASTLEVANIA side-scrollers that appeared on other consoles. All of them had no story whatsoever and players can only stay occupied by running, jumping, and attacking before realizing that they are playing the same thing over and over with a new background, slightly different enemies, and a change of background music. CASTLEVANIA: LEGACY OF DARKNESS provides a refreshing alternative to the mindless CASTLEVANIAs of the past with stunning in-game graphics and lighting effects. The Cinemas lack a bit graphically, but the stories they portray will more than make up for it.
As for music, the eerie melodies set the many different moods throughout the game; from the chilling notes during the plot twists to the eerily calm music just before a climax, this game has a wealth of spectacularly composed melodies.
As for gameplay, the controls take some mastering. However, once you learn them, play is natural. While some complain of jerky camera movements, these are easily eliminated using the correct camera setting and an experienced gamer will realize that the problem is non-existant.
Overall, CASTLEVANIA: LEGACY OF DARKNESS is one of the finest specimens of a game I've ever seen. With 4 full-length quests from 4 different characters, the gameplay goes on and on. Plus, multiple endings add to the replay value. This is a MUST HAVE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The legacy lives on April 23, 2002
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Tradition gameplay, with a twist! Run, jump, fall, die, repeat. A captivating game with stunning graphics, Legacy allows you to play Cornell, a man-beast that can actually make those jumps on try five. Press the "L" button to morph into a were-wolf(no full moon required) and become twice as strong. If you defeat "Dracula" with Cornell, you can play as Henry, the little boy Cornell saved from the chainsaw man. This time Henry has a nine shot pistol. Sweet! Legacy is not for those with weak stomachs. The bats tear at your flesh, and the gears in the Clock Tower grind you into a bloody pulp. Nasty! If you relish in Goth and gore, Castlevania is for you. Also, if you have a saved Legacy file, pop in Castlevania64, play to the end, and watch as the real Dracula tears you apart with atom bombs, fire dragons, and mega shockwaves. Awesome!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It IS Castlevania April 2, 2005
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The Castlevanias on the N64 got praise upon first release, then slowly everyone jumped on the bandwagon of bashing the heck out of them. I have to say that this is totally undeserved. One has to remember that this game was done under the limitations of the technology at the time. Compared to todays games......sure, it's not that pretty to look at. But for its time, LoD was as good a 3D interpretation of Castlevania as one could hope to create (and don't get me started about "it could have been done better on the PS1", just don't). The reason I highly recommend this game to Castlevania fans is that this remains, to date, the best way to experience Castlevania in the third dimension. I've played Lament of Innocense....and while that game did get everything right that LoD was weak on: super tight graphics and a solid action gameplay engine, it suffered from a far more horrid curse: it didn't FEEL like a Castlevania game! Outside of some of the enemies and the whip-toting hero, I felt no connection to the Castlevanian atmosphere I had come to know and expect. LoD delivers this, even if not in the prettiest or most action-centric way. It's a more deliberately paced game, and unlike LoI, you actually feel like your traversing the dark lair of Dracula. LoI felt like an overextended dungeon crawl that sported very few familiar castle locals traditional to the series. On top of that....I absolutely LOATHED the feminine look of the hero Leon.

All the classic creatures are here and represented in a refreshingly original manner. You'll find plenty of cool boss battles, and Dracula's final incarnations in this game are the coolest I've seen yet. You'll also have access to four different playable characters (the only time this has been done since Castlevania 3).
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best 3D castlevania as of 2013, but will scare some off with its...
Castlevania Legacy of Darkness is criminally underrated... it is essentially an improved and expanded version of the original Castlevania 64, with a better camera, less slowdown,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kraidstar
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh no, not again!
I'm probably one of the top ten Castlevania fans in the world. So despite me being able to write an entire book about what made the first N64 Castlevania a below average video... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pathos
4.0 out of 5 stars How to make a game everybody loves or hates
Legacy of Darkness, like its predecessor, is just one of those games that are so close to the line between excellent and mediocre that all the players either wind up loving it or... Read more
Published on April 1, 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Graphics isnt the main factor in a game...
People need to understand this, instead of passing the game off as poor quality just cause the graphics blow.. its the gameplay that counts. Read more
Published on December 30, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated
The original Castlevania 64 was under par, not just because of the twitchy camera or the graphics but because of the short length of the game. Read more
Published on December 11, 2005 by Annaleise Ferreira
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll be short but sweet
This is a very underestimated Castlevania game. Althought the 3D graphics are not that good, the gameplay is awesome; you can play four different characters! Read more
Published on August 12, 2005 by Jonathan N. Meidell
5.0 out of 5 stars Castlevania LOD
I Have Castlevania 64 And i liked it so i went to my local [electronics store] and i saw it so i bought it and i must Say EVERYONE MUST OWN THIS game!
Published on August 30, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars This is 1 of my favorites!
If you are thinking about getting this game well then what the heck are you waiting for. This game delivers the goods if you want some frightning good entertainment. Read more
Published on July 15, 2003 by The Game Reviewer
3.0 out of 5 stars A star above Castlevania 64, but only average...
After the horrid Castlevania 64, Konami releases Legacy of Darkness, the prequel. While it's not entirely terrible, it's a very overrated Castlevania title in my opinion. Read more
Published on June 17, 2003 by Axel Law
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CastleVania Ever!
The 3D CastleVanias on N64 have been getting a lot of heat from the CastleVania "fans" that have compared it and have deemed it sub-par against the "oh-so-great" Symphony of the... Read more
Published on December 25, 2002 by DielInfinite
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