Reviews and Problems with Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
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Conclusion: Love it or not, this is the only Castlevania experience for Xbox owners to partake in. There are many problems that could have been addressed with this experience, such as more time spent on creating a visually stylistic world, or adding some spice to the core mechanics of gameplay, but players who have played this style of game will know what to expect.
Excerpt: For the serious fan of the 2D action-adventure looking for new games, there have only been two real choices for a while now: Metroid and Castlevania. Both have their devotees, but whereas the Metroid series has made the transition to 3D very successfully, Konami still hasn't been able to capture the essence of Castlevania in three dimensions.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Content-wise it's odd, presentation-wise it's an also ran. If Konami continue trying to nail Castlevania in 3D, we'd advise keeping the formula experimentation to a minimum, and building upon the more successful features already managed in Lament of Innocence. To put it in a different perspective, if Symphony of the Night and Castlevania IV are both 18-year old, single malt whiskies, Lament of Innocence a 15-year old of the same, then Curse of Darkness is...
Excerpt: The Castlevania franchise has a lot of history, both in the confines of the game and as a series. You'll be hard pressed to find a gamer weaned on the NES who hasn't played through a videogame as one of the Belmont clan. The first foray into the third dimension with Castlevania 64 was a far from stellar experience for any gamer, and I'll admit that I was one who purchased the game only to be severely disappointed.
Excerpt: Dracula is dead, betrayed by the devil-forgemaster Hector, and defeated by the actions of Trevor Belmont. That was 3 years agoÃ¢â‚¬â€�since then, Hector has renounced his powers to lead a normal life after his beloved was executed as a witch. But Hector nurtures a need for vengeance against fellow devil-forgemaster IsaacÃ¢â‚¬â€�who manipulated the witch trialÃ¢â‚¬â€�and is now luring Hector back to the land of Valachia to embrace his forgery powers once more. But why?
Excerpt: Depuis la prestation remarquée de Castlevania : Lament of Innocence sur PS2, les adorateurs de la mythique série de Konami ne craignent plus de voir leur saga fétiche subir les foudres de la 3D. A présent que cette compréhensible appréhension s'est mue en impatience nerveuse, la venue d'un successeur au dernier volet était attendue comme un petit événement.