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Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

by Konami
Nintendo DS
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews) 85 / 100

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  • Encounter over 100 diverse enemies in your adventure to stop Dracula's resurrection
  • Summon your partner and execute cooperation attacks to decimate your enemies
  • Collect items, weapons and magic as you explore the castle
  • Fight with and against your friends in multiple multi-player modes

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  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 22, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,473 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Celebrating 20 years of vampire hunting action, the legendary Castlevania series is back with an all-new action packed adventure. Take control of two heroes, Jonathan Morris, a vampire killer and his close friend Charlotte Orlean, a girl with tremendous magical ability. Amidst the chaos of World War II, two mysterious sisters emerge, and design a plan to resurrect Dracula. Join Jonathan and Charlotte as they attempt to thwart the terrible plan to resurrect Dracula.

Fight vicious bosses as you play the character of Jonathan and Charlotte.

Choose which character you want to control on the fly.

Explore the depths of the castle.

Seek out the evil Brauner.
Game Storyline
In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, players take on the role of Jonathan Morris and Charlotte Orlean. During World War II, many lost souls from the global conflict were left to wander the world in search of salvation. Desperate to escape their terrible plight, they sought to resurrect Dracula's Castle from the rubble of society, assisted by two mysterious vampire sisters. Now Jonathan and Charlotte must work together to confront the two vampire sisters, and ensure that this villainous catastrophe is not unleashed on the world.

Evolving the action-adventure gameplay that has been the series' trademark for 20 years, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin lets players switch freely between Jonathan and Charlotte as they proceed on their heroic mission, each with their own strengths, abilities and style of play. Players can now utilize powerful combination attacks in which both characters unleash the full extent of their combat abilities to decimate the game's more than 100 different enemies and bosses. In their quest to stop Dracula's resurrection, Jonathan and Charlotte can collect and use different weapons, equipment, and items to increase their overall skill level and acquire new abilities.

As mentioned before, players can switch freely between both characters, a necessary option to win the game. For instance, you need to analyze certain situations and carefully choose to play either Jonathan or Charlotte in order to successfully battle against the vampire army. The two characters can also combine their powers to pull-off powerful combo attacks. Their combined abilities are needed in certain parts of the castle in order to progress through the game.

The game has two different endings. Both endings involve the prevention of Dracula's resurrection, however only one actually involves the defeat of Brauner. Different choices allow for a uniquely diverse gameplay experience.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin supports the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection with a limited cooperative play mode feature. There is an online shop mode used through Wi-Fi as well. Players are able to put their items up for sale in a realistic marketplace. And perhaps best of all, when another player buys the item, the selling player gains the money but doesn't lose the item.

Product Description

Castlevania: Portrait Of Ruin brings back the award winning action exploration gameplay that has held fans captive for 2 decades! Take control of two heroes, Jonathan Morris, a vampire killer and his close friend Charlotte Orlean, a girl with tremendous magical ability. Amidst the chaos of World War II, two mysterious sisters emerge working to resurrect Dracula and David and Charlotte are all that stand in their way.

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A for effort . . . December 10, 2006
Format:Video Game
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The Castlevania series has undergone its fair share of criticism; i.e., the Metroid-style structure has been done to death, and there simply aren't enough innovations to distinguish the games from each other. The 3D games have been particularly aligned, with poor level structure being the widest complaint.

Portrait of Ruin was Konami's answer to those complaints. While the design of the game has been restructured, the overall execution is somewhat lacking.

For example, the game's protagonists, Jonathan Morris and Charlotte Aulin, must use paintings, much in the style of Super Mario 64, to enter new worlds. Here's where part of the problem lies--there are only five distinct levels (Dracula's Castle, a city overrun with monsters, a dark forest, Egypt, and a twisted circus sideshow.) You can find restructured and more difficult versions of these levels later on in the game, but the overall lack of diversity is disappointing. Instead of offering different versions of the same levels, Konami could have delved into Castlevania's 20-year history to deliver us mountain ranges, or sleepy villages, or haunted docks, or sunken ruins . . . the list goes on, and its rather aggravating to find such a lack of effort in this title.

However, the dual-hero system works well for the game. Sadly, there aren't very many puzzles in which you must rely on your partner--yes, there is a segment in which the two characters ride motorcycles and the player must shift between the two to clear the course--but events like these are few and far between. Most often, the only reason you'll switch to Charlotte is to turn into a frog or an owl, or to cast a specific spell. You'll spend the other 90% of the time as Jonathan.

The difficulty is also somewhat skewed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's like Dawn of Sorrow, but with different characters! December 10, 2006
Format:Video Game
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Well, I was actually quite pumped up to play this game, so much so that I went and pre-ordered it at EBgames and managed to get some bonus goodies along with the game. But that's another story altogether. Let's make no bones about it, Portrait of Ruin (POR) is a solid entry to the Castlevania franchise that is definitely going to live up to many fans'expectations. It's the same gaming formula that was introduced in the earlier PS2 hit, Symphony of the Night, and was reused in many of the later sequels.

And that is exactly why, while it is a good game, it doesn't succeed in becoming an excellent game. It's the same tried and true offering with minimal changes. There are a lot of reused character sprites, reused music and even reused plot developments (no real surprise there, a descendent of the Legendary Belmont clan and his partner encounter the evil of Dracula once more as his castle once again casts its menacing shadow across the land. Ho hum). Even some of the game's boss fights are reused from previous outings (I won't mention which one in case it ruins the surprise). In short, the game plays a lot like something you may have played before.

However, that is no reason for anyone to dismiss this game out of hand. The new partner system, while not being groundbreakingly innovative, is a good example of clever game design, opening up multiple choices as to how to dispatch the unholy dead. The level designs, though familiar, are wonderfully crafted and gorgeous to a 2D affecionado (or anybody, for that matter). There's solid action and RPG elements to keep any gamer happy for hours on end (I ended up playing more than 6 hours straight on my first day...even through my class lectures).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not an experienced player December 6, 2007
Format:Video Game|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I got this game on the recommendation of my daughter's boyfriend. I had just finished "Legend of Zelda, Phantom Hourglass" (five stars there), and was looking for another game. I enjoy this game because of the puzzles and the ease of use of the characters. It's a bit challenging for me as I'm not very experienced with these things (I'm 47). I would recommend this game, but if you're not very experienced, like myself, be prepared to spend some time on it. 'Course that's not a bad thing either.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Castlevania! December 8, 2006
By Jordan
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I pre-ordered this game with high expectations after playing Dawn of Sorrow, and was extremely satisfied (Especially with the pre-order bonus I got from EBgames).

The game is very fast paced compared to some of its predecessors, and the interaction between the two playable characters is really fun. It's possible to have both characters fighting at once, and to even control them both at the same time (For example, pressing R to have your partner cast magic). Some of the monsters are pretty sick looking, and the entire game is extremely detailed. Switching characters is instantaneous, and both characters have different types of special abilities.

--There is even some puzzle-solving involved, as you need to switch back and forth between the two characters. For example, leaving one character on a mine cart, then using the other to hit the switch.

--Portrait of Ruin boasts a multiplayer feature as well, where you can set up a shop for other players to buy items from you, and even play together in a cooperative mode. Oh, and it's Wi-Fi compatible as well.

--Throughout the castle, there are different paintings imbued with magical power. You can enter these paintings, where the artist's will takes form, providing many different varieties of areas in addition to Dracula's huge castle. It adds a level of uniqueness, as well as brightness, to the 2D-Sidescrolling RPG classic.

--Highly replayable, featuring quests to complete, items to complete, magic spells to collect, and weapon skills to master. If you are aiming to unlock everything in the game, it will take 25 hours at the very least.

--The music in the game is fantastic, and there is some good voice acting when talking to some characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Game
I'm a huge Castlevania fan, and this one is really good (it reminds me of Symphony of the night in many aspects). Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Jon
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid entry to a great franchise
Another strong entry to the series. I feel as though adding the second character is unnecessary as abilities could have just as easily been added to the primary character. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew N.
5.0 out of 5 stars The most fun out the DS castlevania games
For starters all of the Castlevania games on the DS ( DoS , PoR , OoE ) are soooo freaking good and addictive

now for this game is a direct sequel to Bloodlines on the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DEATHWISH1988
3.0 out of 5 stars Small issues with game cartridge and freezing
Game worked fine for the most part and was included with case. Was able to play through the game entirely with almost no issues. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jace
4.0 out of 5 stars 2d Classic Fun
Got to love it. If you liked other 2d castlevanias like circle of the moon or dawn of sorrow, I think you will like this game too.
Published 5 months ago by Aubrey Blackburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
As a Castlevania fan I rate this game 5 stars, it is a great game
I would recommend it to all Castlevania fans.
Published 6 months ago by PSN: Gloriou
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy title
This is a great addition to the franchise. It moves toward a more campy anime style instead of the dark, Gothic theme of past titles but adds enough original content to overlook... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael A. Jones Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal for an awesome game!
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is an awesome game where's there;s plenty to do for about 10 hours of game play without getting the 100% completion, the plot is very interesting,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Struggledboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!
I absolutely love this game. The "dual player" system is really fun to play, and the secrets are worth the shot.
Published 6 months ago by Juan Jose Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars Marc samson
The game arrived on time and i was very pleased with it. I had purchased it for a friend for his birthday, he is going to love it.
Published 8 months ago by marc samson
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