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''Legacy of Darkness'' is the UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'', which enchances its gameplay with remixed levels and two new characters to play with.

The initial story of the game follows a werewolf named Cornell who enters the castle [[{{Prequel}} eight years prior]] to the events of the original game to rescue his sister Ada; he also finds and liberates a boy named Henry Oldrey, who grows up to become a soldier for the church who -- wait for it -- enters Dracula's castle, only his mission is to rescue children there.

Reinhardt and Carrie, the original heroes of ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'', become playable after completing the game once. See the page for tropes describing their adventures.

!!''Legacy of Darkness'' provides additional examples of:

* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The unlockable alternate outfits let you scoff at the redesigns by playing in characters' original ''[=Cv64=]'' oufits, [[MythologyGag including Cornell's]].
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Since Cornell's story is a prequel, the bad guys win and set in motion the events for original ''Castlevania 64'']].
* {{Badass}}: Cornell, especially when shapeshifted.
* BroadStrokes: Reinhardt and Carrie's games travel through Cornell's variations of the levels and omit lines of dialogue they had in the original, so there's still some merit in owning both games if you want the '''whole''' story.
* CoresAndTurretsBoss: The "Crystal Laser of Doom" in the Tower of Science, which consists of a large, central crystal and several self-repairing turrets of various types placed around it.
* EmbeddedPrecursor: Completing the game as Cornell unlocks the story modes of Carrie and Reinhardt, the original heroes of ''Castlevania 64''.
* FanDisservice: One of the Spider Queen's attacks is to reel in your character with web and chew on him/her with her second mouth. The one that's right at crotch-height on her, latches onto him/her at waist-height, and is complete with thrusting movements.
* FurAgainstFang: The game fits this trope nicely. It not only has a higher than usual number of vampires, but lead character Cornell is a werewolf.
* HarpingOnAboutHarpies: A harpy appears as a boss in Cornell's story.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The [[spoiler:servant posing as Dracula]] from the original release is revealed to be noted 15th century soldier and child killer Gilles de Rais, [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy now a vampire]] and servant of Dracula.
* KingMook: One of the new bosses is Spider Queen, leader of the underground SpiderPeople.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Cornell tries to rescue his sister, [[spoiler: it leads to Dracula getting resurrected early by being born as Malus]].
* MultipleEndings: Playing as Henry, the endings depend on how many children you rescue.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Cornell is a werewolf, and his rival Ortega becomes a werechimera thanks to Dracula's borrowed power.
* TheResenter: Ortega, Cornell's rival, who envied Cornell's mastery of his alternate form and sought Dracula's help to match him.
* SchizoTech: Henry wields a flintlock pistol as his primary weapon, which can be reloaded with cartridges. While revolvers did exist during the time period in which his story takes place (1852), cartridge rounds did not, only coming into existence four years later.
* ShockAndAwe: The Vampire Killer's final powerup grants it lightning properties in ''Legacy of Darkness''; this replaced the fire effect from ''64''.
* SuperMode: Cornell's werewolf form enhances his strength.
* TearsFromAStone: A statue of Virgin Mary appears, which weeps TearsOfBlood.
* TookALevelInBadass: Henry is first met in Cornell's storyline as a helpless young boy that must be escorted out of the premises into safety. His storyline saws him grown up into a tough-as-nails knight armed with a flintlock gun who goes back to the Dracula's castle to save a group of children kidnapped by his followers.
* UnlockableContent: With each child Henry frees, a new option is made available to the player.
* UpdatedRerelease: Though it would be better to call the game a complete version of the original release.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Part of Cornell's outfit is an open shirt, and he looses it completely in his werewolf form.
* TheXOfY: The new subtitle.

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