Castlevanie Double Pack (Harmony of Dissonance and Aria of Sorrow) (GBA) – Review

Castlevania Double Pack CoverThe Castlevania series has been a series which has undergone a number of versions over the years, each with slight changes to the last. The last series in the series has worked on merging the Metroid exploration aspect with the fundamental whip-wielding action of the Belmont clan to provide a rather good type of game that works well on portable system. Two early portable Castlevanias, “Harmony of Dissonance” and “Aria of Sorrow”, the latter which is the prequel to the DS title “Dawn of Sorrow”, were recently released for the GBA as a double pack, offering little change from their earlier GBA incarnations beyond the classic Castlevania gameplay. Neither title may be the best of the series, but it’s interesting to come back to play these versions after completing “Portrait of Ruin” and prior to playing through “Dawn of Sorrow”.

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Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (NDS) – Review

Portrait of Ruin CoverA continuation on the long-lasted Castlevania series from Komani, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin keeps most of the same gameplay as it’s previous 2D side-scrolling predecessors, adding a partnering mode previously seen as an unlockable version from Dawn of Sorrow and the use of Quests to give bonuses to the players. The game comes off quite well polished and is definitely another hit for the DS. Continue reading