Vooks writes: "When I picked up my first Castlevania game, I didn't know what to expect outside of the basic premise of the story. Little did I know, the series is actually very similar to one of my favourite Nintendo franchises, Metroid - providing the player with an open world and allowing them to travel as far as their equipment takes them. Needless to say, I was hooked.
When I heard that Castlevania was coming to DS in the form of Dawn of Sorrow, I was excited and, needless to say, the game impressed. Portrait of Ruin then followed and introduced some interesting gameplay mechanics, but was ultimately disappointing. Then the first screenshots of Order of Ecclesia leaked on the internet, depicting a much more mature art style and an all new female protagonist. I was interested, and now I have in my hands Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. How does it play? It's probably one of the best Castlevania games ever. Order of Ecclesia takes place after fan favourite, Symphony of the Night. Those who are up with their Castlevania mythos will know that the Belmont Clan we all know and love have since vanished, leaving several organisations to take the role of exploring similar (but not exact) alternatives to garlic to keep the dark lord Dracula at bay. One of those organisations, as you may have guessed, was the Order of Ecclesia."