Dracula seems to rise up every year now. Hey, we're not about to complain - every time he shows up, the world is treated to another adventurous vampire hunt that trumps practically every other 2D game out there. Portrait of Ruin already feels like it won't be the exception to the Castlevania rule.
You can switch between whip-wielding Jonathan Morris and magical sorceress Charlotte Orlean. With a simple button press, you can switch between these two any time, and even summon the other down to help fight the various unholy denizens. We saw a usual roundup of enemies - skeletons, floating heads and crack-shot soldiers.
Portrait, so far, seems just like its predecessors in that you're exploring a dauntingly sized castle and searching for power-up items. The one level we played rewarded us with a double jump and the equipment-swapping ability from Dawn of Sorrow, though traditional leveling up still occurs by beating down monsters. Morris also had a projectile weapon to toss, in this case a flaming boomerang. Expect a ton more.