If you are a fan of the Castlevania Franchise, then Castlevania: Harmony of Despair is for you. Unlike the recent Castlevania: Lord of Shadows game, Harmony of Despair retains the traditional 2D side-scrolling platform of the Castlevania series. However, what makes Harmony different from its predecessors is that it’s a multiplayer game meaning you can play the game together with your friends. You can choose from a variety of characters of the Castlevania franchise from Alucard, the main protagonist of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night to Soma Cruz, the main protagonist of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and many more.
What’s more is that you can also choose from a couple of female characters from the previous games like the witch, Yoko Belnades and the protagonist of Castlevania: Order of Ecclessia, Shanoa. There are also additional stages which can be downloaded from the PlayStation Network. It also comes along with downloadable characters like Richter Belmont,and even an 8-bit Simon Belmont. The game plays similar to previous Castlevania games in which you have thirty minutes to rush towards the Boss area and defeat it.
Furthermore, the game sports a new map system which allows the player to see the entirety of the area. This new map system also allows the player to zoom in or out of the screen to monitor the progress of other players and or to determine the fastest route to the boss. Characters can also be equipped with various items and armors before the stage begins and retains their signature weapons such as the vampire killer whip for the conventional vampire hunters, a sword or other melee weapon for Alucard and Soma while the women of the game wield staves and or rods and other unique weapons appropriate to their character type.
Overall, the game is fun to play especially when you are playing with your friends. Though it can be played by a single player, it can be difficult to accomplish a stage just on your own. Xbox 360 supports the game however, compared to the PS3 version, the co-op mode is only available online. With the PS3, the co-op mode is available both through the PlayStation Network and through local play.