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Castlevania: Dawn of Dissonance - A Juste Story Mode Hack

Hack of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

Description:

Castlevania Dawn of Dissonance is a Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow romhack aiming to modify most of the games content. There is a new story, new items, sprites, weapons, music, and most of the castle was modified in both small and big ways. Set 8 years after his last adventure, join Juste Belmont and his companions as they work to unravel the plot of the Bartley family.

7/24/2021 v1.0.4 is out now, this is more of a housekeeping update. Aiming to clean up many areas of the game and introducing a few new features/items/spells.

Notes:

  • Belnades Blood Edition differences are now in the patch notes.
  • A lvl 1 mode patch is available in the castlevaniamodding thread.
  • Retroachievements are available for v1.0.3a with support for 1.0.4 coming soon!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Castlevania - Dawn of Sorrow (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: DS (all) (v. 20210227-111036)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 47530FF87E608F88105A314FDF36DC385F8DEC94
  • File/ROM CRC32: 135737F6

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
LagoLunaticOriginal HackingDsvedit
OerstedProductionSome help with portraits and beta testing
Dev AnjProductionBeta testing and feedback
Masked DededeHackingMany Contributions

User Review Information

One of, if not, the best DoS hack out there.

Reviewed By: Masked Dedede on 21 Jun 2021

This hack is absolutely stunning, it does a lot of things so well, from most of the music choices, references, map changes, dialogue, difficulty adjustments, etc., and it shows that a lot of effort went into these things, and it’s honestly honorable. There’s some things that could be tweaked like less enemy spam in some areas, better music selection in some areas, and a bit less hazards around the castle like fire pillars and spikes.

Juste’s increased movement speed and back dash distance make him feel like a more modernized version of how he is in Harmony of Dissonance, along with the spells (souls) he can get that are very similar to some of his Spell Fusion combinations.

Sonia Mode is also kind of enjoyable, it’s much harder than Juste Mode, but the characters have gained buffs from their equipment and spells that helps remedy the increased difficulty of the mode, and Alucard’s slide is very useful for dodging certain attacks and obstacles, like fire pillars that aren’t below you or and enemy that may come to swoop down on you.

In the end, this is a major undertaking in DS Castlevania ROM hacking, I’m glad I could contribute something to this project, and I honestly hope to see more of amazing hacks like these from Serbagz’s team in the future.

Version 1.0.3a Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
One of, if not, the best DoS hack out there.Masked Dedede21 Jun 20211.0.3aYes
The Harmony of Dissonance sequel we never got.Cyiatic16 May 20211.0.2Yes
I really wanted to recommend this hack BUT...Aceearly199329 Apr 20211.0.2No
Greatest DS Castlevania to Date!StarWyvwern27 Apr 20211.0.2Yes
A+++ hack. Very enjoyable experience!NetherSpecter18 Apr 20211.0.2Yes
Ah sequel we never hadAnoram17 Apr 20211.0.2Yes
A masterpiece made out of love for CastlevaniaDeviousB11 Apr 20211.0.2Yes
So good that I got addictedrafaelhelano08 Apr 20211.0.1Yes
What a great hack!Hect0r07 Apr 20211.0.1Yes
A Small Fan-Made RomHack is a complete Understatement!Oersted04 Apr 20211.0.0Yes
Beginning of Something WonderfulVK221203 Apr 20211.0.0Yes