Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Now that Simon Belmont and Mirror of Fate have hit the store shelves nationwide, what is the final verdict for this long awaited title?

It's considered a mixed blessing by some, and yet some consider it a genuine revitalizing of the entire Castlevania series for what it's always been known for. You know what I mean right? That classic "Metroidvania" feel that the saga has gotten a reputation of having. Let's take a good look at how Castlevania Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate has taken fans by the whip and showed them that you can likely have the best of both worlds.

Do you remember Dracula's Curse on the NES 8-bit system years ago? That was a major part of the catalyst that Mirror of Fate was to be built on, and yet that is definitely not where the games elements end. Lords of Shadow was also a part of the equation, adding game play mechanics that are pretty similar to how God of War plays and feels. The wild slashing/whipping type action it was known for has made its way into Mirror of Fate as well.

Needless to say, there are also unlockables, and quite a number of them for you to find. As the game progresses and you finish each act, more of the storyline reveals yet a deeper understanding of the characters within, especially our beloved Simon Belmont, the son of Gabriel Belmont, whom he has set out to avenge the death of and put an end to the evil that sweeps the land.

The combat system has seen a great improvement in regards to what you and I are probably used to in a Castlevania game. What Mirror of Fate has tried to do, and has done it at least to a decent degree, is put classic Castlevania elements and combine it with some modern 3D elements based somewhat on what you might've seen in Lords of Shadow. It has been hailed as a rather 2D/3D type game, or basically 2.5D.

Let me break that down for you. It uses 3D modeled characters, combined with a 2D background type world. A quick look at the latest trailer below should give you a better understanding of what I mean by this. Like or hate it, and believe me there is quite a controversy out there taking place over this latest Castlevania title, one that usually happens when the question of the series should stay in a 2D universe or 3D. It's been a hot bed of discussion taking place for years now. So what is the final verdict? So far from what I've seen it's becoming a vicious love/hate relationship.

What this means is that certain fans are let down from expecting the long lived MetroidVania feel game play they are used to, while others enjoy some of the newer introduced aspects of it, like the combat style and character designs. I don't however want to drive that decision home with you for your own purchase, but check out some other reviews and look closely at some trailers out there, including the latest one below, and if you can, MAKE SURE you download the demo for Mirror of Fate so you can also play it for yourself before you buy it.

You can find it right now on Nintendo's 3DS eShop. Go get that puppy and give it a good whirl, it just might impress you, perhaps.



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