Ever since vampires became the big theme of the current time period (True Blood, Daybreakers, Vampires Assistant and of course /sigh Twilight) I have been looking into the Castlevania series. Awhile back I got to try out Symphony of the Night which got me interested in the series. After reading up on the series I bought Order of Ecclesia which turned out to be really fun but pretty hard and hoping to try out out a 3d castlevania game I tried lament of Innocence which turned out to be very disappointing (After spending 20 mins trying to jump on a ledge that had a bad camera angle I quit).
Recently I started looking back into Castlevania after seeing a comic on Ctrl+Alt+Del
) i saw a page on Lords of Shadow and immediately thought to myself "Wow, how could I have forgot about this game?". I mean when this trailer was first announced at E3 who could not get excited about it. Lords of Shadow has everything
going for it and could be a major hit (Or atleast it is what its aimed to be).
First off this game has Hideo Kojima working on the game, that alone brings the attention of the thousands of Metal Gear fans. Bringing Kojima into the spotlight as far as I can tell means the story will be filled with complex emotions and filled with awesomeness. I'm sure with Kojima even just producing the title I can guarantee the story couldn't be summarized into a 5 min cutscene. My hope is that he throws in some Metal Gear easter eggs and some old Castlevania stuff aswell.
The voice acting is another astonishment to this title. They went all out to get some amazing talent from Hollywood that even few major titles get. For starters we have Patrick Stewart as for what I can tell as the "Wise man/tour guide" of the game. How awesome can a game get when Professor X is going to narrate the game. Just his 5 seconds in Oblivion was great enough. You also have Jason Isaccs who from what I've seen is a pretty good as well. Isaccs role from what I can guess is the main antagonist (Dracula I can only hope) is just fantastic and from the trailer you can already heard the relationship between his character and the main character.
Now another thing we can see from the trailer is that game takes a lot of influence from Shadow of Collossus
and we can't argue with that. How better can you show off awesome graphics and textures of monsters when they stand fifty feet taller then you as you scale up them bashing them with your holy whip. Being like Shadow of the Colossus tells me that the people who are making this game know what we (the mass audience) want, which can make me think they will at least be able to please the mass audience, if they can only insure to keep the fan base happy then they could have a really good game on their hands.
Because of all these factors I've had to figure out why this game has been unheard of since early Spring. From what I can tell it Dante's Inferno probably is part of the reason. Dante's Inferno has the main character going through hell (literally) to resurrect his wife. This plot sounds almost identical to pretty much Lords of Shadow and just about all Castlevania games. So maybe Konami is just holding out on showing the game off till EA throws out there game. After all with all the insane advertising that Electronic arts is doing for the game to try to fight that wouldn't be smart, besides with both games so similar probably both games would be neglected by the mass audience.
Overall I just want to say that this game looks amazing, and I hope anyone who reads this gives a look at it and maybe considers trying it out when it is released or atleast gets you talking.
References from: http://castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/Castlevania:_Lords_of_Shadow read