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4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the 3DS and Castlevania lineup!!, March 5, 2013
This review is from: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror Fate - Nintendo 3DS (Video Game)
I've been a fan of the Castlevania series since Symphony of the NIght and loved it since. I've played all of the Castlevanias since then and loved that they added the RPG element to the games. Now, Lords of Shadow is the prequel to this game as you get to play Gabriel and his pretty f-ed up story. I didn't play through all of it, but it was amazing and is a good game (except for the Shadow of the Colossus part. That part pissed me off). This game has you playing Gabriel in the Prologue and then Simon after that (I'm only three hours into the game), but you also get to play as the awesome Alucard and then Trevor Belmont too! So enough of that! Pros and cons next.

Pros:
The graphics are amazing for a 3DS title (Fire Emblem still beats this easily).
They brought back the good ole Castlevania CASTLE! Means you get to explore Dracula's castle again.
The music is haunting and a great addition to the game. The composer, Oscar Araujo, did the first Lords of Shadow game.
They brought the fighting mechanic from LoS to this game and is pretty good. No complaints yet.
Items are back! You get an axe from a zombie early in the game, but you only get five to throw, though you can replenish them with hearts (which are back again).
The game is back to the side scrolling again. This is cool for the old school Castlevania players too, like me.

Cons:
The FMVs are a bit funky. The opening sequence was pretty dramatic, but there was this part where Gabriel was looking at Maria besides his horse, pauses for two seconds, then he gets on his horse, pauses for another two seconds, then the camera cuts to Maria closing the door...and pauses for another two seconds while the picture fades black. Also, the characters look like they have lockjaw, as they never move while talking.
The controls are a bit clunky. When I was trying to climb a certain part of the game, I tried to jump up and grab another ledge, but then I FALL! I don't know why, but that killed me and the game has to load the area again, which is another con.
The loading is long, even for a cartridge game. One area took me about 15 seconds or more to load one area, which is where I died while trying to climb.

All in all, this game is very good and is a great game to play on your 3DS. I'm going to get the PS3 prequel again cause I love this handheld version, just so that I can beat the story. Fighting is fun, the story is interesting, and the graphics are great! This game is awesome, so DON'T BELIEVE IGN'S SCORE OF 4.7!
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Initial post: Mar 6, 2013 4:47:54 AM PST
S. G. Fluty says:
it's opinions, if Ign gives the game a 4.7 let them, cant believe how reviewers are only allowed to review the game YOU want it to be, shame on you

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2013 5:07:55 PM PST
K. Dolsophon says:
Uhm...exactly. It's opinions, and his opinion is to not believe IGN for giving it a low score of 4.7. So many time where a game review site give certain games overrated scores just because they're a big AAA title even thought it's 90% rehashed and give new innovating game a low score (mainly JRPG).

I'm glad for review like this. He likes the game and he disagreed with IGN for giving it such a low score so he is voicing his opinion. I would do the same for the games I like too.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2013 9:07:33 PM PDT
J. Gomez says:
Yes, that's the point of a review. Reviews are opinions and my opinion of IGN's score wasn't fair to the game. IGN has a lot of extremely biased reviews to a lot of games, and that's one of the main reasons I created this review for this game. That, and I liked this game. So, in my opinion, don't follow IGN's score.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 6:11:25 AM PDT
Bryan Willis says:
You can't really put all your trust in one review anyways. IGN was paid off to give Tenchu on the wii an 8, an unfinished and broken video game. Plus the bugfest scarface was- an 8.5. Do you really think skyward sword, with far from perfect controls, and the boring uncharted 3 deserves 10s? More than likely IGN didn't get paid enough money to give the game a good enough score. Try multiple review sites before you get an opinion.

Mirror of Fate feels like a solid 7.5. Which seems to be the average review score. I disagree with almost everyone on the graphics. It is so jaggy, that you can't even make out the details on your main character. This could have really benefited with 4x anti-aliasing. Its enough to make the 3d a headache at times. Music is up and down. But I felt the actual gameplay itself, once you get it, its actually really good. I ended up enjoying it. Story is certainly the foreplay before the action really heats up in lords of shadow 2.
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