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Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles review

AT A GLANCE
  • Vibrant visuals pop on the PSP
  • A classic finally makes it stateside
  • Three games for the price of one
  • Two of the games need to be unlocked
  • Old school difficulty can be brutal
  • Unforgiving saves/checkpoints

Like a fang-pierced jugular, the revamped 2D/3D hybrid visuals explode with vividness, and the PSP's rectangular display seems tailor-made for the side-scrolling series. Combine this with those catchy Castlevania tunes, a few replay-extending branching pathways, a second playable character and slick, new cutscenes, and you've got a casket full of goodies. Again, if you're a Castlevania completist, or just a fan of old school gaming, then pick up this bloodsucker. Otherwise, we suggest driving your stake through the better, more forgiving DS entries - Portrait of Ruin and Dawn of Sorrow.

More Info

Release date: Oct 23 2007 - PSP (US)
Available Platforms: PSP
Genre: Action
Published by: Konami
Developed by: Konami
Franchise: Castlevania
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood and Gore, Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes

4 comments

  • Heyexclamationpoint - September 22, 2009 4:07 p.m.

    The difficulty is pretty unforgiving but unlocking Symphony Of The Night isn't that hard... it took me about 20 minutes tops. That's more than enough reason to pick this up.
  • JR24 - June 20, 2009 2:28 a.m.

    I just bought this game just today and try ed it out, but I'm not really sure that I should keep it or return it for another game.
  • zer0_cool16 - August 17, 2009 1:57 a.m.

    I can't believe the difficulty of this game! It's so ridiculous! I have already activated the invincibility cheat and yet it's still TOO hard to beat. I like the graphics and music and i wish there'd be a SOTN remake that looks like this. But in the meantime i'll stick with my DS castlevanias. Now i'm really thankful I've got both PSP and DS.
  • JR24 - June 24, 2009 1:58 a.m.

    No I'm going to return it for sure!! It's frecking stupid. wend ever did you hear a person walking the whole time wend theirs a zombie, skeleton, Giant bull, or a dragon going at you. I'm getting my refund!!!!

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