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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

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Screenshots:


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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
SerbagzHacking
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

The Presentation Is Awesome, But...

Reviewed By: Rexius55 on 05 Mar 2022

This hack does presentation pretty well. The new sprites look amazing, the dialogue and story are fantastic, and I love most of the tracks. But the level design and general balance completely turned me off to the hack.

I’m not an absolute PRO at Dawn of Sorrow or any of the other Castlevania games, but I’m not terrible either, and yet this hack’s difficulty feels wonky and taxing. While Dawn of Sorrow feels like it has a natural flow to its level design, with amazing architecture like its predecessors and the games that followed it, this hack’s flow is sometimes unfair and often bewildering. There are several areas that feel super claustrophobic and/or insulting to the player. There’s a line between difficulty and excessive pressure, and somehow this hack flies across that line at light speed onto the latter’s side. For instance *** SPOILERS *** the Graham Bartley fight feels bugged, as there are several moments where his default copied soul ability can damage you a TON without any sort of invincibility buffer, which makes the fight so much more frustrating, especially considering that the other souls he can copy don’t make anything any better. The power of the equipment you get also doesn’t end up matching what you’re going to end up battling, making you quite, QUITE weaker than your opponents. Everything feels crafted to be almost like a kaizo hack, and the general excitement I had going into this immediately fell flat.

If you see this, creator, don’t take all of this as insulting, everything else is absolutely fantastic! But the balancing is, I’m sorry to say, incredibly disappointing, and also the references to other series are a little too often.

I don’t recommend this because if you aren’t an absolute pro at Dawn of Sorrow, you’re going to tear your hair out. :(

Version 1.0.5 Recommended - No

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