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  • Summary: The legendary Castlevania series returns with a new story and a new hero. Hector, one of two Devil Forgemasters who once trained under Dracula, has fled Vallachia disillusioned with the ideals of his mentor. Now, three years after Dracula was defeated in battle at the hands of the Belmonts,The legendary Castlevania series returns with a new story and a new hero. Hector, one of two Devil Forgemasters who once trained under Dracula, has fled Vallachia disillusioned with the ideals of his mentor. Now, three years after Dracula was defeated in battle at the hands of the Belmonts, Isaac – a former friend and fellow Devil Forgemaster suddenly reappears and orchestrates the execution of Hector's beloved. Fueled by revenge, Hector returns to Vallachia to confront Isaac. Use Devil Forgery skills to develop & enhance "Innocent Devils" allies. RPG elements featuring character growth based on experience points. A deep storyline that unfolds against a backdrop of beautifully environments. Increased number of unlockable features enhances replayability. [Konami] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Play Magazine
    90
    The tools of the demon-hunting trade define Curse. [Nov p.84]
  2. 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.
  3. Game Informer
    75
    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]
  4. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. For the determined vampire hunter, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness can be engaging, but only in the manner of any item-heavy level grind.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Jul 31, 2013
    10
    Incrivel.

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

    POSITIVOS
    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.

    NEGATIVOS
    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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  2. AlexB.
    Dec 8, 2007
    10
    This game was quite enjoyable. I love the new features of devil forging and weapon and armor smithing. I must admit that the bosses were a This game was quite enjoyable. I love the new features of devil forging and weapon and armor smithing. I must admit that the bosses were a tad too easy. Other than that, this game was great. Expand
  3. Dec 30, 2018
    10
    This is the best PS2 game, no contest.

    Amazing music, a lot of customization, beautiful graphics, badass boss battles, kickass action and a
    This is the best PS2 game, no contest.

    Amazing music, a lot of customization, beautiful graphics, badass boss battles, kickass action and a LOT of loot!

    I think the only thing that I could complain about is that the story and characters are not all that interesting, but this is a minor flaw and definitely not something I put as a priority. This game is an underrated masterpiece.
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  4. May 19, 2011
    9
    Castlevania: Curse of Darkness is pretty entertaining. It might lack the intense atmosphere and eerie feel some of the previous CastlevaniasCastlevania: Curse of Darkness is pretty entertaining. It might lack the intense atmosphere and eerie feel some of the previous Castlevanias had, but it's still a fun adventure RPG style game. The events of Curse of Darkness happen 3 years after the events of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. You play as Hector, a devil forgemaster, who can summon various types of familiars to help him in fights, ranging from fairy type that heal you, to battle type that are good damage dealers, etc. Curse of Darkness has some similarities and some very huge differences to Lament of Innocence, the other 3D Castlevania that came out on PS2. For one Curse of Darkness is an RPG-style game, meaning the player gets to gain experience points and level up. Secondly you're not only confined to one weapon, but can use many different types. The fun part is that most times you'll need to craft better weapons from the raw ingredients that you find dropped by monsters. Each weapon type has different fight combos, making the potentially repetitive gameplay somewhat varied. The other fun thing is that depending on what weapon type you use, your familiar follows a different evolution path, which can make you interested to try out other evolutionary paths of the same type of familiar. Curse of Darkness has an incredible soundtrack. In fact in my opinion one of the best in a Castlevania game (and that says a lot, since Castlevania games generally have great music). There are a lot of stages in the game, most going outside of the castle. Some stages are rather fun to explore, such as Cordova Town for example, but some others can be a real pain. The game really does grow on you. When I began the first stage it looked incredibly mediocre, but further into the game you get, the more stuff there is to do and more fun it becomes. The characters are interesting, the cinematic sequences, especially the fights, are great, and there are some extra bits added too, like a secret boss in the temple basement, and also two monster-filled towers. This is a much longer game than Lament of Innocence. Perhaps not for everyone, maybe even not for all Castlevania fans, but anyone who likes adventure RPGs or even JRPGs should give this a try at least. Expand
  5. Jun 14, 2019
    9
    My friend always says they should make a Castlevania like Dark Souls. Turns out, they already did. This game has deep mechanics. MaybeMy friend always says they should make a Castlevania like Dark Souls. Turns out, they already did. This game has deep mechanics. Maybe FromSoftware took ideas from this game & never gave it credit. Midway through game bosses become ruthless. Last battles are a complete workout. Got to lock on targets & dodge attacks. Gather drops to forge a vast amount of gear. Level up exp by farming powerful enemies. Buy & sell items. Command several Ai partners which you can share abilities with. Once you level them up they mutate into a mega evolution (POKEMON STYLE). This game has it all. You can even unlock a bonus game with a classic Vania character. Theres about 11 bosses & stages. Long game with tons of replay.

    Fav part in Vania is when you walk up a long gothic staircase to Death & Drac. This game is worth it for these moments alone.

    Biggest complaints. Right stick controls are not very smooth. Can’t sprint so backtracking can be a hike, though theres warping rooms for each stage. More powerful weapons hard to land hits because they swing very slowly & leave you vulnerable. Better off using midtier equipment.
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  6. DavidS.
    Nov 28, 2005
    8
    A good action RPG. I found that once I started playing the game it was pretty addictive. A marked improvement over Lament of Innocence. The A good action RPG. I found that once I started playing the game it was pretty addictive. A marked improvement over Lament of Innocence. The devil forging system is a great addition but can be mildly confusing and frustating at times. There should be more insight into techniques to raise the innocent devils so you don't have to experiment blindly. Same goes for weapon creating. I found the environments and bosses to be engaging it not a tad easy. Overall, a good game, and with nothing new on the market in terms of action based games it'll have to do until the next Onimusha or Devil May Cry. Expand
  7. NeilD.
    Dec 8, 2005
    0
    its mindless hacking and slashing. i want something with a little better of a storyline. i mean come on. even the environments sucked. its its mindless hacking and slashing. i want something with a little better of a storyline. i mean come on. even the environments sucked. its like they held your hand through the whole thing. hell i liked the original sidecrollers better than this piece of garbage. but what can i say. everyone has to make a mistake sometime right? Expand

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#49 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
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#29 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005