Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate is a sequel to 2010's console title Lords of Shadow and is set to bridge the gap between that game and the upcoming Lords of Shadow 2. Though Lords of Shadow largely created a successful Castlevania experience in 3D after years of blunders, this Mirror of Fate returns to the 2D gameplay the series is was founded on. Instead of working from the template many past 2D Castlevania titles used, this game successfully converts the 3D gameplay of Lords of Shadow into 2D. Though this provides for a fun experience, the 2D gameplay creates expectations that there's no way this 3DS game could possibly reach. It's a shame that Konami didn't bring in experienced Castlevania development staff for this, as it offers loads of potential.
Mirror of Fate can't quite live up to the long legacy of brilliant 2D Castlevania games, but at least manages to provide a fresh handheld experience that will feel familiar to fans of Lords of Shadow. The graphics are some of the best on 3DS, and with the 3D effect on, provide a fantastic amount of depth that make the details of the castle come to life. This is one of those select few 3DS games that plays best with the effect on. It's shame they didn't work more from the classic template the series has built up over the years, but Castlevania and action game fans who can get over the hurdle of high expectations will find an entertaining and worthwhile experience.