Best Castlevania on the GBA?

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#1 Posted by GreekGameManiac (6439 posts) -

I'ma go with,you guessed it,AoS,though i loved the darker feel of HoD,and it's music.

#2 Posted by SonOfChewbacca (653 posts) -

Most people go with Aria, but I personally love Circle the most. For some reason though, Harmony is supposed to be the weakest of the GBA ones. I never played it, so I can't really back that statement up.

#3 Posted by MLBknights58 (5015 posts) -

I absolutely adore Circle of the Moon.

If I had to rank the GBA CV's in order of which I most prefer, it would be Circle the most, Harmony second and Aria a distant 3rd.

#4 Posted by GreekGameManiac (6439 posts) -

I absolutely adore Circle of the Moon.

If I had to rank the GBA CV's in order of which I most prefer, it would be Circle the most, Harmony second and Aria a distant 3rd.

MLBknights58

How is that possible?

#5 Posted by Orlando_Magic (37447 posts) -

Circle of the Moon. dat Battle Arena.

#6 Posted by El_Zo1212o (6029 posts) -

[QUOTE="MLBknights58"]

I absolutely adore Circle of the Moon.

If I had to rank the GBA CV's in order of which I most prefer, it would be Circle the most, Harmony second and Aria a distant 3rd.

GreekGameManiac

How is that possible?

Seriously. How is this even a question? Aria of Sorrow is the best CV of all time(suck on that, Symphony!).
#7 Posted by GreekGameManiac (6439 posts) -

[QUOTE="GreekGameManiac"]

[QUOTE="MLBknights58"]

I absolutely adore Circle of the Moon.

If I had to rank the GBA CV's in order of which I most prefer, it would be Circle the most, Harmony second and Aria a distant 3rd.

El_Zo1212o

How is that possible?

Seriously. How is this even a question? Aria of Sorrow is the best CV of all time(suck on that, Symphony!).

Maybe NOT "of all time",but def. better than CotM.

What wrong with you guys?

3 ppl choosing CotM,really?

And ontop of that,one says that AoS is a distant 3rd best?

Wtf????

#8 Posted by El_Zo1212o (6029 posts) -

[QUOTE="El_Zo1212o"][QUOTE="GreekGameManiac"]

How is that possible?

GreekGameManiac

Seriously. How is this even a question? Aria of Sorrow is the best CV of all time(suck on that, Symphony!).

Maybe NOT "of all time",but def. better than CotM.

What wrong with you guys?

3 ppl choosing CotM,really?

And ontop of that,one says that AoS is a distant 3rd best?

Wtf????

Yes, "of all time." You name a better Castlevania that Aria.
#9 Posted by GreekGameManiac (6439 posts) -

Yes, "of all time." You name a better Castlevania that Aria.El_Zo1212o

I can name one alright.

Lords of Shadow.

:3

#10 Posted by NeonNinja (17318 posts) -

[QUOTE="El_Zo1212o"]Yes, "of all time." You name a better Castlevania that Aria.GreekGameManiac

I can name one alright.

Lords of Shadow.

:3

F*cking b*tch, man. :P

#11 Posted by Beard_ (1066 posts) -

I'd have to go with Circle of the Moon, mostly because of gameplay variety with the DSS and game modes. AoS is close behind.

#12 Posted by jaypakavelya (270 posts) -

circle of the moon is my favorite , aria is second

#13 Posted by El_Zo1212o (6029 posts) -

[QUOTE="El_Zo1212o"]Yes, "of all time." You name a better Castlevania that Aria.GreekGameManiac

I can name one alright.

Lords of Shadow.

:3

Lords barely even counts- an outside company's reboot. Tch.
#14 Posted by riou7 (10833 posts) -

I just played Aria of Sorrow recently and it was pretty good

#15 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

Without a doubt, Circle of the Moon. It felt the most like Symphony of the Night, which is the best Castlevania game of all-time, IMO.

#16 Posted by turtlethetaffer (16843 posts) -

Aria, although that's the only one on the GBA I've finished. Aria was incredibly fun though.

#17 Posted by Blabadon (27194 posts) -

Based off DoS and how little I played of Aria, Aria I guess.

#18 Posted by mariomaster16 (762 posts) -

My favorite was Harmony of Disonance. Aria of Sorrow was pretty good, but definitely not my favorite Castlevania game of all time. SoN holds that title. There was just something about Aria that bugged me, can't really recal what it was, but having played so many other games in the series, it felt out of place for some reason.

#19 Posted by travisstaggs (10538 posts) -

Aria of Sorrow and Circles of the Moon are both amazing games.

Harmony of Dissonance was fun, but the music was cringe worthy and the entire game was a cake walk.

#20 Posted by GreekGameManiac (6439 posts) -

[QUOTE="GreekGameManiac"]

[QUOTE="El_Zo1212o"]Yes, "of all time." You name a better Castlevania that Aria.El_Zo1212o

I can name one alright.

Lords of Shadow.

:3

Lords barely even counts- an outside company's reboot. Tch.

Stop being such a f*cking stuck up,irritating,idiotic,immature,FANBOY! >_>

LoS was a GREAT game.

Get.the.f*ck.over it!

#21 Posted by Bubble_Man (3095 posts) -

Aria, followed by Circle.

#22 Posted by Blabadon (27194 posts) -

[QUOTE="El_Zo1212o"][QUOTE="GreekGameManiac"]

I can name one alright.

Lords of Shadow.

:3

GreekGameManiac

Lords barely even counts- an outside company's reboot. Tch.

Stop being such a f*cking stuck up,irritating,idiotic,immature,FANBOY! >_>

LoS was a GREAT game.

Get.the.f*ck.over it!

Says the forum crybaby. Find me a forum where someone respects you. Anywhere.
#23 Posted by GreekGameManiac (6439 posts) -

@above: i don't reply to worthless posts,grow up,troll.

#24 Posted by Eikichi-Onizuka (8059 posts) -
Harmony of Dissonance was my favorite but they're pretty close in quality, I like all of them.
#25 Posted by AcidSoldner (7051 posts) -
Circle of the Moon by far.
#26 Posted by GreekGameManiac (6439 posts) -

Circle of the Moon by far.AcidSoldner

What's with you ppl and CotM?

Fanboyism to the max....

#27 Posted by WhySoLimp (135 posts) -

I liked COTM the most because of the difficulty, DSS cards, and that epic soundtrack.

#28 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

I liked COTM the most because of the difficulty, DSS cards, and that epic soundtrack.

WhySoLimp

Yep, and the awesome Metroidvania design is done so well in this game.

#29 Posted by GreekGameManiac (6439 posts) -

[QUOTE="WhySoLimp"]

I liked COTM the most because of the difficulty, DSS cards, and that epic soundtrack.

Emerald_Warrior

Yep, and the awesome Metroidvania design is done so well in this game.

I'm actually gonna keep this thread going,and gonna count how many ppl say CotM.

#30 Posted by Blabadon (27194 posts) -

@above: i don't reply to worthless posts,grow up,troll.

GreekGameManiac
But you just did, cry more little man.
#31 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

[QUOTE="AcidSoldner"]Circle of the Moon by far.GreekGameManiac

What's with you ppl and CotM?

Fanboyism to the max....

Wait, what? How is this fanboyism? Fanboys are people completely loyal to a console or a brand regardless of any other considerations. Preferring a certain game within a series is not fanboyism. It's an opinion, which we all have. And the GBA Castlevanias are so similar in design, that it's not like there's a clear-cut winner here.

#32 Posted by El_Zo1212o (6029 posts) -

[QUOTE="El_Zo1212o"][QUOTE="GreekGameManiac"]

I can name one alright.

Lords of Shadow.

:3

GreekGameManiac

Lords barely even counts- an outside company's reboot. Tch.

Stop being such a f*cking stuck up,irritating,idiotic,immature,FANBOY! >_>

LoS was a GREAT game.

Get.the.f*ck.over it!

Bite me. I have every right to be pissed off that a company I adore chose to reboot a franchise I very nearly worship before they told the single most relevant part of the story. I never said Lords was a bad game. I scoffed at the idea it could be the best in the series when it rightly shouldn't even exist yet.
#33 Posted by Blabadon (27194 posts) -
[QUOTE="El_Zo1212o"] Bite me. I have every right to be pissed off that a company I adore chose to reboot a franchise I very nearly worship before they told the single most relevant part of the story. I never said Lords was a bad game. I scoffed at the idea it could be the best in the series when it rightly shouldn't even exist yet.

Wait, what? How is this fanboyism? Fanboys are people completely loyal to a console or a brand regardless of any other considerations. Preferring a certain game within a series is not fanboyism. It's an opinion, which we all have. And the GBA Castlevanias are so similar in design, that it's not like there's a clear-cut winner here.

Emerald_Warrior
Don't worry about it guys, GreekGameManiac cries on every subforum here he goes on, including the Wii and DS forums. Then he releases steam in the Off Topic After Hours subforum.
#34 Posted by rilpas (8222 posts) -
Aria of Sorrow is without a doubt the best, you have an awesome weapon and power up variety the only downside is that at times it doesn't even feel like a castlevania game
#35 Posted by NeonNinja (17318 posts) -

[QUOTE="GreekGameManiac"]

[QUOTE="El_Zo1212o"] Lords barely even counts- an outside company's reboot. Tch.El_Zo1212o

Stop being such a f*cking stuck up,irritating,idiotic,immature,FANBOY! >_>

LoS was a GREAT game.

Get.the.f*ck.over it!

Bite me. I have every right to be pissed off that a company I adore chose to reboot a franchise I very nearly worship before they told the single most relevant part of the story. I never said Lords was a bad game. I scoffed at the idea it could be the best in the series when it rightly shouldn't even exist yet.

You don't have to SAY it's a bad game. But it totally is.

Lords of Shadow is bad. It doesn't deserve the Castlevania name in any form.

#36 Posted by rilpas (8222 posts) -

[QUOTE="El_Zo1212o"][QUOTE="GreekGameManiac"]

Stop being such a f*cking stuck up,irritating,idiotic,immature,FANBOY! >_>

LoS was a GREAT game.

Get.the.f*ck.over it!

NeonNinja

Bite me. I have every right to be pissed off that a company I adore chose to reboot a franchise I very nearly worship before they told the single most relevant part of the story. I never said Lords was a bad game. I scoffed at the idea it could be the best in the series when it rightly shouldn't even exist yet.

You don't have to SAY it's a bad game. But it totally is.

Lords of Shadow is bad. It doesn't deserve the Castlevania name in any form.

I thought the game was great

#37 Posted by XeroEX (495 posts) -

Aria of Sorrow is my favorite, but they were all very well-made games. I like them all!

#38 Posted by GreekGameManiac (6439 posts) -

[QUOTE="NeonNinja"]

[QUOTE="El_Zo1212o"]Bite me. I have every right to be pissed off that a company I adore chose to reboot a franchise I very nearly worship before they told the single most relevant part of the story. I never said Lords was a bad game. I scoffed at the idea it could be the best in the series when it rightly shouldn't even exist yet. rilpas

You don't have to SAY it's a bad game. But it totally is.

Lords of Shadow is bad. It doesn't deserve the Castlevania name in any form.

I thought the game was great

Yeah,you guys are being really negative,and STUCK UP.

LoS was great,accept it.

@Emerald_Warrior,maybe it's fanboyism cause they can't accept AoS is better than CotM?

#39 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

[QUOTE="rilpas"]

[QUOTE="NeonNinja"]

You don't have to SAY it's a bad game. But it totally is.

Lords of Shadow is bad. It doesn't deserve the Castlevania name in any form.

GreekGameManiac

I thought the game was great

Yeah,you guys are being really negative,and STUCK UP.

LoS was great,accept it.

@Emerald_Warrior,maybe it's fanboyism cause they can't accept AoS is better than CotM?

Yeah, just what I thought.

Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't make it fanboyism. That's not what that word means.

#40 Posted by GreekGameManiac (6439 posts) -

Yeah, just what I thought.

Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't make it fanboyism. That's not what that word means.

Emerald_Warrior

No,but they still can like it better for the wrong reasons.

#41 Posted by MLBknights58 (5015 posts) -

[QUOTE="Emerald_Warrior"]

Yeah, just what I thought.

Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't make it fanboyism. That's not what that word means.

GreekGameManiac

No,but they still can like it better for the wrong reasons.

What the hell am I reading? Like it better for the wrong reasons? Do you care to elaborate a bit more?

Perhaps you like Aria for the wrong reasons. You are a Aria of Sorrow fanboy. Do you see what I'm doing here?

#42 Posted by GreekGameManiac (6439 posts) -

What the hell am I reading? Like it better for the wrong reasons? Do you care to elaborate a bit more?

Perhaps you like Aria for the wrong reasons. You are a Aria of Sorrow fanboy. Do you see what I'm doing here?

MLBknights58

Yes i see how that sounds like.

But some of the ppl that voted on CotM,said they like it cause it reminds them of SotN,and not because they think the gameplay is better,so i'd like THEM to elaborate.

If you don't see what mean....it's like me saying i like Twilight Princess better than Skyward Sword,not cause it's better,but just cause it reminds me of Ocarina of Time the most >_>.

See,i like AoS cause the idea and gameplay is better,the card system in CotM was great,but absorbing souls and gaining ther abilities is more fun and addictive than using the cards.

See? atleast i gave a(better)reason.

#43 Posted by MLBknights58 (5015 posts) -

[QUOTE="MLBknights58"]

What the hell am I reading? Like it better for the wrong reasons? Do you care to elaborate a bit more?

Perhaps you like Aria for the wrong reasons. You are a Aria of Sorrow fanboy. Do you see what I'm doing here?

GreekGameManiac

Yes i see how that sounds like.

But some of the ppl that voted on CotM,said they like it cause it reminds them of SotN,and not because they think the gameplay is better,so i'd like THEM to elaborate.

If you don't see what mean....it's like me saying i like Twilight Princess better than Skyward Sword,not cause it's better,but just cause it reminds me of Ocarina of Time the most >_>.

See,i like AoS cause the idea and gameplay is better,the card system in CotM was great,but absorbing souls and gaining ther abilities is more fun and addictive than using the cards.

See? atleast i gave a(better)reason.

Now that sounds more legit.

I'm of the minority that thinks SotN, while good, wasn't as great as it had been made out to be. You could essentially steam roll through the entire game, having no problems whatsoever. I like to be at least fairly challenged when I play through games, and SotN failed on that front, there was never any tension or "oh **** moments when I played.

Alucard's magic felt really meh to me, and I never really felt as if I was the son of the dark lord Dracula, but instead some guy who gets a few bells and whistles en route to a short (albeit satisfying) final encounter. But I digress, as I'm supposed to be talking about CotM.

I found CotM to be better than SotN, it offered me more of what I like from adventure games, challenge, intrigue and lots of exploration (although this was in Aria, SotN and every god damn metroidvania game ever as well). I just liked how CotM did it better is all. I fell in love with the DSS system in the game, as it allowed so many combos and possibilities that the game felt fresh all the way through. However, despite whatever abilities you obtained, you're sure to get your ass completely handed to you every few screens. The game is rough, and that made it all the more compelling. I also loved the simple protagonist, weak yet competent vampire killer armed with the badass whip ready to go slay Dracula. I luhv it.

However, in Aria, you're just some.... random kid Soma. I can't remember specifics but I was immensely turned off within the first hour. Kid gets warped to Drac's castle and oh btw I can absorb demons souls and destroy things real easy. Huh? Soma was given no context within the game until way later in how he was so powerful, leaving me incredibly underwhelmed all game. The game was also far too easy, and just about every encounter lacked tension or was void of any sort of energy. When Nathan finally ascends to the top of Dracula's castle to slay the Dark Lord again.. that's awesome. Soma reaches top of castle to fight Graham, some guy in suit (for spoilers sake ignoring other potential endings). It was really the little things that made me dislike Aria in comparison to CotM. Aria had a neat plot twist, but fell flat for me. Aria's demon soul equipment was rather cool though.

Tl ; DR : Aria = way too easy, weak main character, lack of interest throughout game in general. Weapons and demon power ups are cool though.

CotM = Challenging, great DSS System, Vampire Killer > any random equipment, Nathan Graves > Soma Cruz, lots of tension due to difficulty and lots of high energy encounters.

#44 Posted by GreekGameManiac (6439 posts) -

Well i'm sorry you feel like that,but for me,AoS was better overall.

#45 Posted by NeonNinja (17318 posts) -

[QUOTE="NeonNinja"]

[QUOTE="El_Zo1212o"] Bite me. I have every right to be pissed off that a company I adore chose to reboot a franchise I very nearly worship before they told the single most relevant part of the story. I never said Lords was a bad game. I scoffed at the idea it could be the best in the series when it rightly shouldn't even exist yet. rilpas

You don't have to SAY it's a bad game. But it totally is.

Lords of Shadow is bad. It doesn't deserve the Castlevania name in any form.

I thought the game was great

I would keep that opinion to myself if I were you. :P

#46 Posted by GreekGameManiac (6439 posts) -

[QUOTE="rilpas"]

[QUOTE="NeonNinja"]

You don't have to SAY it's a bad game. But it totally is.

Lords of Shadow is bad. It doesn't deserve the Castlevania name in any form.

NeonNinja

I thought the game was great

I would keep that opinion to myself if I were you. :P

Why?

LoS was super good.

Fanboys need to learn to appreciate,

#47 Posted by rilpas (8222 posts) -

[QUOTE="rilpas"]

[QUOTE="NeonNinja"]

You don't have to SAY it's a bad game. But it totally is.

Lords of Shadow is bad. It doesn't deserve the Castlevania name in any form.

NeonNinja

I thought the game was great

I would keep that opinion to myself if I were you. :P

why do you think the game is bad?

and I'm not asking for reasons as to why Lord of shadows isn't a castlevania game, I'm asking for reasons as to why the gameplay sucks

#48 Posted by logicalfrank (1641 posts) -

All three of these games are at the very top of my GBA most wanted list. Haven't been able to find a good deal on all three ao I'll probably end up buying them one by one. Which one do you think I should start w/, having played none of them before?

#49 Posted by rilpas (8222 posts) -

All three of these games are at the very top of my GBA most wanted list. Haven't been able to find a good deal on all three ao I'll probably end up buying them one by one. Which one do you think I should start w/, having played none of them before?

logicalfrank
I'd play them in order of launch
#50 Posted by Emerald_Warrior (6581 posts) -

[QUOTE="MLBknights58"]

What the hell am I reading? Like it better for the wrong reasons? Do you care to elaborate a bit more?

Perhaps you like Aria for the wrong reasons. You are a Aria of Sorrow fanboy. Do you see what I'm doing here?

GreekGameManiac

Yes i see how that sounds like.

But some of the ppl that voted on CotM,said they like it cause it reminds them of SotN,and not because they think the gameplay is better,so i'd like THEM to elaborate.

If you don't see what mean....it's like me saying i like Twilight Princess better than Skyward Sword,not cause it's better,but just cause it reminds me of Ocarina of Time the most >_>.

See,i like AoS cause the idea and gameplay is better,the card system in CotM was great,but absorbing souls and gaining ther abilities is more fun and addictive than using the cards.

See? atleast i gave a(better)reason.

This is very simple to explain. Symphony of the Night was the greatest Castlevania game of all-time in my book. So any game that feels a lot like SotN is gonna be a winner for me.

The same would also apply to other favorites of mine. I like Metroid Fusion better than Metroid Zero Mission because it felt more like Super Metroid. And I'd LOVE for someone to make a game in the same vein as the King's Field series (and don't point the Souls games out to me, they aren't the same at all, I think I was the only one severely disappointed in the games because I heard how similar they were to the KF games, and they aren't)