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Hack of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow


Uploaded with the permission of the original mod authors, Mako and Crossman

This hack aims to improve and overall increase the difficulty of Aria of Sorrow. It achieves this by adding resistances/weaknesses to enemies as well as increasing some enemy hp. Weapons and souls have also been tweaked to be more and less effective against certain enemies. The full changelog can be found in the included readme file.

This hack requires standard IPS patching, and is compatible with US versions of Aria of Sorrow.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Name: Castlevania - Aria of Sorrow (USA)
  • (No-Intro version 20130720-015858)
  • ROM/File SHA-1: ABD71FE01EBB201BCC133074DB1DD8C5253776C7
  • File MD5 E7470DF4D241F73060D14437011B90CE
  • File SHA-1 ABD71FE01EBB201BCC133074DB1DD8C5253776C7
  • File CRC32 35536183
  • ROM MD5 E7470DF4D241F73060D14437011B90CE
  • ROM SHA-1 ABD71FE01EBB201BCC133074DB1DD8C5253776C7
  • ROM CRC32 35536183



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User Review Information

Unbeatable in its current state

Reviewed By: Diojeans on 30 Sep 2023

(Note: this hack was played on Normal Mode, alongside the INT/Luck Fix patch. Soma was Lv. 48 at the end of the game).

With a few caveats, I was ready to recommend this hack as a must-have for players wishing to replay Aria of Sorrow. The majority of changes served to breathe new life into the game, and I found myself using weapons and souls I would originally ignore or sell immediately. The reworked equipment and Yellow Souls also aided in making builds that favor either STR or INT, without feeling biased towards one or the other. Most importantly, the Claimh Solais got a much-needed nerf, allowing weapons such as the Dainslef or Balmung to shine.

However, where this hack falls apart lies within the changes made to the final boss, Chaos. It was given resistances to everything besides Holy damage, in addition to much higher HP and Defense. As a result, only 1-2 points of damage could be done to it, even with the best stats and loadout. Eliminating the four eyes at the corners of the screen did nothing to weaken it, and even hard-hitting souls such as Balore couldn’t break it.

It’s because of this that I cannot endorse this hack, despite the good things it does to the rest of the game. Ideally, an update would address the issues it has, but it’s not known if the hack’s creators are still active.

Version 1.0 Recommended - No

User Reviews
Unbeatable in its current stateDiojeans30 Sep 20231.0No
Imbalanced rebalancedAnoram15 Dec 20201.0Yes
Needs rebalancing before it can be rebalancedRabite89030 Sep 20231.0No