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Castlevania: The franchise's reboot might've been the breeze of fresh air Konami needed

Updated on January 9, 2013
Lords of Shadow E3
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This vampire-hunter franchise has been around for plenty of years. The Belmont Clan has hunted the night since the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and it's been one of the favorite games by players ever since.

Basically, every game's story (until recently) was about Dracula reviving to haunt human-kind, and whichever Belmont that was alive in that era trying to banish him again. Of course, not every single game was the same - a few of them featured a few changes on gameplay, story twists, and even on characters since we don't use a Belmont in every game; but the premise holds in most of them: banish Dracula.

It was probably because of this predictibility that Konami decided to reboot the franchise with their latest game: Lords of Shadow. Another possible factor was that not everyone was able to play both the console and hand-held games in order to follow the complete story, thus leaving some players in the dark regarding what's going on in another new game. By rebooting the franchise, they can make the story-line easier to follow, even if you don't play the hand-held ones, or at least that is the way I see it. I personally, played the minority of the hand-held games and it was hard to follow the story (mainly with Aria of Sorrow and Harmony of Despair), since I hadn't played all of them and I wasn't sure what was going on, which ended with me looking up the other games' storylines in order to get it.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 E3 Trailer

Lords of Shadow introduced a new protagonist, Gabriel Belmont. He, who forms part of the Brotherhood of Light, is sent to a lake, where he meets Zobek, and he tells him about a prophecy regarding the Lords of Shadow's power, which would be taken by a pure-hearted warrior in order to save the world, as expected. It's also worth mentioning that he lost his wife Marie, and the two of them meet in various occasions (her being a spirit). With the Lords of Shadow's power, Gabriel seeks to revive his wife, and you know, kick evil's butt as well. All in all, it was a really fun game and I enjoyed the story - specially the ending which makes the wait for Lords of Shadow 2 even harder.

This last game had many positive reviews, and it seems that it has renewed a dying hope in this franchise. Everyone knew pretty much what was going to happen in the past story-line, and yet it was still selling - but this amazing reboot of the franchise has given even more life to a somewhat stuck and tedious, yet loved, videogame.


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