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Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (Nintendo Game Boy Advance) Review (8.5)  by  

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Posted: 02/10/23, 07:57:04
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I just finished this on the Castlevania Advance Collection. I think itís better than Circle of the Moon in a lot of ways, but my godÖ.why does the end of every one of these games have to have some stupid thing where you have to equip two items youíd never know to bring into the final battle in order to get the best ending? Furthermore, this game gives you absolutely no help when it comes to tracking down the last couple items. Feels like bad design all over the place here. The gameís twist did get me pretty good, but unfortunately it also just means you have to traverse the same castle twice. I know not everyone is a fan of the upside down castle in Symphony, but I think this game handled a similar idea worse. Thereís really nothing even different about the second castle, aside from its intriguing contribution to Maximís story. By most measures, this game just feels like ďworse Symphony of the Night.Ē Characters are worse, controls are way worse, graphics are worse (and basically just use assets from SotN), music is maybe the worst in the series. Level design feels way too much like Symphony, lacks areas that feel unique. Yet, I do admit I liked the twist and thought it kind of subverted my expectations in some ways. Unfortunately I just canít ever see myself wanting to play this one again. I gave it a 6.9. Itís not a bad game but more things drive me crazy than in other Castlevania games. Iím curious to see if this game actually started as a port of SotN to the GBA. I feel like the GBA probably couldíve handled it in some capacity. Hey, the Game.com could.
Posted: 02/10/23, 08:05:21  - Edited by 
 on: 02/10/23, 08:08:45
I mostly just found it forgettable. Played through it, thought it was merely "ok", never thought much about it again. I'd put it dead last in my rankings of the Igavanias.
Posted: 02/10/23, 21:39:33
@Zero I seem to have given it the lowest score here of a 6.9. Thereís just not a lot here that hasnít been done better in other games. Though, I would tolerate the argument that the game maybe handled the dual castle mechanic better than Symphony of the Night. Maybe.

I still have to play Aria at some point, which I remember loving aside from how short it felt.
Posted: 02/12/23, 07:18:13
@Zero I seem to have given it the lowest score here of a 6.9. Thereís just not a lot here that hasnít been done better in other games. Though, I would tolerate the argument that the game maybe handled the dual castle mechanic better than Symphony of the Night. Maybe.

I still have to play Aria at some point, which I remember loving aside from how short it felt.
Posted: 02/12/23, 07:18:23
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