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Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

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Overall 8

Expert Review

14 October 2011
  • Summary: Cooperative play probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when reflecting on the Castlevania series, which built an identity around solitary adventures through a single, massive castle. Some ardent fans may even consider the major integration of such a feature sacrilegious, as in something that breaks Castlevania's fundamental appeal.
  • Pros: Cooperative gameplay is fun online, Grinding is addictive, Offers a good challenge
  • Cons: Instructions are terrible, Some areas are too focused on multiplayer
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Review: Castlevania: Harmony of Despair for PS3

4 October 2011
  • Excerpt: Have you ever played a Castlevania game and thought the lead character must be pretty stupid to be venturing into Dracula’s castle all alone to face the world’s most fearsome vampire and his minions? This is the game for you. Think of Castlevania: Harmony of Despair as Castlevania Lite: Multiplayer Edition .
  • Pros: Have access to characters and seven maps, can zoom out and see the whole map at once, can earn money and find equipment to improve characters, PSN version includes XBLA DLC characters Julius Belmont and Yoko Belnades, PSN version includes the Chapter 7 map that was DLC with the XBLA release, PSN version offers local cooperative play for up to four players, there’s an optional hard mode, and most characters play differently. Most levels have some kind of gimmick. It al...
  • Cons: You really need an HDTV to see all the details. The extra DLC ends up being expensive. It’s more fun in multiplayer. Local multiplayer can make it hard for each player to keep track of the characters.
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Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (XBLA) Review

5 August 2010
Overall 7

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

9 November 2011
  • Summary: Wirklich warm werde ich mit diesem "Best of Castlevania" nicht wirklich. Das mag aber auch daran liegen, dass ich zuwenig Leute in meiner Freundesliste habe, die das Spiel auch spielen - denn alleine erweist es sich schnell als öde und stellenweise auch frustrierend. Kriegt man ein paar Freunde zu einem Match hinzu, sieht das völlig anders aus und die Vampirjagd nimmt richtig Fahrt auf.
  • Pros: typischer Stil der 2D-Castlevania, beliebte Charaktere, sehr viel Spaß im Multiplayer, motivierende Loot-Jagd
  • Cons: Tutorial hinterlässt viele offenen Fragen, bei 3x-Zoom wirkt die Grafik pixelig, sehr starker Fokus auf Multiplayer
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Overall 7

Expert Review

23 October 2011