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A-Yty

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The neglected visual and audial gems of Castlevania
« on: September 20, 2011, 18:06 »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWUxjwo8Zk8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3a-V33i4S8

LoI, though being a largely panned game, did receive praise for most of its music. It's got lots of instantly familiar bits, but the shortly used, ambient tracks don't get enough love, IMO.

Prologue To The Black Abyss is eerie. Nightmare Aria is wonderfully dreamy and gloomy. I especially love these two since the evergreen hits of CV are instantly recognizable by their melodies while the ambients are not the kind of stuff you can just hum to someone and they'll immediately recognize them. Super SCVIV soundtrack had a wonderful symbiosis of ambient and melodic elements and it worked like a charm, so it's not actually a "new" thing thought of by Yamane, of course.

Even if Konami/Mercurysteam didn't want to continue on the path of melodic CV music, they could've and should've at least tried something like this instead of that "epic", orchestratic stuff.

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Re: The neglected visual and audial gems of Castlevania
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2012, 14:02 »
Because so many hate Legends, its soundtrack tends to get overlooked:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxwJ3MHnHNs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-5h0z0_OJk

Although I admit Banquet of Spirits is pretty short.

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Re: The neglected visual and audial gems of Castlevania
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2012, 21:09 »
NitM players got to enjoy this during their playthrough:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BapQXrhSpQo

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Re: The neglected visual and audial gems of Castlevania
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2012, 10:10 »
Heck I don't even remember the last time I touched a CV game, got way more stuff to play these days that I enjoy with some great soundtracks.
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Re: The neglected visual and audial gems of Castlevania
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2012, 20:08 »
Darnit, you crazy alligator-wrestling, weapon-throwing knight in underpants and armor. Have you finished all pre-PoR CVs yet? I remember you mentioned you stopped playing the new ones after that. Didn't Adventure Rebirth at least interest you somewhat?  :ninja:

The last time I actively played CV was OoE for the sake of writing a review. I made it to D's Castle and stopped. That was almost half a year ago  :|

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Re: The neglected visual and audial gems of Castlevania
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2012, 09:09 »
Yeah, CVAR was the last one I played and beat, I wish the games would go back to this style of gameplay. Stage by stage with a boss at the end ready to be taken down.

Mine game plays have involved stuff like Gunstar Heroes (damn roms, planning on buying one in February), Ristar, Dynamite Headdy, and the old Sonic Genesis games lately.
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Re: The neglected visual and audial gems of Castlevania
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2013, 12:12 »
Here's something from a Vania, which, though largely appreciated, doesn't get its soundtrack praised enough:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4mEud09pfE


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Re: The neglected visual and audial gems of Castlevania
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2014, 08:08 »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTpJUzOhOTo

SCVIV's music is anything but neglected, but I'd guess this CD version of the opening isn't widely known. Certainly new to me. Man..that creepy transition montage is the kind of stuff I wanna hear in future CVs  :jees:


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Re: The neglected visual and audial gems of Castlevania
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2020, 15:03 »
Seeing as how underrated CV64 & LoD tend to be, I think this is warranted. I think it's one of the most atmospheric CV tunes to date.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNLs5fVBlos