I love Castlevania games, pretty much played all of them, even the shitty 3D ones for a little while (couldn't get into them). I'm lost in Portrait of Ruin, don't you hate when you put a game down for a few weeks and come back you have no idea where you were or what you were doing C: OoE doesn't really feel like a castlevania game at all, but it uses the same side scrolling mechanics and maintains the rpg elements of the others. Haven't made it too far in the game, but I haven't seen one mention of dracula yet, 3 hours and 4 minutes into the game. One thing I like about OoE is you're not trapped in one huge castle, theres a "world map" of sorts, it might change later if there is a dracula castle, but for now there are different places to go on a map and getting lost isn't an option, pretty linear so far. Definably has a challenging aspect as well, I've died more than I can care to admit already The one thing I can't stand is the item store guy for some reason has yet to upgrade his shitty inventory and I've been wearing start-game armor forever They added one mechanic just for the puzzle aspect I guess, it's kind of annoying...you sort of attach yourself to these small circles so you can fling yourself or hold yourself in the air with them.