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Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Platform(s): PlayStation 2, Xbox
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Konami

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'Castlevania: Curse of Darkness' (PS2/Xbox) Whips Its Way To Stores

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2005 @ 12:45 p.m. PST

Curse of Darkness introduces players to an entirely new storyline and main character – Hector, one of two Devil Forgemasters, who had once refined his skills under Dracula. Told in true Castlevania style, this action-packed tale of betrayal and revenge takes players on a journey through an expansive world filled with formidable foes and beautifully rendered environments to the ruins of Dracula’s castle.

“Castlevania: Curse of Darkness tells a captivating tale of betrayal and revenge. However, in an interesting twist, this installment does not purely focus on the struggle between the Belmonts and Dracula, but instead concentrates on two new characters from Dracula’s inner sanctum,” says Matt Knoles, Product Manager, Konami Digital Entertainment- America. “This story shift has given the series new dimension and has allowed the development team to add incredible new gameplay features and character abilities that have never been seen before in the Castlevania series.”

Set in a time when the European continent is falling deeper into a darkness caused by a powerful curse unleashed upon Dracula’s death, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness thrusts players into the role of Hector. One of two Devil Forgemasters who once trained under Dracula, Hector had fled Vallachia, disillusioned with the ideals of his mentor. Now, three years after Dracula was defeated in battle at the hands of the Belmonts, Isaac, a former friend and fellow Devil Forgemaster, suddenly reappears and orchestrates the execution of Hector’s beloved. Fueled by revenge for the murder of his true love, Hector returns to the ruins of Dracula’s castle to punish those he once fought alongside, unaware of the sinister plot that has been orchestrated to lure him home. Before players can make Isaac pay for his sins, they must journey across the cursed land of Valachia and make their way to Dracula's Castle.

As players make their way through Vallachia, now completely morphed by Dracula's dark magic and teeming with monstrous creatures, they will be armed with an arsenal of weapons as well as the ability to summon powerful new allies, called Innocent Devils. More than 30 Innocent Devils will be available in the game, each possessing their own unique abilities to help players conquer various enemies, avoid traps and solve challenging puzzles.

Packed full of action and adventure, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness also boasts stunning graphics and numerous special effects. Complementing its fast-paced gameplay is an original musical score created by famed Konami composer Michiru Yamane. The in-game soundtrack also includes a song performed by Russell Watson, the world-renowned tenor opera singer, whose songs have appeared in such movies as Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Star Trek: Enterprise.

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness is available on PlayStation 2 and Xbox for an SRP of $49.99. The game is rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB.

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