Over the weekend I decided to load up my download of Castlevania Chronicles on the PS3. I have always been a very casual player of the series (and all pre-Symphony of the Night), and while I love it to death, I am absolutely terrible at it. I rarely get beyond the second stage in the first game, and I had a breakthrough play session a couple weeks ago when I beat the third stage in Super Castlevania IV. This was another case of exceptional playing on my part… until I realized that “Arrange Mode” had a lower difficulty, which completely drained any sense of self-satisfaction I had.

This is not a blog entry about the difficulty of the games or their awesome music. No, no, good sir and/or ma’am. This is about the absolutely horrifying enemy designs present in these games. I don’t know what that thing is supposed to be, but it scrunches up and down and jets out to the top of the screen as you get closer to it.

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I’ll say it again: horrifying.