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This review is from: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (Video Game)
Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow was my first experience in the Castlevania series (even though it dates all the way back to the original NES days). Without a doubt, this is one of the best games available on the Nintendo DS. This classic platformer hearkens back to the gaming days of yore, where ultra-realistic graphics played second fiddle to fun gameplay. And boy is this a fun game!
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!