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Video game reviews: Castlevania Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD


Before Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is released to the public, it’s time to take a look at a game that would precede it. It would be known as Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. It is a game that was originally released on the Nintendo 3DS. It saw an HD release that is made as a digital download for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The main theme involves fate. It shows the fate of the Belmont clan and the curse had been laid on them. Gabriel Belmont, whom you played as in the first Lords of Shadow, is the one that had been turned into a vampire that the people know as Dracula. He has been considered evil, though his story is more tragic. He is not the same one that had been in the original Castlevania games. It also introduces the characters Simon Belmont, Trevor Belmont, and Alucard. They are all a bit different from their respective counterparts.

Graphically, the game is solid. It was a conversion from the 3DS to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation by way of downloading it. It was rather solid to say the least. The cut scenes were solid and the game itself looked pretty good. While it isn’t the most important factor, they did a rather solid job and it was easy to identify what was what exactly.

The gameplay is a 2D style game that’s like the Dracula X Chronicles for the PSP. It was done that way and it is rather responsive. There are achievements that can be obtained by completing certain tasks. There are four acts to play as. It should be interesting to mention that it starts with Gabriel and then it goes into the future and then goes into the past. After completing it, there is also a boss rush mode that can be played.

Overall, the game is rather solid. It is a good edition and is very intriguing on how it was developed. It follows with the logical timeline being involved with the Lords of Shadow. While it is traditional is the main villain, at least it shows a different version seen more as a tragic character than an outright villain.

This part will be a bit of a spoiler alert so if you’ve played this, don’t worry but if you haven’t, then perhaps ignore this part. Trevor Belmont is known as Gabriel’s son and would eventually be transformed into a vampire known as Alucard. Unlike the counterpart, this one appears to be a full blooded vampire. Simon Belmont is Trevor’s son and thus Gabriel’s grandson.