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Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

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GF Rating
6.7

1039 ratings

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GF Rating
7

Good

Hector sure can kick some arse

posted by Coriff (ROCHESTER, NY) May 1, 2006

Member since Feb 2006

6 out of 6 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Take one part ex-demon summoner/blacksmith, toss in a dash of vengeance for a murdered love, and sprinkle lightly with Dracula's dying curse and you have the latest installment of Castlevania for Ps2.

Hector is one angry Devil Forgemaster. Having recently lost his wife by the hands of his old ally Isaac, Hector sets out on a path of vengeance which unsurprisingly becomes a quest to stop Dracula himself. The story itself is pretty cliché and forgettable, but it had a few interesting points.

The controls in this game are pretty similar to the last one. Equipping different weapons and mashing square allows you to do various combo attacks. Hitting circle at the end of any of these grants you a nice finishing move. You can also control the camera now with the right analog, a nice feature.

Devil summoning and forging. This is where the game shines. You can acquire various minions who fight with you, leveling up and gaining their own unique skills. Very cool. On top of that, enemies occasionally drop ingredients for forging various weapons and armor. You will find yourself stealing and killing enemies repeatedly just so you can get that new kick arse weapon or armor.

For a while, the game can be pretty fun. Towards the end, however, the repetitiveness of the monsters and dungeon layouts can get extremely annoying. There is a bit of optional areas to explore and items to make if you're into that kind of thing. Overall, the game is pretty fun until you realize you just went through a room in Dracula's castle that looks exactly the same as the last four rooms you went through. Definitely worth a rent.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Castlevania returns to the PS2 once more.

posted by Kabuto (HENDERSON, NV) Jul 12, 2006

Member since Jul 2006

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Konami graces the Castlevania fans with Castlevania Curse of Darkness, does it live up to the expectations, hopes and dreams? Probably not, while the game is good, it's by far not exactly ranked up there with some of the best Castlevania games out there.

Set in time after the events of Castlevania 3 for the NES, you take control of Hector, a former Devil Forger for Count Dracula, he returns to the lands in search of the other apprentience Devil Forger Issac in a story of revenge. After you're greeted by a wonderful FMV, you begin your quest, by something you might as well get use to doing quite often. Running down an empty corridor.

..You'll see these quite often, but, hang in there, the toughest part of the game is happening.

Truth be told, as you get further into the game, you do notice the game's great gameplay and solid ideas. Muliple sets of weapons, the ability to craft your equipment on the fly, but what sets this interest is, your Digimon like monster companions who you free and assist you. You have all sorts of creatures from "Fairy" type who heal you in battle, open up your treasure chests, to "Battle" types who make you grin like a small child when they go around smashing monsters into the ground.

The controls are quite solid and rather fluid, and the learning curve is so simple you'll figure out what you're doing with all the handy in-game tips you collect. Where this game does not shine is the lackluster enviroments, as stated before, you'll be running down empty corridors, and fighting dull rooms with nothing in them. While this is fine for the outdoor enviroment, the indoor ones such as the abandonded castle, doesn't feel like a castle, just, yet another dungeon.

Another fine point in the game, is that by a glance, you know how your fights will be. Bosses are either tough all the time, or they're all easy. Very very few will all of a sudden emerge with some cheap attack to win in one shot. A plus in my eyes.

Overall, worth a shot.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Castlevania

posted by Tina420 (ALEXANDRIA, VA) May 27, 2009

Member since Jul 2008

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

My husband and I play this game and I'll have to say I LOVE all the Castlevania games but this one is good cant seem to send it back or beat it yet...which is good, we usually rip through games and this one has got us stumped MANY times :) LOVE IT

Thanx guys !

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