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Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

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Overall 7
7.0

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair review

GamesRadar
24 June 2012
  • Pros: Typically strong animation and music, Multiplayer really opens up the experience, Series fans will love seeing the cast together
  • Cons: Single-player way too grindy, Menus are confusing, often unhelpful, Kinda short if all six players are kicking ass
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Overall 8
8.2
Graphics 8
8.2
Sound 8
7.6
Control 9
8.6
Addiction 8
8.4

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair Review

Cheat Code Central
7 November 2010
Overall 8
7.8

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair Review

PlayDevil
28 October 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair Xbox 360 Review

Console Obsession
9 August 2010
  • 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...
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Overall 7
7.3

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Game Over Online
7 August 2010
  • Excerpt: 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 Portrait of Ruin, and the legendary Alucard from SoTN.
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Overall 8
7.5
Gameplay 8
7.5
Graphics 6
6.0
Sound 8
8.0

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair Review (XBLA)

Gamers Daily News
5 August 2010
  • Summary: While lacking polish, this attempt at merging Metroidvania play with co-op is enjoyable.
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Overall 8
7.8
Design 8
7.7
Gameplay 8
7.9

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

GameTrailers
3 August 2010
  • Excerpt: Does anyone recall ever asking for a multiplayer Castlevania game? Well, regardless, here we are. Harmony of Despair comes way out of left field, and it hooks you in unexpected ways. Not too bad for a concept that by all rights should be unworkable. If you're having trouble imagining how multiplayer Castlevania goes down, that's perfectly understandable.
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Overall 8
8.0

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair Review

G4
2 August 2010
  • 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
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Overall 7
7.1
Value for money 7
7.1
Gameplay 7
7.0
Graphics 6
6.0
Sound 8
8.0

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

impulsegamer
1 August 2010
  • 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...
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Overall 8
7.5
Gameplay 8
8.0
Graphics 8
8.0
Sound 8
8.0
Replay value 7
7.0
Originality 7
6.5

Expert Review

Budgetgaming.nl
17 November 2010
  • Conclusion: Dat is jammer aangezien de keren dat ik online speelde met vijf anderen, de ervaring echt tof was. Een enorme eindbaas vellen door samen te werken levert namelijk wel heel veel voldoening op. Je bent daarbij wel heel erg afhankelijk van de kwaliteiten van je teamgenoten, aangezien elke sterfpartij tijd van je timer afhaalt. Daarom raad ik ook sterk aan om deze game vanaf het begin met een vaste groep vrienden te spelen.
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