Review by ciello67
"Online Castlevania Multiplayer: Harmony of Success"
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair was Konami's low-budget experiment in Castlevania multiplayer, which has resulted in a large success.
The focus of each stage is to explore tha area and reach the boss at the end (and defeat it). The fifteen dollar psn version comes with seven stages and seven characters. This explore-stage-by-stage works well; you can't just rush through the game for your first time and beat it in an hour and a half. You have to play each level multiple time, searching for better equipment while increasing your skill. This method works remarkably well: The stages are interesting amalgamations of DS Castlevania game areas, the controls are nice, the amount of items is impressive, and in short, you can find dozens of excuses to replay your favorite levels.
There is a difference in experience depending on the number of players, however. Multiplayer is a wonderful experience: when you first start off, you can play in a local co-op and work at your own pace through the levels, fighting tricky monsters with your friends. If you are alone, or have completed the game, you can find high skill online groups to help you quickly grind for rare items. Single player is definitely more of a challenge, but if you don't like it, you can always go online (you need to download the game, so you should have an Internet connection). Either way, the experience comes off as exciting. If you are a Castlevania DS fan, you will love the game. If not, you will still enjoy trying the multiplayer functions,
Sound and Graphics:
The soundtracks are superb, with heavy metal and organ remixes of already great Castlevania tracks. You can even download extra pieces of music and switch up what track plays when in the game. The graphics are DS level sprites that work surprisingly well for a ps3 game
You may think, as you play through the game, that there is not as much area in HD as there is in other Castlevania DS games. This is true: while DoS and EoE have area blocks in the 1300s (and PoR in the 1800s), this Castlevania game only has area blocks totaling at a little under 1100. But this game costs half as much as the others! You get three fourths the area for half the price (and more characters, weapons, and equipables). You also can download four additional stages, printing the price to twenty nine dollars (still less than DS games) and area total to 1700s. Either way, it is a good deal.
It is important to point out that this game is hard. There will be frustrating points in many levels, and you will have to restart long stages from the beginning. But it makes the game more enjoyable, especially with friends.
Overall, I give this game a 10/10, and advise it to anyone who owns a ps3.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 10/17/11
Game Release: Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (US, 09/27/11)
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