Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow DS

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 176 Ratings

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  • Summary: The year is 2036, one year after the events of "Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow." Soma Cruz finds himself at the center of a mysterious cult's plan to resurrect their evil lord and master Dracula. In order to save himself and protect the lives of those he loves, Soma must infiltrate the enemy'sThe year is 2036, one year after the events of "Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow." Soma Cruz finds himself at the center of a mysterious cult's plan to resurrect their evil lord and master Dracula. In order to save himself and protect the lives of those he loves, Soma must infiltrate the enemy's home base, a towering replica of Dracula's castle that is teaming with monstrous creatures. Defeat foes with the "Magic Seal" system using the touch screen. Exchange souls with other players via the DS wireless connection. Features an incredible musical score, next-gen graphics & stunning special effects. [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 50 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Controls are dead on, giving the gamer the feeling of knowing that any mistakes made in the game are the fault of the gamer themselves, not the controls.
  2. Bigger, tougher, meaner, and more next-gen. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow fills every part of the Nintendo DS's two-inch screen with new bosses, levels, and dozens of backdrops that are drop-dead gorgeous.
  3. Game Informer
    93
    Its sublime mix of puzzles, great bosses, perfectly paced exploration, and enormous variety make this an utterly amazing adventure. [Nov 2005, p.176]
  4. Dawn of Sorrow is what is right about Castlevania. And it's what the Nintendo DS should be doing in it's games, rather than trying to be something it's not.
  5. A classic game. Entering a big castle, defeating monsters, and killing giant bosses. We did it all before, but it rarely was as fun as in this game.
  6. 85
    If you liked "Aria of Sorrow," pick up DoS. If not, steer clear.
  7. 70
    Perhaps it is time for the series to evolve again rather than looking inward, just as it did nearly a decade ago when SotN was unleashed on an unsuspecting world. [JPN Import]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 47
  2. Negative: 5 out of 47
  1. MahebruH.
    Oct 9, 2005
    10
    Yes. a "10". it's that good.
  2. Menace
    Oct 29, 2005
    10
    Practicly the best game out for the DS, this and Trauma Center.
  3. May 8, 2015
    10
    The GBA games were close to perfect. This tips it over into completely perfect. My favourite of all the metroidvania games this has a funThe GBA games were close to perfect. This tips it over into completely perfect. My favourite of all the metroidvania games this has a fun story, great graphics, tight controls and plenty to see and do.

    It's on the easy side compared to some of the series, but that doesn't harm it in my eyes.
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  4. AnonymousMC
    Oct 13, 2005
    9
    Who cares if it was planned as a GBA game? It's an outstanding CASTLEVANIA on the DS! ...it began as a GBA game, and they just enhancedWho cares if it was planned as a GBA game? It's an outstanding CASTLEVANIA on the DS! ...it began as a GBA game, and they just enhanced the graphics, made the sound more accurate, the castle bigger, designed more various foes and threw in some gimmicky touchscreen things to make people think it's a DS game, it's worked on me I guess. Expand
  5. Sep 24, 2016
    9
    This game is really fun. It's Castlevania with RPG elements. You can play it however you like, and explore the castle, but there is a storyThis game is really fun. It's Castlevania with RPG elements. You can play it however you like, and explore the castle, but there is a story line to follow. If you like Castlevania you will definitely like this. This is one of the best Castlevania games of all time. There are a few problems with it, which is why I gave it a 9 rather than a 10, but overall it's pretty much a complete package. You won't get bored with this.

    The Good:

    - It's classic Castlevania but with RPG elements.

    - There are so many things to collect, but they really add to the experience. All the souls, weapons, crafting, etc, are really just a nice time waster.

    - Lots of exploration to be done, and mystery.

    - The story is basic but it motivates you onward.

    - Killing monsters is very satisfying. There are a ton of enemies. You'll never get bored with all the creatures.

    - The game is not too easy, and not too hard. It has the right level of difficulty.

    - The music is nice.

    - Despite console limitations the graphics are well done, other than the winter scenes, which just look washed out. The art is good.

    The Bad:

    - The game displays the action on the lower screen instead of the upper screen. It's a bizarre choice to make. Clearly, the menu, and map belong on the bottom. It would have been really handy if you could tap the screen, and look closer on the map (which is rather small).

    - There is one section of the game where you have to do some type of sliding puzzle. It was confusing. Not really fun if I have to say so myself.

    - The characters walks kind of slow. I would have liked it if he could walk a bit faster. But there is a method for fast travel, so this isn't a huge issue.

    - The teleport, and save areas really should be right beside each other. They are close to each other but not beside.

    - When you die you go back to the start up point of the game, like you resetted your console. Instead the game should ask you if you want to begin again from your save point. Yes or no? Simple, right?

    - A lot of grinding is required to get souls. It would be nice if acquiring souls was just little bit easier. I don't want it to be too easy, but sometimes it's frustrating. One character I killed literally a hundred plus times, and yet got no soul. I was just thinking, "C'mon now!"

    - I don't like those medusa heads! The ones that turn your into stone are just terrible.
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  6. Jul 10, 2011
    9
    Epic game. As almost every Castlevania ever released. The game is very fun to play through, and collecting souls is less boring than itEpic game. As almost every Castlevania ever released. The game is very fun to play through, and collecting souls is less boring than it sounds. The only issues are the dated graphics, which resemble too much it's prequel, and the somewhat boring and unbalanced alternative game mode. As that's gimmicky anyway and doesn't affect the basic gameplay, still a solid 9. Expand
  7. ChrisK.
    Oct 10, 2005
    0
    Hattori, surely you can't be so ignorant to think they made this game for the DS groundup. One year for a Castlevania game? No, it began Hattori, surely you can't be so ignorant to think they made this game for the DS groundup. One year for a Castlevania game? No, it began as a GBA game, and they just threw in some gimmicky touch screen soul things to make people think it's a DS game, it's worked on you I guess. Expand

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#6 Most Discussed DS Game of 2005
#2 Most Shared DS Game of 2005