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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Average Rating: 8.58/10
Video Game Rank: 22
Xbox 360 Rank: 5
PSP Rank: 3
PlayStation Rank: 5
PlayStation 3 Rank: 8
SEGA Saturn Rank: 2
PlayStation Vita Rank: 4
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Primary Name
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Alternate Names
Akumajou Dracula – Gekka no yasoukyoku
Castlevania X ~ Symphony of the Night
Dracula X ~ Nocturne in the Moonlight
悪魔城ドラキュラ 〜月下の夜想曲〜
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Rel Date: 2007-11-08
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
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Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment
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Region: Asia (Except China)
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Rel Date: 2007-07-19
Publisher: Konami
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Developer: KCET (Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo)
Media: Downloadable Content
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Rating: CERO: B (12+), ESRB: T, PEGI: 12+
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Rel Date: 2007-03-21
Publisher: Konami, Konami Digital Entertainment
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Developer: Backbone Entertainment, Digital Eclipse Software, KCET (Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo)
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Rel Date: 1998-06-25
Publisher: Konami
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Developer: KCEN (Konami Computer Entertainment Nagoya)
Media: CD-ROM
Region: Asia (Except China)
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English/European PlayStation edition
Rel Date: 1997-11-01
Publisher: Konami
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Developer: KCET (Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo)
Media: CD-ROM
Region: Europe and Oceania
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Rel Date: 1997-10-02
Publisher: Konami
PlayStation
Developer: KCET (Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo)
Media: CD-ROM
Region: North America
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Rel Date: 1997-03-20
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Developer: KCET (Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo)
Media: CD-ROM
Region: Asia (Except China)
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Original title "Nocturne in the Moonlight", western subtitle "Symphony of the Night".
One of the most famous installments of Konamis "Castlevania" series and a direct sequel to "Dracula X Rond of Blood" (1993) for the PC Engine. The game first appeared on the Playstation and was later ported to the Sega Saturn.

Unlike the earliest Castlevanias which had set stages to clear, Symphony of the Night features exploring a huge castle and contains certain RPG-elements such as experience points, levelling up, equipping of different weapons and armour, and saving money to buy consumables. As the player advances, the character's movement abilities improve, and much of the game consists of re-visiting earlier areas to explore fully. Also, enemies have a probability of dropping certain items, which caused some players to "grind" (linger in one area to repeatedly defeat the same cannon fodder over and over again) in order to get their hands on rare items. The player is also equipped with familiars, that gain experience points and who will, when reaching certain levels, gradually improve their performance. The game is filled with hidden secret rooms and eerie details.

The music in the game is for all releases composed by Michiru Yamane.

Release differences
Due to hardware limitations, the Saturn port has a very simplified transformation animation, and "Loading… please wait" screens, that the PS version has done away with by a clever system of letting the next stage load in the very last room of the earlier stage. However, the Saturn version features some extra stages and one extra playable character, and, as the Saturn features an internal clock, the center clock in the Saturn version shows the current time, and not the play time, like the Playstation version does. This allows for the equippable jewels "Sun stone" and "Moon stone" in the Saturn release, that give extra stats boost during day hours and night hours respectively.

Translated box back (Japanese Saturn version):
Only the moon, hanging in the dark sky, knows the truth…
Is the Dracula you know, really the true Dracula…?

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Video Game Rank: 22
Xbox 360 Rank: 5
PSP Rank: 3
PlayStation Rank: 5
PlayStation 3 Rank: 8
SEGA Saturn Rank: 2
PlayStation Vita Rank: 4
Num Ratings: 275
Average Rating: 8.58
Standard Deviation: 1.46
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