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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
7.5 out of 10

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

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A real desire to achieve 100%

Pagen HD, MobyGames
30 April 2013
  • Conclusion: 100% soul collection rate may seem hard at first. After the main quest is completed, you'll probably be at only 20% or less. You'll wonder how long 100% takes. Actually, the process doesn't feel long, because it's filled with satisfaction.
  • Pros: There's always a way. If you're not good with buttons, just kill some enemies, level up a bit, and make some money in order to purchase potions and items. Eventually you'll be strong enough to defeat whatever that seems to block you. In Super Metroid you may have learnt to avoid enemies as much a...
  • Cons: Some weapons and armors are useless (If you have played Diablo 2, this is like picking up a level 2 leather jacket when you're at level 30.) For example you'll see a sword quite early in the game, but won't be able to acquire it until much, much later. You'll naturally want that sword to be worth...
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Overall 10
9.6

Absolutely fantastic game. One of my all-time favorites.

Simoneer, MobyGames
31 May 2010
  • Conclusion: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is a wonderful title, more-than-worthy of the Castlevania name. It's the best of the series, in my opinion, counting games before and after it (that I have played). A real gem. I can't really say a single bad thing about it.
  • Pros: Where do I start? Okay, a bit of the story...
  • Cons: Other than the fact that I probably tried beating the last boss like 20 times before I finally got him, which got really frustrating to say the least (I solved the issue by buying potions. Heh.), I didn't REALLY dislike anything about this game. However, there were a few things I could do without.
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Overall 8
7.6

The definitive Castlevania for the GBA

NeoJ, MobyGames
20 September 2009
  • Conclusion: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow has the best things of the previous games and it's the definitive Castlevania game for the Game Boy Advance. It has some weak points, but it's probably the best action-platform game for the GBA.
  • Pros: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is the best Castlevania game for the Game Boy Advance system. Harmony of Dissonance, the second of the series for the GBA, was worse than Circle of the Moon, but it had some good features that this game keeps. So, we can define Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow as the game t...
  • Cons: The L button is useless. Harmony of Dissonance featured a new gameplay system in which you need to master your skill using the L and the R button to evade attacks, but in this game only the L Button remains and it's really useless. You don't need to use it to finish the game.
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Overall 10
9.6

Just as good as Castlevania games gets

Bregalad, MobyGames
1 June 2008
  • Conclusion: This game has excellent gameplay, graphics and sound, and proves that the platformer-RPG genre isn't doomed to crap anymore. While a lot different from Castlevania games I've played on my old Nintendo consoles, it's still just as good as it was.
  • Pros: I haven't played any Castlevania games that came out after Super Castlevania IV, so I really didn't know how they were at all. I found a used copy of Castlevania : Aria of Sorrow, and a friend told me that it was very good, so I picked it up. I was quite surprised that this game is really not muc...
  • Cons: The only thing I can possibly think is that the game is a bit short. After beating the game normally you can unlock new modes, but still beating the whole game in all modes adds up to 12-15 hours in total even if you level up a lot and try to discover each tiny corner of the game, which is quite ...
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Overall 10
10

User Review

viperxmns, GamePro.com
19 September 2007
  • Summary: Okay, older title which has since been eclipsed by sequels but I'll say something anyway because I want to. This is my favorite game on the Game Boy Advance. It has all the classic elements that makes Castlevania one of the top franchises in gaming.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

GamePro.com
14 January 2007
  • Summary: you can tell this is a castlevania game great boss battles(especialy death) and smooth gameplay makes this a great game but what really sets it appart is the ability to custimize weapons.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

GamePro.com
1 April 2005
  • Summary: Although its basically the same game as all the rest, you cant get tired of playing this series. A new storyline makes it somewhat ineteresting, but what I liked about it was the fast paced action. Much better improvements over the last 2 for Gameboy.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

mastermat, GamePro.com
26 November 2004
  • Summary: WOW! What a awsome game! This game is so addictive and enthralling. This is easily the best GBA Castlevania and possibly the best origanal GBA game. What really makes the game shine is the extreamly addicting,and refreshingly origanal soul collecting system, its amazing how fun it is to suck out...
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Overall 10
10

User Review

GamePro.com
10 August 2004
  • Summary: okay i have never played any of the castlevania games and when i picked up this shining gem in a pile of jewels i decided that this is the next best thing to watching super bowl 2004 half time (just kidding).
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Wow.

WJAndrews, MobyGames
3 February 2004
  • Conclusion: I can honestly say that it owns. By far the best CastleVania title to hit the GBA, heck, it's one of the best CastleVania titles to hit any platform. And that, friends, is saying quite a lot.
  • Pros: Aria of Sorrow is as close to Symphony of the Night as the Gameboy Advance games have ever come. Before you get the impression that Aria of Sorrow isn't quite as good as Symphony, or that all it attempts to do is recreate it, let me stop you. Aria of Sorrow rocks. The music rocks. The graphics ro...
  • Cons: I played it on a smaller GBA screen. This game is detailed enough to look decent on a larger screen, and if a person were to have a GameCube/GBA TV Adaptor they would probably have a better time playing the game.
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