Game Nostalgia – Part 5: Castlevania: Lords Of Shadows

Warning: This article contains spoilers.

The vampires, trolls and goblins crawl up from their holes and and the world is covered in darkness. “Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow” was one of my favourite games and still is until this day. In this Japanese game Franchise, we will follow the Belmont Family – who are members of a holy knight order that fight against the dark and evil forces from the pits of hell. Even if this post will focus on “Lords Of Shadow”, I will give you some history of the franchise.

The first game – “Castlevania” wes released in 1986, starring the warrior Simon Belmont, exploring castles and hunting vampires with his vampire killer – a form of crucifix with an internal chain, with a powerful steel mace in the bottom, that he can swing around himself and kill vampires with. The game became very popular and would soon be followed up by several sequells.

Castlevania from 1986.

Each game had it’s own characteristics. In 1999, the first three dimensional Castlevania Game – “Legacy Of Darkness” was released. it was the first game in the franchise that was not in 8-bit mode. These 8-bit games from the 80’s were characterised by it’s pixelated graphics and that you only could go forward och backwards – they were two dimensional.

Legacy of Darkness

Even if the 3D-mode had seen it’s first light in the series, more sequels is the old traditional 2D-style were released. 2003 however, the second 3D sequel – Lament Of Innocence, came out.

Lament Of Innocence

In 2011, I came in contact with the franchise for the first time. The game “Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow” was released. It was a reboot of the old series and the gameplay and graphics were stunning. With it’s hard difficulties and 20 hours of gameplay, this was a fantastic adventure for me. The game takes place in a mythological version of Medieval Europe. We will follow Gabriel Belmont – a knight from The Brotherhood Of Light. He is a bitter man, due to the murder of his beloved wife Marie.

The game is crawling with action, platforming, puzzles and fantastic envirement. It’s combination of horror, fantasy and medieval christian themes, introduced me to the Low Fantasy genre – Fantasy that takes place in our world. Every level contains dead knights on the ground, carrying important scrolls with clues and information on Gabriel’s quest. You will now see a little summary of the game. OBS: It contains spoilers. Beware.

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