Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS)

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS)

What’s this? A game that isn’t on the Wii? Amazing!

It’s been around for a while, but for several reasons I never picked it up. I saw it for under £12 this week though, so couldn’t resist.

And, like every other “Metroidvania” game ever, it’s excellent. So far at least – I’m only about an hour in.

It differs to most others by not being almost entirely set within Dracula’s Castle. I’ve not even been near it yet. This makes for more variety in the “levels” (yeah, they’re pretty much levels rather than one huge map now), which is a good thing.

It does feel like an amalgamation of the ideas behind earlier Castlevania titles – the levels are a bit like Portrait of Ruin’s paintings and the glyphs are akin to Soma’s soul-catching from Aria/Dawn of Sorrow. Which isn’t a complaint, as they’re some of the best bits of recent games.

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