Summary: As a package " Castlevania: Harmony of Despair " offers an appealing package to the right player, its just the right player is not necessarily the traditional series fan. With so much hinging on others to get the most from the game many long time followers may be put off by the need for multiplayer. These same long time fans may also struggle to look past the reused assets, finding much of the game simply repackaged old levels played like as a time trial.
Excerpt: Similarly to the recent Mega Man games, Castlevania: Harmony of Despair’s visuals have retro charm, which will appeal to series fans. Characters are all from past entries in the franchise and the musical pieces are remixed versions of those from other games. Fan service is more or less permeating throughout the game, but actually playing it will reveal that Koji Igarashi and his team have conjured up something that merges the past of Castlevania with something that is...
Excerpt: Castlevania: Harmony of Despair review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com 2010’s Summer of Arcade rolls on with the first XBLA-original Castlevania game yet - Harmony of Despair. CV: HD’s most noteworthy accomplishment is being the first online ’Vania yet. It also brings with it a widescreen format for gameplay, multiple playable characters, including Soma Cruz from Aria/Dawn of Sorrow, Shanoa from Order of Ecclesia, Jonathan Morris and Charlotte Aulin from...
Summary: Castlevania: Harmony of Despair is not the 2D sequel to Symphony of the Night that Castlevania fans have been clamoring for, but it is a fresh approach to a series that has been remarkably predictable since the PlayStation's pitch-perfect Symphony of the Night. However, if you're planning on purchasing the game solely for its single-player content, you're probably going to be disappointed.
Pros: Entertaining co-op action for up to six players, Deep character customization through equipment, magic, and skill acquisitions, Challenging, fast-paced gameplay, Six playable protagonists from previous Castlevania games
Cons: Pixelated visual style goes for a retro feel instead of a modern take, Some may lament the lack of continues or extra lives, No story elements or leveling from earlier titles
Review: Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (Xbox 360)
2 August 2010
Conclusion: If you have been waiting for another 2D Castlevania game with an epic quest to complete, sadly Castlevania: Harmony of Despair isn’t the game for you. If, on the other hand, you’ve wanted a multiplayer cooperative action adventure game to play with your friends, then this one has quite a bit to offer. The Survival mode may not be the game’s strongest point, but co-op mode makes up for it.
Excerpt: The classic console game, Castlevania arrives on XBox Live with Castlevania: Harmony of Despair and unlike the original game, this title supports co-operative play with up to six players, which is pretty damn impressive. If you’ve played this game on either the DS or the PlayStation, than coming back to this universe is like coming home again and although this title shares many of the same elements, there are enough changes to keep this title fresh and entertaining to...