First I must say that this game is good in my opinion, but it is not the Castlevania that hardcore fans of the series know. It is a revamp on the story and series. It uses similar enemy names and locations, but that is about it. The scenery is wonderful (Carmilla's castle is fantastic), the enemies are fantastic, the storyline characters though are a bit lacking visually and in my opinion are poorly generated. The combat system is ok, very god of warish. The difficulty of the game varies significantly depending on the option you choose. Paladin (hardest) is by far the most difficult, difficulty I have ever played. Everything is pretty much a one hit kill and the timing events are extremely fast and difficult. The controls are at times a bit unresponsive especially when moving to different camera angle areas. The boss/titan fights are wonderfully done. The storyline though does become rushed towards the end, though it is predictable about halfway through the game. I figured out who Dracula would be before the game even hinted at it. The voice acting was ok, it seemed that lines spoken by Patrick Stewart/Narrator/Zobek were forced and kinda boring at times. On my second play and at chapter 10 on Paladin, unfortunately it will not warrant a 3rd play, since I have gotten everything in the game so far. (Btw, if you beat a level on Paladin it counts the level being beat on the other difficulties) Overall, this game is definitely worth a rent. If you can play the game with an open mind, it is very entertaining. If you are a close-minded fool, you will hate it. This game is not a 1 as some of the other reviewers say. It is a solid 7.5, there is room for improvements and I will play any sequels. I look forward to this revamped series and storyline.