Resolution's Mike Rose writes: The Xbox Live Summer of Arcade chugs along this week with the next Castlevania title, Harmony of Despair, or HD as it’s shortened to (see what they did there?). Mixing retro stylings with more up-to-date visuals, the game provides single and multiplayer castle crawling with lots to see and huge boss fights to partake in.
Some unique and quite intriguing ideas are thrown into the mix this time around, providing both veteran Castlevanians and newcomers with challenging gameplay and a lovely online co-op mode. Yet while it all sounds so promising, Harmony of Despair proves to be an exercise in frustration and unfair balancing. It was always going to be a difficult game and not for the faint hearted. Unfortunately with the challenge ramped up, the fun fades away into oblivion.