A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Violence & Scariness
While tame by today's standards, players use a whip to defeat monsters, some of which will leave blood before dying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some scantily dressed female characters.
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The occasional "damn" and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Players can drink potions to regain health.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while the ESRB warns about violence and blood, this T-rated side-scroller's images are so small that the acts of killing enemies aren't too graphic. Players will be killing fictitious beasts including vampires, imps, skeletons, dragons, and minotaurs. They can use a whip to defeat monsters, some of which will leave blood before dying.
Is It Any Good?
In Rondo of Blood, you play as either Richter Belmont or Maria Renard, heroic vampire hunters determined to destroy the maniacal Count Dracula. The side-scrolling game, where you move your character from the left side of the screen to the right, has you battling demons, jumping over chasms, and defeating tough "boss" characters. While the game is easy to control, the 10 stages are increasingly difficult, so expect a serious challenge.
Symphony of the Night, where you begin as Dracula's son, Alucard, improves on the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 2 versions by adding Maria as a playable character (along with Richter), redoing the script and voice acting, and fixing some technical bugs found in the original game. Fans of the Castlevania games might also be interested to know The Dracula X Chronicles features new character designs by renowned Konami artist Ayami Kojima, an optional wireless "boss mode" to be played with other PSP gamers, and the ability to mix and match music soundtracks from the various games.
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