Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

In the halcyon days of yore, overripe with peace and prosperity, not a soul believed that tomorrow could bring anything but more of the more tranquil plenty about them...

But peace and prosperity always give rise to the wicked; those who would deny mankind comfort, and grow bored of peace.

A dark congregation of such villains began to gather, plotting to revive an unholy power to destroy the decadent world and begin anew. Their ambitions for the new world to be born grew steadily, mirrored in the leering grins etched upon their face. A century later, that vile creature was reborn unto the world. Taking the form of bat, wolf, or mist at will, he stalked the land by night, draining young maidens of their blood to feed his own immortality. Thus the malefic Count Dracula, lord of Castlevania, came to live again.

Released on October 23rd, 2007 for the Sony PlayStation Portable, Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is a direct remake of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. This marked the first time that Rondo was available in the U.S. as it's previous original version was only released in Japan back in 1993. Besides the Rondo of Blood remake, The Dracula X Chronicles also consists of ports for both Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and the original Japanese version of Rondo. Both of those games are unlockable at various points while playing Dracula X Chronicles. The game is very loyal to the original version of Rondo, as the plot pretty much remains the same. Dracula has kidnapped Richter Belmont's girlfriend Annette Renard, along with her younger sister Maria, and two local villagers, Tera and Iris. The Count did this as a plot of revenge toward the Belmont clan, in hope that punishing Richter would be repayment for what other Belmonts like Simon and Trevor did to Dracula in the past. Richter is armed with the Vampire Killer, which can be upgraded to a Flame Whip. He has several different Sub-Weapons available, and he must face most of the cast of monsters from Rondo of Blood, along with several new ferocious creatures added for The Dracula X Chronicles. At one point there were rumors that Dracula X Chronicles was also to be ported to Sony's PlayStation 2, but nothing ever happened with that, thus making DXC the only Castlevania game ever to be released on the handheld PSP. Despite being limited only to gamers who had a PSP, which was a less favored system than the Nintendo DS, Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles was a popular title, and a great tribute to it's predecessor, Rondo of Blood.