First Impressions: Castlevania LoS: Mirror of Fate
Released March 5th, 2013
Published by Konami
Developed by Mercurysteam
Rated T for Teen
February 28th brought all 3DS owners a treat as the Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate demo was made available in the 3DS E-Shop. While the name may be a mouthful, the game as far as I can see deserves every syllable. I won’t beat around the bush. If you own a 3DS you need to log onto the E-Shop right now and enjoy the preview of what is shaping up to be an amazing game.
The demo starts out as Trevor Belmont walks into the Castle Entrance. First impressions of the graphics are that they are just mind blowing. IF there has been better on the 3DS prior to this game, I must have missed it because the graphics are spectacular. The clouds in the background over the full moon as you make your way into the larger than life entrance are just beautiful in a dark and eerie way. Lamp fires flicker, pathways are weathered and worn. Every detail of this game is artistically amazing and sets the mood perfectly.
Skeleton warriors litter the lamp lit area strewn with broken pathways. Some throw bones, some advance with swords, and others are larger with axes and over-sized shields. Combat is pretty straight forward. You use the X button for area attacks, Y button for direct attacks and the B button to jump. Linking these actions together form other attacks as well. The R button will allow you to block and moving the stick while you do so allows you to roll out of the way or get through tight areas easier. The touch screen displays your map, scrolls, items, and moves list whenever you wish to see them.
The demo contains portions of five areas; Castle Entrance, Unholy Church, Crypt, Cemetery and the Entrance Bridge. Each area is dark and grimy but incredibly detailed. The music echos in the background as you make your way through enemies, climb, swing, unlock doors, and jump to various heights giving you a feel of what you will be doing throughout the full game.
Each area hints at the fact that you will be returning to the locations. There are places you can’t access without appropriate dark and light magic, which are not available to you on the demo. The boss battles are quick paced and fluid, really giving you a taste of what is to come.
If you haven’t downloaded this demo yet you need to do so now and see for yourself. Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate is shaping up to be one of the best 3DS games of the year. Seriously the demo is free on the E-Shop …you have no excuse. Enjoy the experience!