Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
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  1. Play Magazine
    The tools of the demon-hunting trade define Curse. [Nov p.84]
  2. 80
    Yet as innovative and inviting as the Forgemaster system and customization facets are, Curse is slightly hexed by a repetitive play scheme: enter room, kill enemies, exit room, repeat.
  3. 80
    While Curse of Darkness may arguably be better than "Lament of Innocence," it still isn’t as good as the side-scrolling entries. There’s just something about the translation into the 3D environments that makes Castlevania lose its charm.
  4. Fans of the series will be both pleased and slightly disappointed at the same time with the second Castlevania game to hit the third dimension, but to the casual gamer, it will be nothing more than an average action title.
  5. 78
    Its nicely implemented Innocent Devil scheme and its varied, and useful, assortment of weapons are great, but its environments are lackluster.
  6. Its bland, lifeless environments (corridors) detract from the experience, causing a few moments of boredom. Get past that and you’ll have a good time. You won’t be blown away, but you’re likely to be surprised.
  7. Game Informer
    Castlevania fans will definitely be pleased with the direction this series is going in. It's a shame that it feels so dated. [Nov 2005, p.151]
  8. Curse is thus leagues better than its PS2 predecessor, but it still doesn't reach the legendary status of its 2D forerunners, mainly because of a lack of Metroid-style open-ended level progression.
  9. Basically you have to sit through a lot of meaningless running around and little fights in order to get to the good stuff once you've gotten past the first castle.
  10. Suffers from some problems, including minor camera trouble and some dated graphics. Still, these aren't major enough problems for me to not recommend the game.
  11. But truly, this slightly-above mediocre release is not what Castlevania should be. The action needs to be tougher, tighter, less "me too" where "Devil May Cry" is concerned.
  12. PSM Magazine
    The bar for this type of game is higher now, and it seems the castlevania series is simply struggling to keep up. [Dec 2005, p.106]
  13. Where Curse of Darkness succeeds is with its secondary features - the devil forging and the item-creation system. [Dec 2005, p.126]
  14. 70
    Curse of Darkness picks up after a few hours, but never really hits its stride -- despite nice bosses, cool abilities, and the large amount of real estate.
  15. 70
    For players that can muddle through the often copious and tedious battles and sometimes lackluster environments, this is a worthy Castlevania adventure -- and thanks to the devil forging and item creating, a rather unique one at that.
  16. 70
    Curse of Darkness is often a lot of fun in its own right, but if you're not the kind of player that can tolerate "grind"-style gameplay -- and indeed, often thrive on this -- then you might get bored here.
  17. It's the best 3D Castlevania yet, but comes nowhere near being as good as the 2D efforts -- even the ones released recently. It's an interesting take on the Castlevania mythos, but won't sate die-hards and won't convert casual players.
  18. Don't get us wrong: the latest Castlevania isn't a bad game, if you can swallow the endless combat repetition. It just falls well short of this series' legendary heritage, and can't hold a candle to the handheld Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow for the Nintendo DS.
  19. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Ambitious gameplay is marred by lazy design, leaving this wallowing in mere decency when it could have been devilishly enjoyable. [Feb 2006, p.96]
  20. Just like Lament of Innocence, the presentation and core gameplay fails on almost every level, making it difficult to differentiate it from any other generic action game out there.
  21. Despite a solid combat system and a good presentation, this latest Castlevania is cursed with extremely monotonous levels that prevent it from being an engaging action-adventure game.
  22. Pelit (Finland)
    In all its mediocrity the game just does not have that special something. Corny cutscenes are not enough of a reward to justify endless combat through unimaginative enemy hordes. [Mar 2006]
  23. 64
    An underwhelming experience.
  24. netjak
    I liked the game's attempts at innovation through the weapon system and the devil forging bits, but ultimately, you're just going to be mashing the X button nearly all the way through the game.
  25. 60
    A flawed, yet entertaining game. Like previous 3D attempts at the series, it never comes close to the greatness of the GBA and recent DS versions, but it's fun if you don’t mind wandering.
  26. The main problem with Castlevania: Curse of Darkness is its sheer monotony. Most of the levels, although graphically sumptuous, barely vary as you progress through them. But worse than that, the core gameplay itself becomes immensely tedious as you find yourself battling exactly the same set of limited creatures over and over again. [PSW]
  27. What annoys me here is that Castlevania was always doing several smart things at once and this one, conversely, is founded on a presupposition that pandering to the klepto sword-swinger niche is all Konami needs to do.
  28. The weapons system is an awesome idea, and the specialized combos and moves for each weapon makes things seem pretty fresh.
  29. While the visuals are detailed, they're dark and bland. The generic backgrounds make it hard to distinguish rooms, making navigating the game's enormous world aggravating.
  30. For the determined vampire hunter, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness can be engaging, but only in the manner of any item-heavy level grind.

Awards & Rankings

#82 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#46 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Sep 12, 2014
    From the first moment I picked the controller, I knew that this game was special. I only was allowed the privilege of playing on "crazy mode",From the first moment I picked the controller, I knew that this game was special. I only was allowed the privilege of playing on "crazy mode", a mode of extreme difficulty. Lets just, it was fun. Full Review »
  2. Oct 19, 2013
    I find it a great game,especially considered its 3D(and its obvious that Castlevania always had a problem going on with the 3D).Sometimes theI find it a great game,especially considered its 3D(and its obvious that Castlevania always had a problem going on with the 3D).Sometimes the camera might be a bit laggy,and the controls a bit awkward,but in general I find this game a great experience.First of all,the music is top-notch.And what else to expect for a CV game.The story is pretty good as well.But the gameplay is what matters,and I find it damn addictive.Devil forging,item forging,lots of exploration,fluid combat,memorable bosses and environments and some plot twists to keep you thrilled.I dont know why some people bash this game,but I find it great and a must play for any Castlevania fan. Full Review »
  3. Jul 31, 2013

    POSITIVOS Otimas opcoes de criacao de armas, armaduras, itens; Sistema de evolucao de 'familiars' bem desenvolvido; Grande

    Otimas opcoes de criacao de armas, armaduras, itens;
    Sistema de evolucao de 'familiars' bem desenvolvido;
    Grande variedade de inimigos;
    Otimas e fluentes animaçoes dos personagens;
    Grande variedade de combos e estilos de uso de armas diferentes;
    Chefes desafiadores e bem elaborados;
    Otimas animacoes em CGI.
    Trama diferente que sai da mesmices da serie;
    Duraçao do jogo no tempo certo.

    Falta de detalhes no cenario;
    Cenarios podem se tornar repetitivos;

    Jogo sensacional. No final so fica uma pergunta: "Onde esta a versao remake ou hd para PS3 ou XBox360????"
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