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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate Review

O Igarashi, where art thou?

As a game critic, it can be extremely difficult to set your expectations aside when playing a game for review. At this point in my “career,” I’ve become quite adept at seeing a game for what it’s worth and reviewing it without allowing my expectations to impact my assessment. I found this extremely tough to do with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. I, like many others, expected something similar to a post-Symphony of the Night 2D Castlevania, but Mirror of Fate only resembles these titles on the surface. Digging deeper, it’s clear that Mercurysteam has merely converted the Lords of Shadow experience into 2D, placing the larger focus on combat, with only a minor emphasis on puzzles and exploration.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate Preview

Traverse the Belmont bloodline and battle Dracula himself.

2D Castlevania games have been on a short hiatus since the release of Order of Ecclesia on the Nintendo DS in 2008. Four years later and we’re finally seeing a new title, this one for the Nintendo 3DS. Development has shifted hands to Mercury Stream, the same team behind Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Fittingly, the brand new title, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate is set 25 years after the events of the original game, telling the tale of Gabriel’s descendants.

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Nintendo Power Reveals New Castlevania for 3DS

Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate is apparently just one game.

It seems there was something to those Castlevania rumors we reported on last week.  Not satisfied with an E3 reveal alone, Nintendo went ahead and made the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate a cover story for their publication Nintendo Power as well.

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