Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
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- Interact with Castlevania by defeating evil spirits with the Magic Seal system, which utilizes Nintendo DS' touch screen
- Exchange or trade acquired souls with other players via the DS wireless connection
- Continues the storyline that first emerged in the critically acclaimed Castlevania - Aria of Sorrow for Nintendo GameBoy Advance
- Introduces a variety of memorable new characters that help drive an exciting and dramatic storyline
- Includes stunning graphics and special effects, as well as an all-new incredibly moving musical score
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Top Customer Reviews
If youve played the previous game, Aria of Sorrow, then you will be right at home. Everything in Dawn of Sorrow follows Aria very closely. From the maps, enemies, souls, weapons, and graphics. But this time everythings better. The amount of polish in this game is ridiculous. Everything looks, plays, sounds, and acts perfectly. This is one refined game.
The amount of depth to this game is crazy too. From the hundreds of souls you can gather, which is insanely addictive, to the numerous awesome weapons you can forge, this game will keep you item gatherers busy.
And if youre just a casual player then this game has what you want too. A nice story, fun gameplay, and some challenge thrown in for good measure.
Also, sealing the monsters away for good with the stylus is surprisingly fun. It adds a great deal of tension to already tough boss battles. Its such a simple and fun idea that its brilliant.
Right now Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow is the greatest game available for the Nintendo DS. If you have a DS you HAVE to own this game. This is the type of game that you would buy a system or portable for. Its that good.
There are two interesting points about this game, as compared to other similar platform games:
1. When you die, it's "game over." This caught me a little off guard when I started playing (I expected to have another "man" available). Thankfully, you can save your progress at any time via a number of save points throughout the castle; you just have to remember to actually do it (especially after the tough boss battles).
2. There's really only one level. Well, call it one and a half. The castle itself is the primary level, and "The Abyss" is the final (what I'll call) half of a level. Don't get me wrong, however; the castle is gigantic! It will easily take most players 15 to 20 hours to get through this game (possibly even longer; I know it took me a long time to beat).
There are so many abilities (over 100) and items (nearly as many) to pick up throughout the course of the game, that it quickly becomes a completist's dream. Getting 100% soul (ability) collection is really tough, and something I have yet to do. Which makes this game all the sweeter; there's always some goal to reach.
If you live under a rock like I do, and you've never checked out any of the Castlevania games, I highly recommend picking this one up. The sequel to this (Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin) is also fun, but this one takes top billing. Highly recommended for platformer fans!
This is the first Castlevania on the DS, and it is excecuted very nicely in 2D form. The top screen can be switched from map to character status via select button, and the menus are organized very nicely. There are a lot of nice touches in this game, and I'll get into that later in the review.
*THIS REVIEW DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS OF ANY KIND* <-- so chill
Graphics - Although I don't really like how they made the characters in the cutscenes and dialogues anime-like, it doesn't really effect the overall experience. It does make the game less dark and gritty, until you use a Falchion and slice a zombie in half. A lot of the style of this game comes from Symphony of the Night (PS1 CLASSIC!) influence, which is a very good thing. 2D Games doesn't get too much better looking than this, and even though the top screen doesn't do a whole lot, it would have been destracting if it did. It would have been nice to see Konami use the top screen to make larger boss battles, but don't worry, bosses are plenty hard in this game (I can't say more...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice and cool game that makes you remember the classic Aria of Sorrow.Published 20 days ago by Gustavo
The game is fantastic! It uses many of the mechanics from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, while adding it's own unique story and characters, there is even a return of a special... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mohamed R. Alturkistani
I purchased this game for my husband who loves the original Castlevania games. He has thoroughly enjoyed this game as well.Published 1 month ago by Kellie
I have never played a Castlevania game until now. But I can tell yeah, the game is really fun and plays a lot like the Metroid series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gilbert
Simply the greatest Castlevania game ever made. Excellent storyline and gameplay mechanics combined with the touch screen interaction. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SWood
I loved this game when it first came out plus it was a game my wife got for me awhile back. So to find it again made me very happy and the ganme itself is AWESOME.Published 1 month ago by Isiah