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Arcade Wednesday - Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Updated on March 27, 2013
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair title art
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair title art

Konami once again revives the ever-famous vampire-hunting series Castlevania with the arcade title Harmony of Despair (2011: Xbox 360 & Playstation 3). This title actually started off as an Xbox Arcade exclusive in its August release, but Konami decided to release it for the Playstation Network in September. This is a true Castlevania fan's dream; the game lets people play together in six stages (eleven including the downloadable content, which will be discussed in their appropriate sections) with all of the main characters from previous 2D titles. Up to six players can fight through stages together in a boss rush mode, finding items and working together to fight notable bosses from throughout the series. HoD does not have a set plot; just explore the stages and defeat the boss in the set time limit.


As stated previously, Harmony of Despair plays like the boss rush mode of previous 2D Castlevania games. The style mostly resembles Portrait of Ruin (2006: Nintendo DS) in the artsy/spritey look. There are three modes: a single player mode, a co-op mode, and a survival mode. The Xbox 360 version allows for online play, while the Playstation version only plays locally. Instead of leveling up like in previous titles, player's skills level up with use and/or the amount of times you find the skill in games. Each character has their own special ability. While Soma and Alucard can use dropped weapons, Jonathan, Charolette, and Shanoa can only strengthen their attacks by upgrading their sub-attacks.

Stages (with bosses and downloadables)

  1. Caught in the Cradle of Decay (Gergoth)
  2. Lord of Unseen Strings (Puppet Master)
  3. The End of Chaos (Menace)
  4. The Esquisse of Violence (Brauner)
  5. Song of the Unslakable Blade (Death)
  6. Come, Sweet Hour of Death (Dracula)
  7. Beauty, Desire, Situation Dire (Astarte - 320 Microsoft Points & free on PSN)
  8. The One who is Many (Legion - 320 MSP & $3.99 PSN)
  9. Lord of the Flies (Beezebub - 320 MSP & $3.99 PSN)
  10. Origins (Crown - 240 MSP & $2.99 PSN)
  11. The Legend of Fuma (Facade Card - 240 MSP & $2.99 PSN)

Soma Cruz
Soma Cruz
Johnathan Morris
Johnathan Morris
Charolette Aulin
Charolette Aulin
Yoko Belnade
Yoko Belnade
Julius Belmont
Julius Belmont
Richter Belmont
Richter Belmont
Simon Belmont
Simon Belmont

Characters (including downloadables)

  • Soma Cruz: (Aria of Sorrow)
  • Alucard: (Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse)
  • Johnathan Morris: (Portrait of Ruin)
  • Charolette Aulin: (Portrait of Ruin)
  • Shanoa: (Order of Ecclesia)
  • Yoko Belnades: (Aria of Sorrow - 240 Microsoft Points)
  • Julius Belmont: (Aria of Sorrow- 240 Microsoft Points)
  • Maria Renard: (Castlevania X: Rondo of Blood - 240 Microsoft Points)
  • Richter Belmont: (Castlevania X: Rondo of Blood - 240 Microsoft Points)
  • Simon Belmont: (Castlevania - 160 Microsoft Points)
  • Getsu Fūma: (Getsu Fūma Den - 160Microsoft Points)

You can find Castlevania: Harmony of Despair on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 1,200 Microsoft Points and on the Playstation Network for $14.99 US. Fid some friends and go vampire hunting!

Poll time!

Who is your favorite "Castlevania" character?

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    • Grab a Controller profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Largo, FL

      There is a way to zoom in the camera so you can see your character and windows of your teammate(s). For me, the only way I can play it alone and win is if I know the map and my character is in a high level. Thanks for reading!

    • Willsummerdreamer profile image

      Will English 

      6 years ago

      I love Castlevania, but its just too bad that HOD was terrible. I couldn't see what the heck I was doing because the camera was so far away that the sprites looked like ants. And you can't play it alone, not really, and thats an instant turn off for me. Thank God for Lords of Shadow, or else Castlevania would be dead now. But thats just my opinion.

    • TNT Husky profile image

      Devlin Kendall 

      6 years ago from Indianapolis

      now in the hopes that something similar comes to WiiU. Nintendo, We're wating.


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