Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection Out Now

Publisher Konami has released Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, available for $39.99. This version contains the original Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and the HD remake of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate; the game that needed two subtitles.

The original will come with vouchers for its downloadable content, both Reverie and Resurrection.

More importantly, the collection of Konami’s new focus on the adventure series will give players a taste of its latest iteration. A voucher for a digital download of a Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 demo will be included in the bundle as well.

In the demo, players will be able to play with Dracula himself.

Its latest title in the series will wrap up what Konami has dubbed a trilogy in the Lords of Shadow lore. It’s rather odd to offer a collection before that story comes to an end, but there’s probably a second bundle planned later on.

The Lords of Shadow series modernized the adventure game, to go from side-scrolling action to 3D environments, with flashy combat like in God of War. It wasn’t unanimously accepted by its community, certainly as it heavily lends elements from Shadow of the Colossus battles, another fan favorite.

Therefore, it returned to side-scrolling for Mirror of Fate, which started off as a Nintendo 3DS exclusive, but was ported to consoles to boost sales, after meager results on the handheld.

For Lords of Shadow 2, the scope will see Gabriel Belmont and his ancestors go from their historic settings to the modern age. At least it can’t be said that Konami isn’t trying new things, but whether a title like Castlevania will work in the modern world is yet to be decided.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is planned for release on February 28, 2014.