by Konami Co., Ltd
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It seems that the Belmont family can't seem to permanently get rid of the worlds vampires. Now, it's up to two descendants of the famous vampire-hunting clan to challenge the blood-sucking vampires to a showdown. In the year 1917, a vampire named Countess Bartley is on her way to resurrect her uncle, Count Dracula. It's up to you, as either the whip wielding master, John Morris or the lanceman, Eric Lecarde, to pursue the Countess and bring her down before Dracula is awakened. Through six deadly levels, you'll come face-to-face with the creatures from your worst nightmares: zombies, mutants, ghouls, and other ghastly goons. You'll travel all over the world on your quest, from the ruins of Dracula's castle to the Shrine of Atlantis to the Palace of Versailles. If you're able to survive long enough, you just might find yourself engaged in the most difficult battle of your life, against Count Dracula himself!
From the start Castlevania Bloodlines, players choose from either John Morris and the classic whip, or the spear wielding Eric Lecarde, arguably the better of the two. Eric can use his spear in multiple directions and has a pole-vault like leap enabling him to reach higher ledges.
You take control of John Morris, the son of Quincy, who sacrificed himself to kill Dracula in Bram Stoker's famous novel. You can also use Eric Lecarde, John Morris' childhood friend who comes along for the ride with his own intentions of vanquishing the Lord of Darkness. John uses the standard whip we all know and love and Eric uses a spear which can also be used to pole vault across gaps and over monsters. Each hero uses your typical Castlevania special weapon (boomerang, axe, holy water) and there are special moves that are particular to that character. For example, John can clasp his whip to standard blocks to swing over obstacles (whereas Simon needed a ring to do so) and Eric can jump three times higher than normal.
Castlevania is six levels long and starts in Castle Dracula in Romania and takes you across many famous European settings like the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, the Atlantis Shrine in Greece, as well as across Germany, France and other areas of Italy. Although six levels may seem short at first, they are long and not so easy to get through without wanting to rip your controller apart. There is great variety between them and each character's path differs slightly from another. This adds much to the game's replay value as both John and Eric each have their own unique ending, which is determined by the difficulty level you choose.
The Castlevania Bloodlines graphics are easy on the eyes and have unique touches and effects. A few stages will leave you in awe with the amount of detail displayed. For example, the shaking tower, the water effects and reflections, and the character animations all push the system to the limit. The music is still one of the best in any Castlevania game and it doesn't hurt that its music is composed by Symphony of the Night's Michiru Yamane.
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Castlevania Bloodlines system requirements:P-200.
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP.
Game modes: Single game mode .
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2005-09-25 Castlevania Bloodlines continues the Castlevania game series.
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