Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate.jpg
Developer(s) MercurySteam
Publisher(s) Konami
Distributor(s)
Director(s) Jose Luis Márquez
Producer(s) Dave Cox
Writer(s) Jose Luis Márquez
Dave Cox
Composer(s) Òscar Araujo
Series Castlevania
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade), PlayStation 3 (PlayStation Network), Microsoft Windows (Steam)
Release date(s) Nintendo 3DS
  • JP March 20, 2013
  • NA March 5, 2013
  • EU March 8, 2013
Xbox 360
  • WW October 25, 2013[2]
PlayStation 3
  • JP December 4, 2013
  • NA October 29, 2013
  • EU October 30, 2013
Microsoft Windows
  • WW March 27, 2014
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (キャッスルヴァニア ロード オブ シャドウ 宿命の魔鏡 Kyassuruvania Rōdo obu Shadō Shukumei no Makyō?) is a video game in the Castlevania series, and a direct sequel to the reboot of the franchise entitled Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.[3]

An updated version of the game titled Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD was released on October 25, 2013 for Xbox 360 on Xbox Live Arcade, and on October 29, 2013 for PlayStation 3 on PlayStation Network. On March 13, 2014, it was announced that this HD remake would be released on Windows PCs, exclusively on the Steam network, "later this month".[4]

Gameplay[edit]

The player assumes the role of Gabriel Belmont's son Trevor Belmont, grandson Simon Belmont (Trevor's own son), and Alucard. Mirror of Fate is a side-scrolling action-adventure game.

Plot[edit]

Simon (voiced by Alec Newman) is the son of Trevor and Sypha Belmont. At the age of six, Simon’s parents were murdered by the forces of Dracula, and Simon was lucky to escape with his own life. Lost and alone, he was found in the forest by some of the mountain people. Simon was taken in and raised amongst them.

Simon never forgot what had happened to his parents and vowed to deliver vengeance one day upon those responsible. He trained hard and was extremely gifted in combat, yet life was hard for young Simon growing up. Always an outcast amongst the tribe, he developed a strong will and stubborn attitude that would always boil over into rage, and men soon came to fear him and his prowess in the arts of war.

He fiercely protected a fragment of mirror given to him by his father and always wore it around his neck for safekeeping.

Many years passed, yet the rage and yearning for revenge never left his heart. So one day he left the relative safety of the mountains and headed towards the land of his birth, to seek out the one they call the Dragon, to meet him face to face, and destroy him forever, little knowing that the curse of his family name would lead him into darkness and a terrible truth.[5]

Development[edit]

Mirror of Fate was announced in May 2012 for the Nintendo 3DS as a side-scrolling action-adventure game that will be released on March 5, 2013 in North America and March 8, 2013 in Europe.[6]

According to the producer David Cox, the development team had previously developed Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate in HD, and adapted it later for the Nintendo 3DS.

Mirror of Fate was delayed because MercurySteam was not pleased with certain elements of it.[7]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (3DS) 71.81%[8]
(X360) 74.00%[9]
(PS3) 63.75%[10]
Metacritic (3DS) 72/100[11]
(X360) 73/100[12]
(PS3) 70/100[13]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com C-[14]
Game Informer 8.5/10[15]
GameSpot 7/10[16]
IGN 4.7/10[17]
Joystiq 3.5/5[18]

The game has received mostly positive to mixed reviews, with a 72 on aggregate score site Metacritic for the Nintendo 3DS.[11] Peter Brown of GameSpot gave the game a 7 out of 10, praising the visuals and the combat system, while criticizing the game's easy difficulty and predictable story.[16] IGN's Colin Moriarity panned the game with a score of 4.7 out of 10, concluding that it had "emphasis on fragmented exploration and shallow leveling".[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nintendo and Konami join forces to launch Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate across Europe
  2. ^ Stephany Nunnely (October 25, 2013). "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD screenshots accompany release on Xbox Live". VG247. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Castlevania Mirror of Fate". 2012-05-24. [dead link]
  4. ^ Polygon: "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate HD coming to Steam this month"
  5. ^ "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Official Website – Cursed by Blood". Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  6. ^ "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Announced For Nintendo 3DS". 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  7. ^ Castlevania – Mirror of Fate helped avoid MercurySteam closure, why the game was delayed
  8. ^ "Castelvania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate for 3DS". GameRankings. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Castelvania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Castelvania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD for PlayStation 3". GameRankings. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Critic Reviews for 3DS". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD Critic Reviews for Xbox 360". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD Critic Reviews for PlayStation 3". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ 1UP Staff (March 7, 2013). "Castlevania: Mirror of Fate Review for Nintendo 3DS from 1UP.com". 1UP. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ Turi, Tim (March 5, 2013). "A Fresh Take on the Portable Bloodline – Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – 3DS". GameInformer. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Brown, Peter (March 5, 2013). "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Review". GameSpot. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b Moriarty, Colin (March 5, 2013). "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Review". IGN. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate review: Symphony of the Fight". AOL. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 

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