Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon represents a departure from the earlier installments in this series. In this game, you play the role of a Catholic priest in the year 1920, who has been dispatched by his local Cardinal to conduct research into some strange disease reported in Romania; largely non-Catholic at the time.
You will meet many people throughout your journey; the cast of characters is considerably larger than in prior episodes. The graphics and controls are markedly improved, and the story itself is longer and more flushed out.
Upon arrival in Romania, you learn that those suffering from the disease are coming over all bitten in the neck, allergic to garlic, prying the “+” sign off their typewriters, etc. (JK on that last one ;). The “Path of the Dragon” is apparently local jargon for “Vampire Hunting”. Of course, it’s against the Catholic faith to believe in vampires, so it’s up to you to determine whether this is a simple blood disease, or if there actually is a vampire lurking about…perhaps in that spooky old castle shrouded in rumor and legend…
In any case, is Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon worth it? If you’ve played through the entire series so far, then Yes, continue. If however, you’re predisposed to play only one game in the Dracula series, I would recommend Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary. Overall, the Dracula trilogy has been a blast to play, and if you find these old-school point-and-clicks not overly tedious, then by all means purchase the entire series. Happy vampire hunting!
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