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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)
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Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami TYO
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ESRB Rating: n/a
Release Date: 5/5/2003 (USA)
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PROS: Fresh power-up system; Handful of cool secrets

CONS: A bit on the short side; Silly story

Remember Castlevania: Symphony of the Night? If not, go play it now—it's one of PS1's best games, and you can find it on eBay for like a thousand dollars. Well, not really, but it can get pretty expensive, which makes it a good thing GBA's Aria of Sorrow is such a standout game. It's the closest a GBA Castlevania adventure has come to achieving Symphony's level of atmosphere, and it has a crazy power-up system that makes you want to keep playing and playing and playing.

It works like this: Every monster you see as you explore the castle has a power you can absorb by killing it. You won't get it every time unless you're lucky (or determined enough to re-enter a room 80 or so times), but it's really cool when you do, as each power is well-designed, diverse, and useful. One will let you stop time (Castlevania stopwatch-style), and another turns you into a giant bat, letting you fly around the castle's various nooks and crannies. Before you know it, you'll have dozens of powers at your disposal, and your need to collect more will grow to obsessive proportions.

This is a good thing, considering the amount of wandering around required in these GBA Castlevania games. Anything that makes walking back and forth between rooms 10,000 times more bearable is a great thing. I personally love that stuff, and Aria of Sorrow does it in a great way. It doesn't stray too far from the formula, but it refines it like crazy, so if this sounds like your thing, then go nuts.

All Reviews from Ziff Davis Publications SCORE
Electronic Gaming Monthly
GBA Castlevania lightning strikes thrice

scale: 1 - 10
Game Now
Play this game or you'll get whipped

scale A - F
GMR Magazine
Take your coat off, stay awhile

scale: 1 - 10
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Release Date: 5/5/2003 (USA)

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