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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

by Konami
Game Boy Advance
Teen
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews) 91 / 100

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  • ASIN: B00008KU9T
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,004 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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It's the most exciting Castlevania adventure yet! The year is 2035 and Soma Cruz is about to witness the first solar eclipse of the 21st century when he suddenly blacks out - only to awaken inside a mysterious castle. As Soma, you must navigate the castle's labyrinths while confronting perilous monsters at every turn. But beware, you must escape before evil consumes you!
  • Collect the souls of enemies to learn their abilities
  • Exchange souls with your friends using the Game Link Cable
  • Collect and wield multiple weapons - each with their own attacks
  • Stunning animated characters and huge monsters intensify the action

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Mina and Soma return for another stab at vampire hunting in a mysterious castle.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Castlevania Title December 1, 2003
Format:CD-ROM
When I first heard that this game was going to be set in 2035, I thought, "Well, here it goes. Castlevania with lasers." Well, you CAN get a laser (or a photon cannon, more accurately,) but the vast majority of the game stays strictly to the series' roots, and offers a vast amount of innovation not only to 2D gameplay, but to the Castlevania storyline as a whole. I'll write a few blurbs about each element.
Story--gamers find themselves in the role of Soma Cruz, a young exchange student to Japan who finds himself and his friend, Mina, trapped within Castlevania, which itself is trapped in a solar eclipse. I know it sounds far-fetched, to say the least, but trust me, it works. If you can find the final ending of the game, you'll be treated to the greatest twist in the history of Castlevania games.
Gameplay--very tight and solid. The forward dash from Harmony of Dissonance is gone, but Soma gets along fine without it. Soma has the ability to absorb an enemy's power and then use it himself; this opens up almost unlimited gameplay opportunities. Don't worry, though, the system isn't that intimidating; the biggest problem I had with Symphony of the Night was that the inventory was too large and complex for me, a casual gamer. Not so with Aria of Sorrow. There's a large inventory, to be sure, but I've never had to scratch my head over it.
Music--top-notch; the best music to come out on the Game Boy Advance. There's a few Japanese sound bytes thrown in, too, which really helps the atmosphere of the game.
Graphics--detailed and beautiful. Not quite as impressive as Circle of the Moon, but at least you can SEE this game without direct over-head light (I don't have an SP, but I do have a Game Boy Player for my 'Cube.)
In short, Aria of Sorrow is not only my favorite Castlevania game, it's also my favorite Game Boy title. No self-respecting Nintendo fan should be without this game.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Castlevania game since SotN May 10, 2003
Format:CD-ROM
SotN (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, for the PS1), was a monumental experience not just for Castlevania fans, but for videogame fans everywhere.
Ever since it's release back in 97, we've all been waiting for a worthy successor, to no avail. Until NOW. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, is by far the best Castlevania game since SotN. Now, it has to be said that there are certain effects, both graphically and musically, that won't necessarily meet up to the complete quality of SotN, simply because AoS is on the GBA, and not on one of the next-gen systems as we would all like. This though, doesn't really take away from what not only I, but almost all Castlevania fans view as an truly excellent game.
Graphically, the game surpasses the last two GBA incarnations by a land slide. From the backgrounds to the extremely fluid character animation, to the character design (which surpasses SotN in some areas IMO), it all shines brightly. There were certain effects that I honestly didn't think would have been possible to do on a handheld. Graphically, this game is simply beautiful to behold. It's an artistic masterpiece.
Sound wise, AoS won't let you down. The Castlevania series has always been known for it's superb music, but the last Castlevania title's music (Harmony of Dissonance) was flat, boring, and in some cases, just plain annoying to have to listen to. AoS though, does more than just fix that, it has tunes that Castlevania lovers will be hunting down mp3's to listen for, to in the car. One of the tunes (in the Graveyard), actually gave me a sense of dread. The sound effects themselves are excellent as well, and help in the immersion factor (I love the blood gushing sound effect).
Game play? You got it!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:CD-ROM
There's a Belmont in there somewhere.
First there was Circle of the Moon. Then there was Harmony of Dissonance. For those of you hoping that Aria would get away from the "Castleroid" (or Metroidvania) style of gameplay, you'll undoubtedly be annoyed that Aria once again uses a map system and items that must be picked up.
Unlike the other two games, though, Aria has a focus more in keeping with the CD-ROM based game Symphony of the Night. It's huge! We're not talking about simple length from A to B, or cheap inverted maps, though: instead of the simple Vampire Killer whip/morning star, you start out with a pocketknife and best mink stole, as the style of 2035 dictates one should go into battle equipped. Along with the usual upgradeable armor and profusion of healing items, you have the choice of equipping any of literally dozens of types of insane weaponry. You will eventually meet up with the Vampire Killer...but suffice to say that a number of things must happen first.
The Soul Powers should be mentioned as well. This is a fitting replacement for item capsules, with a somewhat plausible explanation: You have the power to absorb the souls of different monsters, gaining a unique power in the process. Not much more can be said about it, but the variety puts CotM's DSS tarot card combination system to shame.
The graphics are certainly a high point. Unlike CotM's stock graphics, drawn by a company outside of Konami, everything in AoS really belongs in a CV game. Some characters will be familiar, some are brand new...but they're all interesting. What about graphics effects?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Ryan Thayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Aria of Sorrow is my personal favorite in the Castlevania series
Aria of Sorrow is my personal favorite in the Castlevania series. Rather than use crosses and holy water, you play as a character who can take on the abilities of whatever monsters... Read more
Published 1 month ago by joseph lukinich
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Castlevania Game
Ever since the release of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on the Sony PlayStation, with its combination of castle exploration alongside a Metroidvania/Castleroid formula of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars This game is awesome
This was a lot of fun and has good mechanics. It is dated in graphics but the game play is there and so is the good/decent story.
Published 8 months ago by Stephen Geraci
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great find!
I was so lucky to find this game from the seller HI-ZOMBIE-GAMES & MORE. This seller was wonderful to deal with. Read more
Published 8 months ago by momfor2kids
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Satisfied
Bought this game to rekindle some old Gameboy Advanced memories, and was surprised to find that I had actually been shipped the Castlevania Double Pack (which includes Aria of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hayes
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is a classic Metroidvania game with the typical great gameplay that the series is known for. One of the greatest GBA games.
Published 12 months ago by Eric Sellers
5.0 out of 5 stars Aria of Sorrow: Castlevania
The game is great. I am not. I am going to have to go to the Cheats you can find Online and figure out how to get anywhere in this game. Not their fault. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nancy Morse
5.0 out of 5 stars Good game
Bought this for my little brother's birthday. Came on time and he enjoyed it very much. I would recommend buying from this vendor.
Published 16 months ago by Rockheart
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Of the three Castlevania games on the GBA, this one is by far my favorite. I may even go as far as to say that this is my favorite game from the GBA library. Read more
Published 17 months ago by utahpunk
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