Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 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.
  4. An instantly accessible, thoroughly entertaining, and worthy addition to the busy hack-and-slash genre.
  5. 78
    Its nicely implemented Innocent Devil scheme and its varied, and useful, assortment of weapons are great, but its environments are lackluster.
  6. 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.
  7. 86
    While Curse of Darkness is certainly not on the same level as previous titles in the series, the game offers a great action experience through exceptional boss fights and an engaging story.
  8. 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.
  9. Curse of Darkness nails the gameplay mechanics and packages it with a pretty solid presentation.
  10. The tools of the demon-hunting trade define Curse. [Nov p.84]
  11. 82
    The satisfying combat will appeal to the casual gamer while the Devil raising and rare drops will keep perfectionists entertained.
  12. Boss battles are fun, but the overall experience doesn't bring anything new to the genre of gaming.
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. ChrisB.
    Feb 24, 2007
    9
    This game was one of my favorite games for the xbox console. It had cool innocent devils that assisted you in battle, the graphics were good, This game was one of my favorite games for the xbox console. It had cool innocent devils that assisted you in battle, the graphics were good, and it held my attention throughout the game. Before I even knew it, I was delving right into it playing up to 4-5 hours a day as soon as I came home from work or school. Overall, I would recommend this to people who like games like Devil May Cry, or other strategy based games that allow a minimum of 20 hours. Full Review »
  2. IamNlCK
    Jun 25, 2006
    7
    Cool game that proves that you don't have to get complex to make an enjoyable experience. Nice music. Cool new concept of having your Cool game that proves that you don't have to get complex to make an enjoyable experience. Nice music. Cool new concept of having your own monster side-kicks with different powers. The level designs almost seem lazy at some times...like you are running down random corridors that look exactly like the ones before it. That may have cut it in the SNES days, but I think by this point they should be more innovative. Also the storyline is getting pretty predictible. Someone named Belmont having a showdown with Dracula. Getting actual AI for the enemies wouldnt hurt either. Overall, probably worth a rental, for some mindless entertainment. Full Review »
  3. JosueC.
    Jan 30, 2006
    10
    I think that this is one of their best games. The only thing it was missing was a bit of more dificulty and spells that you could do I think that this is one of their best games. The only thing it was missing was a bit of more dificulty and spells that you could do yourself. It should also stick to the Belmont family. But the game alltogether is good. Full Review »