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Castlevania: Dracula X ChroniclesThe October release of Konami's Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles for the Sony PlayStation Portable is drawing every closer, meaning that we'll start seeing more previews of the game pop up. takes a crack at it today, revealing something new at last.  Wondering just how much the original games have changed for this new compilation?  Wonder no more.  Consider the alterations to Symphony of the Night, for example.

Maria was previously playable in the terrible Saturn port of the game, but everything from her controls to her animations to her weapons felt off, and poorly-considered. This time around, she's ditched the kung-fu fighting in favor of her repertoire of moves from Rondo of Blood. For her her basic attack, she flings up to three small owls which fly forward and arc upward before returning; her subweapons are grown-up versions of her original Chinese zodiac beasts. These have slightly different effects -- the phoenix, for instance, is no longer a pair of tiny birds that quickly dart up at 45-degree angles but rather a pair of fiery wings that mark the same path but last longer.

I can't wait to get my hands on this game again.  I had the chance to play the two levels on display back at E3 a few times and I've been hungry for more ever since.