Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin review

  • Tag-team gameplay
  • Tons of extras
  • Killer music
  • Nuts and bolts are the same
  • RIP soul system
  • Still not a Belmont

The only thing to really rag on Portrait for is its length. Seven-ish hours is pretty short, no matter how you slice it. But, as with all the other Castlevania games, there are so many bizarre things to do once Drac's down that they totally make up for the main quest's length. Finding all the weapons is one admirable goal (cream pies? Aw yeah), but there are also three unlockable ways to play through the game again, one being a touch screen-heavy adventure with two vamp sisters. An online boss rush mode and item shop (with or without Friend Codes) ad even more replay incentives to the mix, making this one of the best DS games of the year. We'd expect nothing less from the series.

More Info

Release date: Dec 05 2006 - DS (US)
Available Platforms: DS
Genre: Action
Published by: Konami
Developed by: Konami
Franchise: Castlevania
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood and Gore, Suggestive Themes, Violence


  • Austin_SJ - March 24, 2011 2:52 p.m.

    Haha, Brett said cream pies. That's a sexual phrase.
  • zer0_cool16 - August 17, 2009 12:15 a.m.

    Ahmmm, first! I've had this game for several months now but only started playing it. It's really really nice and the graphics are quite refreshing! I think I'm gonna like this better that Ecclesia.

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