|Duel Tower is kind of hard... a bunch of tough miniboss battles with a bit of easy platforming in between... luckily you get a lot of savepoints here and also some powerups...|
Execution Tower is an easy linear lava platforming level... if I hadn't died a couple times due to sloppy playing I could've kept my powerups all through this...
Room of Clocks... just a very easy boss battle against death... Rosa sacrifices herself to save Reinhardt
Clock Tower... this level was in Cornell's story... such a ridiculous platforming level... but the 2nd last save point before you unlock the exit has an opportunity to grab two powerups, so it's worth it to keep a save there. I ended the level with max healing items and max powerups, but not max special weapons...
got the bad ending where I took too long, had to fight vampire Vincent, and then the game ended after beating Dracula's first form. Reinhardt saved Malus, but he still had the feeling that Dracula would return some day... then there's a scene where Reinhardt and Malus are riding off on a horse, and it ends with an ominous zoom in on Malus's red eyes...
may as well start Carrie's story, because the early game is just a lot of relaxing super easy stuff... this time I'm focused on going fast, so that I can get to the good ending. I'm still going for items mostly to stock up on chicken/beef/cures and money to buy more of that if needed, but I'm not going too far out of my way to find them this time, unless I am sure it will be worth it. I took the silent forest skip and beat that level in record time... Carrie makes the bosses in this game even easier than they were before with her long range homing charge attacks..
so far, for the first 4 levels, the only part that is different is Vincent in the Villa talks to Carrie differently than he did Reinhardt.. he treats her like a lost child... the Rosa part and the Malus part are the same..
I still had some trouble with the Villa. Carrie's normal attacks aren't reliable enough to stop the dogs, so I have to use up all my jewels and stop them with axes... I made it through without too much trouble. rescuing Malus was the only hard part. after that, getting to where you need to use the copper key is really easy.
The Waterway level is annoying. there's a lot of those slow ledge-sidling sections that are mostly for optional items, but they are worth it... this level is kinda non-linear, but you quickly figure out that every wrong path just leads to a dead end with some items, or a loop around... this one hard part I was stuck on for a while was where you needed to go across this very tiny path across the poison water, while enemies jump out constantly but fail to hit you because they can't land on the tiny platform... then you hit a switch that opens a door, and that leads to another switch that turns off the waterfall that is in your way... it's very easy to die here...
Then there's the serpent boss, which is in the same room as the spider boss on Reinhardt's path.. it is pretty easy but I did have to use a chicken. After that, Carrie meets Actrise, a witch working to revive Dracula... then you get to Castle Center.
also I'm not bothering with trying to avoid the Renon fight this time. I think I'll be able to easily take him out and still have time to spare to get to the real ending.