Reviews and Problems with Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
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Castlevania: Harmony Of Despair (XBLA)
15 October 2011
Conclusion: While HoD captures a good number of things about what makes Castlevania awesome, its approach to online play is quite messy and, frankly, depressing. I can't believe that this is what the fans get as our first online Castlevania... It's just a glorified grindfest with maybe a quarter of the map space you'd find in a full single-player Castlevania game!
Pros: Weapon variety is one of HoD's greatest strengths. It features hundreds of weapons from past Castlevania games, including mundane arms (like daggers) and mystical arms (like Valmanway!) alike. It's difficult to get good weapons at the beginning, and so you will most likely feel like a n00b – don't despair! Just keep running stages with uber-powered players and you'll be getting loot all over the place! Granted, this is exceedingly boring, but more on that in the cons ...
Cons: Basically, the structure of Harmony of Despair as a game is lacking, and the problems that would arise from the developers' design decisions would be obvious even at the development stage. Being an avid Castlevania fan I was extremely disappointed by how HoD turned out; a serious lack of levels to play, the pain of being a slow n00b as everyone else dashes ahead and does everything before you, money-grubbing DLC that gives you a paltry couple of new levels and charact...
Excerpt: Castlevania series producer Koji Igarashi says he injected fresh blood into 1997’s Symphony Of The Night by helping introduce a leveling system and recasting straightforward dungeon runs into freeform Metroidvania maps because he saw little-replayed copies of previous entries languishing in the used-games bin.
Excerpt: «Castlevania»-serien fikk skikkelig medvind i 2005, etter lanseringen av den håndholdte DS-konsollen til Nintendo. Denne nye suksesserien med spill har blandet både gammelt og nytt, og i tillegg gitt oss en hærskare av nye fjes å spille som på jakt etter Dracula.
Conclusion: "Castlevania: Harmony of Despair" desaponta os fãs da franquia por esquecer suas raízes e oferecer apenas um jogo sem nexo ou trama definida. Não bastasse a falta de capricho, o jogo carece de personalidade própria, não conseguindo se aprofundar nem no estilo arcade, mais casual, e nem no RPG. Pode até divertir, mas somente aos jogadores dispostos a esquecer o passado glorioso da franquia.