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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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  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: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Jan 8, 2018
    10
    Highly underrated game. Very simple and good when you want to zone out. Good for completionists and fans of action jrpgs. A blend of theHighly underrated game. Very simple and good when you want to zone out. Good for completionists and fans of action jrpgs. A blend of the classic Metroidvania style and dark souls. Expand
  2. 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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  3. Feb 18, 2020
    10
    Beautiful atmospheric music in the game! Challenging, interesting and diverse bosses. And pumping your own hand demons is a unique andBeautiful atmospheric music in the game! Challenging, interesting and diverse bosses. And pumping your own hand demons is a unique and memorable feature of the game. I played for a long time, but this is one of the few games on Playstation2 that I remember many years later!

    Прекрасная атмосферная музыка в игре! Сложные, интересные и разнообразные боссы. А прокачка собственных ручных демонов, это уникальная и запоминающаяся фишка игры. Играл давно, но это одна из немногих игр на Playstation2, которую я запомнил спустя много лет!
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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. 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. Expand
  6. May 30, 2019
    9
    Great game. Very fun and interesting. The story is clichê but i like It nonetheless, and the dialogue is pretty good. Awesome gameplay and aGreat game. Very fun and interesting. The story is clichê but i like It nonetheless, and the dialogue is pretty good. Awesome gameplay and a gorgeous OST. My favorite Castlevania 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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#51 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
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#29 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005