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Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (PSP)

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Description

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is a remake of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. The remake features 3D graphics, though the gameplay is largely identical to the 2D platform style of the original. It also adds a Boss Rush mode that unlocks a minigame when completed three times.

The original version of the game as well as Castlevania: Symphony of the Night are included as unlockable content. This version of Symphony of the Night allows the player to control Maria as the protagonist (like in the earlier Saturn version) and also has new sound effects and voice acting.

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Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles PSP Original games select menu
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles PSP Stage Select Menu
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles PSP Maria Renard Gameplay
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles PSP Title Sceen (Japanese)

Alternate Titles

  • "悪魔城ドラキュラ Xクロニクル" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Gaming Age 2007 A- 91
Gamers' Temple, The 2007 91 out of 100 91
Gamesmania Feb 12, 2008 83 out of 100 83
Lawrence Jan 16, 2008 8 out of 10 80
GameZone Nov 14, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GameDaily Oct 26, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Gamestyle Jan, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Games Radar Oct 26, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Pocket Gamer UK Nov 07, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Gamezoom Feb 28, 2008 62 out of 100 62

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Trivia

Intro

Like the "legendary" intro of the TurboGrafx CD version, this 3D remake of Rondo of Blood also received a spoken intro text in German. While the original version was read by one Hans-Günther Claude, the voice actor in the remake is Hans-Dieter Klebsch. Klebsch is professional stage actor known for dubbing Hugh Laurie in the German version of Dr House, among other roles. The new German intro text, although similar in content, differs from the original version and is grammatically more polished. Here is the remake's German text and a literal translation into English:

(German)

Vor langer Zeit lebten die Menschen glücklich und zufrieden.

Niemand bemerkte den Schatten, der sich langsam über ihnen ausbreitete.

Die Dunkelheit trübte ihre Sinne und das Böse fraß sich tief in ihre Seelen.

Vom Wahnsinn getrieben, schmiedeten sie einen Pakt mit dem Teufel.

Zu später Stunde kamen sie zusammen, um gemeinsam die Mächte der Finsternis mit ihrem sündigen Blut zu rufen,

Sie zu erlösen von ihrer sterblichen Existenz, den Anbeginn einer neuen Welt vor Augen.

Und so begab es sich, dass nach einhundert Jahren das Böse wieder Fleisch geworden war.

Als unsterbliches Geschöpf der Nacht kann es die Gestalt des Wolfs, der Fledermaus oder des Nebels annehmen.

Es labt sich am Blut der Menschen.

Drakula, der Fürst der Finsternis, Herr des Teufelsschlosses, ist auferstanden.

(Translation)

A long time ago, men lived happily and content.

Nobody noticed the shadow that spread slowly over them.

Darkness dulled their senses and Evil dug deeply into their souls.

Driven by insanity, they forged a pact with the devil.

They convened at late hours to call upon the forces of Darkness through their sinful blood

To deliver them from their mortal existence, the dawn of a new world before their eyes.

And thus it occurred that after a hundred years Evil became flesh again.

As an immortal being of the night it can take on the form of wolf, bat or mist.

It feeds on the blood of men.

Dracula, the Lord of Darkness, Lord of the Devil's Castle, has risen again.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #10 PSP Game of the Year

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