Castlevania : Harmony of Despair (XBox Live Arcade) - anyone else playing it?
For those who don’t know : Castlevania HD is a ‘classic’ style Castlevania game, in the vein of Symphony of the Night and the play-alikes that it spawned on the Game Boy Advance and DS. The premise is that there’s a dark book of history that’s being consumed from within by the evil its pages records - but there is good recorded in the pages as well, so you take on the role of one of the historical heroes to battle the forces of Dracula and prevent them from escaping.
Each stage is self-contained with one boss and a time limit of thirty minutes.
It allows multiplayer over XBox Live.
You can play as Alucard, Soma, Jonathan, Charlotte, or Shanoa - protagonists of a variety of the ‘Metroidvania’ games. You can also pay a little cash to download extra characters - Julius Belmont, Richter Belmont, Yoko Belnades, and Maria Rendard.
Oh, and Simon Belmont - presented in his original 8-Bit form.
It’s kind of awesome, but I haven’t gotten to try the multiplayer yet.