When "Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate" was announced for the Nintendo 3DS, fans of its console spiritual predecessor "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow" were pretty glum. The original game was a sleeper hit and revitalized the series from its prior 3D iterations (although I will defend till my dying breath that "Castlevania: Lament of Innocence" was actually a good game) and "Lords of Shadow's" ending is still talked about.
"Mirror of Fate" allowed players to control multiple characters that are prominently featured in the Castlevania universe, such as Trevor and Simon Belmont, and Alucard. The game returned to its 2D roots, but played similar to "Lords of Shadow" with combo attacks and parries. Unfortunately, if fans wanted to partake of the 3D/2D cross game they would have to dish out money for Nintendo's handheld.
That is, until Konami decided to port "Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate" to PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. The game is not going to be just a direct port of the 3DS version: Konami is giving "Mirror of Fate" an HD graphics update and are including some additional features, such as Boss Rush Mode and leaderboard.
And how's this for a kicker - downloading the game will give buyers exclusive access to the a playable demo of the upcoming sequel, "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2." In this game, players will be reprising the role of Gabriel Belmont, but this time he will be wielding the powers of the legendary vampire Dracula. For those who haven't played the game I won't spoil the reason why, but it circles back to the fascinating ending of "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow."
"Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate" will be available for download October 31st. A boxed compilation, "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection" featuring the "Lords of Shadow", its downloadable content "Reverie" and "Resurrection," and "Mirror of Fate," will also be released the same day. Buyers of the collection will also get exclusive access to the "Lords of Shadow 2" demo.