Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate is the latest installment of MercurySteams retelling of Konami's well known series. Does it stack-up to its father console title and past castlevania titles? Read the rest of the review to find out in our latest installment of Dog House Reviews.
Castlevania LoS Mirror of Fate takes place in different timelines before and after lords of shadow. The prologue starts you off as Gabrielle before his adventure in lords of shadow, introducing you to the combat in the game. It ends with Gabrielle sealing away a Daemon with his variation of Blood Cross (so it looked since he painted a cross with his own blood after getting stabbed by the tail.) It also reveals that Gabrielle had a son by the name of Trevor, which was kept secret from him due to the Mirror of fate fortelling that it would endanger the World. Because of this, the Order of Light took him in in secrecy soon after birth right when Gabrielle's adventure started. The game then continues a ton of years later with Simon Belmont (skipping over Trevors tale) waking up from his recurring nightmares of when his mother died to protect him as a child before being raised by mountain folk and vowing revenge against the Dragon Dracul aka Dracula*.
*Fun Fact: Gabrielle called himself Dracul, which meant dragon in old Romanian, instead of Dracula or his human name.
The game allows you to play through three characters and their storylines (four if you count the prologue with Gabrielle): Simon Belmont, Trevor Belmont, and *Non Spoiler* Alucard (who is actually Trevor so we will call him Trevorcard.) Simon's and Alucard's story take place at the same time while Trevor's takes place years before he turned. Each character has their own abilities and sub weapons; Simon using guardian spirits and classic castlevania subweapons like the throwing axe, Alucard using his passive and activative vamiric abilities or abilities he earned through drinking blood off of certain bosses, and Trevor using light and dark magics (Like Gabrielle from the Lords of shadow console port).