Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror Of Fate 3DS
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Released on 08-Mar-2013
The Belmont family saga arrives on Nintendo 3DS in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate.
Beginning 25 years after the events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate tells the tale of Gabriel Belmont's descendants as Trevor and Simon attempt to battle their very destinies…
Key Features of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate for Nintendo 3DS:
- Epic 20-hour adventure
- Play as several generations of the Belmont family
- Intense platforming gameplay combining combat, magic and exploration
- Massive boss battles
- Unrivalled 3D visuals
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate brings the action, adventure and excitement of the Belmont family legacy to Nintendo 3DS, in a brand-new story with over 20 hours of platforming gameplay.
Continuing the story that began in 2010's Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate picks up the action 25 years later as Gabriel's descendants – Trevor Belmont and his son Simon – prepare to face their destiny and discover the shocking truth of Gabriel's fate. As Trevor sets off to avenge the death of his mother at his father's hands, Gabriel returns as the powerful vampire Dracula and now threatens to destroy the Brotherhood and anyone else who opposes him, setting the stage for an epic father-son showdown.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate lets you play as three generations of the Belmont family. Play as both Trevor and Simon as they learn more about their family's legacy. Through each era, you can take control of the Belmonts and their unique skills and abilities as they take on Dracula and his minions. You can even take control Gabriel one more time in a new prologue level that takes place before his tragic transformation.
Whichever Belmont you play as, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate dishes up a combination of combat, magic and exploration-based gameplay. As expected, whip combat plays a big part of the action and helps the 'extreme platforming'. Use magic to turn the tide of battle and unload a huge array of combos for action with depth. You can even buy new combos and abilities with the experience you earn in combat.
This combat comes to the fore in the boss battles of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. The battles – and the bosses – are massive in scale, and you'll need to make full use of climbing and traversing your environment, and using all your weapons and magical abilities to take them down.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate also boasts a unique visual style. Continuing the same epic designs seen in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate offers unrivalled, high resolution graphics and a series of stunning 3D locations as you make your way through the perils, pitfalls and platforms of the castle.
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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS Version)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate
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Animal Crossing: New Leaf
LEGO CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins
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Through A Glass Darkly
The Castlevania series has a grand legacy on handhelds. Whether it's the Game Boy or GBA classics, or even the fancy 3D re-workings for the PSP, the Belmont clan have made good on their promise to hunt down undead evil regardless of if you're on the bus, sat on the couch, or stuck on the platform waiting for your evening train to arrive. It's no wonder, then, that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate looks so instantly comfortable on the dual screens of Nintendo's 3DS. After MercurySteam's first Castlevania: Lords of Shadow game hit the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 a few years back, Mirror of Fate sees the series coming home.
It's a beautiful game, with the 3DS's stereoscopic display rendering Castlevania's gothic environments in three wonderfully spindly dimensions. Levels are atmospheric and colourful, shambling enemies are well animated, and when the action gets really frantic, the camera moves in close, or even tilts round to get a different view of proceedings. Mirror of Fate is a 2D game in terms of actual gameplay, but most of the time you won't realise it. It's one of the best-looking games on Nintendo's handheld, and with titles like Kid Icarus: Uprising out there, that's saying something.
Mirror of Fate's story is suitably gloomy stuff. Throughout the course of the campaign, you take on the role of various members of the Belmont family as they try to wreak vengeance on the dark forces that have blighted their lives. This involves travelling to a huge, sprawling castle in the mountains, and slugging it out with the mythical beasts that live there. You'll split your time between clambering around complex 2D environments and laying into monsters with your chain and combat cross. The action's pretty simple, but the plot gets confusing fairly quickly. If you come to Castlevania for the story, in other words, you're going to want to take notes.
You won't have to take notes as you explore the castle itself, though, even though you can drop reminders onto the map when you come up against a secret you can't access just yet. While Mirror of Fate returns the series to its 2D origins, it lacks the intricate nature of previous games in the franchise, which were all about back-tracking around a huge environment. Instead, you'll be busy simply getting from A to B, navigating various ledges, chasms and underground pools as you wait for the next boss fight to present itself.
Getting around feels a little jarring at first, and the controls take a few minutes to settle in. If you've grown up with the smooth platforming of Mario or even Nathan Drake, you're going to find Mirror of Fate a little clunky as you hop from one piece of the level to the next. Once the traversal starts to click, though, you'll be ready for a bit of combat, and this is a much slicker affair, with decent defensive and offensive options and a range of specific nasty tricks spread across the characters you play as. One guy might be able to throw axes at his foes, for example, or summon a ghost who will attack on his behalf. Another, meanwhile, might fire out hordes of bats or slow time to lay on truly devastating attacks.
The combat's so good, in fact, that it will keep you playing even when the platforming threatens to frustrate, or the lack of decent collectables starts to bore you. The adventure's broken up by a handful of puzzles, but none of these will trouble series veterans, which means it's down to some lavish boss battles to really bring a touch of the old Castlevania challenge to proceedings.
Overall, then, Mirror of Fate's not quite up there with the series' best moments, but it's still a pretty and very confident game that offers a good few hours of gothic adventuring and monster hunting. If you're a fan of deep, dark castles and the nasty things that gather inside them, you're in for a good time.
- Great visuals
- Decent combat
- A good long campaign
- Platforming can be annoying
- The story's a bit of a mess
- Puzzles are too basic
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