Castlevania: Harmony of Despair PlayStation 3

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  • Summary: Dracula returns in Castlevania Harmony of Despair, with the second launch of the title this time for PlayStation Network. Featuring the classic fast paced 2D, side scrolling action the series is known for, fan favorite vampire hunters from across the series will join forces to returnDracula returns in Castlevania Harmony of Despair, with the second launch of the title this time for PlayStation Network. Featuring the classic fast paced 2D, side scrolling action the series is known for, fan favorite vampire hunters from across the series will join forces to return Dracula, the Lord of Darkness, to his eternal slumber.

    The game allows up to 6 friends to play together via online co-op story mode or see who the best vampire hunter is in Survival Mode, which challenges players to fend off their friends while fighting for their very survival. Utilize your co-op skills to explore the levels with your friends in order to find hidden locations with special items and equipment or team up in battle to let loose destructive attacks on the hordes of attacking creatures.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    The amount of money a player has to spend in order to get all out of this game is ridiculous, especially when all of the content is recycled from older games. The multiplayer is pretty fun, though. [Feb 2012]
  2. Dec 17, 2011
    78
    Combine powers for a vamp-squishing blast of energy. [Jan 2012, p.91]
  3. Oct 16, 2011
    75
    It doesn't give a good first impression, but Harmony of Despair delivers new and exciting gameplay opportunities for an old series.
  4. Oct 31, 2011
    69
    Harmony of Despair is a game for fans of the franchise. The gameplay works great although we had our hopes set on a little bit more innovation.
  5. Dec 1, 2011
    67
    A commendable departure from the well-beaten track. [Issue#212, p.102]
  6. Unresponsive controls. [Christmas 2011, p.111]
  7. Oct 16, 2011
    40
    Nothing more than a brilliant idea gone horribly wrong. The chapters are relatively short, uninteresting, and the gameplay just isn't exciting enough to keep you coming back for more. Adding co-op for the sake of having a multiplayer component does not automatically make for a fun game. Harmony of Despair is proof of this. Konami's halfhearted effort does not deserve your money.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jan 22, 2012
    10
    This game rocks, make sure you get the dlc, if you are a castlevania fan you are gonna love this game it has just about everyone. Plus the 6This game rocks, make sure you get the dlc, if you are a castlevania fan you are gonna love this game it has just about everyone. Plus the 6 player co op is a ton of fun Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2011
    10
    the game is very good. But where the Leon Belmont, Trevor Belmont, Sypha belnundes, grant, juste belmont, Maxim, Hector, John Morris, Ericthe game is very good. But where the Leon Belmont, Trevor Belmont, Sypha belnundes, grant, juste belmont, Maxim, Hector, John Morris, Eric lecard, albus, hammer
    We would have eleven characters and new maps. the game would be bigger and better please konami more DLCs. after all my note is also positive
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  3. Jun 19, 2015
    10
    This game is absolutely phenomenal, and I would recommend it to all Castlevania fans, even if you are more a fan of the teeth grinding gamesThis game is absolutely phenomenal, and I would recommend it to all Castlevania fans, even if you are more a fan of the teeth grinding games of the earlier age, this game breathes life into the series in a way that I, personally didn't think they would do so. The game consists of six short stages (eleven with the dlc, which I will base this review on) and each stage has its own boss. The game is based entirely off of collecting loot to upgrade your character to be better at.. well.. playing the game. And the loot gets rarer and better as you go on, with the best loot on level 10, or 11, but having a low chance to drop. Personally, I like that innovation. I makes me want to go through a level a hundred or two hundred times so I can get the best loot, and feel like I achieved it, and I earned all of the items I found. But the game is extremely difficult if you are doing it on single player, which makes multiplayer all the more useful, because you can find someone that has good loot to help you on your journey, or you could just tag along with a friend and get better gear together. And I would pick this game up and play it any day, just because the levels are unique and fun to play through more than once. This is probably one of the best, most underrated games that has ever been released. Expand
  4. Nov 4, 2011
    10
    is true we need more DLCs with more characters I wanted to play with a albus of my favorite characters. could put more maps
    type some maps
    is true we need more DLCs with more characters I wanted to play with a albus of my favorite characters. could put more maps
    type some maps castlevania rondo of blood, some maps castlevania konami symphony of the night if you can do more to make DLCs for fans of the series
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  5. Nov 4, 2011
    10
    the game is good because it keeps the classic gameplay and beyond to play with friends and new people. but I agree with the guys at konamithe game is good because it keeps the classic gameplay and beyond to play with friends and new people. but I agree with the guys at konami should not to DLCs in precizamos many more characters and maps but even then my note is possitiva always been fan of the Castlevania series Expand
  6. Mar 7, 2012
    7
    This game is an absolute blast to play with a group of friends; however, by yourself it's not really all that interesting to play. WhenThis game is an absolute blast to play with a group of friends; however, by yourself it's not really all that interesting to play. When playing alone repetition sets in with figuring out which way to get to a boss room, whether it be finding the correct switch or beating enemies it can at times feel a little too hard. Playing in a group however increases your chances to get rare item drops, and helps you gain experience faster. It's imperative you get the most out of HOD by having a bunch of people willing to play the game with you. If you have a few friends who love Castlevania then by all means this is a worthy buy, but single player wise I'd wouldn't recommend it. Expand
  7. Nov 17, 2011
    5
    I am a long time Castlevania fan, but.... they missed the boat on this one. It is by and far not the worst game I have played, but the factI am a long time Castlevania fan, but.... they missed the boat on this one. It is by and far not the worst game I have played, but the fact that Castlevania is in the title adds an expectation of quality for me. The idea is a good one, and a very interesting twist on an aging but solid gameplay formula. Unfortunately, the content and length of the game doesn't quite satisfy, not even at a $15 price point. Will you have fun? Probably, especially if you're a Castlevania fan. Will you get sucked in? I would wager a majority of fans would not. At the very least, double the levels and the customization of the characters, and then you would start to see more of an appeal. Expand

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