Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Castlevania: Order Of Ecclesia (DS)
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is the latest iteration in the series for the DS handheld console. What I like most about Castlevania games is that they mix the old school with the new school. You'll feel like playing a game you've known for so long yet you'll be surprised at the new elements found within it. One thing new for this game is that the protagonist is a girl, yes you heard me right, and the way the game plays is similar to Gameboy Advanced's Aria of Sorrow and DS's Dawn of Sorrow where you absorb and use enemy skills to your advantage. At first just looking at the menu seems complicated but you'll get used to it fast enough into the game. Those power from enemies are called Glyphs and you can link two of them to perform more devastating attacks.
Of course it still plays as a 2D platformer which never ceases to amazes fans of the title, where in fact it's just like old Mario games. The story still revolves around the ultimate evil called Dracula, being reborn time and again because of humanity's dark side calling upon him. This one can be too hard for newcomers but because of its amzing audio and visuals mixed with some good RPG elements, it is easy to get hooked. It plays for around 20-30 hours maybe maxing out at 100 if you try to do a second run for HARD mode and complete those other extra game modes. I really recommend you play this game and the other Castlevania games, namely Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin if haven't yet.
I also have found a good source for tips and guide regarding this game on this (Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia walkthrough / game guide).