(Review archived from October 10, 2014)
This one has been in my backlog forever. I finally got around to playing it as part of my annual Halloween Gaming Blowout this year, and I had a blast. I finished it with 200.2% completion (with the help of a walkthrough), and was captivated by the masterful gameplay and progression. This game is regarded as a classic with good reason. After all it put the ‘vania‘ in ‘Metroidvania’. It’s definitely a game that rewards deep exploration of the environment. I’m still astounded by the depth of gameplay and design. It’s an unequivocal masterpiece that redefined the way we approach every Castlevania game that’s followed it.