Castlevania: Lords of Shadow


Feature"We got caught in a s***storm"

The makers of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow hit back.

FeatureCastlevania Lords of Shadow: Mercury Steam's mission to be the next Naughty Dog

Lords of Shadow 2 will be Spanish dev's final Castlevania game.

FeatureHow Castlevania Nearly Didn't Happen

Dave Cox reflects on the ups and downs of making Lords of Shadow.

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Netflix's animated Castlevania series has a debut trailer

Netflix's animated Castlevania series has a debut trailer

UPDATE: Will premiere on 7th July in the UK.

UPDATE 25/05/2017 4.20pm: Netflix's Castlevania series will launch on 7th July in the UK as well, the streaming service confirmed.

ORIGINAL STORY 25/05/2017 1.02am: Netflix's animated Castlevania series will debut on 7th July, at least in the US and Latin America, and the streaming video company has released its first trailer for the show.

We're still awaiting official confirmation for a UK release date, but hopefully it won't be far behind its North American Netflix brethren.

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Feature"We got caught in a s***storm"

The makers of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow hit back.

In October 2010, a little-known Spanish developer, backed by a veteran Konami employee finally given his shot at the bigtime, released a reboot of one of the most beloved Japanese-created games of all time. Despite concern among the franchise's most ardent fans, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow launched to critical and commercial acclaim. The overlords at Konami were pleased.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection release date announced

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection release date announced

UPDATE: PC version of Mirror of Fate HD teased.

UPDATE: Konami has teased a PC version of Mirror of Fate HD.

After this morning's announcement of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection, due out on PS3 and Xbox 360, producer Dave Cox tweeted an image of Mirror of Fate HD running on a laptop alongside: "No comment :)"

ORIGINAL STORY: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection launches on 8th November 2013 for 30, Konami has announced.

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Castlevania: Mirror of Fate HD leaked by retailer

As part of the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection.

This year's 3DS Castlevania adventure Mirror of Fate is slated for an HD treatment on PS3 and Xbox 360 in October, according to a leaked retailer listing for a Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow confirmed for PC

Trust those Steam registries: Konami has confirmed 2010 action game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will indeed release on PC.

The Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Ultimate Edition comes out on PC in August, the publisher announced, as a physical and digital product. The digital version will be released across Europe via Steam on 27th August, and the boxed product will be released a few days later on the 30th.

The PC edition includes the full game, developed by Spanish studio MercurySteam, and the two add-on chapters, Reverie and Resurrection. Trophy integration is offered through Steam, with Cloud saving, and of course you'll be able to run the game at 60 frames per second in 1080p.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 to launch on Wii U, PS3, Vita and Xbox 360

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 to launch on Wii U, PS3, Vita and Xbox 360

3DS game Mirror of Fate was planned for Wii U too.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will launch on Wii U, PlayStation 3, Vita and Xbox 360, according to a new report.

Paul Gale, he who first reported on PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, also offered more information on the leaked Nintendo 3DS game Castlevania: Mirror of Fate.

Mirror of Fate is a 2D Castlevania game that has been in development for a year-and-a-half, and features two playable characters and co-op play. It uses the 3DS' forward-facing camera as a mirror and the outward facing camera for puzzle solving.

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PES, MGS:PW, Castlevania sales praised

PES, MGS:PW, Castlevania sales praised

Konami pledges support for NGP, 3DS.

Japanese publisher Konami has praised PES 2011, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Castlevania Lords of Shadow for selling well over the last year.

In its report for the financial year ending 31st March, Konami said it enjoyed "solid" sales of video games with contributions from PES 2011, PlayStation Portable game Peace Walker and action game Castlevania Lords of Shadow.

PES 2011 launched in October 2010 to improved review scores. Eurogamer's PES 2011 review turned up a 7/10.

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FeatureCheap This Week - 27/04/11

Brink! Diablo 3! Castlevania! 3DS!

Fancy some cheap games? You're in luck, because here's the lowdown on what's Cheap This Week the finest bargains from all over the internet collected in one convenient place for your consideration. There's a couple of hotly anticipated pre-orders for low prices, and the first signs of 3DS software getting proper discounts, so read on for the best in cheap gaming fun.

Castlevania Reverie DLC release date

Castlevania Reverie DLC release date

Features "breathtaking" plot twist.

The first downloadable content for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow launches on 30th March, Konami has announced.

The Reverie DLC pack will set you back 6.39 / 7.99 from the PlayStation Store or 800 Microsoft Points (6.85) from Xbox Live Marketplace.

Reverie is the first of two planned DLC packs for the 8/10 action game. It sees players return to the castle setting from the end of Lords of Shadow, where Gabriel seeks to assist the recently slain vampire Queen's handmaiden.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow patched

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow patched

No more save issues! Readbility!

After nearly two months on sale, the PlayStation 3 version of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has been patched to work, fingers crossed, properly.

Save game issues relating to PS3 pad interference, Konami said, are a thing of the past. Konami has also added scrolling text to loading screens.

Details of an Xbox 360 patch will be forthcoming.

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FeatureHow Castlevania Nearly Didn't Happen

Dave Cox reflects on the ups and downs of making Lords of Shadow.

Dave Cox is tired. He's spent the last two and a half years flying back and forth from Spain to the US to Japan making Castlevania: Lords of Shadow the best game it could possibly be. Now, with the game out, a top ten UK all-formats chart entry under its belt, and positive reviews to savour, it all seems worthwhile.

Castlevania dev teases 3D Contra pitch

Go on Dave Cox. You know you want to.

Fans of cult side-scrolling shoot-em-up Contra and the recently released reboot of Castlevania were given a boost today after Lords of Shadow producer Dave Cox teased that he's already tried to convince Konami to green light a 3D Contra game.

PS3 Castlevania save patch 

PS3 Castlevania save patch "incoming"

Hours of game progress at stake.

Konami has assured disgruntled owners of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on PS3 that a patch to fix a worrying problem is "incoming".

Some users reported being prompted with a message telling them, "Save file corrupt, will now overwrite, press X to continue," according to Joystiq.

In response, Konami tweeted: "Fear not, Vampire Killers. A patch for the PS3 save issue affecting Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is incoming. We'll update on availability."

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Castlevania: LOS sequel confirmed

Castlevania: LOS sequel confirmed

Konami will be cross.

There's going to be a sequel to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and Spanish developer MercurySteam has apparently already begun work on it.

Oscar Araujo, composer of the game's soundtrack, jovially broke the news to Spanish radio. He said, "If you liked the first [game], hope that the second is even more spectacular," Eurogamer Spain reported.

It was common knowledge that Konami had developer MercurySteam at work on a new game, but until now only speculation pointed to a Castlevania sequel.

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UK chart: FIFA 11 holds lead

Enslaved, Castlevania make top 10.

FIFA 11 has spent a second week at the top of the UK all-formats chart. Rival football game Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 had to settle for a debut in second.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Saved by the Belmont.

The first thing you should understand about the new Castlevania is that it's possibly not the Castlevania you were expecting. While Konami's latest offers plenty of Gothic crenulations and whip-centric combat as yet another Belmont faces off against a wave of Halloween nasties, it sidesteps, to a large extent, the architectural complexity and wily level design that has helped define the series.

You'll still be unlocking new skills to open what amounts to a variety of different doors, engaging in a little light puzzling, and picking your way through environments that grow gradually more elaborate as you head deeper into the adventure. But MercurySteam, the series' current custodian, has shifted the emphasis away from the detailed non-linear exploration of a single location in order to embrace an action adventure with a broader, but more straightforward, approach.

The second thing you should understand, however, is that this isn't necessarily as bad as you might fear. Stripping away much of the intricacy the levels folded in on themselves, the poring over the mini-map as you hunt for promising gaps sounds like heresy, but it feels, more often than not, like smart pragmatism. This is a series that has always struggled whenever it has headed away from a 2D plane, and while you can curse the developers for lacking the ambition to truly get the old formula to work in three dimensions, you can't really fault the adventure they've offered up instead. As reboots go, this is smart, pretty, and generous.

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Castlevania: LOS demo a PSN+ exclusive

Castlevania: LOS demo a PSN+ exclusive

Available today to those who pay.

PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to download the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow demo today - a week before everyone else, the European PlayStation blog announced.

Lords of Shadow is Konami's new 3D take on the Castlevania IP. Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is consulting on the project.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will also be playable at the Eurogamer Expo 2010, which takes place in London from 1st to 3rd October.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Whipping up a storm.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has to be something rather special to really spark excitement, and not just because I had to get up at 8am on a Monday in order play it for this preview. Previous Castlevanias Judgement and Harmony of Despair have both left everyone justifiably wary of the words 'series reboot'. Perhaps only the words 'family-friendly remake' could be more dispiriting.

MGS PSP sales

MGS PSP sales "progressed steadily"

Castlevania, PES to do autumn business.

Sales of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker have "progressed steadily" after the game received "favourable reviews", according to Konami.

Hideo Kojima's PSP game helped Konami boost net income for the three months ended 30th June to 1.27 billion yen. That's an increase of 245 per cent on the same period last year.

The company pointed out that "[MGS: Peace Walker] became the first PSP title to receive a perfect score of 40 points in an industry magazine's cross review". That's Famitsu, in case you're wondering. Eurogamer also liked the game.

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Konami bringing Castlevania to EG Expo

Plus: Def Jam Rapstar! SAW II!

Konami is bringing three big-budget blockbusters to the Eurogamer Expo 2010: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Def Jam Rapstar and SAW II: Flesh & Blood. And they'll be playable - all three before their UK release.

"Lone warrior battles supernatural creatures with a whip." As high concepts go, that's a pretty straightforward one - and a familiar one to anybody who's played a Castlevania game before. Konami's much-loved action-adventure series has been going for almost 25 years, and is now set to continue with PS3 and Xbox 360 title Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

E3: Kojima overseeing new Castlevania

Lords of Shadow, PS3 and 360, 2010.

At Konami's E3 press conference today, Hideo Kojima unveiled Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, a 3D Castlevania action game for PS3 and Xbox 360, due for release in 2010.