has received a full copy of the upcoming Portrait of Ruin
for the DS, the next in a seemingly endless line of 2-D portable Castlevania games (Circle of the Moon, Harmony of Dissonance, Aria of Sorrow, Dawn of Sorrow
). Is the best? An excerpt below:"...you will come across Brauner's magical paintings. Each of these portraits acts as a warp through to another location, such as a desert, forest and old-fashioned townscape. This works similar to how the system in Super Mario 64 did, and adds an even greater sense of exploration to the already fantastic series. It certainly does help to break up the play and prevent monotony setting in."
Some interesting points of the review are the new two-character control system, and the rather short length of the game (8-10 hours). Check out the full review
if you're interested in whip-cracking.