@Anand Oh wow I didnít realize the Japanese VO was included, thanks for the hot tip! The English VO is really distracting. In fact I donít really love the character models or animations during the dialogue sections. Would have preferred just static portraits like the old games (love a beautifully painted portrait).
Finally got the game in at the library and started playing it tonight. I went in with low expectations, and it kind of surpassed those! It feels so much like Castlevania on the DS and I loved Castlevania on the DS so this is pretty much exactly (almost) what I want out of this kind of game.
I say almost because the whole thing feel pretty dang butt-ugly to me, visually. Like... really bad. But the game is fun, so I will probably stick with it. If it had beautiful sprites and such (and not backgrounds that make me think of the PS2) I would even consider buying it, but it isn't at that level where I'd shell out the cash I don't have. Glad I got it from the library and I will go enjoy it, but if they made more I hope they spend a ton more time upping the visual quality. This is simply sub-par. But above-par gameplay. :)
EDIT: Like what is this mess? Not up to snuff.
On the other hand this looks like what I'd want the visuals to lean towards! (Though obviously ideally I'd rather it be all 2D HD sprites, ha ha.)
@J.K. Riki I actually think it looks kinda nice...on the other consoles. Not mind-blowingly good, but actually kinda pretty. The Switch version is a huge downgrade, and it was even worse before they patched it like last month.
I'll take your word for it, I don't have any other systems to look at. But I did go looking at screens and videos online across different versions and I dunno, it just still seems very amateurish for a big time release. The models are alright, but those backgrounds are so dull in so many places.
To be fair, not every location in the game is going to look like a brilliant artistic masterpiece. No game is like that. Heck, there were plenty of ugly locations in The Wind Waker which made this major Nintendo release look amateurish.
Yeah, that is definitely fair. It's just, every location I've seen so far has been ugly, lol.
Anyway, it's fine. The game is fun, and I returned it to the library because I don't have time for it right now (too many real world life things to do) but if and when things settle down I'll re-reserve it and totally play it all the way through. I do love a good Castlevania game.