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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.

3/6/2022 Update 1.0.6 is on its way. The author recommends holding off until then considering the recent feedback :)

Notes:

  • This is first and foremost a difficulty hack
  • Belnades Blood Edition differences are in the patch notes.
  • Lvl 1 Mode patches are now available in the download (Patch to a vanilla DoS rom)

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

Links:

Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
LagoLunaticOriginal HackingDsvedit
OerstedProductionSome help with portraits and beta testing
Dev AnjProductionCustom Armips patches, Beta testing, feedback.
Masked DededeHackingMany Contributions
Fat T-800 Albert "Edvard"DesignSprite edits, inspiration, beta testing.

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
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommend
Too Much Memes, Too Little SubstanceRunningWild09 Aug 20221.0.5No
The Presentation Is Awesome, But...Rexius5505 Mar 20221.0.5No
Fanfic + meh level edit + somewhat interesting weapon modshugojmaia06 Dec 20211.0.5No
Could save Juste Belmont from obscurityjm10288718 Nov 20211.0.5Yes
Awesome hack!!METAZERO17 Oct 20211.0.5Yes
One of the best game hacks I've ever played.angico21111 Oct 20211.0.5Yes
This Hack it's a work of love for Castlevania Fansfer32xX02 Sep 20211.0.5Yes
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...Aceearly199303 Aug 20211.0.2No
Greatest DS Castlevania to Date!StarWyvern27 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 addictedrafaelhelano07 Apr 20211.0.1Yes
What a great hack!Hect0r07 Apr 20211.0.1Yes
A Small Fan-Made RomHack is a complete Understatement!Oersted03 Apr 20211.0.0Yes
Beginning of Something WonderfulVK221203 Apr 20211.0.0Yes