Castlevania: Harmony of Despair coming to PS3 this week

Konami will be bringing Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, its experiment in multiplayer vampire-killing, to PlayStation 3 on Sep 27, the company revealed via Twitter. For being such patient customers, sitting quietly without a word of complaint while XBLA players tried the game out for them a year ago, PSN players will get free access to two characters and one map which cost perfectly good money when they debuted on the Xbox version of the game.

Above: Get three friends round and see if you can all make sense of this sort of thing 

Whereas XBLA gamers have been appraising HoD as overwhelmingly adequate (we gave it 7/10) since the game's August 2010 launch, PS3 gamers have had to console themselves with Lords of Shadow, last year's latest attempt at bringing the series into 3D. That, or they could've dug out pretty much any other console for one of the other installments of the series, which debuted in September of 1986 and has been averaging about one game every year since. But you can't mark your series' 25th anniversary without some sort of party favors – so PSN players will get the first round of XBLA DLC, comprising playable characters Julius Belmont and Yoko Belnades as well as the Pyramid of Ruin stage, bundled in with the game. The conversion also allows local 4-player, an improvement on the 360 version.

Happy anniversary, Castlevania – let's have plenty more 2D games, please.

Sep 26, 2011

Source: Siliconera

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  • TheVoid - September 27, 2011 10:51 a.m.

    Man I've been waiting a long time for this. Annoyed that it took this long to come to PSN (considering SOTN's Playstation roots) but happy to see it's finally here. Or is it? No sign of it yet on PSN, although it is the 27th, right? Well, I guess I've waited this long... Of course I realize that this is no SOTN but I'm such a Castlevania nut that I don't care. In fact I'm such a Castlevania nut that I bought Judgement for Wii and actually kind of liked it. That said, I think it is safe to assume I'll dig Harmony of Despair even more (especially being clear on what I'm getting myself into), more so with the PSN version's lcoal 4-player support. Color me old school but my friends and I tend to have more fun gaming together on the same couch as opposed to remotely over mics, so I'm stoked for that. Personally I think it has something to do with the capacity for any one of us to initiate s physical beatdown should someone drop the ball or get too "uppity". It allows for a physical "measured response" rather than an ultimately harmless verbal lashing, which I think does a better job of keeping everyone focused than going the pathetic low-brow route of homophobia or mother jokes. Which isn't to say that heavy punches to an arm are necessarily high-brow, but it certainly keeps everyone in check with the complete and absolute lack of anonymity, which for anyone groomed on gaming in the arcades of old was an inherit part of the process. Personally I think more of today's gaming youth could benefit from some real physical repercussions to their seemingly endless trash talk. Just once I'd love to be able to ring the doorbell on the house of the little Jimmy who just called my mother something unsavory. It's actually the main reason I don't play much multiplayer on consoles. At least PC multiplayer games tend to be populated by more mature audiences, no doubt likely to the steeper costs and maintenacne involved in owning a decent gaming rig. Anyhoo, way off point here. Harmony of Despair for PSN! Woo hoo! Now if it would only appear in the PS Store as expected...
  • soranamineforever - September 26, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    Yeah, I can't exactly claim I was waiting 'patiently' for this, but some extras with this release helps curb my fury. I do want to know how much this thing costs, though.
  • idlemindkiller - September 26, 2011 11:54 a.m.

    I have over 70 hours logged into this on Xbox. Great game if you have someone to play with. Make sure to buy all the maps too because they have some awesome loot to grab up.
  • paganpoet - September 26, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    Yay, I was waiting for this! <3

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