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Stay away game has some nasty bugs in it
posted by slidecage (FORT WAYNE, IN) Mar 11, 2013
Member since Dec 2007
3 out of 9 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
as of right now there is no way to fix the bug they responded so BEWARE and WATCH YOUR BATTERY LIFE
We want the old castlevania to return!!!
posted by greg137 (CALDWELL, ID) May 18, 2013
Member since May 2010
Gabriel belmont is supposedly his son which would put him in the same time period! Trevor Belmont lived in the 14th century which would be 1301-1400, a hundred years later 1401-1500 Simon Belmont lived and fought Dracula and he returned a hundred years later to fight dracula again in 1501-1600!! Fifty years later Juste Belmont Simon's grandson had to fight against dracula in order to save his freinds! and then near the end of the 1700's close to the 1800's Richter Belmont fought dracula and five years after that Alucard awoke to recue Richter from a mind controlled effort to bring Dracula back again. Now here comes the Lord of Shadows series to screw everything up!!!! You can't just discard what is canon and expect to be taken seriously!!! The Lord of shadows series is an abomination on Castlevania as a whole! Thanks to the folks at mercury-steam the castlevania series is going down the drain and this games story is proof of it! The castlevania franchise needs to return tro its roots; AS IN ROOT-CANON!!! The lore of castlevania is quite rich and epic it doesn't need to be rewritten for five year-olds who don't understand or comprehend time! They have made dracula into a laughing stock, and they have insulted the legacy of the Belmont family(sigh). As a fan of the old series I am insulted by this re-invented story. The graphics are quite good which is what adds to the Tragic factor(not to say that there is anything wrong with the old school graphics mind you)! This game becomes a joke at times story wise, and some of the laughs seem to be intentional, but the rest aren't.. Gameplay starts solid, but quicktime events ruin it! This isn't God of War people! This is Castlevania, so take your quick-time events elswhere, and quite trying to ruin the canon of caslevania! Try before you buy, you are warned!
Story is Weak, Game-Play is Fun
posted by Varatex (FULLERTON, CA) Apr 29, 2013
Member since Jul 2009
A Dissapointing Follow Up
posted by DragonWalrus (YOUNGSTOWN, OH) Apr 29, 2013
Member since Apr 2013
posted by Cheezr (LANTANA, FL) Apr 18, 2013
Member since Sep 2008
Decent but leaves you wanting more
posted by Mikey2x4 (LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA) Apr 17, 2013
Member since Mar 2013
The main issue is telling the stories through three characters, but never really letting the player sink into any one of them. As soon as you find all of the gear for one character, you're moved on to the next.
The final act of the game is the strongest, but again, due to such a short amount of time with the characters, you're left wanting more by the time the credits roll.
A focus on only one character would have made the game feel better as well as an option for an entire castle map. Only getting the map for the section that you're currently in is rough. Especially when you're trying to get 100% completion.
A solid 'prequel' to the upcoming game
posted by EmoChips (COLLEGE STATION, TX) Apr 13, 2013
Member since Aug 2007
-Metroidvania- sidescrolling Metroidvania titles are a classic, and this one tries to bring back the days of past. And it does a solid job at it. Not perfect but solid.
- Characters- Simon, Alucard, Trevor and Gabriel are fantastic characters. They all have that thick scottish-like accent that makes them even more b to the a.
-Combat: The combat can definitely be fun once you reach later levels and unlock the cooler maneuvers in the game.
-Graphics: I forget this is a 3DS but this alongside the 3D makes for a very beautiful game, and the cellshaded cutscenes are fantastic.
- Backtracking: This is more of a personal preference but if you're gonna make somebody backtrack quite a lot, at least make it so it's not terribly far away, or make it an option. I found myself backtracking quite a lot and it got annoying at times.
-No multiple items- Basically each character gets two magical powers and two items. It'd be nice to able to choose our items instead of having each having their own.
-Some of the boss fights- A couple of the BF are kind of cheap. As in not too terribly fun
-The 'twist'- there's a twist in the story and the established idea of characters in here, outside of Simon being Trevor's son. It's hinted pretty heavily since the beginning so I don't know who they were trying to misdirect.
-Alucard- He has the weakest/most useless magic powers. His is the hardest playthrough due to how bad they are.
Conclusion- A solid title worth playing if you liked LoS and are looking forward to the sequel.
Buy/Rent- I'd say rent. I've invested about 5 or 6 hours and I'm 2/3 done with the ga
You will have an adventure playing this game
posted by WLFMANN (RENO, NV) Apr 12, 2013
Member since Nov 2012
Castlevannia:Lord of Shadows, Mirror of Fate
posted by skythekidrs (CINCINNATI, OH) Apr 6, 2013
Member since Apr 2013
Metroid Style play :D
posted by dragonight (ROCKFORD, IL) Mar 27, 2013
Member since Dec 2011
I loved this game!!!!
posted by TheAmazingFox17 (GLENSIDE, PA) Mar 17, 2013
Member since Jan 2013
A wonderful new addition
posted by Azikira (SPOKANE, WA) Mar 16, 2013
Member since Dec 2012
It blends some fun platforming with a 'God of War' style fighting system that's as deep as you want it to be, and the groups of enemies are constantly changing and keeping you on your toes.
The 3D effect is staggering and has seemingly no impact on the framerate, which sadly is a bit on the slower side but is completely playable. The graphics themselves are quite stunning on the handheld, and animations are normally quite smooth.
All in all, this is a game you need to try if you're a fan of Lords of Shadow.
posted by Tomahak16 (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Mar 11, 2013
Member since Mar 2013
Money well spent!
posted by Lovechop (SNOHOMISH, WA) Mar 9, 2013
Member since Oct 2012
The people that are being so hard on this game in other reviews are the ones that are so bent on other game franchises that they cant stand to see a portable game crush all the console stuff coming out atm.
The pre-order insentives (a sticker+cheap 3DS case) were less than amazing though...
IGN got it way wrong, Gamespot was closer
posted by mikeroyce34 (SANTEE, CA) Mar 6, 2013
Member since Mar 2013