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  • Blog Post: What I Want In A Castlevania Spiritual Successor

    Koji Igarashi, the creator of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, departed Konami last month . While Igarashi didn’t create Simon Belmont’s first whip-cracking adventure on the NES, he revitalized the formula by adding in Metroid-style exploration and RPG mechanics. The PlayStation’s... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow – Mirror Of Fate HD

    Konami released Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate on the Nintendo 3DS earlier this year. I liked MercurySteam's new take on the series' side-scrolling roots . Fans who don't own a 3DS or didn't get a chance to play it can get their hands on a high-definition version... More
  • Blog Post: Giving The Dark Lord Voice: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Roundtable

    Dracula is one of the most iconic villains in history, so you might think there isn’t a lot of space left to explore the character’s nature. However, with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, developer MercurySteam is hoping to give players a more emotional version of the fanged rogue that fans... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night

    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is one of my top ten games of all time, and I've wanted to take it down to the Replay room for some time now. That's why I got so excited when Reiner came by my desk to let me know that it was this week's episode. Alucard's 1997 adventure is a classic... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow – Mirror Of Fate

    The newest installment in MercurySteam's Castlevania reboot, Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, arrives on the Nintendo 3DS today. I had a good time reviewing the game , and now we're here to show off a section of the side-scrolling adventure starring Simon Belmont. Join Jeff Cork, Ben Reeves... More
  • Blog Post: Discussing The Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow Trilogy

    MercurySteam didn't just create the first worthwhile 3D Castlevania game with 2010's Lords of Shadow, they started a whole trilogy. With the 3DS's Mirror of Fate and Lords of Shadow 2 on the spooky, moonlit horizon, Matt Miller and I discuss the trilogy and the future of the franchise. In... More
  • Blog Post: Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow: Mirror Of Fate Screens

    We continue our month of exclusive Hot 50 2012 coverage with a new look at the upcoming 3DS title Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate. These new screenshots show Trevor Belmont imbued with magic power, new sections of the castle, and even give us a glimpse at the game's menus. If you haven't... More
  • Blog Post: Ranking The Castlevania Bloodline

    Like Dracula himself, new entries in the storied Castlevania series return year after year. Sometimes these new incarnations return to the series’ traditional action-platforming roots or deliver surprising gameplay evolutions. Other times, they’re dark abominations that should be doused in... More
  • Blog Post: The Dark Metamorphosis Of Castlevania's Classic Monsters

    When the original Castlevania hit the NES in 1986, courageous adventurers were tasked with conquering six levels of a haunted castle. While six locations may seem like a short order on paper, the game's punishing difficulty humbled even the hardiest demon slayers. The six bosses – the giant... More
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