Reviews and Problems with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
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Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate HD
8 January 2014
Excerpt: Not content to re-imagine the origins of Castlevania ’s vampire-hunting Belmont clan, the Lords of Shadow reboot has set its sights on some of the franchise’s most iconic heroes. And in Mirror of Fate HD , it takes Simon Belmont, Alucard, and Trevor Belmont, and…well, actually, it does pretty well by them.
Pros: + A treat for fans of classic 2D, + Smartly re-imagines three great heroes in a way that makes sense for
Cons: - Feels shallow compared to previous, ? Would it really have been so hard to keep the 3D support, just as an option?
Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow - Mirror Of Fate HD Review
21 November 2013
Summary: " Castlevania: Mirror of Fate HD " is not really a Metroidvania game despite the side-scrolling nature of the gameplay. It’s a mostly linear, combat focused adventure with more in common with Castlevania: Bloodlines than the seminal Symphony of the Night or the previous DS games. For that reason alone it feels slightly light, both on length and mechanics compared to other side scrollers.
Summary: Outside the big guns of Mario and Zelda, there aren't that many franchises that can show a steady history of releases. 'Castlevania' however, is one of those few titles, tracking its history back nearly 30 years to the original NES. Over the years, new titles in the series have come at regular interval and with the rise of 3D gaming, the series itself has dabbled in stepping outside its original 2D side-scrolling genre with mixed results.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD Review
20 August 2011
Excerpt: The second chapter in the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow saga, the 3DS's Mirror of Fate , brought the series closer to its roots than it has been in years. Side-scrolling action made a comeback, with a small amount of Symphony of the Night -style exploration in tow, but it also maintained the combo-driven combat established in the first Lords of Shadow game.
Pros: Classic 2D gameplay and combo-heavy combat work well together, Stages are attractive and offer a variety of challenges to overcome, The plot bravely defies the series' history
Well made but bloody fantasy action game is for adults only.
Common Sense Media
15 August 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is an extremely violent and gory action adventure game designed with mature players in mind. Battles are highlighted by crimson geysers and blood-stained ground, and the narrative’s religious themes invoke Christian ideas and iconography (the player’s primary weapon is a giant cross containing a chain imbued with holy water). There is also nudity in the form of bare-breasted fairy creatures.
Review: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (Microsoft Xbox 360)
13 August 2011
Summary: : Lords of Shadow is to Castlevania as Golden Axe: Beast Rider is to Golden Axe : an uninspired, derivative attempt at rebooting a classic franchise that frankly has no need for such a thing, and certainly not the way this game does it. The story is dull and uninspired, and while it carries along the game acceptably, it’s insulting to fans of the franchise and unexciting to anyone else.
Excerpt: I'm all for a bit of realism in games, but from time to time I want fantasy. I want trolls, chupacabras, golems, massive titans, werewolves, vampires, undead freaks, fairies, mystical lands, gorgeous scenery, magic and over-the-top action. That, in a few words, is Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the most epic hack 'n' slash adventure I've ever played, packed with the kind of dark fantasy that video games are perfect for.
Conclusion: For such a linear world there is more than enough to make it appear fresh and new with each area and keep your interest peaked throughout. Again if you are a pure Castlevania fan looking for the next stage in the series then this may not be the game for you but if you are heading into this with fresh eyes and you are looking for an incredibly solid and well-designed game then this is a must buy for you.