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3:15 PM on 08.26.2013

New releases: Killers everywhere

I'll be spending this week playing catch up, but there's no dearth of new releases. Killer is Dead is tempting me, because bloody hell it looks flashy, but I'll probably leave until I'm not drowning in games. Final Fant...

Fraser Brown

9:30 PM on 08.21.2013

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 out February 25, 2014

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will be out on February 25, 2014 in North and South America for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. I'm really looking forward to Lords of Shadow 2, and this new walkthrough video has got me e...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:55 AM on 08.19.2013

Castlevania: Mirror of Fate HD officially confirmed

First it was rumored, then it was rumored again, and now, it's official -- Castlevania Lords of Shadow -- Mirror of Fate HD will drop on October 21st on Xbox Live and the PSN. Not a whole lot of details were given (including ...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 08.15.2013

Castlevania: Mirror of Fate HD rumors surface again

If you've been itching to get into the Lords of Shadow sub-franchise but haven't done so yet, you may get a chance to try everything at once if this PS3 and Xbox 360 listing is to be believed. Apparently, All Games Beta has u...

Chris Carter

6:00 AM on 08.08.2013

Lords of Shadow 2's Dracula still evolving as a character

While there was a ton of news about Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 a few weeks back at San Diego Comic Con, we did have a few more tidbits to share from a joint session with the voice of Gabriel Belmont/Dracula, Robert C...

Jayson Napolitano

7:00 AM on 08.03.2013

Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is finally out

Super Mario Crossover, the pixel-for-pixel recreation of Super Mario Bros. that features a selectable cast of NES stars, was all set for the big 3.0 update this past June. It was unfortunately delayed a month, but it is now a...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 07.30.2013

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is getting a PC demo

[Update: the demo is up on Steam right now.] The polarizing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is coming to PC soon as an Ultimate Edition, and according to Konami, the demo is hitting Steam tomorrow. While it isn't my favorite gam...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 07.26.2013

Classic Castlevania music teased for Lords of Shadow 2?

We mentioned a few days ago that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will feature a brand new soundscape. However, what has me even more excited was producer Dave Cox's response to my plea for classic Castlevania tracks, such as "...

Jayson Napolitano

11:30 AM on 07.24.2013

Digging deeper into Lords of Shadow 2 with Dave Cox

We learned a lot about Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 from our time at San Diego Comic-Con last week. We saw a demo showcasing the game's emphasis on exploration and combat, experienced it on PC, and have also delved into the...

Jayson Napolitano

8:00 AM on 07.23.2013

Lords of Shadow 2 soundtrack will sound quite different

In a recent chat with producer Dave Cox at San Diego Comic Con, we learned that composer Oscar Araujo is busily working on the soundtrack, and that it will sound very much different compared to those of Lords of Shadow and Mi...

Jayson Napolitano

4:00 PM on 07.21.2013

Castlevania's Dave Cox answers our biggest question

As mentioned yesterday, we had the chance to sit down with producer Dave Cox regarding the upcoming Lords of Shadow 2, and he was fortunately able to answer our most pressing question:

Jayson Napolitano

12:00 PM on 07.21.2013

New Lords of Shadow 2 gameplay emphasizes exploration

In an unexpected surprise here at Comic Con, Konami showed off an extensive hands-off gameplay walkthrough detailing more of the game’s systems, music, and environs. The demo took place a brief time after the events see...

Jayson Napolitano

12:00 PM on 07.20.2013

Dave Cox: Lords of Shadow 2 is 'the last one for us'

Speaking with producer Dave Cox at San Diego Comic Con about Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, we found ourselves surprised by the candid response we received when we asked about the future of the franchise: "I’ve always ...

Jayson Napolitano

9:30 AM on 07.19.2013

We played Lords of Shadow 2 on PC, plus new screens

Have I ever mentioned that I'm really looking forward to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2? It was my personal favorite game at E3 last month, but Konami gave us some hands-on time with the PC version here at San Diego Comi...

Jayson Napolitano

4:30 PM on 06.12.2013

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is my favorite game at E3

I'll be the first one to proclaim my love for the classic Castlevania franchise, and while Lords of Shadow was considered by many to be a great game, I found myself wishing that more of a bone had been tossed to series fans. ...

Jayson Napolitano

9:00 PM on 06.07.2013

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, starring Mega64

That Lords of Shadow 2 trailer? The one with Sir Patrick Stewart? T'was but a farce. Here is the real trailer. And look! Mega64 managed to worm their way into the game! I don't think there has ever been a more sensual depiction of a vampire in a work of fiction than Rocco Botte's Dracula. Up yours, Twilight! Mega64: CASTLEVANIA LORDS OF SHADOW 2 TRAILER (E3 2013) [YouTube]

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 06.06.2013

Patrick Stewart returns in new Lords of Shadow 2 trailer

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 had a new trailer to show off during Konami's pre-E3 event, and it's looking pretty good. There's tons of biting, slashing, and jumping action abound in this fairly lengthy video, showing off s...

Chris Carter

9:45 AM on 06.05.2013

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is coming to PC

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the most successful Castlevania game in the franchise (I still can't believe that), is coming to the PC in August. It's being released digitally on August 27th and physically (on August 30th in ...

Chris Carter

6:00 AM on 06.03.2013

Preview Mega Ran's Symphony of the Night hip hopera

I gotta give it up for my man Mega Ran, without a doubt one of my favorite nerd music acts around. He's got quite the spread, from Mega Man to Final Fantasy VII and even to River City Ransom. And next on the block is the tur...

Tony Ponce

2:30 PM on 05.16.2013

Lords of Shadow is the most successful Castlevania ever

Speaking to Destructoid at a pre-E3 event, Konami's Dave Cox disclosed that (wait for it) Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is the most successful Castlevania game to date, even surpassing the massive sales of games from 1997 on. ...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 05.14.2013

Tune in to Konami's pre-E3 show for Metal Gear Solid 5

Konami has plans for another pre-E3 show in June. This year, the stream will happen on June 6 at 10:00am Pacific through GameSpot.com as well as the GameSpot Xbox Live app. What hijinks will ensue? Who knows. The company was,...

Jordan Devore

2:00 AM on 05.04.2013

What the hell is wrong with your ass, Alucard?!

Asslevania: Symphony of the Farts.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:00 PM on 04.28.2013

Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is just around the corner

Three years ago as of yesterday, indie dev Exploding Rabbit's Super Mario Bros. Crossover was unleashed online, and the reception couldn't have been warmer. For the benefit of the unfortunate few who haven't heard of this da...

Tony Ponce

1:45 PM on 04.23.2013

Take a bite out of this Castlevania: Mirror of Fate guide

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate came and went, and to some, it was a massive disappointment and stark departure for the Castlevania franchise. I found it to be a fairly serviceable 2D God of War game, despite th...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 04.03.2013

Bearded angel returns with Mega Man X a cappella

Remember our old pal Smooth McGroove, the man with a beard that could stop tsunamis and with a voice that could bring color back to a decaying forest? I recently discovered him and his amazing, amazing, AMAZING Zelda a cappe...

Tony Ponce

2:00 AM on 03.18.2013

Castlevania's Simon Belmont has killed ALL the vampires

After playing through Mirror of Fate and placing the finishing touches on my Castlevania article for the upcoming issue of Nintendo Force *shameless plug*, I find myself still on a Castlevania kick. Thankfully, Doug "Nostalg...

Tony Ponce

8:30 PM on 03.11.2013

Castlevania and Zelda get Mega Ran's nerdcore treatment

Mega Ran, everyone's favorite Philly rapper not named Will Smith, started a new project earlier this year called Time and Space. On the second Tuesday of each month, he will release a short EP of hip hop arrangements that sam...

Tony Ponce



Review: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate photo
Review: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate
by Tony Ponce

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was an attempt to reboot the Castlevania franchise, which even an ardent fan such as myself would admit had been growing long in the tooth. In the care of Spanish studio MercurySteam, Lords of Shadow adopted the combo-based combat and environment traversal of modern action-adventures. Some liked the new direction, others were resistant, but both parties agreed that it certainly didn't feel like any Castlevania before.

When Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate was revealed to be a side-scrolling platformer for the 3DS, people assumed it was an attempt at reaching out to lapsed fans. If done properly, a marriage of the new Western style with the nonlinear "Metroidvania" gameplay could demonstrate that MercurySteam understands what made the series so popular to begin with.

It does not.

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6:00 AM on 03.09.2013

Check out this sick 11-minute NES chiptune rock medley

Guitarist Psycho Crusher, whose amazing rock arrangements I've shared numerous times in the past, originally composed this latest jam with the intent to play it live as a full band. Instead, he decided to turn it into a chip...

Tony Ponce



Ranked: The five best Castlevania games photo
Ranked: The five best Castlevania games
by Chris Carter

Castlevania is a very personal series for me.

I grew up with the franchise from the very first game's wondrous release, through my utter confusion with Simon's Quest, all the way full circle to the newest iteration of the franchise, Lords of Shadow -- Mirror of Fate.

Symphony of the Night was there for me during one of the toughest times of my childhood. My wife and I bonded over the original Castlevania, and it was one of the first games we ever beat together.

I have a million of these stories, and for good reason. The art of Castlevania is always beautiful, the music is practically unparalleled, and the series itself moved the entire industry forward on a number of occasions.

These are five of the best games the franchise has to offer.

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8:30 AM on 03.01.2013

Never say never to Lords of Shadow 2 on Wii U

Remember when Konami said there was "no chance" for a Wii U version of Lords of Shadow 2? Well it appears as if they spoke too soon, as there is now a possibility of it happening. Konami's Dave Cox, speaking exclusively to Ni...

Chris Carter

5:45 PM on 02.28.2013

Castlevania: Mirror of Fate demo now on 3DS eShop

Konami has released a demo for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate to the 3DS eShop today, giving you a week to try the game out ahead of its release on March 5. I can't seem to get my 3DS to connect to my stup...

Conrad Zimmerman

4:30 PM on 02.28.2013

Nintendo Download: Bit.Trip, Retro City, Etrian Odyssey

This week's Nintendo Download has something for just about everyone. Bit.Trip Presents Runner2 is fantastic and it's available now via the Wii U eShop. Also on the console side of things, Retro City Rampage has arrived o...

Kyle MacGregor

12:00 PM on 02.22.2013

Castlevania: Mirror of Fate pimps Simon in new trailer

All has been quiet on the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate front in terms of raw gameplay footage, outside of the demo promised on February 28th. But for those who are curious, Konami has dropped a new story tra...

Chris Carter

4:00 AM on 02.22.2013

Castlevania IV gets the Laura Shigihara vocal treatment

What's that, Plants vs. Zombies' Laura Shigihara? Covering select tracks from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword isn't enough anymore? You're going to give Super Castlevania IV a spin? That's cool. And what's that? You want ...

Tony Ponce

9:02 AM on 02.14.2013

Nintendo Direct: Castlevania: Mirror of Fate demo dated

Nintendo reminded us today of Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate's March 5th release date, but they also dropped a new bit of info -- a demo will be coming on February 28th. Recently, MercurySteam gave us some insight in the game's battle system -- now you can try it out for yourself pretty soon!

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 02.12.2013

Mirror of Fate developers inspired by fighting games

The last we heard, the 3DS' Castlevania Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate seemed to have been in the running for an HD remake, but that rumor was squashed. With the game nearly around the corner, Dave Cox was asked by Silicone...

Chris Carter

7:00 PM on 02.11.2013

Happy Console Gamer laments lost game saves of the past

So, maybe I just want an excuse to promote one of my favorite YouTube gaming channels? In Happy Console Gamer's latest video (of which he's had a couple lately), he looks back at some painful memories of losing game saves --...

Allistair Pinsof

12:00 PM on 02.11.2013

Now we know why Lords of Shadow 2 isn't on the Wii U

Some time ago, Konami revealed that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was not coming to the Wii U, much to the ire of fans. But now, we now why that is, and I'm just glad it's not GamePad related. Take it from Konami's Dave Cox ...

Chris Carter

3:45 PM on 02.04.2013

An HD version of Castlevania: Mirror of Fate is possible

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate is all set for a 3DS-exclusive release -- but there's a distinct possibility that an HD version may be hitting a console near you in the future (outside of the Wii U most likely)....

Chris Carter