Castlevania is a series with heritage. Since its introduction in 1986 it's rarely skipped a year, with 40 released titles spanning consoles, PCs and arcades. Over nearly 30 years, the backbone remains the same. The plot is an eternal repetition of the need for the Belmont clan (and occasional affiliates) to destroy Dracula who, against all odds, keeps getting resurrected in all manner of bizarre circumstances. Features and details may change, or occasionally be absent, but they're indelible parts of the series, always remembered, always returning.
The co-creator of the SAW series, James Wan, has signed up to direct a film based on the Castlevania games.
Peculiar bedfellows, perhaps? There was always going to be a clash somewhere in this year's Coming Attractions as we sorted our way through 12 categories, but you could argue there's more that unites fighting and strategy than divides them. Both are about trying to take maximum of advantage of your opposition's weaknesses, both reward patience, concentration and consideration, and as of Red Alert 3 both have a thing for impractical women's clothing.
Konami has konfirmed that the next instalment in the Silent Hill series will be released on 27th February.
Silent Hill Homecoming is already out in the States for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. It's "fairly decent", according to our review.
Also coming on Feb 27th is Castlevania: Judgement for Wii. It's a fighting game with 3D environments and a spanky online mode. There's more on the gamepage.
Konami has held some key autumn releases back until Q1 2009, including new Lost in Blue and Castlevania instalments for Wii and DS.
Konami has confirmed the forthcoming release of the first fighting game in the Castlevania series, exclusively for Wii.