Castlevania: Lords of Shadow error erases PS3 save data

If you want to play Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on your PS3, you better have a USB stick or SD card ready to back up your data. Apparently there's a bug in the game that may completely wipe your save file when you boot it up.

Multiple users have reported seeing the message "save file corrupt, will now overwrite, press X to continue" after they start the game and attempt to load their save file. Pressing the X button causes the file to be completely and irreversibly erased. And unfortunately, throwing your PS3 out the window in frustration is not covered under the system's warranty.

One user said he put three hours into the game only to receive the error, which required him to start from scratch. "Castlevania only uses 1 save file, so I advise you all to back-up your save on a USB stick just in case. I'm pissed off about this, but I'm glad I was not too far into the game," wrote user Valefor on the PlayStation Universe forums.

GameSpot user GenkiTofu had a more heartbreaking story, saying his file was erased right after he reached the final boss. "Please be careful... I just lost almost 20 hours of play on Knight difficulty with almost all the power-ups. I think I'll go cry in the corner now," he warned. Tragic.

Additionally, Xbox 360 users are reporting the same kind of corrupt file errors, but apparently they don't actually erase the save file and everything runs smoothly afterward.

Publisher Konami has yet to release an official statement on the error reports.

[Source: The Silent Chief]

Oct 08, 2010

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  • merf012 - October 26, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    I encountered this error when I was on the last boss of the game, when I restarted the game my data was gone. now I have to start over. that sucks.
  • ViolentLee - October 11, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    Damn...nothing like getting super far in a game and having the save file get corrupted. Happened to me on Discworld for PSone. I couldn't bring myself to play it again.
  • Shatgan - October 11, 2010 5:56 a.m.

    ohh man I almost finish this game, I wasn't aware of this bug :o!
  • crumbdunky - October 10, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    How damn hungry are the people posting this spam for these bloody sites? I only ask because all my three kids, wife and Dogues would have to be near death before I took up such a dull, labourious and demeaning(as well as possibly making me the most hated man on the nets-even worse than Jim Sterling!!)task! Shoot 'em in the sac, in the sac! Or the clit, genital pain and destruction is the only way forwards to teach these creatures a sodding lesson. Same goes for the nit at Konami who missed this bug. Watch your nads, I'm a comin'.
  • darkmagshin - October 10, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    @OnyxOblivion i would be willing to bet that the spam is coming from real people being paid to spam sites like GR. on-topic: i'm glad i got medal of honor instead of castlevania
  • sixboxes - October 9, 2010 5:33 p.m.

    This is terrible, and I shouldn't laugh. But I am anyway.
  • Derwood - October 9, 2010 4:53 p.m.

    sorry Chainchomp and Balaska, but thats not it at all. I was playing it yesterday morning, just made it too the final boss, was tradin blows for half an hour and then WHAMMO! a message came up saying something like "unknown error" and froze the game. I had to restart. And then i got the whole corrupt save. There was no autosave point in the middle of the battle, just in the beginning. Konami shipped a broken game, which saddens me to say because the game is amazing...just broke. needs a patch.
  • Balaska - October 9, 2010 1:58 p.m.

    I think chainchomp has probably hit the nail on the head her, I can't believe a game would ship without playtesters noticing this, personally I am always super careful with any game I turn off to make sure it's not saving, or actually save the game myself.
  • chainchomp - October 9, 2010 1:33 p.m.

    I don't think it's a bug, this happens on all games if you turn off while it's saving. Castlevania saves at certain points during levels and boss fights without much warning and it's hard to see the save symbol when this occurs. They need to patch in an exit game option to prevent people quitting while its saving.
  • OnyxOblivion - October 9, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    This is RIDICULOUS. We need to do something about all these ad spammers. The four posts above me are all spammers! reCAPTCHA doesn't work, we need a giant 50 word version of reCAPTCHA.
  • JayBeat - October 9, 2010 11:01 a.m.

    "Additionally, Xbox 360 users are reporting the same kind of corrupt file errors, but apparently they don't actually erase the save file and everything runs smoothly afterward." Black magic?
  • KaiokenKid - October 9, 2010 4:48 a.m.

    Ill be sure to back it up then. Hope theres a patch.
  • EgonSpengler - October 9, 2010 1:25 a.m.

    I'm just going to not be a pussy and play through the game in one sitting like the good old days. With game genie
  • EgonSpengler - October 9, 2010 1:25 a.m.

    I'm just going to not be a pussy and play through the game in one sitting like the good old days. With game genie
  • RebornKusabi - October 9, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    Hmm... Guess I'll be backing this game up constantly on my 8GB flash drive periodically lol
  • Stabby_Joe - October 9, 2010 12:41 a.m.

    Uh oh, I just got past Chapter 3... we shall see tomorrow then. I had the same issue with Borderlands but luckily I did back it up so hopefully this shouldn't be a major issue for me at least but still fix it for crying out loud!
  • garnsr - October 9, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    I just got it in, but this is more reason to finish up Enslaved before starting Castlevania.
  • tiben36 - October 9, 2010 12:13 a.m. it all the files on the ps3 or just the castlevania file?
  • Mexicutioner - October 8, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    I'm kinda glad I haven't bought this yet. Thank you poverty!
  • JohnnyMaverik - October 8, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    Ouch, hopefully they'll patch that, and fast...

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