Rated 10 out of 10
by OU812 Castlevania Lords Of Shadow/Mirror of Fate 3DS
I don't understand why there is so many bad reviews for this game as it is solid all around on all counts (and not just Dracula!) Beautiful graphics, excellent sound, awesome cinemas is just the beginning. you get to play 3 different characters in three different acts that extends the game play. Kind of like 3 games in one but all tied together. As each character levels up this gets passed on to the next so your not zeroing out and starting over. Each character has his own weapons and power ups that further enhances the game play. I totally like the puzzles through out the game and are not so mind boggling you can't figure them out. Some reviews stated the graphics are to dark ? No problem !...just go to setting and adjust the brightness from 1 to 10. Great boss battles and different enemies about in the different scenes you'll play through. I'm 75 % through in this game and don't regret purchasing it.... I just regret I didn't purchase this game sooner !! I place this game as one of the best CV games out there for a hand held. If you want to talk t*rd just look at the weak CV games made for the PS-2 with the forced 3D graphics. you run from room...to room...to room...with not much in between. Here with the 3DS version of CV you get real crisp 3D graphics. Not that fuzzy cr*p from Sony. Download the free CV game through the Nintendo Online store through your 3DS system. Give it a shot then buy the game new or used. If you enjoy the demo I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy the game. It's not bad and pretty decent to add to your collection of 3DS games......CV Lords Of Shadow / Mirror Of Fate 3D.......Time to lay old Dracula back into his crypt once again !!
Rated 10 out of 10 by Fleaman A new Spin on the Classic Franchise
I admit it, at first i hated this new take on the original castlevania series.. Lords of Shadow just didn't do it for me, there wasn't enough from the original series to link the new vision together with the old.. but this game does it right.. Simon Belmont, Trevor and of course my favorite ALUCARD return in this new spin on the series and boy does it make a difference! even a few of the original monsters come back! such as the Hunchback (also known as the Flea-Man in the Iga/Ayami Kojima Castlevania's Such as SoTN) its that attention to detail that really make this game rock for the older fans of the series.. i can only hope and pray they keep the games going in THIS direction for now on! the gameplay itself is amazing also, it feels like Metroid mixed with God of War.. no longer do you have but one attack like in SoTN or Rondo of blood, you have a HUGE amount of attacks at your disposal.. i cant recommend this game enough to fans of the series, or newcomers alike! its only $40 bucks, buy it and find out for yourself how fun it is!
Rated 4 out of 10 by zerachechiel Castlevania minus the fun
First I must admit that I did not get very far into the game, but that was only because it felt like a chore to play, so I'm writing this review to save people that wasted time. Frankly, I was really stoked for another Castlevania DS/3DS game. Portrait of Ruin was my introduction into the series, and I loved it. I liked it so much that I bought Dawn of Sorrow, which was older, just to get more of what I loved about Portrait of Ruin. So then I buy this, and I'm lost. Gameplay is reduced to a hack 'n slash with some cute finishing moves a la God of War, except that it's depressingly easy. All the fun of collecting souls is gone. The story is bland and predictable, and the cinematics are pretty embarrassing. Who thought it was a good idea to have voice actors and then not animate the character's mouths? In short, this game felt like it was trying too hard to be something bigger than it was, at the cost of what made Castlevania fun for me.
Rated 2 out of 10 by MacDiver I wanted Castlevania, not this garbage
If you have played any of the Castlevania games on the DS, you are in for a disappointment. The developers decided to retool the gameplay and mix in aspects of God of War and Prince of Persia. This has led to a stiff gameplay, which is not a phrase I would associate with Castlevania. Your character takes damage from falls and all combat is based around combo attacks based on a two button attack system. Much of the levels are based around precision platforming, which would not be so bad if the player controls were more forgiving. And if you are looking for memorable boss battles against towering monsters, forget it. Bosses are in short supply and tend to be reused. Another unwelcomed subtraction is the lack of enemy variety. Even the first Castlevania on the NES had a larger variety of enemies in look and behavior. Later games expanded this by varying the enemy life-bars and changing up the attack methods. In this game, every battle is a overly drawn out combo fest. If you liked Symphony of the Night, Portrait of Ruin, or even Circle of the Moon, you will not be happy with this game. My advice, wait for this Lords of Shadows nonsense to end and hope Konami will come to there senses. Or buy a copy of Monster Tale.
Rated 0 out of 10 by JAT527 I cant wait for this game. Is it March 5, yet?
Finally, Castlevania is released on the Nintendo 3DS. The story has me puzzled, though. I though Castlevania: Lament of Innocence described the start of the Belmont Clan with Leon Belmont and the creation of the Vampire Killer, but this games says Trevor Belmont was the first to stand against Dracula, which is his father Gabriel. Who knows, maybe I got it wrong somewhere. The game looms great and I like how some of the classic chacters are returning like Simon, Trevor, and Alucard. Too bad the pre order bonus case is only for the original 3DS. I couldn't play on that one for ten minutes without my hands hurting. So, I went with. The 3DS XL when it was released. GameStop should have offered a version for the 3DS XL, too. Oh well. That's just my luck I guess.
Rated 8 out of 10 by Bom124 A good game for a great price
This is my first castlevania game, and i think it is pretty good. the game can get boring after killing enemies over and over again, but besides that, I would recommend you check this one out, especially since the price is pretty low for a 3DS game.
Rated 9 out of 10 by SithLord907 Great Castlevania game
I am a huge fan of Castlevania. I have been playing since Circle of the Moon came out on the Gameboy Advance and have been playing all manner of Castlevania games ever since. After reading the review for this game on IGN (which gave it a horrible review and score) I was very weary of getting this game. But having played it for nearly nine hours, I am absolutely hooked and it is indeed a great game. However people should know that this game plays almost nothing like previous Castlvania games such as Symphony of the Night, but is far more similar to Lords of Shadow (it is a direct sequel to Lords of Shadow after all and made by the same game developer). If you are expecting a game similar to the way Symphony of the Night played, you will be disappointed . However if you are open to the game play of Lords of Shadow and wish to know the back story of Dracula and the Belmont clan of the Lords of Shadow universe then this game is definitely for you! The game play is awesome, the graphics are incredible and the music sets the mood and atmosphere perfectly (though the tunes are not nearly as catchy as previous Castlevania games). In short if you are a Castlevania fan who enjoyed Lords of Shadow and its new take on the Castlevania universe, then you will definitely enjoy this game as well.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Brifox07 Mirror of Fate - An Amazing Game
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate is one of my most anticipated 3DS game of this year. This is a 2.5D game with neat features. Here are my thoughts. Combat is very solid and fluid. I can connect and make my own combos with ease. In addition you can always cancel your combo and dodge to avoid any attacks. For platforming, controls are responsive and it can a breeze. If you are used to using the D-pad for playing 2D Castlevania games, it may take some time to get used to. It took me about 10-15 minutes to get a hang of it. Environmental puzzles slows the game's pace but in a good way. Boss fights are interesting and it can be intense. The game uses autosaves and sometimes, checkpoints can make boss fights and platforms forgiving. I don't see it as a problem though. Graphics is amazing in 3D. I have never seen a game that used 3D in this kind of level. It felt like I'm watching an interactive diorama. The character models look pretty good and the castle background is well detailed. Each location has its unique look and there is little repetitiveness. The music matches with the game's atmosphere. The level theme is very soothing and amazing. However, you will not hear any classic Castlevania music. However, this didn't bother me. Overall, I enjoyed this game. If you are new to the Castlevania series or a fan of the Lords of Shadow Reboot, you will love this game. The game is not perfect but in my opinion, Mirror of Fate is an amazing game.
Rated 7 out of 10 by Electronaut72 A segmented prelude to Lords Of Shadow 2
Mirror Of Fate's purpose is to bridge the gap between Lords Of Shadow 1 and 2. It's a segmented campaign split into 3 parts that chronicles the journeys of Simon, Trevor, and Alucard. Even though the gameplay is solid and very reminiscent of LOS for a game that takes place on a 2D plane, don't expect the same depth here as Symphony Of The Night. Each section will take roughly a few hours to beat if you collect everything, but the only difference between each character is their 2 magics and sub-weapons (they all use the same main weapon: the whip / combat cross). There's no equipment to manage, and the max level here is 18.
The graphics are nice for a 3DS game and do a superb job of creating the atmosphere of a haunted castle (the cinematic portions are performed in-engine and have a cool cel-shaded filter on them). There are a lot of climbing and puzzle portions--much like Lords Of Shadow--but there aren't that many enemy types throughout the game, unfortunately. The score fits the motif of each area; nothing too epic--mainly just ambient mood music with some spooky sounds.
If you've played through Lords Of Shadow and would like something to wet your appetite for the sequel, Mirror Of Fate will fill that void. As a stand-alone Castlevania game, though...I have to say this one is a bit disappointing. It gives you a taste of greatness, but doesn't have the substance of other "Metroidvanias" out there...nor does it truly capture the excitement of the older, arcade-style Castlevanias.
Rated 5 out of 10 by GamingGuy2011 Castlevania Gone Wrong
Anyone who has played a previous Castlevania game will undoubtedly be disappointed with this release. The game is easier then any other game I can remember and the combining of old school with new school (lords of shadow) does not work in this game. The gameplay is watered down and the exploring/finds are limited at best. This is one of the worst games in the series although not a horrible game there is no reason to pick this up at it's current price point. This is a $10 dollar game no more no less.