The much anticipated Castlevania Harmony of Despair is now available for download on the PlayStation Network Store for fifteen dollars.
Castlevania Harmony of Despair features six player online and four player local mulitplayer modes along with a survival mode that lets players face off against their friends and upload scores and battles to an online leaderboard and replay viewer. The six player online mode is an all-new feature not seen in the release of Castlevania Harmony of Despair on the XBox 360. Also added in this version for free is the “Beauty, Desire, Situation Dire” map pack which includes the Pyramid of Ruin level and additional characters Julius Belmont and Yoko Belnades. Other characters on the roster are Alucard, Soma Cruz, Jonathan Morris, Shanoa, and Charlotte Aulin, all of whom are from previous 2D Castlevania games. All the characters include eight color palette swaps to accommodate players that wish to be the same character. The experience points system from previous Castlevania games will be replaced by character-specific leveling system. Some characters must find weapons and equipment in order to improve, while others must level up sub-weapons or collect spells or souls as a means of character growth. For example, Alucard and Soma can equip most dropped weapons, but Jonathan, Charlotte, and Shanoa can only strengthen their main attack by upgrading sub-attacks, either by finding and using them or by absorbing additional spells from monsters. Shanoa can also find a few rare weapons that are unique to her.
Unlike its predecessor (on the PlayStation 3) Castlevania Lords of Shadow, Castlevania Harmony of Despair features fast paced, 2-D side-scrolling action. The player is able to pick vampire hunters from across the series history. These hunters will team up to return series villain Dracula to his eternal slumber. Many of the levels from Castlevania Harmony of Despair are inspired by previous Castlevania games like Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow, Castlevania Portrait of Ruin, and Castlevania Order of Ecclesia. In the game, players have access to the combo attack system which allows characters to unleash devastating attacks to fight back against Dracula’s evil forces. Castlevania Harmony of Despair has many hidden locations, special items, and equipment to help gamers in their quest. Among this hidden slew of items, a grimoire can be found in each level, which is the only way for characters to change items or equipment mid-game. Only two types of consumable items, like potions, can be equipped at a time. Some healing items have an area of effect so they can be used to heal other players. Castlevania fans are well advised to consider purchasing this title, as are those who are fans of multiplayer platforming games.