Alucard returns on August 4th (right around the bend!) along with some other fan favorite's for a return to the 2D splendor of the past before we plunge into the 3D (and absolutely amazing looking) world of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. That game coming this fall for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
But before we go there, we go here: an old school romp with a twist - four simultaneous players - and one awesome zoom-out feature! With the zoom, you can get a complete look at the area you're in and see all players on the board, as well as all the baddies.
It's a really unique feature to the series and adds a nice little hook to the title. Not that it really needs one, I'm pretty sure all you have to do to ensure a download is mention Castlevania and 2D in the same sentence.
Anyway, Castlevania: HoD will be available on LIVE August 4th as a part of the annual 'Summer of Arcade' promotion for 1200mspts.
Immediate purchase? Yeah I think so.