Mixed or average reviews - based on 68 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 68
  2. Negative: 2 out of 68
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  1. It's a compromise between action and exploration, between the series' history and contemporary trends, between traditional presentation and modern technology. It's the best Castlevania game we've played in years and it might be the best action game we've ever played on a handheld console.
  2. Mar 13, 2013
    Boss fights are fun and varied, and the excellent checkpointing system kept the big encounters from becoming frustrating. Castlevania fans and 3DS owners alike will find a lot to enjoy here.
  3. Mar 13, 2013
    Despite being neither revolutionary nor completely true to the original Castlevania concept, Mirror of Fate is enormously entertaining in its own right. It is a delightful mixture of action, platforming and exploration featuring a satisfying combat system that works extremely well in 2D.
  4. Mar 11, 2013
    Mirror of Fate manages to make the once well-worn Metroidvania formula new again by using this reboot-based version of the franchise, and is a must-play for any fans of the series.
  5. Mar 5, 2013
    Mercury Steam creates a videogame that supposes another interesting reboot in the Castlevania franchise, this time from the 2D perspective. A title with Metroidvania elements, a strong combat system and 10 hours of gameplay. Mirror of Fate is one of the best games designed for Nintendo 3DS.
  6. Mar 5, 2013
    Its mixture older-style exploration with LoS' combat results in not only a truly great Castlevania game, but also a great action title and one of the best offerings on Nintendo's console.
  7. Mar 11, 2013
    An impressive follow-up to 2010's Lords of Shadow that you shouldn't miss.
  8. Mar 20, 2013
    After changing the longstanding mechanics of Castlevania with Lords of Shadow, MercurySteam managed to merge action and exploration in Mirror of Fate. The game is far from the Metroidvania style but in exchange offers many hours of intense combat, and a story that studies in the Belmont family mythology. If only the platforming and puzzle solving were better, this could be the perfect successor to Symphony of the Night; but unfortunately it is not but it's a great 3DS game and a thrilling interlude while we wait for Lords of Shadows 2.
  9. Mar 14, 2013
    I personally enjoy the 2D Castlevania titles, so I was skeptical to play Mirror of Fate. Of course, I was also skeptical of another developer taking over one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history, and that turned out pretty great. Now we see MercurySteam taking the same approach to the franchise in the handheld space, and again with decent results.
  10. 85
    Mirror of Fate is a confident interpretation of well-trod mechanics and themes, and the Castlevania name is stronger for it.
  11. Mar 5, 2013
    One of the best platforming and action games on 3DS. It's a must-have on the handheld, and works perfectly no matter if you've played Castlevania: Lords of Shadow or not.
  12. Mar 5, 2013
    Mirror of Fate takes its cues from MercurySteam’s 2010 console title, Lords of Shadow, and mixes in some light Metroid exploration elements. Once you’ve got your head around that, you’re in for an adventure that successfully fuses Castlevania’s new flavor with the franchise’s 2D roots.
  13. Games Master UK
    Apr 10, 2013
    Atmosphere so thick you can crack it with a whip. [May 2013, p.78]
  14. Mar 5, 2013
    For those who really missed the Metroidvania concept of Koji Igarashi in Lords of Shadow, MercurySteam has created in Mirror of Fate an petit homage with the style and gameplay of the reboot's series, adding those elements of pure exploration, platforms and astonishing 3D's visual stereoscopic levels that truly take us into the castle, dungeons and caves of the new & tragic Dracula, always cursed by the revenge of the Belmont Clan.
  15. Mar 20, 2013
    With Mirror of Fate the iconic franchise finally returns to the 2D world - with success. This way back to its roots is definitely enjoyable, but still something's missing to reach the grandeur of the series’ famous installments. Nevertheless, both gameplay and visuals are great. There are some minor balancing problems, but all in all Mirror of Fate is a must-have for fans of the genre.
  16. Apr 1, 2013
    Overall, this is a game that will likely divide Castlevania fans. Taken on its own merit we can only recommend this to 3DS owners. It’s a dark and forbidding fairy tale told with skill and it conjures an atmospheric adventure which leads into the darker, more brutal side of the Castlevania universe.
  17. Mar 25, 2013
    Mirror of Fate is almost a unique offer and that is what is essential when you immerse yourself in this crossed destiny of four characters.
  18. Mar 19, 2013
    If you liked Castlevania: Lords of Shadows, you'll like Mirror of Fate. Mercury Steam succeed in combining the basis of Konami's reboot and some old stuffs from the early episodes. The result is ten hours of an intense and gripping adventure that will lead you to the end of Dracula's reign. The choice between four characters is very welcome, exactly like the renewal in the gameplay. A successful bet.
  19. Mar 10, 2013
    Mirror of Fate is an excellent entry into this new Castlevania canon. It treats its plot with as much reverence as a home console title, while capturing more of the feel of classic Castlevania than Lords of Shadow. It's an excellent companion piece to Gabriel's first adventure, and a thoughtful, well-designed handheld title in particular.
  20. Like Bram Stoker’s famous book Dracula, the source material on which the series is based, Castlevania continues to evolve and reinvent itself for new audiences.
  21. Mar 8, 2013
    Mirror of Fate is as enjoyable reboot, if you will, to an age-old franchise. The game has all the right elements to make it fun and enjoyable. Sure, it has a few issues but fans of the series, and genre as a whole, will most likely love it even if it does bristle with the liberties in the storyline. That being said, the casual fan may have trouble with the sometimes-tough control and dark undertones of the subject material.
  22. Mar 7, 2013
    As Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate stands out not only for its massive amount of content, but also for some well polished gameplay mechanics, like it's great combat system.
  23. Mar 6, 2013
    Mercury Steam continues to demonstrate its talent in this new contribution to its Lords of Shadow reboot of the Castlevania series. Beautifully transposed to 2,5D gameplay, this 3DS title brings back together demanding platforming and deep combat mechanics, in an accessible mix that only lacks a little more puzzles and, for old-timers, challenge.
  24. Mar 5, 2013
    A huge thrill-a-minute adventure, with satisfying combat, and big boss fights. Just don't expect the old Metroidvania formula.
  25. Mar 5, 2013
    Although the 2D perspective and Metroidvania-style features call to mind past classics, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate shouldn’t be directly compared to previous games in Konami’s long-running vampire-hunting series, because it tries to do things a little differently.
  26. 80
    The best portable Castlevania for years and a more than equal follow-up to Lords Of Shadow – not to mention one of the best-looking games so far on the 3DS.
  27. Mar 11, 2013
    The dynamic battles are well executed, the 3D-effects strike you with immense feeling of depth. But Mercury Steam can’t get a grip on the spirit of past mobile Castlevanias. This plays more like a two-dimensional God of War than a modern variation of the cult vampire saga.
  28. Mar 17, 2013
    The game looks great and the gameplay is fantastic, but it never becomes too hard. The storyline that was so great in the original is not that clear in this game.
  29. Mar 15, 2013
    Mirror of Fate doesn’t do much terribly wrong, but doesn’t do much greatly either. All parts are subjected to a story that doesn’t live up to standards. It’s party Lords of Shadow with a deep, perfectly integrated combat system that hardly gets put to the test. It’s partly Metroidvania, but exploration doesn’t have a great impact due to lackluster upgrades. When holding Mirror of Fate up to a mirror, it mostly misses a clear execution of a number of good ideas.
  30. Mar 13, 2013
    If fans come in expecting something more like Castlevania IV than Symphony of the Night, they're in for a good experience. More than anything though, Mirror of Fate has me excited for Lords of Shadow 2.
  31. Mar 7, 2013
    The new direction Castlevania has taken can be liked or not, and we personally fall into the latter category, but Mirror of Fate is nonetheless a very good, albeit not perfect, action game for 3DS. If only it was devoid of that tedious quick time events.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 222 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 60
  2. Negative: 6 out of 60
  1. Mar 5, 2013
    This game is AMAZING..
    One of the best looking 3DS game and its a very good mix of OLD eps like Castlevania 3 or 4 and LOS, with some
    This game is AMAZING..
    One of the best looking 3DS game and its a very good mix of OLD eps like Castlevania 3 or 4 and LOS, with some Metroidvania features.
    Its really challenging, you will die a lot before you learn how to beat the ennemies and the QTE are not over-intruisive. The story is ok, but there is a lips synch issue on the cut scene..
    If you ONLY played the Metroidvania, maybe you will not like it on first attempt(you will if you get over what you except of such an episode)

    Anyway, it's a shame to not at least try this Castlevania before judging it, you will probably miss on of the good exclusive title in 3DS.
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  2. Mar 5, 2013
    I'll try to be simple:

    i) graphics: 9.5 ii) sound: 9 iii) script: 8 iv) art (if the game has a soul): 10 Castlevania at its best. The
    I'll try to be simple:

    i) graphics: 9.5
    ii) sound: 9
    iii) script: 8
    iv) art (if the game has a soul): 10

    Castlevania at its best. The game resembles the NES and SNES Castlevanias (in a Lords of Shadows approach, of course). If you have a 3DS, don't miss this excelent game!
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  3. Mar 5, 2013
    Plisskin seems like u plagiarized the ign review highly doubt u beat the game yet is it like the old ones no but it doesn't mean it's not goodPlisskin seems like u plagiarized the ign review highly doubt u beat the game yet is it like the old ones no but it doesn't mean it's not good i only been playing for a hour and I'm enjoying the hell out of this game and if u dident like well use your own words to say it plisskin cause this game is a new take done well unlike your new metel revengence assuming your a metel gear fan boring!!!! Full Review »