Konami has just announced that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will see a PC release in late August. This “Ultimate Edition” will include various new PC-centric features (1080p HD graphics, trophy integration through Steam, cloud saving, etc), a new storyline, new weapons and skills, and so on alongside the game’s original content.
Europe’s release date is confirmed as August 27 on Steam, August 30 at retail. The US release is planned for “this summer,” but an exact date was not given.
Castlevania is one of today’s oldest and most iconic gaming series, with its roots tracing all the way back to the NES. Back in those days, it was a platformer famous for its tricky jumps fraught with traps that usually resulted in an untimely death. With the PlayStation came Symphony of the Night, a game that expanded upon the basic gameplay of Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest and incorporated the exploration of the Metroid series to create a very long running and well-liked RPG series. With the Nintendo 64 and the PlayStation 2, the series went 3D, and those games are largely considered disastrous by all but the most hardcore fans. With Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the series tries to merge all three styles of gameplay into a cohesive game, and it largely succeeds, albeit not without copying a few other games along the way. Continue reading ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Staff Review’ »
Over a decade ago, Konami introduced a new look to the Castlevania series. Gone was the notion of lives and linear stages, and in their place was a giant castle to explore, twice in fact. The game was widely acclaimed, and soon others like it began to appear on Nintendo’s handheld systems. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is third game to appear on the DS and the seventh game in the genre, and with some interesting departures, it is the best so far. Continue reading ‘Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia – Staff Review’ »
A slew of RPGs is shipping out today across a range of systems: Star Ocean: First Departure for the PSP, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia for the Nintendo DS, Eternal Sonata for the PlayStation 3, and Fable 2 for the Xbox 360. If you’re a multiplatform RPG player, we at RandomNPC offer our condolences to your wallet.
Widely considered the crown jewel of the Castlevania series and a classic of gaming, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night took what had been a very traditional side-scrolling platformer series, shifted the gameplay focus to exploration, and infused it with RPG mechanics. Symphony of the Night was a significant change to the series, moving it towards more RPG-influenced gameplay, a trend which has increased as the series has gone on. Time has not been particularly kind to this game, as later entries in the series eclipse it in terms of having deeper gameplay and plot, but with such fluid animation and a wonderful soundtrack, the game still has something to offer the modern gamer. Continue reading ‘Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Staff Retroview’ »
RandomNPC had a chance to sit down with Koji Igarashi of Castlevania fame. Continue reading ‘Interview with Iga’ »
Konami has finally confirmed that the newest entry into whip-swinging, Dracula-hunting series will be Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia for the Nintendo DS. Continue reading ‘Konami Whips Up Order of Ecclesia’ »
Since the debut of the ESRB rating widget, it has become one of the best ways to dig up information about unannounced games. A recent search shows that Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia for the Nintendo DS has been rated “T” for Teen and features blood and fantasy violence. At this point, very little about the game is known. Konami has trademarked both the title and logo, but everything else remains a mystery. We’ll go out on a limb on this one, but it’s safe to say that Dracula will somehow pop up again with yet another castle to explore only to be stopped by a new vampire hunter. Either that or it’s about petting cute fuzzy bunnies. Only time will tell.