Preview: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
"Lone warrior battles supernatural creatures with a whip." As high concepts go, that's a pretty straightforward one - and a familiar one to anybody who's played a Castlevania game before. Konami's much-loved action-adventure series has been going for almost 25 years, and is now set to continue with PS3 and Xbox 360 title Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
Producer Dave Cox describes it as being "quite a radical departure" for the series, being a game which is "more gritty, realistic and more modern-looking" than all of the previous instalments. But right from the start, developer MercurySteam has been sure to focus on the single sentence scrawled on the front of the design document: "Lone warrior battles supernatural creatures with a whip."
"That was really what we felt Castlevania was all about, right from the beginning," says Cox. "We wanted to take the series back to that core premise of what the first game was all about, and to make a game that was more akin to classic action platformers."
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