Castlevania: Harmony Of Despair Bound For PS3

By Spencer . May 30, 2011 . 5:35pm

CastlevaniaHD_11PlayStation 3 owners will be able to take part in the vampire hunter reunion. Castlevania: Harmony of Despair brings characters from Konami’s Castlevania series including Soma Cruz, Shanoa, Jonathan Morris, Charlotte, and of course Alucard. There is even an 8-bit Simon Belmont available and a stage based on the original Castlevania available as downloadable content.


While it was originally released as an Xbox 360 exclusive last summer, Castlevania: Harmony of Despair is indeed coming to PlayStation Network. The news comes to Siliconera via two different sources.


Designed primarily as a multiplayer game, Castlevania: Harmony of Despair lets players battle Death, Dracula, and Menace with up to six players. Doubles are OK. So, you can finally have an all Alucard party, if you want. The final set of downloadable content went on sale in February and featured a crossover with the Japan-only Famicom game Lunar Wind Demon Legend.

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  • Yes! Day One. If the PSN store is up when it releases.

  • Code

    Hooray >w>~! I really enjoyed this when it came out on 360 playing with friends. I’ll have to find out if any of my friends on PS3 will be picking this up too. It’d be worth a potential double dip, for the sake of playing with new people and also have unlimited online play. Although I will say it’s a shame so much of the game is DLC, like over 50% of the game is DLC opo;

    • kupomogli

      “over 50% of the game is DLC”

      I hate when game companies nickel and dime the customer.  Now I’m not so sure I want to get it.  Unless the DLC is really cheap.  Maybe we’ll see a bundle release some time.

      • Code

        I suppose it’s technically less then 50% but it’s still a lot; basically the game comes with 6 stages, 5 character (each stage has a Normal and Hard version with different item drops).

        But then they released 6 more characters as DLC, and 5 more stages. I haven’t played the DLC stages myself, except for watching my friend play Origins (which might be the best bang for your DLC buck as it’s the whole original Castlevania game as a stage). But most DLC is like $2-$4 so it quickly doubles the amount of the base price pretty quickly omo; 

        Still if you have friends interested in playing the game, even the base game without DLC is still well worth it’s entry price if you ask me; it’s all I had when I played and it still provided weeks of fun. Especially if you like the GBA/DS Castlevania games.

        • kupomogli

          I’ve watched the original CV stage.  There are so many flaws in Simon’s mechanics that it’s not like the original CV.  It’d have been nice if the music switched when you enter where the next stage should be.  It only does that right at the very end when you’re about to fight Dracula.

          • Code

            Actually it’s probably because you can assign custom music (from a library of Castlevania themes) for each stage via the options menu, although I like the notion of it switching the music for each stage too. Yeah it’s definitely not true-true to the original, but I enjoyed the novelty of it >w<'

      • raymk

        They actually didn’t with this game though.  The DLC was released like 2 months after the game hit since they weren’t finished with the stages.  You don’t really need the DLC characters as they have some of the best one’s from castlevania already start in.  Also I guess you won’t be buying many if any more games this gen since every company nickle and dimes now lol.

  • kupomogli

    Finally!  I’m buying this.  I hate digital releases but I love the Castlevania series.  Does anyone want to play with me?

  • Kris

    Hmmm, I was kicking myself for not getting it when it was on sale on 360, but I prefer the PS3 controller for stuff like this. I hope they offer a bit of DLC free with the purchase to make up for the wait, but seems unlikely. :p

    • Code

      Yeah that’s just about how I was, rar, I had just spent my points on my 360 a few days before the sale on 360 and I regretted missing out on a chance to nab some of the DLC cheaper omo; I’ll probably just hold off for (hopefully) another sale down the line. 

  • ManaKnight

    Glad I waited for the PS3 version then.

    • Just wait until you get paired up with those who’ve played it before. It will take some kind of miracle to keep up with them.

      • Oh gosh. The blender Somas and Alucards.

        • Or as I called them, freaking lawnmowers.

    • PrinceHeir


      been waiting almost a year now :D

      hopefully we do get all the DLC in one package :P

      PS Store is coming out soon you know what that means ^^

      • Testsubject909

        I know. Been waiting too.
        I wonder if the lag is that bad too, or how well it controls. I’ve seen a few LPs and live stream of the game, but most people I’ve seen seem incompetent or incapable of properly controlling the characters they have, relying purely on upgrading their gear until they can rapidly kill things before they get hit to death.

        Makes me wonder if it’s just a bit sluggish/unresponsive, or if most of the people I’ve seen just haven’t had much experience with recent Castlevania games…

        • PrinceHeir

          hopefully it’s just as smooth as Hard Corps.

          you know what? they should make the next Castlevania 3D Demon Souls like. i mean the setting(castle) the hard bosses, timed and well planned attacks, as well as instant deaths reminds me of the early ones. just use Curse of Darkness and Lament of Innocence art by ayami kojima, bring back Michiru Yamane for the OST, and gameplay for demons souls, and all will be excellent :P

  • Apache_Chief

    The dlc is frankly ridiculous imo. I downloaded it recently because my friend told me to, and I was surprised that there really is about as much dlc as there is in game content, meaning after spending 1200 points I still only have half a game. It was all on sale recently, but I didn’t know about that until it was too late. I’ll probably get Richter and just play the included maps until I get tired of them.

  • Natat

    Finally! I had lost all hope for this on PS3, but now… so happy :D

  • Luna Kazemaru

    Is there even a story to this one I smell major time paradoxes 

    • Exkaiser


      • Luna Kazemaru

        So basically unexplained time paradoxes 

        • Code

          Nah this is just raw gameplay, there’s no story behind it.

    • Tommy Lee

      There’s a book, called the Grimoire, that recorded everything about Castlevania from at least as early as the first game all the way till the Dawn of Sorrow. For some reason the cursed castle in the book, in it’s various incarnations comes to life, and the heroes, who also come to life from within the book, have to find a way to end the curse.

      That’s basically the excuse background story for the game.

  • z_merquise

    I love the portable Castlevania games. That’s one of the biggest reason why I bought a PSP and a DS. As for this, I’m not sure if I’ll get this, probably not. I just don’t like that they just “copy and paste” everything in their past 2D Castlevania games for this one. I’m not saying this game sucks since I read that the multiplayer for this game was really fun. It’s just that I didn’t like that they rehash everything and call it a new game. It’s just me though, hope you guys understand.

    If it was an all new high-def 2D Castlevania game though, I’ll be surely excited. Just imagine a new Castlevania game in 2D developed by Arc Sys or Vanillaware.

    • Code

      rar, if ASW did a new Castlevania for Konami like they did Hardcorps, I’d be all over that xwx~! It was one of the first things I had thought of back when I first played Hardcorps >w<'

    • “I just don’t like that they just “copy and paste” everything in their past 2D Castlevania games for this one”

      Yet you liked all of the Castlevania games after Symphony of the Night…

      Kidding, kidding!

      • z_merquise

        Haha. It’s okay. What I mean is that Harmony of Despair is simply a mishmash of every game they done and not an actual new game as I expected. But I do agree that the previous 2D Castlevania games got lots of recycled sprites and half of the levels in most games were pallete swaps.

  • HistorysGreatestMonster


  • They should totally put this on 3DS once the novelty wears off on the PS3.

  • About time!

  • raymk

    Yes things come to those who wait =D.  I’ve been waiting for you my love.

  • It was fun the first few weeks when I played it, but it gets boring once I’ve went through every stage. I was not motivated to keep grinding stages for high equipment as well as train the other characters.

  • This game is awesome when you grab all the DLC. I spent over 40 hours on Shanoa alone, I don’t think the price is too much to ask for.

  • Testsubject909

    Well, that was to be expected.

    Definitely a purchase here.

  • I spent a few hundred hours on the 360 version so I guess I might just go ahead and get this for the Triple as well.

  • SolidusSnake

    I downloaded the demo off of Xbox Live a few months ago and I have to say that it was boring as hell. Lords of Shadows is awesome, though.

    • knight1337

      The demo is terrible. Alucard is basically the worst character and only has spells to collect to even “level up”. and his spells are the worst really. Any other character is loads more fun on CV HD and multiplayer is where its at.

  • ffboi7

    glad that its finally coming to the PS3 as I no longer feel like paying for Xbox Live Gold. Can’t wait to play it! Though I heard it wasn’t all that great. I’m sure me and 3 of my friends will enjoy it ;p

  • gatotsu911


    I hope they enhance the game for the port, though – I heard the XBLA version was rather lacking.

  • Advent_Andaryu

    This is so strange. I bought a 360 for this game, played it for a really long time, bought all the dlc, etc.

    I haven’t played it in months and after downloading the OST I was thinking “It would be so awesome if the game came to the PSN”. This is amazing news!! I love 2D Castlevania in any shape or form.

  • eilegz

    i hope for a complete and less priced version for psn at least

  • MrDolomite

    It’s about damn time.

  • TenRX

    This is a good news for Ps3 Owners, And I hope it gives more content to the multiplaying.

  • malek86

    Good, I was waiting for this ever since trying the XBLA demo. It’s full 1080p with static 2D imagery and zoom modes, so it’s the perfect game to make pixels comparison between different video cables, to test their renditions on my screen. But my 360 doesn’t have HDMI, so I will need this one too.

    … if they release a PSN demo, of course. Because aside from that, I’m afraid it’s a pretty terrible game, and I would never pay for it (especially if it costs 15€ like the XBLA version).

  • TomSkylark

    Easily the worst $15 (or however many XBL points) I’ve ever spent on gaming. Castlevania tends to be one of the more dependable franchises out there, but when it bombs, it really bombs.

  • R.B

    Well I guess the 360 version sold pretty well because Konami said if the 360 version sold well then they will do a PS3 version.

  • thebanditking

    I played this on 360 and did not think much of it (sprites were too small in most views) still for those that wanted glad they can get it now, likely would have done better if they just released it this way from the start.

  • Finally!
    What takes them so long?

  • Masengan

    Yes! I was really annoyed when I heard it was an Xbox exclusive, now I can try it.

  • neo_firenze

    “featured a crossover with the Japan-only Famicom game Lunar Wind Demon Legend.”


    Or “Getsu Fuma Den”, as nearly anyone who has written about it before has referred to it at least somewhere in their description.  Including the OFFICIAL US/English 360 Harmony of Despair DLC description:

    If you want to look for more on this game online, use the real name instead of the translation that nobody on the internet other than Spencer has used (anything else I saw in the Google results for “Lunar Wind Demon Legend” was a direct copy of the Siliconera post).  I get that Spencer is insistent on making his own translations for Japanese names, but come on now – you can’t even note what the original Japanese name is alongside your unique translation? 

    This is the last I’ll post on this topic re: this personal pet peeve of mine.  After the Kirby fiasco I know where Siliconera stands on this issue.  Just posting to add the real name for people who might be interested in seeking out more information.

  • eliel

    Yea, do they have the price out $10 or less maybe?

  • vrakanox

    This is something I actually might double dip on.

  • William79371

    Hope this come on PC too.

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