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  • Summary: The Castlevania series gets a new protagonist in the form of Hector, a Devil Forgemaster, in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. Hector left Dracula's service to lead a normal life, leaving Dracula vulnerable to attack by the Belmonts. Now that Dracula has been vanquished, you must fight backThe Castlevania series gets a new protagonist in the form of Hector, a Devil Forgemaster, in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. Hector left Dracula's service to lead a normal life, leaving Dracula vulnerable to attack by the Belmonts. Now that Dracula has been vanquished, you must fight back the unholy curse that has spread across Europe. You can use your skills as a Devil Forgemaster to craft familiars that will help you during your travels. Castlevania: Curse of Darkness provides role-playing game and adventure elements, letting your character grow as he progresses through the story. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Play Magazine
    90
    The tools of the demon-hunting trade define Curse. [Nov p.84]
  2. 82
    The satisfying combat will appeal to the casual gamer while the Devil raising and rare drops will keep perfectionists entertained.
  3. 78
    Its nicely implemented Innocent Devil scheme and its varied, and useful, assortment of weapons are great, but its environments are lackluster.
  4. 70
    Starting with "Lament of Innocence," it seems like Konami is inching ever closer to creating the 3D Castlevania game that we've been waiting years to play. Curse of Darkness is an incremental step in the right direction.
  5. Konami's leap into 3D for the acclaimed Castlevania franchise is backed by a generally solid gameplay and combat, albeit marred by extreme repetitiveness.
  6. 70
    The 3D realm hasn't been kind to Castlevania graphically. A lot of gamers will be turned off by the slow start to the game.
  7. 64
    An underwhelming experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. AlfonsoI.
    Dec 13, 2005
    10
    The game has everything, great bosses, story, weapons and gameplay, its the best.
  2. 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. Expand
  3. Mar 4, 2021
    10
    A great take on the kind of story given to us by the Castlevania series over the year. It set up the devil forge master concept for theA great take on the kind of story given to us by the Castlevania series over the year. It set up the devil forge master concept for the animated series and gave interesting boss battles for early 3D action games. Definitely a cult classic with extreme levels of customization for your innocent devil party. Expand
  4. DanL.
    Nov 5, 2005
    9
    It should be around high 8 or low 9 easy. The storyline is catching, the movie sequences are awesome and the game is generally all around It should be around high 8 or low 9 easy. The storyline is catching, the movie sequences are awesome and the game is generally all around hard to stop playing once you get started. Straight out of the box and into the PS two hours flew by before I even noticed and that was after working a 12 hour graveyard shift knowing I had to get up to do it again. I'm a fan of the classics myself but this is a very solid 3D game. Having tons of combos for every different weapon and multiple demons that have to be used to your best advantage is definately a nice touch to the old school same ol' same ol' boring battles. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. Iliyashran
    Nov 4, 2005
    4
    This game is lame. It's like a Nintendo 64 game slapped on a 128 bit system. If you've played Lament of Innocence your not missing This game is lame. It's like a Nintendo 64 game slapped on a 128 bit system. If you've played Lament of Innocence your not missing much if you skip this title. The only difference is they replace your Whip with a Sword and u get to tinker around with a Pokemon helper. Expand
  7. JoshL.
    Jun 30, 2005
    0
    Konami is turning to sh.t!!!!!! Still hooked on this 3d garbage for castlevania. Yeah look how well lament of inn. did!! Its already Konami is turning to sh.t!!!!!! Still hooked on this 3d garbage for castlevania. Yeah look how well lament of inn. did!! Its already forgotten unlike the classic 2d. Get your heads out of your asses and go back to the originals with the new technology we have. This 3d shit is just like any other game Castlevania no longer has originality except for it's music now. Bring 2d back I promise I will not buy your new 3d garbage. Sincerely A Castlevania fan from when it first started on NES. Expand

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