When Konami’s popular 2D action-adventure game Castlevania: Harmon of Despair first arrived back in August last year, it was only available via Xbox Live Arcade. However, it looks as though that is all about to change, as we’ve just received word that the game is in fact heading to the PS3 this summer. What’s more is that the PlayStation 3 version will come with a few extra goodies.
According to a recent gamerant.com article by C.J. Smillie, the Castlevania: Harmony of Despair game will be available to download from the PlayStation Network for $15, although we don’t know the actually date of its release at this stage. When the title does arrive however, it will include both Yoko Belnades and Julius Belmont as playable characters right from the start.
This is of course an added bonus for PlayStation 3 owners, as the two aforementioned characters were only available via downloadable content for the Xbox 360. The Pyramid of Ruin level (also known as the ‘Beauty, Desire, Situation Dire’ map pack) will also be available upon purchase of the PS3 version. In addition to the six-player online co-op, PS3 owners will also receive 4-player local co-op.
Some of the other playable characters in the Castlevania: Harmony of Despair game includes Jonathan Morris, Shanoa, Alucard, Soma Cruz and Charlotte Aulin, who are all from previous 2D Castlevania titles. All of the characters have their own skills and signature attacks to use in battle. The game also features a map system that will enable players to view the current quest map’s entire setup.
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair also features a versus mode where battle ensues between players, and a grimoire placed in certain parts of each level, which is the only way that players can change equipment and items during mid-game. The game received mixed reviews when it was launched last year, with ratings ranging from a disappointing 4 out of 10 right up to 8/10.
GameSpot gave the Castlevania: Harmony of Despair title an overall score of 7.5/10, noting that multiplayer is the best way to experience the game. Resolution Magazine said that they were disappointed with the game’s ‘somewhat fiddly gameplay’ and the fact that it only has six stages, and concluded their review with a score of 6/10. Eurogamer on the other hand only gave it 4 out of 10.
Will you be purchasing the Castlevania: Harmony of Despair game on the PS3?