Castlevania Advance Collection

M2, Konami

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
83
Top Critic Average
85%
Critics Recommend
Based on 20 critic reviews
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Castlevania Advance Collection

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Based on 20 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

85%

Critics Recommend

Based on 20 critic reviews
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Available on:Nintendo SwitchSep 23, 2021
PCSep 23, 2021
PlayStation 4Sep 23, 2021
Xbox OneSep 23, 2021

Developer: M2

Publisher: Konami

Genre: Action

Count Dracula is once more back from the dead... Join the fight against Evil in the Castlevania Advance Collection, a compilation of timeless action-exploration masterpieces! In addition to the three legendary Castlevania games that were first released in the early 2000s, this collection also includes Castlevania: Dracula X and some never-before-seen sketches and artwork from the games! All four games are enhanced with newly added modern features such as Rewind, Save/Load and Replay, making this the best way possible to experience these classics or discover them for the first time! This collection also boasts a handy Encyclopedia, a Music Player with all soundtracks and you can even change the ROM Region to play all games in different versions. Featured Games Castlevania: Circle of the Moon The story follows Nathan Graves, a vampire hunter apprentice who enters Dracula's Castle along with his Master in order to prevent the dreaded return of the Count. Combine action and attribute cards to create over 80 unique spell effects, ranging from fire whips to ice blizzards, with the 'Dual Set-up System'. Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Play as Juste Belmont, the grandson of legendary Vampire Hunter Simon Belmont! This title introduced a lot of new features to the franchise, such as 'Boss Rush' mode and the 'Spell Fusion' system that lets players combine Sub-Weapons with Spell Books to cast devastating spells. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Soma Cruz, a young high school exchange student in Japan, is somehow involved in the eternal cycle of reincarnation of the Dark Lord himself. What role does Soma play in all of this? Will he be able to return to his own world? Aria of Sorrow also introduced a brand new attack system called 'Tactical Souls', that lets Soma Cruz capture the souls of slain monsters to acquire their abilities. (100+ abilities in total!) Aria of Sorrow also has a ton of New Game+ content. Castlevania: Dracula X Castlevania: Dracula X is a reimagination of the cult action game Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and has been acclaimed as one of the most challenging Castlevania titles ever created. The Dark Lord Count Dracula rises again from the dead to revive the forces of darkness and to annihilate this corrupted world and create a new one. You are Richter Belmont, heir of the Belmont family, and you set out for Dracula's Castle to defeat its evil master. Fight your way through Dracula's Castle and defeat the toughest enemies with the new special attack 'Item Crash'! Brand New Features for an Improved Experience! Gallery Browse through scans of the original package designs and discover incredible artwork never shown to the public before. ROM Region Selection You can choose between the Japanese, American, and European versions for each game. Encyclopedia Learn more about all three games thanks to their dedicated encyclopedia. Detailed information on enemies, the 'DSS' system, the 'Tactical Soul' system and the 'Spell Fusion' system will help you truly master each game's unique combat system! Music Player Listen to any of four complete soundtracks any time you want. You can even create your own playlists! New 'Quality of Life' Features Save/Load You can now quickly save and reload at any point in the game. Even right before that deadly attack from Dracula himself. Rewind You can now rewind the state of the game for a few seconds for a second chance. It is almost like being resurrected... Replay You can record and replay your runs. This is great for creating new tactics, speed runs and streaming.

Castlevania Advance Collection Critic Reviews

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8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A very narrow selection of games, from a format that does not work well on modern TVs, but Aria Of Sorrow in particular stands out as one of the best Castlevania games ever made.

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Castlevania Advance Collection really showcases a side of Konami we don’t see very often anymore. On one hand, they trot out old franchises with low-effort projects and try to essentially trick people into buying them. On the other, they are capable of putting out old games in a format that’s not just well crafted, but also seeks to preserve classics that you can’t easily find. The company is an enigma.

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There could have been a little more done, specifically with the user interface, but the extras that are here make this a fun collection. If you didn't get to experience this handheld era of Castlevania games, maybe take some time to see what you missed.

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A Collection that includes some of the most representative and entertaining 2D episodes of the entire saga. Let's hope that Konami will soon put in the hands of M2 the chapters for Nintendo DS.

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