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EU VC Releases - 19th October - Castlevania II

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

A diverse selection for Europe today, as besides a shoot 'em up and a fighter, we get the strange sequel to the original Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. The game is a lot different from the original game, though the influence is still very obvious. Instead of fighting your way through linear levels, you've instead got a large overworld to explore, complete with dungeons and secrets! The game's been criticized a lot over the years, and has even been called "most disappointing sequel of all time", but this is honestly not doing it any justice, as it's a pretty good game. Just don't expect anything similar to the original!

Second today, it's the first Turbografx-CD game, Gate of Thunder! It's a really good horizontal shmup, with a rocking soundtrack. There's a reason this is frequently mentioned in lists of best shoot 'em ups!

And finally today, we've got World Heroes. It's a good fighter for the Neo Geo, and it's cartoony characters are a nice alternative to Fatal Fury's slightly more realistic approach. Still, it and most other "early" Neo Geo fighters are outclassed by their own sequels, so it might be worth waiting!

A fairly diverse selection for Europe today, and none of the games are bad.

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User Comments (17)

__allen

#1

allen said:

I hope Simon's Quest makes it over to the States this monday.

__ruroremy

#2

ruroremy said:

dissapointing week. I never really liked Castlevania 2, I'm not interested in shooters that much and I won't be downloading any more fighters (unless SF2 Alpha gets a release).
Guess I'll wait till next week.

__dusty

#3

dusty said:

Hm, I was hoping for some Super Turrican, can't get enough of the oldschool sidescrolling shooters.

__The Holg

#7

The Holg said:

I've never played Simon's Quest so I guess I'll download it later today. Gates of Thunder is a must have! As for World Heroes - no thank you! If it ran with 60 Hz I would probably get it for completeness' sake......

neuzd

#9

neuzd said:

Ohhhhhh Simon's Quest....I remember this.
This is the first
and only
super debut
of the AVGN!!!!
........
I got the itch about Gate of Thunder when it got released in NA this monday. I watched the video and I'm going to buy it. Kewl......

reekon

#11

reekon said:

Actually I think it's just a matter of preference.

Simon's Quest was the first Castlevania game I played when I was a kid, and I liked it a lot.

When I found out about Castlevania 3, I tried it and didn't like it.

Even when I grew up and got emulators, I still preferred it over the 1st and the 3rd games.

To me, it's like Super Metroid, except with vampires and whips.

Although I think I understand why other people hate it, since the pace is a bit slower, and there's some considerable back and forth tasks, trying to find the next item.

Bass_X0

#13

Bass_X0 said:

If you don't like Simon's Quest, think of it as an indication that Castlevania III is closer. Then after that, the TurboDuo game or possibly Bloodlines.

Mr_Mat1

#15

Mr_Mat1 said:

I hope we will get the third Castlevania soon. Personnally I really love it. Simon's quest is ok...

Bass_X0

#16

Bass_X0 said:

I'm surprised we haven't got Bravoman or Ordyne yet. Those two seem to have been forgotten about.

__Mike

#17

Mike said:

I was really looking forward to this making it to the US side of the house...despite all the controversy surrounding CV2, I really enjoyed the game (and you can see some of its influences in later CV games that have become huge hits). *hopes CV2 makes it to the US*

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