Summary: I really enjoyed this entry into the series. I think it made some needed improvements over the previous game, COTM, both in graphics and controls. The gameplay, while challenging, wasn't overly difficult which is something I appreciate. Pretty much all the recent hand held games in the series have been great, but this is in the top three in my opinion. If you have a chance to pick it up, don't skip it!
Excerpt: Castlevania titles in recent years have been nothing but goodness, or so it would seem. Even the 3D titles on PS2 have been of generally high quality. Coming prior to the triumphs of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and post the triumph that is Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, one would presume Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance to be another in the string of high quality. According to some, this is indeed the case.
Excerpt: Fifty years after Simon Belmont vanquishes Dracula, one of his descendants, Juste Belmont, is hunting the Count's lost relics, when Maxim, a family friend, informs him that Lydie, a childhood friend, has been kidnapped. As Maxim leads Juste in search of her, a castle materializes out of the fog, which the two begin to explore.
Summary: WIth the Sorrow series being the first Castlevania games that I TRULY played, I can say this about Harmony of Dissonance so far . . . it's hard. It's almost NES, SNES Castlevania hard. The graphics are definitely better than the 16 bit days, but after playing it on the DS and later games on the GBA, this game seems a little bit rough for wear. However, this does NOTHING to detract from the challenge presented. Difficult, but don't give up on it.
Summary: i decide to buy this product cause the price is reasonable and it's a game that is kinda hard to find in good conditions at your local gamestop if you are a big fan of Castlevania i highly recommended