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A week ago I provided the results of the voting for the games I’d play during the Halloween season with the winner being Group A and they consisted of Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth and The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return. Here’s my progress since then.
For Castlevania I was able to finish the game on Easy and get as far as the boss of Stage 5 on Normal. Both times I didn’t have much trouble clearing the first three stages on my first try. It was Stage 4 where the problems started. Falling chandeliers, enemies with spears, and those damn Medusa heads were annoying. On Normal there’s additional enemies added in spots whether they be recurring or new like the flea men.
The puzzle section of Stage 4 also was annoying until you know how. Going through a door one way doesn’t necessarily take you back to the last room you were in when walking through again.
On Normal there’s also a third form of Dracula to defeat and I wish I could get there because it has a fantastic rendition of Riddle that plays during it. Seriously check out the soundtrack for this game. It retains the high quality of the Castlevania series.
Onto The House of the Dead. I mainly played 2 initially, but did get into III after awhile. Right away I got as far as I’ve been able to in either game. Stage 3 in 2 and Chapter 4 in III.
Since they’re light guns games, I don’t have much to say about them. They do show their arcade, quarter-munching roots, but also have extra modes to keep entertaining. HoD2 has a Boss Mode and that was a welcome feature since I couldn’t get to the bosses from Stage 3 onward. Another interesting addition to HoD2 is when starting up that specific game. You get an HoDIII quick mini-game and it gives you items to use in Original Mode for 2. Things like costumes, larger clips, or more powerful bullets.
In HoDIII pretty much everything is better whether it be graphics, voice acting, story, or ease of difficulty (only slightly on that one). Plus it has a shotgun for the weapon and I appreciate that.
Since I’m getting stuck on the games above I’m going to be bringing in one-half of Group D, the Genesis beat-’em-up Alien Storm.