Today, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (which I’ve pre-ordered) is out in stores. As many of you know, this is the sequel to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, which is the unfortunate subject of today’s post.
Let me be frank. I hate that game. I think it is an overrated, frustrating, steaming hellstorm of disappointment. Why do I hate it?
The plot is ripped straight out of Dante’s Inferno, which came out 8 months earlier. Dante must save Beatrice from Lucifer (which doesn’t even follow the Divine Comedy either). Gabriel must resurrect Marie using the power of the Lords of Shadow. Also he fights Satan at the end. What a shamless rip off!
It has nothing to do with Castlevania and Konami did this deliberately, something which is complete blasphemy towards a classic franchise. They added connections to the classic games just to please the fans and ease their transition to the new direction, meaning they couldn’t hide the fact it was a Castlevania game, or not, because they did a terrible job at establishing the connections.
The main character, Gabriel, is simply an emo version of Kratos from God of War. In fact, he’s so big of an emo that the voice of Patrick Stewart does much of the brooding for him. Granted, he is a brilliant voice actor, but it left me wondering how much brooding is going on.
The gameplay is a composite rip-off of Dante’s Inferno, God of War, and Devil May Cry 4 for crying out loud. You just slash everything in sight, which is fun, you also have to dodge enemies in order to fill up a “focus bar”, meaning that I often have to go with an annoying “touch and go” strategy. Also, the game does not let you control the camera (which is annoying in the Titan Graveyard level), and there are way too many puzzles (which you can easily resolve by viewing the hint, but it cuts your reward), and many of the puzzles are far too annoying.
Also, Konami has decided to retcon Dracula’s origins to a ridiculous new low, by making him the ancestor to the Belmont heroes. I absolutely hated the degree in which the game deviates from the classic Castlevania. Not to mention, I have never forgiven the game’s ninth chapter.
My point is, we all know who and what Dracula is, and maybe the game developers should stop raping the canon and just let us kill him again.
I’m not the only one who sees the game this way. Most Castlevania fans absolutely hate this game, probably due to how it utterly deviates from the established canon. Seriously, go to any Castlevania forum, and you will likely find haters whenever you bring this game up.
Based on all of this, you’d think, why on earth would I buy the new sequel to Lords of Shadow on the 3DS? Simple, because I believe it’ll be far superior to the original. It’ll probably rectify the flaws of the last game. In fact, since I pre-ordered it, it’s probably in my house right now.