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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will probably kick ass

As a lifelong fan of Castlevania, I can safely say they’ve got the look down pat. The vampires, werewolves and other weirdo monsters have the same beautifully gothic appearance of the classic games, and the various environments retain a similar vibe. One of the biggest complaints about Lament and Curse was the wide-open, eerily vacant hallways that stretched on and on. That doesn’t appear to be the case here, but once again all we’ve seen is a special trailer that detailed the game’s highpoints – with a bit of hyperbole, we’re sure.

Even though Lords is aimed at newcomers, I still get the sense Mercury Stream wants to retain the existing fan base. Obviously they’d say something like that, but it’s their actions that have me convinced. First, they kept the Belmont name. A few Castlevania titles have ignored the legendary family and still delivered, but by using “Belmont” they’ve made it clear that this will be a proper and true Castlevania experience. Throw in a story about souls trapped in limbo, a dark force about to end the world and a half-dead wife and we’re so very on board. Sounds like Classicvania.

Second, and of great importance to me, is the music. The trailer was preceded by a two-minute video that flew through some of the game’s locations, from castles to cliffs to forests, all of which was narrated by a classic, atmospheric track from Super Castlevania IV. Such a direct reference, whether it makes it into the game or not, at least shows the devs know what makes Castlevania work. And if that same passion and attention to detail is present in the gameplay, this really could be the 3D entry we’ve waited more than 10 years to play.

The release date is still “fall 2010,” which means anywhere from September to December. The prime release makes this Konami’s big holiday title though, another sign that they’re not going to crap out another weak sequel. Expect a whole lot more during E3 (June 15-17).

9 comments

  • Occam13 - April 17, 2010 8:44 a.m.

    @stuicide Could you perhaps be referring to the Vampire Killer Whip It was made of the Whip of Alchemy and the soul of Sara Trantoul (the hero's fiance and somehow related via the Belmont name to this game's hero) =D
  • smallberry - April 11, 2010 2:50 p.m.

    The box art made me giggle.
  • Samael - April 10, 2010 2:53 a.m.

    As a hardline Sympathy fanboy, I'm both excited and anxious. I'm glad we now have screenshots that show us in a castle, that I hope is still Castlevania. The majority of the game better take in place in it. I'm also happy yet worried about the likely fact that the main boss/foe isn't Dracula. It's worked in some of the other games, but if this is supposed to be a "reboot" and since you're playing as a Belmont wielding Vampire Killer , I kinda wish Drac was the big bad. Still excited though.
  • mirthor - April 9, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    i read somewhere in an interview it was said that there is backtravel and that it is possible to get 200.6% completion and if the konami code is entered you see damage above enemies when hit, as homage to older castlevanias.
  • sdmf4ever - April 9, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    I believe that Konami may have just hit the nail on the head with this new dircetion in the Castlevania world. This seems like it will really be worth the wait and we have all been waiting a long time for a true definition of Castlevania in the current generation of games. With Hideo Kojima on board, this game should prove to be quite a remarkable game in all aspects....just as long as there isn't more cinematics than actual gameplay; this game will kick ass....FINALLY!!!
  • stuicide - April 9, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    dont suppose the guy's half dead wive's spirit is trapped within the whip is it? a la bionic commando -now that would truly make it horrific.
  • cronoman66 - April 9, 2010 8:01 p.m.

    from the looks of things the style of castlevania has been persevered very well and I cannot wait for it
  • OnyxOblivion - April 9, 2010 7:55 p.m.

    This is shaping up well. Still, more 2D DS ones, please.
  • Geminiman82 - April 9, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    Good god...I want this game so badly. This is the game that will pick us up after beating God of War III.

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