Critic & User Reviews
"Order" Isn't a Bad Thing
posted by IllogicalJ (BROOKLYN, NY) Oct 28, 2008
Member since May 2005
5 out of 5 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Most interesting of all is the new "glyph" system, which allows you to mix and match weapons and magic attacks to the X/Y buttons, creating combos and specials as you go. (The R trigger is used for defensive magic, or to alternate between glyph "sleeves" or presets.) You probably won't need to use most of that arsenal (especially since your skills don't level up), but the customization is fun, and the weapons are varied enough to make you test them.
Overall, Dawn of Sorrow's tag-team combat and painting-based exploration is still the best hand-held Castlevania. But Ecclesia's an interesting hybrid, and a step in the right creative direction: after all, after beating Dracula and exploring his castle 10+ times, you need to think outside the box (or at least, for a little while, the castle).
posted by Vilago (BEAR, DE) Jan 2, 2009
Member since Oct 2008
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
pluses: improvement on a tried a true formula for a fun game so addicting that you can't put down; extra modes in the game are actually fun this time around (albus mode is pretty amazing imo); plenty of areas to explore; weapon system takes a little getting used to but once you get the hang of it is pretty cool.
cons: the weapon system is good, but i feel they didnt explain it well enough. i didnt fully understand how to work it until i had almost beaten the game. story/dialogue is kinda lame (kinda expected) the mini areas in the beginning should be bigger. i felt like they were put in there as more of an afterthought.
overall it was a decent game
posted by schmidty89 (REDONDO BEACH, CA) Jan 6, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Dont pay attention to them
posted by UpsetInKY (COVINGTON, KY) Nov 15, 2008
Member since May 2006
1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
posted by Hobbykitjr (ANNANDALE, NJ) Nov 10, 2008
Member since Sep 2007
4 out of 15 gamers (27%) found this review helpful
SotN is my favorite game of all time, i bought a DS just for the 2D side scrolling Castlevanias.
I still beat SotN once a year or 2.
I still own the previous DS Castlevanias.
I bought this without thinking.
This is my first gamefly review, i just had to warn other people out there.
(Review)This game is very frustrating, not just that the management is stupid or boss fights are ridiculous like the other review said. But you will be killed for no reason.
Oh that new spell you got, well it kills you. now you know so replay the last 20 minutes.
Oh that piece of what you thought was background kills you when you walk past it, now you know so replay the last half hour.
Oh this boss kills you in 4-5 hits, you have to hit him 2,000 times, you have almost no items and if you walk past this part, you are now cornered and there is nothing you can do. Also your last save point wasn't anywhere near here.
cheap ways to make your game longer just makes the game worse. This is not going to old school, this is just cheap shots. Theres a reason its OLD school because it sucked and people changed it.
Also b/c they're aren't many save points, your forced to warp back to the beginning, then leave the level, travel back to the village, and save there then travel and warp back every 'warp' room. Why? B/c the game is that annoying and its slightly better than replaying more of it multiple times.
I have not finished the game yet, im not sure if i'll be able to, id have to be pretty bored and i've already REPlayed so much of it.
Tried to like this game but it wouldnt let me
posted by Majere (WINTER PARK, FL) Nov 3, 2008
Member since Aug 2008
2 out of 10 gamers (20%) found this review helpful
Pros: It has a vast weapon system, many to choose from, plus the classic gothic stylization unique to Castlevania.
Cons: Extremely frustrating. The weapon system is NOT easy to manipulate quickly which seems necessary to defeat some of the bosses. There are WAY too many bosses. I found myself having to reload my saved game over and over again before a boss at LEVEL 9. The bosses are irritatingly difficult, (taking up to 20% of your life in one hit very early in the game) and not fun at all when you must micromanage your health items.
Overall, once I saw the way they used the weapons in the game, I was enthralled and I had high hopes especially from it's rating. However once I got a few levels into the game, I quickly realized they did not want anybody but die-hard platformer fans to really enjoy this game. Video games are entertainment, and thusly they must be fun. This game is fun for an hour or two, and then it has you screaming at the DS's tiny little screen.
In short, if you absolutely love the Castlevania franchise or platformers, then this one's worth a shot. If you enjoy entertaining games however, skip this one and try something else.
A nice change.
posted by Quicksilver84 (SPRINGFIELD, IL) Jul 23, 2013
Member since Jul 2013
The Bad: Multiple endings means having to make sure you do the right thing to get the best outcome. This took me a bit to figure out the right path to take.
The Ugly: I can't think of anything....
Castlevania + Order Of Ecclesia = AWESOME!
posted by Vortex9000 (DUNCAN, SC) Mar 29, 2013
Member since Apr 2012
...I'm stretching it now... Anyway! Yeah, I totally recommend it to anyone that hasn't played it! The story is cool, the gameplay is addicting, and best of all... Eh, well it's just a good game! Play it! I especially loved playing as Albus! Ehhehe..
Yeah. It's cool.
not for faint of heart
posted by fpsnum6 (LITTLETON, CO) Mar 6, 2013
Member since Mar 2013
Solid DS game
posted by Kev_215 (HARLEYSVILLE, PA) Mar 2, 2013
Member since Feb 2013
my first Castlevania game
posted by yatcha (PORT EWEN, NY) Jun 24, 2012
Member since Jan 2010
the glyph system is great, and smooth. it's also really in depth. there are so many glyphs to find, and upgraded ones that you find even later. each new glyph provides a new interesting twist in gameplay, and never is that twist particularly boring. the game allows you to be able to use the glyphs you want, and using a particular one never feels like punishment.
then there is sound and visuals, i mean wow. this soundtracks one of my favorites from any video game. and the backgrounds of all the maps and platforms are really nice looking. the glyphs look great also
now to get to the thing that people are griping about like wimps. the difficulty. this game is hard. suck it up. i'm 14 and beat it just fine. you just ned to be patient, and maybe grind your levels a little, which i only figured out on my second play through. my first one i beat the final boss at level 26, granted i had every glyph, but still if i can do it at such a low level you can do it at a high one . i'm half way through my second play through at the moment, and i've died a total of 4 times. once you get the patterns that occur in levels, and enemies in them, it becomes a great deal easier. the bosses are still ridiculously hard, but if you keep patient, and watch, they become a lot easier.
there is also the problem of item lacking. i mean there isn't anything you can do about it, so embrace it, and work your way around healing items.
i know this game can be cheap sometimes, but if you just relax, and let yourself get over the frustratingly difficult aspects, you'll see a fantastic game.
If you loved SotN but want a harder Castlevania...
posted by BatmanKusabi (FORT WORTH, TX) Dec 29, 2011
Member since Dec 2011
Be warned though- this game is hard. It's difficult in the same way Demon's/Dark Souls are and that can turn some people off. However if you're someone who enjoys a fair, balanced challenge like those two mentioned games, and wish that Castlevania would go back to being difficult like they were on the NES, but not be as cheap or unfairly difficult as those games are known to be, than this game is for you.
There is honestly no flaws to this game besides if you're easily turned off of a game being challenging but that's less this game's fault and more the players. Every boss has a learnable pattern, or every boss is quite challenging for that matter unlike the recent Castlevania games, and quite often if the game is too difficult than the player should either go level up more and learn the enemy and boss patterns for that section.
posted by moewahby (EASTON, PA) Mar 25, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
gets old very quickly
waste of time
posted by dante09 (SEYMOUR, IA) Mar 3, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
IT WAS PRETTY GOOD
posted by SEAN1O1 (TRABUCO CANYON, CA) Oct 4, 2009
Member since Apr 2006
But one thing I didn't get is why you play as this girl! shoudn't you play as simon belmont like on the original castlevainia on the nintendo nes
posted by jb2008 (QUEENSTOWN, MD) Mar 28, 2009
Member since Jul 2007
posted by Notasaint (BROKEN ARROW, OK) Mar 21, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
posted by Skimreview (SANTA ANA, CA) Feb 11, 2009
Member since Jun 2005
Dracula should just die
posted by Moginabox (LONG BEACH, CA) Jan 30, 2009
Member since Oct 2008
This has to have the worst gameplay, story and characters of all Castlevania series. Enough said
The graphics are decent, but you won't find any fun factor in the gameplay, story, etc.
posted by Wendigo17 (DACULA, GA) Jan 11, 2009
Member since Nov 2004
The series is becoming a bit stale.
posted by HardBoiled (TARZANA, CA) Dec 28, 2008
Member since Aug 2007
Dungeons and Disappointment
posted by Gradius (SPRINGFIELD, MO) Dec 9, 2008
Member since Oct 2007
Maybe it's just my priorities, I don't know, but I goofed with the file that was already on there a few times and sent it back within a week. If you're more a fan of the Belmont ones you'll probably like it more than I did.
I applaud the use of a singular female main character, and eagerly await her to return and not be so boring to play as.
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
posted by DARKTICK (HUNTINGTON, WV) Nov 14, 2008
Member since Jun 2006