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Aria of Sorrow Alter

Hack of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Description:

IPS patching required.

This is a hack of Aria of Sorrow that changes most part of the map, and the aim is to give completely new experience to players.

Changes

  • Most of the map redone. Some new puzzles added. Added a new area like Nest of Evil in PoR.
  • Some of the weapons, armors and accessories are changed. Example: Valmanway and Excarlibur.
  • Changed some items. Example: Mina’s Charm, work like magic ticket and can be used without consuming it. Talk to Mina to acquire this.
  • Most of souls are slightly easier to acquire.
  • Bug fixes to original game, including shop giltch and death warp.
  • Soma’s status are changed. Julius is greatly strengthened. The aim is that Julius is super and can be used very easily.

Not all changes are listed here, so that players can find out new things themselves.

For some frequently asked questions, view the readme file.

Update

  • v1.11: Fixed a bug that Flame Deamon + Giant Bat + Succubus soul combination does not work correctly. Though it is not a major bug, it still makes me feel deserve to fix it. Also a minor map tile fix in Death Arena.
  • v1.10: Changed some parts of the game which has confused a lot of players (and is also not satisfied by the author). The main game play remains the same so that players who has already cleared this hack are not necessarily to play this again. This will be the last update for this hack if no major bugs were found.
    • A key item can no longer be sold, which will prevent the player from getting good ending.
    • Added a tip telling player what is happening when opening the gate in the Underground Reservoir.
    • Changed the gfx of sealed boss doors so that players can tell apart them from normal ones.
    • Remade a room in the Inner Quarters so that player may not be confused by the fake “exits”.
    • Changed the text of Hint Card 2 & 3 to make them more clear to players.
    • Some other minor changes.
  • v1.01: Fixed a bug that Tsuchinoko soul does not work correctly.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Entry: Castlevania - Aria of Sorrow (USA)
  • External Header: No
  • ROM Size: 8388608 (800000)
  • UNMODDED CRC32: 35536183
  • UNMODDED MD5: E7470DF4D241F73060D14437011B90CE
  • UNMODDED SHA-1: ABD71FE01EBB201BCC133074DB1DD8C5253776C7
  • MODDED CRC32: 513AF4C9
  • MODDED MD5: D15C0B9AA1D9D9C28D53BF80DAD08EF0
  • MODDED SHA-1: 46677C2DCFC76ADAF59CF84896EE9448E93F83A3

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User Review Information

One of the best hacks in the entire site

Reviewed By: Pethronos on 05 Dec 2021

No much more to say not said by other reviewers. Maybe not perfect, but the best Castlevania hack. Interesting design, pure fun and absolutely recommended.

(For those that want to enjoy an easier, more fluid experience, Dev Anj’s Luck and MPRegen patches are compatible.)

Edit: the more I play, the more I like this amazing hack and the more I admires the author’s privileged mind. As if it was an original Konami’s creation, it shows pretty linear at first, just to open bit by bit as you simply feel the progression generally more cohesive and the rewards more sense than in the original game, without making backtracking excessive or tedious.

I don’t reccomend the Luck patch unless you are a very casual gamer, since it somehow breaks the experience as intended (some souls are very easy to acquire, and some are true rewards to stubborn and pacient players). Maybe I’d reccomend the MPRegen one, especially since faster magic regeneration means less time to wait to be a bat again (neccesary a couple times), and a caster Soma able to destroy some foes faster to do the backtracking more fluid and tone down the difficulty of some bosses.

Tl;dr: it feels like a Konami original creation, it overcomes the original game in some aspects, which turns this hack in one of the best and more addictive metroidvanias I’ve played.

Version 1.11 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommend
A must for any Castlevania fanAceearly199323 Aug 20221.11Yes
There are issueshugojmaia20 Jun 20221.11Yes
Definitive Version!mikejojoz22 Jan 20221.11Yes
One of the best hacks in the entire sitePethronos05 Dec 20211.11Yes
This is what all remodelling hacks should aspire to beTsukiyomaru020 Nov 20211.11Yes
Death Arena not funLuminatron26 Jun 20211.11Yes
Breathes New Life Into AoS (note about Clock Tower)Squire Doodad21 May 20201.11Yes
More like AoS 2.0 if you ask me :Pjm10288715 Jan 20201.10Yes
Surpassed All Expectations and Morekookoor1koo01 Feb 20201.10Yes
Best Castlevania for GBA! Hands Down.StarWyvern16 Dec 20191.10Yes
More than just 'Alter'Midas Magnezone10 Oct 20191.10Yes
My Favoriote AoS HackHect0r21 May 20191.01Yes
Can't describe how good it isAdrian_Tepes24 Apr 20191.01Yes
Please...PLEASE DO MOAR!Oyyy22 Apr 20191.01Yes
Excellentkal15 Apr 20191.01Yes
The opinion of one who is Castlevania AoS Hacks on YouTubeMister Rysgar13 Apr 20191.01Yes
A marvelous hack of Castlevania AoS!!ikusatatsu_ushiromiya09 Apr 20191.0Yes