• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Oct 23, 2007
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  • Summary: Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is an entirely new take at the best Castlevania game to never be released in the US, "Castlevania: Rondo of Blood". The Dracula X Chronicles brings this action/adventure franchise to the PSP system for the first time, complete with 3D graphics, enhancedCastlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is an entirely new take at the best Castlevania game to never be released in the US, "Castlevania: Rondo of Blood". The Dracula X Chronicles brings this action/adventure franchise to the PSP system for the first time, complete with 3D graphics, enhanced gameplay and new music. Completing the Dracula X storyline, this game also includes an unlockable version of Symphony of the Night and players will also be able to unlock the original Rondo of Blood from the NEC PC Engine. Includes unlockable versions of the original "Rondo of Blood" and "Symphony of the Night" games, optimized for the PSP. Timeless side scrolling action through more than 10 gothic stages and additional hidden areas. Return to previously completed levels to find additional secrets. [Konami] Expand
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  • Developer: Konami
  • Genre(s): Action, Miscellaneous, Platformer, Platformer, Compilation, 2D, 2D
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. Between Rondo of Blood, its beautiful 3D remake and its legendary sequel, there's a lot of quality gaming here.
  2. For anyone else who may wonder what the hubbub is all about, if you have the patience to endure many levels repeatedly in an old school side scrolling fashion, then this is a great start for you. Nevertheless, this game fills in the gaps and tells the tale before the greatest Castlevania title of all time, and includes it in the package to boot.
  3. The Dracula X Chronicles is simply a great package for old school Castlevania fans and newcomers alike.
  4. 80
    Despite some questionable design and admin decisions, Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is one of the best retro gaming compilations that you'll ever find, though casuals need not apply.
  5. Castlevania fans will certainly find a lot to love about The Dracula X Chronicles for the PSP and, while the different versions of these classics are still too hard, these classics are just way too good to pass up.
  6. As a reinvented version of a 16-bit game, this looks quite nice on the PSP's sharp display, but it plays like nobody's greased the machinery since its original 1993 release. [Oct 2007, p.127]
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    40
    This might have seemed enjoyable 14 years ago, but then again so did MC Hammer. [Feb 2008, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. May 9, 2020
    10
    Bravo KONAMI buen remake del Rondo. Tener 3 juegos de esta calidad en un solo juego es un REGALO para el videojugador. Maravilloso y perfecto,Bravo KONAMI buen remake del Rondo. Tener 3 juegos de esta calidad en un solo juego es un REGALO para el videojugador. Maravilloso y perfecto, como los clásicos de antes.
    Compra obligada si te gusta el género y tienes la PSP. Puntuar con menos de un 9 a estos 3 juegos es una insensatez y un no entender de videojuegos.

    Lo mejor: incluye contenido desbloqueable de dos juegos completos, el Simphony of the night y el Rondo of blood, que se consigue jugando, nada de DLC's o micropagos. Ambos en español, BRUTAL. Gracias KONAMI. Kojima a la basura!!
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  2. DavidScott
    Jun 30, 2008
    10
    Best Game Ever for the PSP!!! I was a huge Castlevania fan for all the other platform games. By FAR not the most difficult Castlevania game toBest Game Ever for the PSP!!! I was a huge Castlevania fan for all the other platform games. By FAR not the most difficult Castlevania game to beat but the hidden characters/items, multiple scenarios, and unlockable mini games including Sympthony of the Night and the Orignal Rondo of Blood make this game a prize! This game is a MUST for all Castlevania enthusiasts! Quite a collector! Expand
  3. Nov 12, 2018
    10
    Об игре можно сказать, что она сделана с душой! Это отражается в красивых декорациях, в музыке (тут имеется даже специальный плеер дляОб игре можно сказать, что она сделана с душой! Это отражается в красивых декорациях, в музыке (тут имеется даже специальный плеер для прослушивания композиций из игры, треки кстати, нужно выбивать из специальных мест, по ходу игры) и в разных мелочах. Почти все старые мелодии подверглись аранжировке, появились также новые мелодии, даже появились треки из Symphony of the Night, а звучит все это, просто потрясающе! В течении всей игры, нашему взору открываются уровни с величественными строениями, красивыми пейзажами, затонувшими кораблями, а какие тут боссы, заглядение! Но и это не все, в виде подарка, щедрая Конами поместила в игру оригинальный Rondo of Blood и немного измененный - Symphony of the Night! Конечно Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles сложная, но не настолько, как например версии с NES, так что, пройти можно и даже нужно и желательно два раза, в игре ведь две концовки. Ради этой игры я и покупал psp, о чем ни секунды не жалел. Expand
  4. YoungFrank
    Jan 14, 2008
    9
    This Castlevania game for the PSP is a winner. If you're a fan of the more recent series, you may find the linear nature of Rondo a bit This Castlevania game for the PSP is a winner. If you're a fan of the more recent series, you may find the linear nature of Rondo a bit shocking, but it's still very enjoyable and fun. If your still unhappy, there's the level select with branching paths, as well as the fantastic Symphony of the Night as an unlockable that you can fall back on. All three games have great value, are very replayable, and should eat up plenty of unconstructive time spent staring out the window on the bus or in waiting rooms or something. The characters mouths and facial expressions never move and the voice acting is a little painful, but it's forgivable- especially as the game supports stereo surround and the music is good enough to make up for it. The whole package is accessible and sold at a bargain price, and this game has not left me wanting for more. I'm glad the first Castlevania game for the PSP was so good and stuck to it's roots, and I'm looking forward to another PSP installment of the series. Try this game- today! Expand
  5. Oct 21, 2019
    9
    RONDO OF BLOOD - 8/10
    Right off the bat, this game is a huge improvement from Super Castlevania IV, which was just masochistically hard to
    RONDO OF BLOOD - 8/10
    Right off the bat, this game is a huge improvement from Super Castlevania IV, which was just masochistically hard to play. The gameplay has been optimized and no longer feels clunky. Monsters are no longer as random as before, losing health isn't as punishing when it comes to the bosses, and healing items are more common. Bosses now perform moves that can actually be dodged.

    The game stays true to its predecessors by keeping key elements that previous games had, such as iconic monsters and items. Some story has been added to the game, giving you a bit of background as to what is going on. The graphics have been improved as well and there are cool little cutscenes to watch. The timer was removed from this game, removing the pressure of having to reach the end of the stage in time and allowing you to explore. You can also save mid-stage, which is great whenever you want to take a break.

    I like the addition of secret stages and characters that you can unlock (and actually have to, for the true ending). However, because they are secrets, there is no easy way to find them all without wasting hours upon hours exploring every nook and cranny. I suggest using a guide (after you've beaten the game) to unlock the secrets easily. Luckily, thanks to stage select, you won't need to repeat the game each time just to unlock each secret.

    Overall, the game is quite balanced. It isn't impossibly hard but it still offers a reasonable challenge. I am pleased that Konami recognized and corrected what they did wrong with Castlevania IV. Having a secret true ending gives you reason to keep playing and exploring the game.

    SYMPHONY OF THE NIGHT - 9/10
    (First off, this sequel needs to be unlocked by finding it inside of Rondo of Blood on the PSP, in a secret stage. I frankly don't understand why it got locked off like this. Consult a guide to find it easily.)

    Within the first five minutes of playing this sequel, my mind is already blown. The game feels so smooth to play, and the added RPG aspects like equipment and map make the game feel so much more enjoyable to play. I see why everyone promotes Symphony of the Night as being the best game of the series. It pioneers the Igavania genre and sets a precedent.

    Symphony of the Night's decision to include a world map changes the gameplay completely. Instead of just being a level-based platformer, you're now enticed to explore every room, find every item, beat every boss, and so on. Adding RPG aspects gives you a sense of customization by allowing you to be in control of how you want your character to be instead of forcing you to have to use the same whip all game.

    My main peeve with SotN, which is a silly oversight by Konami actually, is that using items is a pain. Instead of opening up your inventory and using the items like you would in a typical RPG, you have to equip them as a weapon and activate them in game. This is incredibly annoying. Plus, items are not sorted in the inventory, which makes it troublesome to search through.

    The map is a bit open-ended and doesn't tell you where to go once you reach mid-game. Key items are scattered in different areas of the castle that tends to be the opposite of where the last item was, which forces you to have to travel around a lot. The game doesn't tell you how to use several key items after you acquire them either, forcing you to have to consult the Internet.

    If you explore too much, there's a possibility that you might end up being overleveled, causing the rest of the map to be extremely easy. I ended up basically taking no damage from the last 4-5 bosses of the main map because of that. And yet, on the second map, the difficulty starts to ramp back up again, and the final boss is really difficult if you aren't overleveled.
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  6. Mar 31, 2012
    8
    A nice remake of Rondo of Blood, it looks so much prettier. It kept the same difficult-as-hell gameplay while also sticking to the storyline.A nice remake of Rondo of Blood, it looks so much prettier. It kept the same difficult-as-hell gameplay while also sticking to the storyline. The best part? You can unlock the original Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night. I was super stoked when I found out this little gem. Now that's what I mostly use this game for anymore, but all-in-all still great. Expand
  7. Mar 19, 2015
    6
    New players will be thrown back by how simple the controls are. You can't make him whip in any direction, only forward. This Castlevania isNew players will be thrown back by how simple the controls are. You can't make him whip in any direction, only forward. This Castlevania is laggy and too punishing once you start into it. I wish they had made this more fluid and faster, but they were really strict to make it like an NES game. The music is excellent. There are also some fun animations / dialogue that don't ruin the game. They had an oppurtunity to make a new game but they copied the old ones. I'm not going to recommend this one unless you already like Castlevania, and then probably only the NES or Genesis ones. Expand

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