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Master of Darkness Swooping to Virtual Console

Posted by James Newton

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No sooner has the Australian Classification Board tipped us off to a future appearance from Castlevania: The Adventure on 3DS Virtual Console than it's told us about Vampire: Master of Darkness (simply Master of Darkness in PAL territories) coming to VC too.

Developed by SIMS Co. — who later went on to specialise in fishing games, including Reel Fishing Challenge and SEGA Bass Fishing — it's a Castlevania-like title set in Victorian England, starring the fantastically named Dr. Ferdinand Social.

The original title was released on Master System and Game Gear, and the age rating doesn't specify which version is rated, but we'd bet all our bottom dollars it's the GG release as we haven't had a new Master System game in years.

[via classification.gov.au]

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User Comments (14)

fchinaski

#1

fchinaski said:

That settles it: Dr. Ferdinand Social is the most awesome name for a videogame character ever.

Ras

#3

Ras said:

Looks pretty baddonkey from the videos on YouTube. The music is kind of amazing.

Takosuke

#4

Takosuke said:

One of the best games on the Master System. I don't know if I'll buy it again since I already have the original, but I'll probably end up getting it anyway.

@Ras The music is good, but it takes a dip for the extremely repetitive after the first stage.

The only other 'flaw' I can think of with the game is that sometimes the colour choices tend to blend the characters and background together, though the game is quite nice artistically, just a bit brown.

odd69

#5

odd69 said:

Hmmm never played it or heard of it, but i LOVE me some castlevania. Lets hope it comes to VC soon.

shinobi88

#6

shinobi88 said:

One of the most exciting virtual console action games this far. Excellent graphics, something that wasn't too uncommon on the GG. It was an extremely powerful little handheld. Able to port over Gunstar Heroes from Genesis almost perfectly except for the loss of one level.

Expa0

#7

Expa0 said:

Looks pretty decent, but god I hate Mater System soundtracks.

shake_zula

#8

shake_zula said:

I was a Sega kid and loved this game. I actually prefer it to Castlevania, although that's possibly due to nostalgia. The music is great although somewhat repetitive as Takosuke said. The overall atmosphere is definitely better than Castlevania's imo, it feels a lot more realistic. The fantasy elements.are a lot more subtle and the Victorian setting is pulled off really well.

ogo79

#12

ogo79 said:

i watched this game from start to finish on youtube a year ago, not a bad game at all...Dr. Social is a psychologist too

Ras

#13

Ras said:

@takosuke Thanks for the reply. I'm sorry the music quality isn't consistent, but I'll take a gamble on this if it comes to NA.

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