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The Castlevania series, some would argue, was at its best before the move to CDs and DVDs and before things like "open worlds" and "free exploration" were the norm. At it's core, it's a series that's about one man (or woman -- we are equal opportunity here), going up against the legions of darkness (swap in Hell here for the noun, if you so choose), all so that they can finally face off against Dracula, the Dark Prince (not to be confused with Joker, the Clown Prince, or Prince, the music star).
By the fact that this is a series of games, we can deduce that Dracula is usually defeated pretty promptly -- sent packing to his grave to lick his wounds and plot another attempt at world darkness.
 
Darkmoon
2015-01-01 12:33:03 
One day, Dracula. One day.
    

When evil spreads across the land, and darkness rises and the monsters roam. When the creatures of the night make beautiful music, and the things that go bump in the night go bump with greater enthusiasm. When the world is in peril and is in need of a hero...

These guys are, sadly, the best the world can hope for. These are the adventures of the heroes of CVRPG. They mean well, they try hard, and occasionally they do the impossible...

They actually do something heroic.