Depending on who you ask, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is either one of the best games in Konami’s series or just the best one overall. Regardless of which camp you’re in, this is an iconic title that cultivated the Metroidvania genre and now you can play the best version of this fantastic game.
A group called Meduza (via GamesRadar) has released a patch that fixes Symphony of the Night on the SEGA Saturn. Before this fan-made patch, this Symphony of the Night port was only available in Japan and had issues not in the PS1 version, like longer loading times. Thanks to Meduza, we now have this version in English with improved visual effects and loading.
What makes Castlevania: Symphony of the Night superior on Saturn than say the PS1 or PS4 versions? For starters, it was the Saturn port that added Maria as a playable character. Gamers also didn’t have to unlock her or Richter in the Saturn version, as they were readily available from the start.
For the record, any Symphony of the Night newbies should start with Alucard, since his campaign is the main story. Richter and Maria are just nice bonuses, but they don’t have stories so the PS4 and PSP versions making them unlockables was probably the better decision.
It’s good to see the superior Castlevania: Symphony of the Night port become more than playable, given the previous issues of this version. Most gamers won’t have an issue downloading this version of the iconic Metroidvania title, which should run well on PC or even your Steam Deck.
Admittedly, it’s not impossible to own Symphony of the Night these days, as the PS4 collection is readily available and can be played on PS5. The only other version players can legally get is on mobile phones, unless they have a spare PS3, PSP, or PS Vita lying around.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is due for a re-release, but is readily available on PS4 and PS5.