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Castlevania: Dawn of Dignity (New Portraits Hack)

Hack of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

Description:

Castlevania: Dawn of Dignity is part of a dual project called Castlevania: Choir of Redemption, which aims to give proper gothic artwork to both Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin.

The main focus for Dawn of Dignity is a graphical hack for Dawn of Sorrow which attempts to get rid of the generic anime-like artstyle that plagued 2/3 of the NDS Castlevanias, in favor of a much more akin artstyle to that of Ayami Kojima to keep consistency with the overall artstyle of the franchise, and also, keep it in line with Aria of Sorrow.

This hack implements different artworks, including official artwork for games releases after Dawn of Sorrow, as well as completely new artwork courtesy of RomHacking.net’s user acediez. Be sure to check out his DeviantArt page to see the full new artwork he made for this project!

The graphical changes were made mostly to the portraits found in game for the characters, as well as HUD portraits, and icons which had some sort of anime-like imagery.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • File: 0121 - Castlevania - Dawn of Sorrow (U)(Legacy).nds
  • Length: 67,108,864 Bytes (67.1 MB)
  • CRC32: 135737f6
  • MD5: cc0f25b8 783fb83c b4588d1c 111bdc18
  • SHA1: 47530ff8 7e608f88 105a314f df36dc38 5f8dec94

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
acediezGraphicsGeneral and original artwork
DarkSamus993Original HackingSprite and palette offsets
JohannGralogOriginal WorkOriginal project and artwork contribution
Justin3009Original WorkArtwork contribution
ShadowOne333HackingProject leader and main hacking

User Review Information

Not perfect, but a major improvement !

Reviewed By: gauchomax on 08 Mar 2017

The numerous downgrades from Aria of Sorrow in terms of aesthetic, atmosphere, mechanics and level design were all jarring, but none were more blatant than the new shonen-inspired look for the cast of characters.

The hack corrects this odd choice by redesigning the characters’ portrait with a gothic flair, similar to the previous game style.

The color palette and the music are still utterly out of place vis-à-vis the original game, but this a step in the good direction to correct the very dubious direction this sequel received.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
PassOld_gamer10 Jul 20201.1No
How it should've been.Necronos10 Jul 20201.1Yes
Possibly the best hack everLeis Miller11 May 20201.1Yes
Awesome!DScythe3214 Aug 20181.1Yes
Is this even necessary?Mysterii11 Mar 20171.0No
Not perfect, but a major improvement !gauchomax08 Mar 20171.0Yes