History VideoGame / CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin

22nd Oct '17 1:42:55 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* NonStandardGameOver: [[spoiler:Killing Stella and Loretta]] rather than curing them results in an ending where [[spoiler:Brauner gets away]], followed by the GameOver screen.
5th Oct '17 2:29:47 AM krimzonflygon2
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* WakeUpCallBoss: Dullahan, the very first boss. Mostly because his attacks are hard to dodge and he can nail you in 3-4 hits. Using Charlotte can make him easier with the right spells, which serves as a helpful reminder that you have another character to use.

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* WakeUpCallBoss: WakeUpCallBoss:
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Dullahan, the very first boss. Mostly because his attacks are hard to dodge and he can nail you in 3-4 hits. Using Charlotte can make him easier with the right spells, which serves as a helpful reminder that you have another character to use.use.
** Astarte as well: going in with just Jonathan is suicide due to her Temptation attack, and at the same time Charlotte can barely scratch her due to her towering magical defense. If Dullahan is the game's way of reminding the player that they have multiple characters for different situations, Astarte is the game's way of forcing the player to learn to switch them back and forth on the fly.
5th Oct '17 2:25:37 AM krimzonflygon2
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* UniversalHorror: The monstrous stars of this series all appear in this game in some form or another, particularly as the final few bosses: the Werewolf, the Mummy Man, Frankenstein's Monster, and of course [[spoiler: Dracula himself]]. Even some of the lesser-known creatures get incarnations: the Invisible Man is a standard enemy encountered in a few places, and the Merman gets its design directly from the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
25th Sep '17 9:52:41 AM Jubileus57
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* DreadfulDragonfly: Giant, acid-spitting dragonflies appear throughout the game as enemies.
17th Sep '17 3:36:31 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* ClimaxBoss: [[spoiler:Stella and Loretta]]. Either Jonathan and Charlotte kill them resulting in a DownerEnding that amounts to a NonStandardGameOver or, if they have the requisite spell, free them from [[spoiler:Brauner's control]] and the second half of the game's portraits become available for access.

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* ClimaxBoss: [[spoiler:Stella and Loretta]]. Either Jonathan and Charlotte kill them resulting in a DownerEnding that amounts to a NonStandardGameOver or, if they have the requisite spell, free them from [[spoiler:Brauner's control]] and the second half of the game's portraits become available for access.entry.
17th Sep '17 3:36:09 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* ClimaxBoss: [[spoiler:Stella and Loretta]]. Either Jonathan and Charlotte kill them resulting in a DownerEnding that amounts to a NonStandardGameOver or, if they have the requisite spell, free them from [[spoiler:Brauner's control]] and the second half of the game's portraits become available for access.
28th Aug '17 1:42:27 AM FalconPain
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* AlienGeometries: The circus levels are both ring-shaped, and while gravity for the playable characters and items is always down, everything else is oriented based on its position in the level. In fact, from her perspective, Medusa is bending over backward for her boss fight.
27th Aug '17 9:23:28 PM Luigifan
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* CannotSpitItOut: John, could've saved his kid a lot of angst [[spoiler:if he told him about the drawbacks of the whip right off the bat instead of keeping him LockedOutOfTheLoop.]]

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* CannotSpitItOut: John, could've saved his kid a lot of angst [[spoiler:if he told him about the drawbacks of the whip right off the bat instead of keeping him LockedOutOfTheLoop.]]LockedOutOfTheLoop]].



* DevourTheDragon: [[spoiler:Dracula]] does this for the final phase of his boss fight, at the suggestion of [[spoiler:the Dragon himself--Death]]--who is the one "devoured" in this case.

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* DevourTheDragon: [[spoiler:Dracula]] does this for the final phase of his boss fight, at the suggestion of [[spoiler:the Dragon himself--Death]]--who himself -- Death]] -- who is the one "devoured" in this case.



* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The boss of the Edypt stage can use a Charm spell on Johnathan. As the boss is female, and Charlotte is straight, benching Johnathan takes part of the difficulty out of the fight.

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* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The boss of the Edypt Egypt stage can use a Charm spell on Johnathan. As the boss is female, and Charlotte is straight, benching Johnathan takes part of the difficulty out of the fight.



* HarderThanHard: There's Hard Mode which is unlocked by beating the game and then there are maximum level caps varying from 50, 25 to 1. To make things worse the lower the level cap is the greater is the fixated attack bonus enemies will get and on Level 1 Cap even the smallest Bat can deal over ''100 damage''.

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* HarderThanHard: There's Hard Mode which is unlocked by beating the game and then there are maximum level caps varying from 50, 25 to 1. To make things worse worse, the lower the level cap is is, the greater is the fixated fixed attack bonus enemies will get get, and on Level 1 Cap Cap, even the smallest Bat can deal over ''100 damage''.



* AnIcePerson: Loretta specializes in Ice magic. [[spoiler:While her method of attack is indeed ice-elemental in Sisters mode, you don't get access to either of the sisters' boss form attacks]].

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* AnIcePerson: Loretta specializes in Ice magic. [[spoiler:While her method of attack is indeed ice-elemental in Sisters mode, you don't get access to either of the sisters' boss form attacks]].attacks.]]



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:After Jonathan and Charlotte defeat Brauner, Death comes in and finishes him off, revealing that the last obstacle to Dracula's resurrection has been removed]].
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:Brauner made two grievous errors. First, he didn't keep Stella and Loretta on a tight enough leash and second, if he had to brainwash them, then he should not have allowed them to enter his headquarters.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:After Jonathan and Charlotte defeat Brauner, Death comes in and finishes him off, revealing that the last obstacle to Dracula's resurrection has been removed]].
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:Brauner made two grievous errors. First, he didn't keep Stella and Loretta on a tight enough leash leash, and second, if he had to brainwash them, then he should not have allowed them to enter his headquarters.]]



* SamusIsAGirl: Implied with Old Axe Armor in its unlockable mode, enemies with gender-based reactions will react to Old Axe Armor as if it was female. A rare case of this being done for gameplay purposes. Astarte's Temptation attack would essentially be an instant Game Over if Old Axe Armor were considered male, as they don't have a partner. [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/castlevania/images/b/b3/Por_pic_41.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20081025191513 There's even official art of her!]]

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* SamusIsAGirl: Implied with Old Axe Armor in its unlockable mode, enemies with gender-based reactions will react to Old Axe Armor as if it was female. A rare case of this being done for gameplay purposes. Astarte's Temptation attack would essentially be an instant Game Over GameOver if Old Axe Armor were considered male, as they don't have a partner. [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/castlevania/images/b/b3/Por_pic_41.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20081025191513 There's even official art of her!]]



** Some of the items you can find, like the [[SweetDreamsFuel wedding dress (which happens to be one of Charlotte's best armours) and the engagement ring]], are bound to give [[{{ShippingGoggles}} some fans]] ideas.
** From the way Jonathan and Charlotte interact with and tease each other so often - including in the good ending - it is already way too obvious that they are more than just close friends, hinting that they have sincere feelings toward each other.Someone apparently forgot to tell the manual writer, though, since the manual outright says their relationship is "platonic".

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** Some of the items you can find, like the [[SweetDreamsFuel wedding dress (which happens to be one of Charlotte's best armours) and the engagement ring]], are bound to give [[{{ShippingGoggles}} [[ShippingGoggles some fans]] ideas.
** From the way Jonathan and Charlotte interact with and tease each other so often - -- including in the good ending - -- it is already way too obvious that they are more than just close friends, hinting that they have sincere feelings toward each other.other. Someone apparently forgot to tell the manual writer, though, since the manual outright says their relationship is "platonic".



* ShoutOut: A number of references to other Castlevania games exist, but one of the most surprising is the music in the second desert level, all of which is taken from the MSX game ''King's Valley II''.

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* ShoutOut: A number of references to other Castlevania ''Castlevania'' games exist, but one of the most surprising is the music in the second desert level, all of which is taken from the MSX game ''King's Valley II''.



** This is the third major game in a row to remix ''VideoGame/HauntedCastle'' music, using "Cross Your Heart" as the music for the Dark Academy, now renamed "Crucifix Held Close". Not surprisingly, "Iron Blue Intention" from the direct predecessor ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaBloodlines'' is remixed. Portrait also has the first remix of the "Overture" from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse''.

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** This is the third major game in a row to remix ''VideoGame/HauntedCastle'' music, using "Cross Your Heart" as the music for the Dark Academy, now renamed "Crucifix Held Close". Not surprisingly, "Iron Blue Intention" from the direct predecessor ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaBloodlines'' is remixed. Portrait ''Portrait'' also has the first remix of the "Overture" from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse''.



** Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure references turn up in Portrait of Ruin:

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** Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' references turn up in Portrait ''Portrait of Ruin:Ruin'':



--> [[spoiler: I don't care! Being a family means being connected by heart. Ties of blood and soul is insignificant. When I learned why my father did what he did, I understood. You used a curse to manipulate your "dear daughters!" Now THAT'S sad!]]

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--> [[spoiler: I [[spoiler:I don't care! Being a family means being connected by heart. Ties of blood and soul is insignificant. When I learned why my father did what he did, I understood. You used a curse to manipulate your "dear daughters!" Now THAT'S sad!]]



* SpritePolygonMix: For some reason the Peeping Eye enemy is the only one in the game rendered with polygons instead of the usual sprites.

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* SpritePolygonMix: For some reason reason, the Peeping Eye enemy is the only one in the game rendered with polygons instead of the usual sprites.



* SwordAndSorcerer: Two pairs of this actually; Jonathan and Stella as fighters and Charlotte and Loretta as witches.

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* SwordAndSorcerer: Two pairs of this this, actually; Jonathan and Stella as fighters and Charlotte and Loretta as witches.



* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The barrier at the top of the castle should be a giveaway that [[spoiler:Brauner isn't the FinalBoss.]]

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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The barrier at the top of the castle should be a giveaway that [[spoiler:Brauner isn't the FinalBoss.]]FinalBoss]].
11th Jul '17 6:29:10 PM Kytseo
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* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The boss of the Edypt stage can use a Charm spell on Johnathan. As the boss is female, and Charlotte is straight, benching Johnathan takes part of the difficulty out of the fight.


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* IncompatibleOrientation: Charlotte is straight, and the boss in the Egypt stage is female. Naturally, unless you're really good, you'll treat that as a DesignatedGirlFight to NoSell the boss's charm spell.
12th Jun '17 9:21:30 AM Walter44
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*** May also count as a ShoutOut to [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow the previous game]], in which the main character (who's a reincarnation of Dracula) can absorb monsters' souls and gain their powers.
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