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#361 Kreutz   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   216 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

Posted 23 January 2011 - 06:27 AM

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#362 eastx   The Fighting Bomber CAGiversary!   8917 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:10 PM

Simon Belmont is out now for 160 Points ($2) and the Origins stage is 240 Points ($3). That's $5 total for 8-bit Castlevania goodness.

DLC characters: 240 points each (except for 8-bit characters)


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Edited by eastx, 26 January 2011 - 10:43 PM.

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#363 seanr1221   :'( CAGiversary!   24429 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:16 PM

Im having a really hard time to find anyone to play with since I don't have the DLC :(

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#364 eastx   The Fighting Bomber CAGiversary!   8917 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:22 PM

There's an easy solution for that, Sean. Get a Marketplace card and grab a stage or 2. They make the game a lot more interesting and provide new items and abilities for characters, after all.

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#365 seanr1221   :'( CAGiversary!   24429 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:46 PM

Problem is Ive barely unlocked things in the base game. My weapon is the best one you can buy in the store. I'm sure there's way better stuff than that. I play as Soma, btw.

Maybe I should play more stages on easy by myself...

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#366 eastx   The Fighting Bomber CAGiversary!   8917 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2011 - 03:10 PM

Well, if you need some help getting Souls and some basic items, I would be happy to help you out. Just send a friend request.

The most important item for playing with other people is Winged Boots (everyone wears them and you'll want to keep up with others), which you can get as a rare drop from Dracula in Chapter 6. But it's wayyy easier to get them from DLC Chapter 8, so you might keep that in mind as an important stage to get.

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#367 Rodimus   I'm Different CAGiversary!   12660 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2011 - 03:31 PM

Got the 8-bit DLC. Barely played it but Chapter 10 is long. I'm sure there s short cut in there somewhere.

#368 eastx   The Fighting Bomber CAGiversary!   8917 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2011 - 03:59 PM

Chapter 10 includes the entire original NES Castlevania game! Every 8-bit enemy and boss (20 enemies total) plus some new paths and such.

New food items and abilities:
  • R. Pork Chop (best food item in the game)
  • 3 new spells for Charlotte:
    • R.Fireball
    • R.Summon Skeleton
    • R.Death Scythe
  • 4 new subweapons for the whip users (2 of them in the shop):
    • R.Boomerang
    • R.Fire Bomb (Holy Water)
    • R.Dagger (Item Shop)
    • R.Axe (Item Shop)
  • 2 more weapon glyphs for Shanoa:
    • Dextro Custos
    • Sinestro Custos
  • Many, many souls for Soma (which are for the most part just upgraded versions of their originals)

In addition to the 2 new remixed songs that come with the stage, it also includes 9 8-bit music tracks that unlock when you beat the stage! Chapter 10 is easily the best value of any stage yet.

  • Vampire Killer
  • Stalker
  • Wicked Child
  • Walking on the Edge
  • Heart of Fire
  • Out of Time
  • Nothing to Lose
  • Poison Mind
  • Black Night

I haven't messed with Simon much, but he doesn't have any martial arts. However, if you roll from down to Forward + attack, he throws a fireball.
His subweapons are:
  • Axe
  • Bible
  • Cross
  • Holy Water
  • Javelin (does not count toward his strength stat)
  • Knife
  • R.Boomerang (does not count toward his strength stat)
  • R.Fire Bomb (does not count toward his strength stat)
  • R.Dagger (does not count toward his strength stat)
  • R.Axe (does not count toward his strength stat)

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Edited by eastx, 26 January 2011 - 05:59 PM.

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#369 mrx001   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1295 Posts   Joined 8.1 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2011 - 04:35 PM

If you want to have everything this game has to offer it will cost you 3920 points,so far.That's $49.

#370 Trakan   The Vengeful One Super Moderators   18119 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:16 PM

Get ready to farm for Valmanway + 1 and Claimh Solais + 1.

#371 WTPolaris   Atypically Typical CAGiversary!   310 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:49 PM

So, I've had this game since it came out in the summer but have barely played it because I found the co op between people who are just running things over and over to be really boring and felt very disconnected from the whole thing. I have a surplus of MS points though and wouldn't mind putting some time into maybe getting my money out of the purchase. Would it be possible to start mostly from scratch at this point and maybe find a group of folks to play with somewhat regularly that talk and make it actually seem like a multiplayer game instead of a single player game that you run through concurrently with 5 other people?

And if you only had 1600 points to spend, what would you recommend purchasing? I only have the initial game content. No new characters/maps yet.

#372 Rodimus   I'm Different CAGiversary!   12660 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:57 PM

I haven't messed with Simon much, but he doesn't have any martial arts.


He can do his whip fireball projectile buy doing a QCF + Attack.

#373 David Hibiki   You must be tired... CAGiversary!   10984 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:59 PM

So if I'm reading that right I only need to max
# Axe
# Bible
# Cross
# Holy Water
# Knife

for max whip damage?
Thats a relief, grinding wise.
BTW thanks for adding me, but my hours are all over the place so not sure when we'll meet.

#374 Rodimus   I'm Different CAGiversary!   12660 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2011 - 06:02 PM

^ If you need a partner to grind with later send me an invite. I'll most likely be playing something else, but I want to set aside a little time to grind Simon's weapons.

#375 seanr1221   :'( CAGiversary!   24429 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2011 - 06:03 PM

Maybe I should be playing on normal more before jumping into hard? When should that transition be made?

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#376 eastx   The Fighting Bomber CAGiversary!   8917 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2011 - 06:31 PM

Maybe I should be playing on normal more before jumping into hard? When should that transition be made?


You should beat stages 1-6 on Normal at least once. Hard is literally wayyy harder, but it's also where most of the best items are found.

If you're playing as Soma and looking for enemy Souls, it's much faster and easier to play stages on Normal instead of Hard. Spells, Glyphs, and subweapons can also be found on Normal, so you can work on those with other characters too.

Once you've unlocked all stages on Hard (by beating them once), you'll probably play Hard more than Normal since finding good items is really important.

And if you only had 1600 points to spend, what would you recommend purchasing? I only have the initial game content. No new characters/maps yet.


The new Chapters are the most important thing. I personally do not enjoy Chapter 7 (the boss is extremely lame), but Chapters 8, 9, and 10 are all a lot of fun. As I said earlier, Chapter 10 comes with the most stuff and is cheapest, so definitely make sure you get it above all else. Chapter 11 will probably come with a similar amount of new content, for the same $3 price.

Character-wise, do you actually want more characters? The base 5 characters will keep you busy for a long time. But there are 3 new whip-wielders: Julius, Richter, and Simon. Then the two magic users, Yoko and Maria. Yoko & Maria will offer more variety than the whip users, so that's something to think about. Next week's new character, Getsu Fuma, will also be dramatically different.

So let's see, for 1600 points:

  • Chapter 8 - 320 points
  • Chapter 9 - 320 points
  • Chapter 10 - 240 points
  • Chapter 11 - 240 points
Total: 1120 points

This leaves you with 480 points. That's enough to get any 2 characters, or Chapter 7 (320 points) and 1 8-bit character (160 points). If you pick an 8-bit character, Getsu Fuma will be the most unique compared to the base characters.

Edited by eastx, 26 January 2011 - 06:53 PM.

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#377 eastx   The Fighting Bomber CAGiversary!   8917 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2011 - 02:42 PM

DLC characters:


Downloadable Content


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#378 David Hibiki   You must be tired... CAGiversary!   10984 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:05 PM

Fuma seems to be the easiest to survivial grind to the max. So far all the sub weapons he has is 3, and you just gota max those 3 for his max damage and what not.

From what I've seen/read Chapter 11 has Fuma's armor drops, chaos ring off hard boss chest and a +1 Yatsuna. Also The Undead Simon Belmont drops Simon's Plate.

#379 bigant262   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   717 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 04 February 2011 - 02:06 PM

Should I buy this for the full price, or wait and see if they will have it on sale sometime this year? I have a friend that plays this a lot, so I could play this with him.

#380 eastx   The Fighting Bomber CAGiversary!   8917 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 04 February 2011 - 04:19 PM

The game itself is likely to go on sale for 800 Points within the next 2 or 3 months. Might hold out for that if you can wait...

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#381 woodcan   TX Regional CAG VP CAGiversary!   1490 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 04 February 2011 - 04:25 PM

Yeah, they have voting going on the dashboard for 1 of 4 games to go on sale and last time I checked Harmony of Despair had a big lead on the other games so it's likely to go on sale soon.

EDIT: Just checked today and it looks like Pac-Man took a giant lead so scrap what I said about that deal.

Edited by woodcan, 04 February 2011 - 05:25 PM.

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#382 dkreegz515   Dave "Drama" Kreegz CAGiversary!   798 Posts   Joined 10.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:00 PM

anyone up for survival mode... or anyone have tips how to level up faster in survival mode... does it matter how fast or how much damage you do to other players after the boss dies?

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#383 Kreutz   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   216 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:28 PM

i am doing survival right now, let me msg you

#384 WTPolaris   Atypically Typical CAGiversary!   310 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

Posted 04 February 2011 - 10:22 PM

I'm sure this is a common complaint but I really wish they would bundle all the dlc for this game. I want to get some time and fun out of it but I have a lot of trouble paying around $15 for dlc when a game only costs $15 to begin with.

Any plans for something like that?

#385 mang9432   Bad Baby 4 Life CAGiversary!   1293 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 February 2011 - 07:54 PM

got back into this game in the last week or so, and from what i've read got extremely lucky with Dracula drops on 6 hard.

21 Dracula Kills and I've gotten

Dracula Soul x 2
Winged Boots x 1
Dracula's Tunic x 2
Valmanway x 1

Last night back to back runs I got Dracula's Tunic - Valmanway.

Chapter 10 is awesome, love the Vampire killer remix ( i set it to the music for every stage )

Bought chapter 8 and I plan on getting chapter 9 as well to hopefully get some sonic boots.
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#386 dkreegz515   Dave "Drama" Kreegz CAGiversary!   798 Posts   Joined 10.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 07:57 PM

just curious what was your luck at...

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#387 mang9432   Bad Baby 4 Life CAGiversary!   1293 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 February 2011 - 08:02 PM

just curious what was your luck at...


mine was low. 9 if i remember correctly. But one of my co-op partners was higher (mid 30's i believe although i'm not positive) and tried to have him deal the killing blow to dracula on most runs.
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#388 Yagami   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1202 Posts   Joined 9.3 Years Ago  

Posted 24 February 2011 - 09:43 PM

I'm sure this is a common complaint but I really wish they would bundle all the dlc for this game. I want to get some time and fun out of it but I have a lot of trouble paying around $15 for dlc when a game only costs $15 to begin with.

Any plans for something like that?


Konami has released 2 retail discs w/ 3 XBLA games so it wouldn't be out of the question for this to be one eventually.

That being said, no, there have been no official plans.

#389 Dezner   Kanetsugu! <3 CAGiversary!   453 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 February 2011 - 09:48 PM

got back into this game in the last week or so, and from what i've read got extremely lucky with Dracula drops on 6 hard.

21 Dracula Kills and I've gotten

Dracula Soul x 2
Winged Boots x 1
Dracula's Tunic x 2
Valmanway x 1

Last night back to back runs I got Dracula's Tunic - Valmanway.

Chapter 10 is awesome, love the Vampire killer remix ( i set it to the music for every stage )

Bought chapter 8 and I plan on getting chapter 9 as well to hopefully get some sonic boots.



Haha, awesome. I still need Dracula's Tunic, that one has evaded me for way too long. :)

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#390 eastx   The Fighting Bomber CAGiversary!   8917 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 26 April 2011 - 05:17 PM

Big sale next week! Wish the characters were also on sale since I own all the stages, but this should be good for the cheaper among us.

Castlevania Harmony of Despair May 3 – 9 600 50% metacritic quick look
Extra Stage: Lord of Flies May 3 – 9 160 50%
Extra Stage: The Legend of Fuma May 3 – 9 120 50%
Extra Stage: The One Who Is Many May 3 – 9 160 50%
Extra Stage: Origins May 3 – 9 120 50%
Extra Stage: Beauty, Desire, Situation Dire May 3 – 9 200 50%
Castlevania Symphony of the Night May 3 – 9 400 50% metacritic

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