Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles



astlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (DXC) is the first Castlevania game for Sony's Playstation Portable. It features 3 different games on one disc. The first is a faithful remake of Akumajo Dracula X: Chi no Rondo for the Turbo Grafx 16. This remake can also be referred to as Dracula X Chronicles. Prior to DXC, Chi no Rondo was released only in Japan. Part of the purpose of Dracula X Chronicles is to release Rondo to countries outside of Japan.

DXC gives a classic game a complete graphics overhaul, additional bosses, and original music tracks among the many remixes. Series artist, Ayami Kojima offers her interpretations of the Chi no Rondo characters as official art. 3D polygons are employed instead of 2D sprites, while keeping the same side scrolling game play of the original Rondo. This technique has been dubbed 2.5D. DXC is the first Castlevania game to incorporate this graphics method.

Also included on the game disc are Akumajo Dracula X: Chi no Rondo, which has been named Castlevania: Rondo of Blood to the English speaking audience, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Both games must be unlocked in the DXC game before they can be played.

The version of Symphony of the Night included is the Japanese game, meaning it has some features that the original North American release does not. Maria Renard has been added as a playable character, but is not to be confused with the Sega Saturn Nocturne in the Moonlight version of Maria. The dialogue script has been re-written with performances by different voice actors than the North American PSX Symphony of the Night.

Dracula X Chronicles was released in North America on October 23, 2007, in Japan on November 8th, 2008, February 15, 2008 in Europe, and April 9th, 2008 in Australia.

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