Happy 20th, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night!

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Journey back to 1792
and the Transylvanian countryside of Romania

Nostalgia time, gamers! Today is the 20th (yes, TWENTIETH) anniversary of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Twenty years ago, we assumed the mantle of Alucard, and fought the denizens of a creepy castle, and defeated the likes of Death and Shaft (no, not that one).

While SOTN didn’t do well initially, it quickly became one of the best games of the era, and one of my favorite Castlevania games ever. I mean, think about it: this game had a fantastic not-quite-linear style (which some have come to call “Metroidvania”), RPG elements allowing gamers to boost Alucard’s stats, and a logically-built map. So many aspects of this title have held up so well, and it’s still JUST as fun to play now as it was back in 1997.

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