Do not believe the review of Andrew of USA
First, the game is not frustrating at all. I find that it is well balanced, like the vast majority of other Castlevania games. Secondly, is it repetitive, yes, but tell me of a Castlevania game after Symphony of the Night that isn't since most of them are RPG and therefore, repetitive by nature. Thirdly, the characters aren't pleasing to the eye and their faces are blurred. All the characters of every game of Castlevania on the GBA and the DS have all of their faces blurred, so once again, not something new. Fourthly, the boss battles are too long. That is one of the appeal for these types of game. If the boss battles were to short, now I would understand, but once again, for a Castlevania game, it's normal and even desired. So in conclusion, Castlevania Portrait of Ruin is, in my humble opinion, one of the best DS game and one of the best Castlevania game. Period.
Reviewed by: Santino Cotoia from Montréal on 2/25/2014