Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow is a 2005 action-adventure game developed and published by Konami. It is part of Konami’s Castlevania video game series and the first Castlevania game released on the Nintendo DS.
In this current incarnation, you play as Soma Cruz, Dracula Incarnate. Several characters return from the last installation, such as Mina, Hammer, Julius(The Belmont), Yoko, and Arikado, whose alias is no other than Adrian Fahrenheit Tepes. Gamers who have played at least a few of the Castlevania games know him as Alucard, the son of Vlad Dracula Tepes. A cult is trying to resurrect the dark lord via two candidates- Dario Bossi and Dmitrii Blinov, other people born during the period of Dracula’s defeat in 1999. If you have played a Castlevania game, you know the routine. Get lured into a dark castle with sinister evils that lurk within and annihilate said horrors and the such.
This is where the game’s biggest attractions, and main flaws, are. The plot is fairly engaging, although the enemy’s motives are somewhat farfetched. Apparently, a cult wants to balance out the universe by creating a dark lord, which requires Soma’s removal. While Soma is motivated by protecting himself and his girlfriend, the cult’s motives are sketchy at best. However, this plot flaw isn’t fundamental, much like the plot in a single Castlevania game. Dawn of Sorrow stays true to the Castlevania Saga, except in one facet (which would be difficult to work into the game and this review, but you’ll know it when you see it).
The gameplay is top-notch. Soma can use various weapons and equipment, level up, and gain souls from normal enemies at random, and bosses give specific, progress necessary abilities. Weapons can be ‘forged’ using certain souls into stronger weapons, and you can buy new items or find them yourself. The weapons are very well balanced, although finding the right soul can be a pain. Plus, the guns, while expensive, are somewhat broken due to their range. But no one said you have to go through the cheap cash paths of getting them, either.