Castlevania Anniversary Collection

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Castlevania Anniversary Collection is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 33 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

81%

Critics Recommend

Based on 33 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Destructoid
Unscored
Unscored
May 16, 2019

Castlevania Anniversary Collection always looked on-point when the full game list was announced, but I'm surprised at how great the extras are and how functional it is. More of this please, Konami.

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Scored Reviews

Video Chums
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

With 8 classic games from an iconic series, Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a must-play compilation for any gamer whether you're a retro junkie or you simply want to explore the roots of gaming.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 27, 2019

Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a vital collection of the games that made action and horror the genres they are today.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 12, 2019

The Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a required pick-up for fans of the classic whip-slinging series. Granted, there are a couple of minor problems with this set, most notably the lack of button-remapping. Hopefully they're being worked on. Still, it's hard to argue with having four of the all-time best action-platformers around. Plus you get four other games, which range from awful to pretty good. Whether you decide to pick this up now, or wait for the region-select and other fixes, you're guaranteed a good time.

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MonsterVine
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
May 28, 2019

The Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a fantastic way to experience some of the most revered (and obscure) titles from the beginning of Castlevania’s long-standing legacy.

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Cerealkillerz
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
May 18, 2019

Except for a little oversensitive controls in the titles for the NES, the Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a perfect example on how to deliver with a collection a perfect profile of a series and its first generation and delivers big time with is selection of games, options and bonuscontent. Fans of videogaming history, timeless plattformers and the Castlevania series won`t get around the Anniversary Collection.

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GamePitt
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 19, 2019

The Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a fine assortment of games, presented in a way that I hope more developers mimic when compiling collections of classic games. The bonus book that is included with the game is probably one of the neatest digital books I have ever seen. The only issues I had with the game was the very little work put into porting the games themselves, as they came off as simple ROMs within an emulator. Regardless of how they’ve been placed upon modern systems, the games are just as hard as they used to be and they’re sure to challenge old and new gamers, even with save states. Relive this classic franchise today and pick up both this and the Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood collections today.

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Electric Bento
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

If you are a fan of the Castlevania series, or just looking to experience the early games for the first time, this is the perfect opportunity to own some of the best titles of that era.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 22, 2019

A few of the titles don't hold up completely, but every part of this collection is worth at least trying. Even though the first Castlevania came six years after their biggest hit, I have to believe Devo had the Belmont family in mind all along. When a good time turns around, you must whip it, and the Castlevania Anniversary Collection has whips and good times in spades.

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Nintendo Times
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 24, 2019

GREAT - Fans of the Castlevania series will surely fall in love with this collection. It chronicles the early days of the series (the first ten years) and features some amazing classics. Just the inclusion of Kid Dracula is worth checking this one out and Super Castlevania IV makes it a must-own.

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COGconnected
83 / 100
83 / 100
May 28, 2019

For the real gamers out there, the ones who want to consider the whole history of the medium, this collection is a wonderful gift. To people looking for classic design, for inspiration, for history, there’s a lot to like here.

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Fintendo
May 23, 2019

"Blood of our ancestors."

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 17, 2019

As retro collections go, Castlevania Anniversary Collection doesn’t impress with its features, but the games themselves pick up the slack. Buy this, and you’ll be in classic vampire-killing heaven.

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PushStartPlay
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 5, 2019

a true testament to gaming history

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 16, 2019

A surprisingly thorough compilation of 8 and 16-bit Castlevanias, that illustrates the early history of one of gaming's most influential franchises.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 20, 2019

Despite the sheer volume of solid gold hits in the series, Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a somewhat mixed bag from Konami, with stone-cold classics sharing the spotlight with a couple of undead clunkers that really should have remained dead and buried.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
May 24, 2019

This is a much better way to pay homage to a glorious franchise than the Classics Arcade Collection of some weeks ago: download it if you love Castlevania or intend to discover the series for the first time.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 20, 2019

Near perfect ports of classic Dracula-slaying action with some barebones features make this collection a must-buy

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IGN
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 24, 2019

The Castlevania Anniversary Collection doesn't do any fancy emulation tricks, but the games speak for themselves.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 20, 2019

The eight retro games in the Castlevania Anniversary Collection focus on the early traditional platforming era from 1987 to 1994, and quality is assured in the four main numerical entries in the series.

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PSX Brasil
80 / 100
80 / 100
May 26, 2019

Castlevania Anniversary Collection is, without a doubt, an emulator inside the PS4. I consider this a very positive point, since the aesthetics and format are maintained, preserving bugs and abnormalities of the games from that time. It may not be an attractive collection for new buyers because it is restricted. I do not understand why the save is unique to each title and many of them can be played with different characters, codes, and directions in the story. Despite pulling on nostalgia, it could have more features, such as a music player and fun emulation options.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 21, 2019

Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a true gift for the long-running series :with eight great games to give the players a global look at what made those games classics. With modern tools like quick saves and decent filters, any fan of the Belmont family should here find a good reason to get back the old whip.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 3, 2017

Konami Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a solid release, even without the best of the bunch, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Getting authentic ports of the classic series, while adding some small save features, and graphical options help to sell the package. The bonus book might be the best part of it, though, so that's something to look forward to if you're going to purchase it.

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Hobby Consolas
80 / 100
80 / 100
May 17, 2019

A great compilation of Castlevania games, among the best you can find. If you prefer the classic gameplay over the 'metroidvania' style, you'll want to "bite".

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
May 28, 2019

This collection is a solid offering with a few setbacks.

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IGN Italy
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
May 17, 2019

Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a rock solid collection of (some) great old school games. Anyway, the lack of real extra features, apart from the ebook, the absence of a masterpiece as Rondo of Blood and some odd choices by Konami make the collection feel a little bit pedantic.

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VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 27, 2019

taken as a whole this second part of Konami's year-long birthday celebration is a worthwhile trip to the past.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jun 3, 2019

Castlevania Anniversary Collection contains the majority of classic Castlevania titles, some of which are considered among the best games for their respective consoles.

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The Games Machine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 22, 2019

Another Anniversary Collection which, like the Arcade one released a short time ago, leaves a bitter taste for the choices made by Konami in both quantitative and qualitative terms.

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Digitally Downloaded
May 20, 2019

Castlevania Anniversary Collection is an excellent, high quality retro collection. It is of a collection where too many of the games don't hold enough value beyond their nostalgia, and it's lacking titles I would have considered to be key. However, with a great set of features, and plenty of classic dark fantasy platforming, this package is a useful reminder of just how prestigious the entire franchise really is.

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Areajugones
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 15, 2019

Castlevania Anniversary Collection offers almost a dozen awesome games in just one pack. However, these are just ports to modern platforms and, if you compare Konami's work with what other franchises like Crash bandicoot, Spyro or Resident Evil have achieved with their remakes, Castlevania just falls behind.

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TechRaptor
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 28, 2019

Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a disappointing reunion for some of gaming's greatest titles (and a couple of its worst). New players will love the vampire-killing action on offer, but returning fans won't find anything to tempt them back.

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Slant Magazine
May 26, 2019

It's not greed in this day and age to expect publishers to respect and preserve their history. At this point, it's an artistic responsibility.

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