'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate' Sets Its Sights On Dracula

March 8, 2013

The Castlevania franchise has been a major part of gaming since Simon Belmont went on his first Dracula hunt on the NES, way back in 1986. Over the years, the series and the games have changed, as Konami released different iterations on just about every major console and handheld device, but one thing has remained a constant - you must stop The Count. The latest game in the series, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, is no different, as players take control of the Belmont clan once again, as they battle their dark ancestor, Dracula.

Developer: MecurySteam
Publisher: Konami
Developers MecurySteam were the ones responsible for reinventing Castlevania a few years back with the release of Lords of Shadow, which they worked on in conjunction with industry legend Hideo Kojima's development studio, Kojima Productions. While the side-scrolling gameplay in Mirror of Fate is a departure from the 3D world created in Lords of Shadow, it is a direct sequel, and builds on the lore that they crafted in that game. As for the publisher, Konami, their name has been on every Castlevania game dating back to the original.

With the events of Lords of Shadow now 25 years in the past, Mirror of Fate initially puts you in control of Gabriel's son Trevor as he sets out to succeed where his father could not, and kill Dracula once and for all. The game then veers off and follows the story of Simon and Alucard as the whole vampire-hunting Belmont clan gets to step into the spotlight for a bit of Mirror of Fate. This release continues with the new version of the Castlevania storyline that was introduced in Lords of Shadow, but it does so a unique fashion. By revisiting the franchise's signature, exploration-driven, 2D side-scrolling gameplay and mixing that with gorgeous 3D visuals, Mirror of Fate features an updated look and feel while retaining the true essences of a classic Castlevania game.

Even though Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the first game in this rebooted universe, appeared on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Mirror of Fate is a Nintendo 3DS exclusive.

The Castlevania games have remained staples of the video game world for more than 25 years for a reason - they're good games, and Mirror of Fate is no different. While the franchise may have had a few missteps in the past, rebooting the series under the Lords of Shadow moniker seems to have the games headed in the right direction. Mirror of Fate manages to blend some of the best RPG elements of the most recent handheld Castlevanias with classic whip-play, and the modern, gothic aesthetic of the Lords of Shadow game to ultimately create one of the most unique titles in the franchise. This version of Dracula's castle offers hours of exploration, intense battles with spooky monsters, and wicked storyline that any Castlevania fan will appreciate.