The Castlevania series first started out on the original Nintendo Entertainment System and has since spawned sequals across all videogame platforms. But when the series came to the PlayStation, there came one question - can an "old-school" 2D platformer still survive within this 3D-gameplay world? Castlevania: Symphony of the Night instantly silences this question by becoming one of the best games available on the PS1.
The graphics are pretty old-school; however, they're still better than anything the Super Nintendo or Genesis could put out. At the time of this review, I believe this game's graphics actually hold up better than the majority of the PS1's 3D titles. The 2D graphics do not age anywhere near as badly, and they give a real atmospheric, gothic vibe to the game - a necessity for any Castlevania.
Along with the graphics comes the music, which also sets the amazing gothic atmosphere. All the tracks within the game really give the impression that you're in some evil 17th century European castle. Amazing.
Symphony of the Night is perhaps not only one of the best PlayStation games but one of the best 2D games ever. It's enough to make you put down your new copy of Tomb Raider - that's for sure.