Metascore
70

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. 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.
  2. PSM Magazine
    70
    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]
  3. Where Curse of Darkness succeeds is with its secondary features - the devil forging and the item-creation system. [Dec 2005, p.126]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    Ambitious gameplay is marred by lazy design, leaving this wallowing in mere decency when it could have been devilishly enjoyable. [Feb 2006, p.96]
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Pelit (Finland)
    66
    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]
  13. 64
    An underwhelming experience.
  14. netjak
    62
    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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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]
  17. 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.
  18. The weapons system is an awesome idea, and the specialized combos and moves for each weapon makes things seem pretty fresh.
  19. 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.

Awards & Rankings

79
#79 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
43
#43 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Sep 29, 2017
    10
    Definitely one of the best games I've played in my life.

    This game has an insane amount of content and mechanics, together with fast paced
    Definitely one of the best games I've played in my life.

    This game has an insane amount of content and mechanics, together with fast paced combat that will keep you addicted for a long time.

    Craft system, Innocent Devil system, many different combat styles and weapons, some of the most badass monster and boss designs I've ever seen, a lot of replay value, great graphics for the PS2 and catchy music, the difficulty is fine but I would not recommend this game for people who want a really challenging game, since its kind of easy for the most part.

    I seriously hope some developer can make a game with this many things to love about it in the future.
    Full Review »
  2. Sep 12, 2014
    0
    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 »
  3. Oct 19, 2013
    9
    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 »