Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – Video Game Recommendation
Some time ago I posted a review for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and before that I posted one for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition. Needles to say I love Castlevania games and there was one that was needed in order to have all 3 games in the Lords of Shadow saga. This one is Mirror of Fate and this time I am bringing you a video game recommendation for it.
This game was originally released for Nintendo 3DS on March 2013 and it was then re-released on other platforms. It finally came to PC on an HD format on March 2014. It was developed by Mercury Steam and published by Konami.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate and its gameplay
Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate moves away from the type of gameplay we see in the other 2 Lords of Shadow games. This one stays faithful to a classic Castlevania style of game by playing as a 2D side scroller. The fact that you don’t have any 3D scenarios doesn’t mean that the game will look bad. The scenarios are beautifully crafted and they really come to like by using a 2.5D technique combined with great background scenery.
The game will allow you to control different characters, starting from Gabriel, the protagonist from the first Lords of Shadow that came to be Dracula, Simon Belmont and Alucard. All these characters are controlled the same and with them you will need to fight your way through different paths and battle all sorts of enemy. Each character will posses their unique abilities but in the end it will all sum up to you making a proper fighting and jumping technique.
As you progress through the game you will gain experience and with enough experience you will be able to unlock new abilities and skills that will allow you to defeat tougher enemies. Similarly as you progress through the game you will gain new skills and new items that will allow you to back-track to areas that you previously couldn’t fully explore, similar to all Castlevania games.
In the video below you can see how the game plays in the initial minutes of it:
Plot behind Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
The main protagonist of this game is Simon Belmont. Simon is a descendant of Gabriel Belmont, who’s now Dracula. Simon has been raised as a great fighter and a true warrior and is now on a quest to put a stop to Dracula’s curse on the world. He ventures forth to enter Castle Dracula and confront the monster once and for all.
As he progresses through the castle he is met by an strange figure that allows him to see visions of the future through a fragment of mirror that Simon carries as a pendant. With the help of this strange character he manages to get deep inside the Castle where he meets another enigmatic character named Alucard. Alucard has a connection to both Dracula and Simon and this is revealed later in the game.
Simon manages to procure the combat cross, a weapon that is said will allow a strong warrior to vanquish over Dracula and so he moves deep inside the castle to meet up with Dracula for their final showdown.
In the video below you can see Simon Belmont battling against bosses in the game and getting to the throne room where he will face Dracula:
Tying the Lords of Shadow Saga Together
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate ties the story of Lords of Shadow 1 and 2 together by shedding some light into the conflict that Gabriel has to face being Dracula as he has to confront his son and grand-son. It helps us further understand the motives behind Dracula’s doing and why he has build up so much hatred against mankind.
Alucard will play a key role into this story, he will help you understand why Gabriel turned into such a monster. Regardless of the fact that he became a vampire, this wasn’t the sole reason of why he has so much hatred inside him. Alucard’s story has a lot to do with this. And like any other Castlevania where Alucard takes a lead role, you can guess that his mission will be to vanquish the dark lord and we will control him to do so.
In a video below I show you how the games plays when you control Alucard. He is very similar to Simon but unique in its own way:
Is Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate a Game I Would Recommend?
Being a true fan of any game that bears the Castlevania name (even the two that came out in the classic Nintendo 64) I will say yes. But being honest I will say this is a game that can be enjoyed by either those that have played any of the other 2 Lords of Shadow titles or those true fans of the classic Castlevania style. If this is not you, then I’m afraid there won’t be much for you to find in this game. Its gameplay its good and it is well designed and all. But in the end you won’t get much from it asides from the story.
Play it Yourself
To make a true judgment of the game, then you need to play it yourself. You can find the game on Steam at a good price and it is also available on other consoles, even on the move if you prefer to take the game with you.
Go ahead, play it and let me know what you thought of the game and this comment in the comments below.
Thanks for reading,