History Headscratchers / Castlevania

10th Jul '17 7:35:42 AM Eagal
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* What is a man?
10th Jul '17 7:23:50 AM Eagal
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* ''Judgment'' - is - well... WHY? The FIGHTAN GAEMS!!!!11 plot reads like poor fanfiction, Carmilla is suddenly Elisabeth Bathory in a thong, Sypha's a stereotypical ice queen, Grant's design is a near-lift from that of Faust VIII, Maria's an airhead Pettanko, Trevor's an insecure ego-case, and Simon is Light Yagami. Was IGA drunk when he greenlighted it? It wouldn't irritate me so much if it were done WELL. However, it's not. The Zelda team's graphics run CIRCLES around ''Judgment'''s - plastic Uncanny Valley Maria, shudder.
** Baz Luhrmann attacked Simon's jacket. GLOWING CROSS GET.
*** Isaac's tattoo artist attacked him too.
** The only cool design is Aeon.
*** No love for the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]] [[KnightInShiningArmor Knight]] Cornell?
*** Death is freakish, but not bad either.
*** He's just missing his cloak. That's the problem.
*** He had a history of losing his cloak upon reaching OneWingedAngel status in early {{Metroidvania}}s. While most of these second forms were bizarre bone-scythe things, in ''Castlevania: The Arcade'', he appears to simply ditch the cloak for his second fight.
** Alucardroth. Death to Obata, please. If one - just one more - Sephiroth design clone shows up anywhere - I will go completely bat-shit. Daddum tish.
*** His cape is the only render in cinema that isn't poor.
*** Dracula looks like Gankutsuou-via-''Film/MirrorMask'' - which would be cool if it were intentional.
*** Dracula is wearing a dress.
** Okay, let's give this a try. Most of the design decisions can be traced to a single goal. IGA wanted to sell the series to people who should have been buying it and weren't: the Japanese. These decisions were not tailored to appeal to Americans. We already bought ''Order of Ecclesia''.
*** It ''is'' an ExcusePlot; it's hard to come up with a rational reason for these people to be in the same game. This overlaps with IGA's maddening decision to make these games ''have plot at all''. (You might recall that in the early days, they managed to make ''five games'' out of "Simon kills Dracula and his monsters".)
*** Carmilla would have run into the same design problem as Death: unless you're going for particularly bizarre design, being a mask or riding around on a skull doesn't work. Thus, they had to take liberties with her character, and they jumped on the whole female vampire stereotype. (This does not excuse their massive rewrite for Cornell, who ''did'' have plot.)
*** Most of the characters were introduced in games prior to ''Symphony of the Night'', back in the days when they didn't have personalities. That doesn't fly as well today, so they had to come up with individual characterizations for everyone. And yes, that includes deliberate personality flaws. (Incidentally, Simon's the insecure one, not Trevor.)
*** As of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChronicles'', Simon had long red hair. As of ''Symphony of the Night'', Alucard is white haired. Get an anime artist to draw them and odds are that they will resemble anime characters with similar designs. Obata didn't say "let's redesign Simon so he looks exactly like Light". He was given a character with a very similar hairstyle, and the result was a similar look.
*** Robes resemble dresses when they are sufficiently formal.
** The usual remains true. Go in looking for flaws, and you will find them. And honestly, the game has no shortage of them.
** The worst part is, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot I think a Castlevania fighting game is a good idea]], and I like powerstone-style gameplay all right, but the unrecognizable characters and sloppy gameplay make me want to cry. I halfway want IGA to do a Judgement 2 so he can attempt an AuthorsSavingThrow and put the Judgement series on the right track. (Honestly, I don't mind the story. Fighting games can have nice stories, but that's not the point.)
*** I think it would've been better if it stuck to a formula like ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' Even the Subspace Emissary could fit... Go through a couple of stages beating up monsters and when you finally reach Dracula's Castle, it switches to a Metroidvania.
** I didn't notice Judgment in Game Stop for the longest time despite it being there, because everytime I passed by it, I thought it was some Death Note title. I only recently figured out it was the long-maligned Judgment and took a look at the back... and couldn't recognize even ONE of the characters in the small portrait bubbles. And I've been playing the series since the '80s, so I should be able to recognize at least half, if not all of the characters, anime-stylization or not (fan-hate aside, when looking at Dawn of Sorrow's art, you could tell that Soma was Soma, Hammer was Hammer, etc.)
*** ''Dawn of Sorrow'' is actually one of the major exceptions in the series. Compare Alucard's appearances in ''Dracula's Curse'', ''Symphony of the Night'', ''Legends'', and ''Aria of Sorrow''. Compare Simon's appearances in ''Castlevania'', ''Simon's Quest'', ''Super Castlevania IV'', ''Haunted Castle'', and the X68000 game (especially notice that not even its ''remake'' kept him looking the same), and none of them even come close to the boxart! Judgment may have taken great liberties with the designs, but it's foolish to think this is anything different for the series, let alone a sign that something is wrong.
** Some characterization seems to be so facepalm-worthy and I don't just speak of Maria and her boobs obsession. If anything, this may make people believe that Sypha will go down in gaming history as a 'feminist hypocritical bitch', whereas having no personality felt like a blessing that her pachislot appearance seemed more loyal to the original source. Why, IGA, why...? Is this another Konami decree to ruin yet another historical (in context of the game anyway) female character?
10th Jul '17 7:20:22 AM Eagal
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* Are there ''any'' female fans of this series who aren't in it for the [[YaoiFangirl yaoi]]?
** That's not really a good way to make them come out.
** [[Tropers/InsanityPrelude Yes.]]
** [[Tropers/{{Shini}} I'm]] in it for the gameplay, the yaoi is just a bonus.
*** What they said. Also, Tera/Iris, please. Someone? Anyone?
*** Wait, there's yaoi in the series somewhere? I'm ''way'' too much of a yuri/shoujo-ai fangirl, apparently. Or... is this more CrackPairing Yaoi?
*** It's the CrackPairing kind. Essentially, every game from ''Symphony of the Night'' to ''Aria of Sorrow'' has contained a {{Bishounen}} main character who has [[FoeYay a strong rivalry]] [[HoYay or friendship]] with another one. See Alucard and Richter, Cornell and Ortega, Nathan and Hugh, Juste and Maxim, Leon and Mathias (and potentially Walter and Joachim, either with each other or mix-and-match with the above), Hector and Isaac...
*** Are there ''any'' male fans of this series who actually play the games instead of whine about them on certain forums?
*** Me, though I tend to whine to my few friends who like games....
2nd Jul '17 7:13:59 PM ChrisX
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** Some characterization seems to be so facepalm-worthy and I don't just speak of Maria and her boobs obsession. If anything, this may make people believe that Sypha will go down in gaming history as a 'feminist hypocritical bitch', whereas having no personality felt like a blessing that her pachislot appearance seemed more loyal to the original source. Why, IGA, why...? Is this another Konami decree to ruin yet another historical (in context of the game anyway) female character?
18th Jun '17 10:43:19 AM nombretomado
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** Well, according to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handgun an article]] on ThatOtherWiki, pistols were first around in the 15 century, and his pistol has been enhanced with glyphs, allowing him to have [[BottomlessMagazines infinite ammo]].

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** Well, according to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handgun an article]] on ThatOtherWiki, Wiki/ThatOtherWiki, pistols were first around in the 15 century, and his pistol has been enhanced with glyphs, allowing him to have [[BottomlessMagazines infinite ammo]].
17th May '17 9:09:38 AM Trialman
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** You don't, going by how a d-pad works. The developers probably didn't disable the function, because it wouldn't come up under a standard NES controller.


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** Not everyone is going to know they're a Belmont descendant. Names of female descendants changing as they marry, others dying out, others just not wanting to get caught up in the vampire slaying business. There are all sorts of reasons behind it. Especially since it's unlikely the unknown descendants would all be interested in genealogy.
16th Aug '16 8:42:19 PM SteelEdge
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** Actually, it can be geneticaly explained quite easily. Basically, Belmonts are main (male only) branch of Leon's descendants, while Morrises, Scheiders, Lecardes and others are side branches (at least one female). Now, your gender is determined by two chromosomes known as X and Y. If you have two X chromosomes, you are female, if you have one X and one Y, you are male, if you have two Y chromosomes, you are lab-made mutant and will probably die seconds after being born. Now, let's consider that gene that enables Belmonts to use Vampire Killer without side-effects is on Y chromosome. Then every male descendant of Leon will have this special chromosome (let's call it chromosome BY, as in "Belmont Y"). As long as you are in male only line of your clan, you have exact same Y chromosome as every of your male ancestors, so every Belmont in the main line has the special BY chromosome. However, Y chromosome is male-only, so side branches of Belmonts clan (which all start from a female Belmont marrying non-Belmont) don't get it and instead have generic Y chromosome from male non-Belmont ancestor, so they can't use the whip. It's actually a good expanation, why according to Iga no woman can be Belmont...

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** Actually, it can be geneticaly explained quite easily. Basically, Belmonts are main (male only) branch of Leon's descendants, while Morrises, Scheiders, Lecardes and others are side branches (at least one female). Now, your gender is determined by two chromosomes known as X and Y. If you have two X chromosomes, you are female, if you have one X and one Y, you are male, if you have two Y chromosomes, you are lab-made mutant and will probably die seconds after being born. Now, let's consider that gene that enables Belmonts to use Vampire Killer without side-effects is on Y chromosome. Then every male descendant of Leon will have this special chromosome (let's call it chromosome BY, as in "Belmont Y"). As long as you are in male only line of your clan, you have exact same Y chromosome as every of your male ancestors, so every Belmont in the main line has the special BY chromosome. However, Y chromosome is male-only, so side branches of Belmonts clan (which all start from a female Belmont marrying non-Belmont) don't get it and instead have generic Y chromosome from male non-Belmont ancestor, so they can't use the whip. It's actually a good expanation, why according to Iga no woman can be Belmont...Belmont...
* What was Hammer doing in the shrine and castle in Aria? He said that he was ordered to investigate the shrine and then he suddenly came to the castle. Why would the US army care so much about this shrine? If they cared a lot, then they would probably send more people. There's a bit of FridgeHorror attached, too: If Hammer was an bystander who was suddenly caught up in the mess, then who else was there? You only see him, so you can't tell if any other innocent people got caught up in Castlevania...
9th Jul '16 7:05:51 PM Anddrix
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*** Was there a Chapel in Portrait, though? I know [=PoR=] is something of a [[BaseBreaker contentious issue]] among fans anyway, but I believe the original idea of the Amalaric Sniper was it was after Alucard because he was a vampire, not necessarily because the Snipers served Dracula.

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*** Was there a Chapel in Portrait, though? I know [=PoR=] is something of a [[BaseBreaker contentious issue]] issue among fans anyway, but I believe the original idea of the Amalaric Sniper was it was after Alucard because he was a vampire, not necessarily because the Snipers served Dracula.
28th Jun '16 4:01:02 AM pmb1998
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* What makes the Belmont clan's bloodline 'purer' than the Morrises and the Schneiders? They're all Leon's descendants.

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* What makes the Belmont clan's bloodline 'purer' than the Morrises and the Schneiders? They're all Leon's descendants.descendants.
** Actually, it can be geneticaly explained quite easily. Basically, Belmonts are main (male only) branch of Leon's descendants, while Morrises, Scheiders, Lecardes and others are side branches (at least one female). Now, your gender is determined by two chromosomes known as X and Y. If you have two X chromosomes, you are female, if you have one X and one Y, you are male, if you have two Y chromosomes, you are lab-made mutant and will probably die seconds after being born. Now, let's consider that gene that enables Belmonts to use Vampire Killer without side-effects is on Y chromosome. Then every male descendant of Leon will have this special chromosome (let's call it chromosome BY, as in "Belmont Y"). As long as you are in male only line of your clan, you have exact same Y chromosome as every of your male ancestors, so every Belmont in the main line has the special BY chromosome. However, Y chromosome is male-only, so side branches of Belmonts clan (which all start from a female Belmont marrying non-Belmont) don't get it and instead have generic Y chromosome from male non-Belmont ancestor, so they can't use the whip. It's actually a good expanation, why according to Iga no woman can be Belmont...
4th Jun '16 10:00:39 AM SteelEdge
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** No matter what the goal is, three people does not make an Order. Is that what the question is asking?
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