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Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

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One of the best side-scrolling game franchises makes a successful debut on the Game Boy Advance inCastlevania: Circle of the Moon. This time around you follow the adventures of Nathan Graves as he attempts to stop the recently resurrected Dracula. In … see full wiki

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The best reason to own a GBA at launch.

  • Jun 11, 2001
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I've had my Game Boy Advance for a while now, having received one from Japan shortly after it launched there. I've played a number of games, but Castlevania is by far the best. I had silently prayed for another 2D Castlevania game since Symphony of the Night enthralled me several years ago, and CotM is a godsend. Actually, I'd even say CotM exceeds SotN some ways. Graphically, it's certainly on par with it, but where CotM surpasses its predecessor is in the gameplay department.

Circle of the Moon, a side-scrolling action/RPG like the classics, offers a huge castle to explore, tons of secrets, and reams of intense action. What I like about this game is that it has a welcome degree of challenge that was missing from SotN. Your vampire hunter gets mighty powerful, but you won't find yourself mindlessly scything through your enemies fearlessly...the game is consistently difficult. Although it does get frustrating sometimes, all in all the difficulty is fair and satisfying. Most games these days are too easy.

For this installment to the series, Konami has spiced up gameplay with a cool card combo system. There are a hundred card combinations possible, and by mixing them in different ways you gain different abilities. This gives the game an added degree of depth, although there's some missed potential because some of the combinations are pretty useless.

Everything about this game is great: the challenge, the action, the card system, the graphics...and the music! CotM features a bunch of old Castlevania songs that help define the series. Great tunes, man...just be sure to plug in some headphones to get the full audio experience. Absolutely a must have for 2D action fans who hunger for a hardcore, old-school challenge. Buy it!!

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