Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

Rating: ★★★★★
Category: Video Games
Genre: Action
Console: Nintendo DS

My brain was roasting while I was writing this review, short of crashing and needing a reboot. I swear I’m churning out crap these days. Such is the problem with writer’s block. XD

Anyhoo… Welcome to World War II…and Dracula’s Castle.

Story-wise, Portrait of Ruin deviates from the usual Belmont saga. Jonathan Morris, grandson of Quincy Morris (if you’ve read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, you’d know him), inherits the renowned Belmont whip — the Vampire Killer. He is, however, unable to wield it effectively at first. He is accompanied by a magic-user named Charlotte Aulin and together they discover the secrets of both the Vampire Killer and Dracula’s Castle.

The battle system is quite similar to what I’ve seen Alucard do in Symphony of the Night. You can use familiars and skills. The only difference is that you can do team play with Jonathan and Charlotte. You can switch between Jonathan and Charlotte, with one supporting the other, depending on your style. You can also use both at the same time. Jonathan is the brawn that dishes out physical attacks, while Charlotte is the brain that handles magical properties. These two even share conversations that show how smart Charlotte is and how much of a jock Jonathan can be… >>> Click to READ MORE >>>


  1. Keane Rush

    February 24, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Wah!!! Even though I have this game, I never did try it T.T

  2. Bea Lapa

    February 24, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    i like it. hehe. i kinda had to stop playing castlevania: dawn of sorrow because DoS is a bit more primitive (since it's older). i think i'll wait before i play it again.

  3. Keane Rush

    February 24, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Dawn of sorrow was okay but I'm sure they could have done better. What I want to see is more castlevania titles on the larger consoles, especially the Wii!

  4. Bea Lapa

    February 24, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    kainis din, actually. i should've played aria of sorrow BEFORE dawn of sorrow. dawn of sorrow was like a huge spoiler because i already know who dracula's reincarnation is. bleh.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.