Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles (PSP) Review

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is a 2.5 remake of Castlevania Rondo of Blood for the PSP, released by Konami in 2007. This game stars Richter Belmont on a quest to save his beloved Annette from Dracula, who had been revived by the dark priest Shaft. Along the way Richter will meet Maria, a young girl with special powers who becomes a playable character. You’ll go through a number of the traditional Castlevania stages as Richter or Maria, and trying to find the well-hidden other 2 maidens along the way along with Annette. Saving the maidens will give you the ability to break red skeleton walls and crystal walls to find more secret items. Along the way you can unlock ports of the original pc-engine Rondo of Blood, along with Symphony of the Night. Other secrets include finding different tracks among the three games and a boss rush mode. Stages 2 through 5 have varying paths to explore, resulting in fighting a different boss and opening up an alternate of the following stage. Auto-saving after levels is a godsend with a game like this. Extra goodies with this include the aforementioned ports, sound tests, watching videos of the boss battles (you pay with the money you earn in stages), and a different types of boss rush modes. Rondo of Blood essentially is the missing link between the old school Castlevania platforming titles, and the later popular Metroidvania style games starting with SOTN. This review will mostly cover the Rondo remake, with mentions of the original Rondo of Blood port and SOTN.

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