Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin - multiplayer hands-on

Grab a friend and put Dracula's bestiary on ice

At this point, there's not a lot left to say about the next classic-in-the-making Castlevania. You'll run, jump and whip a path through a gory, gothic castle while discovering secret areas and new abilities, just like the past four handheld games. This time, however, you've got two vamp hunters to control and a series of haunted paintings that warp you out of the castle into environments most Castlevania games have never seen.

The single-player game may sound familiar, but the Wi-Fi enabled co-op mode is a brand new attraction that's got us stoked about slaying monsters again. No, you can't play the whole adventure with a friend (that would just be a little too cool, apparently), but you do get to run through a teeth-and-fang-filled gauntlet of unholy creatures together - this time from anywhere in the world. Besting this test of skill will net you rare items and of course, bragging rights.

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