Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles Reviews (PSP)
|A wonderful remake of Rondo of Blood||Adam Pajor (5)|
Our Users Say
|Acting||The quality of the voice or video acting.||3.6|
|AI||The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents.||3.9|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work and the game plays.||4.6|
|Graphics||The visual quality of the game||4.3|
|Personal Slant||A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes||4.4|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||4.5|
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|Overall User Score (20 votes)||4.2|
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The Video Game Critic (Nov 23, 2007)
This updated Dracula X alone would be enough to justify a purchase, but wait - there's more. The original Dracula X is an unlockable, along with the critically acclaimed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Playstation, 1997)! Question: Why in the [expletive] are these awesome games locked? I mean, you paid for the [expletive] things, and they're featured on the [expletive] box, and now you need to unlock them? I'm sorry Konami, but that was a real bonehead move. Even so, I can't let an idiotic decision like that rain on the parade, because Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles may be the best hand-held game you'll ever play.
Thunderbolt Games (Nov 10, 2007)
The bottom line is: if you have a remote interest in vampire killing, tough-as-nails action or quality gaming for that matter, you can't go wrong with The Dracula X Chronicles. But enough talk... Have at you!
GameLemon (Mar 01, 2008)
This is a seriously fantastic deal for Castlevania fans, and the closest we've gotten to a decent Castlevania collection. If you like Castlevania and you own a PSP, you probably already own this game. If not, you should go get it. Do it! Do it now!
GamePro (US) (Oct 23, 2007)
But these tiny little faults can't take away from the overall experience. Chronicles is a game that all Castlevania freaks must play and the inclusion of the amazing Symphony of the Night is just the cherry on top. If you own a PSP, there is no excuse for you to not own this title.
Gamer 2.0 (Nov 01, 2007)
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is one of the most complete titles the PSP has in its library, and combined with some other key 2007 releases, sends a clear signal that it's time for gamers to start embracing this system. Castlevania has never had more content packed in than it does right here, taking what many consider the two greatest games in the series and including more dialogue, more playable characters, and other nice little extras, and throwing them into a nice, convenient, must-own $30 package.
Worth Playing (Dec 06, 2007)
From the moment you power on your PSP to the moment you turn it off, Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles does a remarkable job of pulling you into the Castlevania universe and immersing you in the difficult, but ultimately rewarding gameplay. With startlingly luxuriant audio and visual elements, unlockables that will keep the player working on the title long after he's sent Count Dracula back to sleep for another hundred years, and the addition of two original games (including one of the best Castlevania titles of all time), there is no reason for any PSP owner to resist adding this title to his or her collection.
Gaming Age (2007)
Honestly there’s not much more to say here. If you are a fan of the series, you own this already before I even said a word. 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.
Gamers' Temple, The (2007)
The Dracula X Chronicles is a must-buy in every sense of the phrase. A high challenge level, two games for the price of one and some very rewarding unlockables make this one of the best PSP games to date. It, along with Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow and Silent Hill: Origins make up the holy trifecta of fall 2007’s best PSP games. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Castlevania game before or you’re as sick as I am with games that are way too easy, give this a try. You’ll probably love it. Remember – it’s up to you to bring down Dracula, no matter how many hundreds of times he may kill you before you get things right.
Game Tap (Oct 22, 2007)
It’s just a great overall package that shouldn’t be missed, whether you're a Castlevania fan or just a fan of old-school action games. I’m just wondering if I can get my money back for this $100 coaster sitting in my collection now.
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (Nov 04, 2007)
For fans of Castlevania, Dracula X Chronicles is a no brainer. You won’t find a better collection of classic Castlevanias in a portable package for a long time to come [most likely]. For those looking for a challenging return to gaming’s platforming origins, the remake of Rondo of Blood alone should be enough to make you want to take out those Nintendo “Roots” T-shirts and wear them with pride. Seriously, don’t let this collection pass you by.
GameAlmighty.com (Nov 07, 2007)
Let’s face it…Castlevania is one of the original gangsters. When the Castlevania first released, it set the stage for other side-scrolling game developers. The series has been around since the golden NES days and has been flourishing with sequels since then. The Dracula X Chronicles is simply a great package for old school Castlevania fans and newcomers alike.
4Players.de (Feb 05, 2008)
Seit Neuestem bin ich sehr allein, die Kollegen gehen mir mit fragenden Blicken aus dem Weg: Schon vor ein paar Wochen gellten Wutschreie und sorgfältig ausgesuchte Flüche durch die geweihten Redaktionsflure, dieser Tage feiert dieser Stimmbandtest ein Revival. Damals war Contra 4 schuld, jetzt ist es Castlevania: Hätte ich noch genug Haare auf dem Kopf, spätestens jetzt wären sie weg - das Teil ist irre schwer! Wenn ihr also ein Problem mit pixelgenauen Sprungeinlagen, ständig nachwachsenden Feinden, gemeingefährlichen Bossgegnern, einem fiesen Speichersystem oder dem 45ten Tod innerhalb eines auswendig zu lernenden Levels habt, dann ist das nicht euer Spiel. Wenn ihr hingegen genau diese Zutaten liebt, dann greift schnellstmöglich zu: Dracula X Chronicles ist der Höhepunkt klassischen Castlevania-Designs, und als solches von großem historischen wie spielerischen Wert.
GBase - The Gamer's Base (Mar 11, 2008)
Alles in allem ist Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles ein sehr gelungenes Remake des Klassikers Rondo of Blood. Allerdings hätten die Entwickler ein paar völlig veraltete Spielmechaniken sowie die Steuerung besser den heutigen Standards angepasst, da diese für unnötig viel Frust sorgen und das Abenteuer nur noch schwerer machen, als es sonst schon ist. Darüber können auch die kräftig aufgebohrte Grafik und der erstklassige Soundtrack nicht hinwegtäuschen. Aus diesem Grund ist das Spiel wahrlich nur Profis und echten Fans zu empfehlen. Denn diese bekommen mit dem klassischen Castlevania-Gameplay, den vielen Extras, dem spassigen Boss Rush-Modus und den beiden zusätzlichen Klassikern wirklich alles, was das Herz begehrt. Und zwar zu einem sehr fairen Preis.
GameTrailers (Jan 09, 2008)
With one of the best Castlevania games you’ve played and one you likely haven’t, the Dracula X Chronicles stands as a prime choice for any respectable side-scroller enthusiast’s morgue of solid action titles.
Cheat Code Central (2007)
This is an experience that any PSP owner should have. Rondo of Blood is the precursor to Symphony of the Night and tells an interesting story that only a few fortunate souls outside Japan have witnessed. That's one of the reasons this compilation is so good. The inclusion of both games is a natural pairing that fills in the story gaps, and is a must buy for any self-ascribed Castlevania fan. The gameplay is challenging and interesting, the content is varied and encompasses two full games, and the attention to detail is great. This is not a UMD for the casual gamer, this a compilation that will challenge even technical gamers. Despite the sheer torture the game put me through, this is a title and an experience I will always remember.
Gamesmania.de (Feb 12, 2008)
Dracula X Chronicles funktioniert vor allem als Gesamtpaket. Das Remake von Rondo of Blood ist zwar sehr gut gelungen, alleine wäre es aber einfach zu kurz um den Kaufpreis zu rechtfertigen. Aber zusammen mit dem fabelhaften Symphony of the Night und dem Original als Bonusmaterial kommt hier jeder auf seine Kosten. Wer die Klassiker geliebt hat, findet hier ein fast unschlagbares „Best-Of“ aus Umgebungen, Gegnern, Musik und Gameplay. Außerdem dürften selbst viele Hardcore-Fans diesen Titel aufgrund seines TurboGrafx-Daseins wahrscheinlich verpasst haben, und bekommen so ein noch unverbrauchtes Stück Spielgeschichte. Casual-Spieler sollten aber gewarnt sein, denn der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist enorm hoch. Das faire Speicher-System schützt allerdings vor zu großem Frust.
Eurogamer.de (Feb 06, 2008)
Und dies dürfte auch die Achillesferse dieses Paketes sein: Vor 15 Jahren war Castlevania brutal hart. So sind Spiele heute nicht mehr. Um an all die schönen Dinge zu kommen, werdet Ihr leiden und zahlreiche Bildschirmtode sterben. Lohnt sich diese Mühe? Absolut, denn Castlevania X versprüht mehr Charme und Seele als viele moderne Titel, die Euch mit großzügigen Speicherpunkten und Zugänglichkeit locken. So ist das halt mit charakterstarken Persönlichkeiten. Man kommt nicht leicht an sie ran, aber am Ende lohnt sich die ganze Arbeit dann doch. Von und für Fans halt. Aber die sind glücklich.
Legendra (May 04, 2009)
Trois jeux pour le prix d'un, des thèmes mémorables, des qualités graphiques indéniables, un plaisir certain, et surtout ne pas avoir à passer par l'émulation ou à débourser des centaines d'euros pour jouer à Rondo of Blood et Symphony of the Night... Même si le mot nouveauté n'est pas loi dans ce jeu du fait de sa nature, il en comporte suffisamment pour qu'on puisse tout de même le considérer comme un des indispensables de la PSP, particulièrement pour les inconditionnels de cette saga sans fin et surtout pour qui voudrait la commencer de l'une des meilleures façons qui soient, celui-ci faisant le pont parfait entre les vieux Castlevania et ceux plus récents.
The Review Busters (2007)
This is a great collection for the PSP. As of late the PSP has really been releasing some great games and on top of that list are all the remakes. Yes I think remakes are stupid, but any more I think I’d rather buy the same game again than buy a few original games that get old after a few days. Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles has a lot to offer for its small price tag though wanting to buy this for a portable version of Symphony of the Night would be a mistake. This version of Symphony of the Night is terrible, it can be playable at times, but for the most part it is a headache. If you haven’t already picked this game up then go buy it now, every Castlevania game that hasn’t been released on a Nintendo console ends up being hard to find within a year. Rondo of Blood’s remake may be hard, but stick with it, mainly since if you want to play the two other games on this UMD it requires you to search for them and it is hard to find them.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Feb 10, 2008)
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles ger oss både det bästa av de traditionella Castlevania-spelen och lyckad modernisering av ett urgammalt kungkoncept. Bara den som är dödligt allergisk mot utmaning har någon som helst anledning att inte skaffa det här.
Kombo.com (Oct 29, 2007)
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is a great compilation of some classic Castlevania titles. The remake of Rondo of Blood is extremely well done and will push gamers to their limits with its high difficulty. This title is great for Castlevania veterans and even newcomers who don't mind a good challenge. With a solid remake of Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night rolled into one package this is a title that PSP owners should checkout.
Jeuxvideo.com (Feb 06, 2008)
Il aura fallu attendre près de quinze ans et cette version PSP pour découvrir l'épisode Rondo of Blood qui était resté inédit en Occident. Proposé à la fois en version originale ou sous la forme d'un remake de très belle facture, le titre se range parmi les Castlevania à l'ancienne et pourra donc surprendre par son gameplay old-school et sa difficulté parfois rebutante. Pour autant, le soft n'a rien perdu de sa superbe et de son efficacité, mais la présence inespérée de Symphony of the Night en bonus lui fait cruellement de l'ombre.
Lawrence (Jan 16, 2008)
It should be immediately stated that Rondo of Blood is nothing like Symphony of the Night. It has much more in common with the pre-PSX Castlevania titles, meaning more whipping and dying and less RPG elements and swords. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just means it doesn’t have the massive open-ended castle and item collection that Symphony is famous for.
Gamestyle (Jan, 2008)
As a game, the remake of Rondo of Blood would have been a worthwhile purchase through Live arcade. As a collection, the Dracula X Chronicles is a fine example of how to compile a package. It’s packed with extras, the games will occupy a lot of your time, and the standard of presentation is high. The remake is flawed yet enjoyable, and is unlikely to win the series any new fans, but for Castlevania collectors or retro enthusiasts, the Dracula X Chronicles comes highly recommended.
GameDaily (Oct 26, 2007)
Even though the voice work leans on the insufferable side, Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is a must-have for fans and newcomers curious about the series' old-school roots. Its sleek visuals, fun gameplay and jam packed extra goodies make it a compilation that clearly doesn't suck – unlike Dracula himself.
1UP (Oct 23, 2007)
The Dracula X Chronicles isn't a perfect compilation; the original games suffer from some nagging issues, and the remakes aren't an across-the-board improvement. Even so, it would be a must-play for fans of classic action games even without its historical significance. As it is, fans of action games should play it simply because it plays well; fans of Castlevania should add it to their collections immediately and never let it go.
GameWatcher / Strategy Informer (Nov 12, 2007)
As a fervent believer of playing a game once through and never looking back, I found much enjoyment in playing through both games again. DXC because of how absolutely difficult it was and SOTN because of what was missed from the XBLA version, and because of the absolutely endearing gameplay. This is a must have for anyone looking for a game from the golden days, but by no means is a casual game. You will yell and scream at the PSP, but in the end it will all be worth it.
GameZone (Nov 14, 2007)
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. The revised version of Rondo will keep fans more than busy and who can say no to Symphony of the Night? Trust me; this is one PSP game you will not want to miss.
GameSpy (Oct 23, 2007)
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is a great gift from Konami to faithful fans. Not only does it offer two versions of the best Castlevania game to never hit America, it features what many folks consider the all-time best Castlevania game, period. Sure, the 3D remake's a bit lukewarm, but that's only the appetizer. The main course? Two of the greatest exercises in virtual vampire slaying the world has yet seen. We'll pay $30 for that, no problem.
GameSpot (Oct 29, 2007)
Cold-blooded or not, Konami has put together a solid package in Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles. On a single disc, you get two ways to enjoy one of the more elaborate old-school Castlevanias, as well as a linguistically upgraded rendition of the game that started the current trend of Metroid-inspired Castlevanias. That's a pretty sweet deal for the $30 asking price.
IGN (Oct 24, 2007)
If you're a Castlevania fan and you think that the somewhat short Rondo of Blood is enough to satisfy you (assuming you've already played Symphony of the Night), you may as well pick this one up. Besides the difficulty and somewhat finicky jumping mechanics, it’s an impressive game with a lot going for it. And if you're new to the series, this compilation may be even more worth your attention because of its strong components. Just remember the nature of the challenge, because things can get real tricky, real fast.
Gameswelt (Feb 21, 2008)
Die Steuerung des Vampirjägers mag etwas hakelig sein, der Schwierigkeitsgrad arg hoch und das Leveldesign enorm “oldschool“ (um es positiv auszudrücken). Das Remake des PC-Engine-Klassikers macht aber vor allem 2D-Actionveteranen viel Spaß. Wer also die 8- und 16Bit-’Castlevanias’ mochte und nicht so schnell die Peitsche ins Korn wirft, der wird seine wahre Freude am Remake von ’Rondo of Blood’ haben. Das geniale ’Symphony of the Night’ als Bonus ist ein weiterer dicker Kaufgrund. Nur schade, dass man beide Bonusspiele erst mühsam freispielen muss.
Diehard GameFan (Nov 06, 2007)
If you have a PSP, you should own this. If you’re a Castlevania fan and you don’t have a PSP, you should buy a PSP. This was a system seller for me, and I was not let down. Portable Rondo of Blood and portable Symphony of the Night? What a crazy mixed up but totally awesome world we live in.
Good Game (Apr 21, 2008)
Even with the new graphics, it’s definitely one for old school platforming fans, it’s a retro-challenge with a cosmetic coat of 3rd dimension, and that’s not a bad thing, I’m giving it 7.5 too.
Good Game (Apr 21, 2008)
I revelled in the simple challenges but it didn’t take me long to start wishing for some better checkpoints. I’m giving it 7.5 vampiric chickens.
Destructoid (Nov 02, 2007)
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles offers a hell of a lot -- 3 full Castlevania games for $30. For those who don't own an original copy of Symphony of the Night, or haven't already downloaded it from the PSN, owe it to themselves to buy it for that alone. For Castlevania fans, you probably own the game already, even if you don't already own the system. For everyone else, this game is a solid platformer and will take you a while to reach 100% completion. The only problems lie in some load issues and poor hit detection -- while serious, they don't hinder gameplay completely. It just gives you something to blame all your suckiness on.
Computer Bild Spiele (Feb 06, 2008)
Dass diese Vampirjagd die Neuauflage eines 15 Jahre alten Spiels ist, bemerkt man sicherlich am Fehlen spielerischer Feinheiten, etwa der Erfahrungspunkte. Grafik und Sound wurden dagegen derart überzeugend auf den aktuellen Stand der Technik gebracht, dass einem beim Spielen so mancher kalte Schauer über den Rücken jagt. Und auch spielerisch kann die Geduld, Geschicklichkeit und gute Reflexe erfordernde Action überzeugen.
Games TM (Feb 21, 2008)
As a remake of a 15-year old title, it was never likely to be as accessible as recent episodes, but the decision not to refine the general gameplay mechanics has ensured it remains a old-school pursuit. Like it or not, times have changed and many gamers just don't enjoy being profoundly punished for every lapse of concentration or minor mistake. Yet for those happy to memorise every tap and attack pattern, continuously attempt each cruelly challenging boss, and master every pixel-perfect jump, then this will be a rewarding helping of beast-filled goodness.
UOL Jogos (Oct 29, 2007)
Para quem não jogou "Rondo of Blood" e "Symphony of the Night", "Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles" é um título quase irrecusável. Porém, a dificuldade do primeiro não é para jogadores casuais. O remake tem pontos de discórdia, mas traduz muito bem o espírito do original, além de ganhar muitos segredos. E sobre o segundo, basta dizer que é simplesmente um dos melhores títulos para PSOne, convertido à perfeição no portátil. Para quem já jogou "Symphony" e não tem interesse em revisitá-lo, é mais difícil recomendar um título que consegue ser terminado e ter quase todos os segredos descobertos em cerca de cinco horas, ainda que seu preço não seja alto (cerca de US$ 30 nos Estados Unidos).
videogamer.com (Feb 14, 2008)
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is hard. Really, really hard. It's a reminder of how things used to be, before everyone got hot and bothered about making games appeal to more casual audiences, about making games easy enough to finish and about making games for the Nintendo Wii. Is this a good thing? For hardcore Castlevania fans it will be, but, in the grand scheme of things, a really hard game, so hard it makes you mad, isn't that good. It's a relic of a bygone era.
Pocket Gamer UK (Nov 07, 2007)
A good-looking, deep and engaging package that should be in any self-respecting gamer's collection, save for the fact that many who lack the skill, talent and time to succeed in it won't be able to access at least half of what's on offer.
Game Informer Magazine (Oct, 2007)
That said, if you’ve somehow been able to retain your love of high-difficulty side-scrolling action, you’ll love this. This isn’t quite as inventive in its level design and boss fights as Super Castlevania IV, but it’s an absolutely solid title with marginally branching level paths and two characters to choose from. Plus, if your skills are up to the task, you can unlock the original version as well as the full version of Symphony of the Night (we asked Konami, and were told that there is no secret code to unlock that superior title, unfortunately).
GamesRadar (Oct 26, 2007)
Like a fang-pierced jugular, the revamped 2D/3D hybrid visuals explode with vividness, and the PSP's rectangular display seems tailor-made for the side-scrolling series. Combine this with those catchy Castlevania tunes, a few replay-extending branching pathways, a second playable character and slick, new cutscenes, and you've got a casket full of goodies. Again, if you're a Castlevania completist, or just a fan of old school gaming, then pick up this bloodsucker. Otherwise, we suggest driving your stake through the better, more forgiving DS entries - Portrait of Ruin and Dawn of Sorrow.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jan 03, 2008)
This is really a release made for, and by, Castlevania fans. If you don't think much of the series, this isn't going to change your mind. I wouldn't think much of it either if it only included the remake, but the tip-top ports of the original Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night bump the score up a couple of marks easily.
Play.tm (Feb 21, 2008)
The Castlevania games deserve respect for being one of the only series to continue the tradition of side scrolling action games after the rest of the world went full-3D crazy. The problem is that while to the existing fan base the retro design and gameplay are all part of the experience newer gamers will probably view those same qualities in a far more negative light. Personally I remember loving this kind of thing back in the day but to be honest my gaming senses have moved on a fair bit since then and while it's interesting to have a glimpse back to how things used to be I didn't find anything in The Dracula X Chronicles to make me miss those times one little bit. For fans of the series or those with an urge for a highly polished slab of retro style gaming then this is undoubtedly a fantastic example of the genre, however, anyone else will find it hard to see what all the fuss is about.
Gamezoom (Feb 28, 2008)
Zu schwer. Ich hüte mich oft davor so etwas zu schreiben, aber bei dem Spiel ist es angebracht. Wer sich nicht wirklich quälen und auf Biegen und Brechen Spiele durchspielen will, sollte einen Bogen um das Spiel machen, da es abgesehen von seinen Gimmicks und den vielen Secrets nichts Aufregendes zu bieten hat.