Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Castlevania is getting uglier.

I’m not sure if there was a falling out with artist Ayami Kojima or Konami just wanted a new look, but the character art for Castlevania has been on a steep decline. I beat Aria of Sorrow on the GBA this past weekend (I know, three+ years late), so Dawn of Sorrow’s (the follow-up to Aria) poor art has come to sharper focus for me.

This is not an original observation as many in forums and news sites has voiced the same opinion. I’ll just present the sad tale through pictures.

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Aria was just fine and the art was used in-game as well.

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The last 3D installment featured nice art and was better than Lament of Innocence.

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Truly this a the Dawn of Sorrow. Much sorrow.

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I am nearly at a loss for words.

Is this an attempt to bring in more young gamers to the series? That’s the only thing that makes sense to me. I mean, hardcore fans will bitch about how ugly it looks, but will be content as long as the game is great. That audience is locked in no matter what. This younger crowd, not so much. Still, it seems they could achieve this in a more visually appealing manner than this.

11 comments:

tobe said...

Is that the Japanese or the North American cover art?

Brinstar said...

I agree with you there. I like the gothic sensibilities of the art style of the past Castlevania games. It really fit the theme. Now it looks like a generic anime series. Not even a game.

Wataru Maruyama said...

All the art above if North America stuff. I think it's the same in Japan though. I'm looking into it.

T1 said...

There was an interview somewhere, I think it was a strategy guide for one of the recent games, where Iga said that they wanted a more anime look to appeal to the younger audience that is associated with handhelds, but that Kojima would continue to design for the home console games.

Joe said...

To Tobe...
Its the European.

Anonymous said...

Castlevania symphony of the night was the best by far, and Alucards costume is the best , who can beat a hero vampire half human half vampire with a long black cape and fighting for justice? can u say Angel or Vampire hunter D how cool is the concept of vampire kings son fighting evil in classic cape and sword slinging action, and to boot the cape glows red and black

Anonymous said...

I like all the pics / covers.
The older ones _are_ Anime....
it's just different from the
"targeted to youth" stuff.
Hm.
There's more to Anime than just the
"big eyes , small mouth" stuff
everybody knows about...

Anonymous said...

I suppose what they mean is 'cartoony' in general. It no longer looks deep and moody.. It's hard to take it serious when it looks like something you'd expect out of a Saturday morning cartoon.

Anonymous said...

well its not like they had a choice in the matter >.< the artist retired from doing the cover arts and stuff.cures of darkness was the artist last piece to konami so we won't see anymore gothic art until they can the one destroying the true feel of castlevania and lets all pray that they do and they get on there hands and knee's to get there old cover artist back T_T

Edith said...

I think the new cartoon-y look seems rather cheap in appearance compared to Ayami Kojima's work.
The new stuff is just rather sad to look at.

rty said...

i like the anime enspired look its a change of pace and the games were still great