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A Handheld Masterpiece,
This review is from: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (Video Game)
For those who don't know, or are unfamiliar with the Castlevania series, this is the sequel to the much raved and highly reviewed Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. This takes place a year after Aria of Sorrow has freatures a lot of the same characters, most apparent of which, our lead protagonist, Soma Cruz. Initially assuming his powers he received from the castle in Aria of Sorrow were lost over time, he finds out that he is able to use them when he is in danger. Supposed to be the next Dracula, he refuses the position, and there are people trying to kill him to get their chance at becoming the next Dracula.
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... it would ruin it for ya ;) - 10/10
Gameplay - Responsive, and easy to figure out, but they could've been more fine tuned. The few times you have to use the touch screen its pretty awkward but once you figure out that you only need to use it on very rare occasions and to seal up bosses, it gets less of an annoyance. Once again the action/adventure elements of the game return, with a few extras for the fans. Also the weapon upgrades and things like that make it very cool. Alternate endings make for different varieties of gameplay for later, and overall makes a very fun experience. Constant framerate and no load times are great. - 9/10
Sound - Great soundtrack. Weapon sounds are kind of average, but everything is really good. You get the creepy eerie music when needed, but is not excess or annoying. There are no lame chimes of any kind and is very appopriate during each situation of the game. - 9/10
Replay Value - Would I play this again after beating it? Yes! As previously mentioned, multiple endings, items, faster times, and more, there is just too much you can that it'd ruin it for you if I told you it all. Any Castlevania fan should own this, and any fan of action or adventure games would love this too. This is by far one of the top games on the DS. - 10/10
Bottom Line: The best Castlevania game since Symphony of the Night, as well as the best action/adventure game on the Nintendo DS!