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Fans looking to get the most bang for their buck when it comes to taking part in the never-ending battle between good and evil might want to consider pre-ordering Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 via the PlayStation Network. Doing so will net you a free copy of Castlevania: Mirror of Fate HD, letting you bridge the gap between the two main console games at no extra charge. Neat, eh?
Originally releasing on the Nintendo 3DS, an odd choice considering that the original Lords of Shadow never released for a Nintendo platform, Mirror of Fate serves as a second chapter in the new Castlevania mythos, filling in bits of story between the two console offerings highlighting the Belmont clan's eternal struggle (and unexpected ties) to toe blood-sucking monster known as Dracula.
Lords of Shadow 2, which currently has a demo available on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, picks up following the conclusion of Mirror of Fate, with events from that portable game having an impact on the story. One of Mirror of Fate's boss characters, the Toymaker, even makes an appearance in the new game.
A couple of months back, Konami finally wised up and realized that console gamers who had no intention of every picking up a 3DS might like to experience the LoS arc's second chapter, and so released Mirror of Fate HD, an enhanced version of the portable title, through PSN and XBL.
If, for some reason, you still haven't picked up Mirror of Fate but would like to make your Castlevania experience complete, then Konami and Sony have partnered to offer a pretty sweet deal. Simply pre-order the digital version of Lord of Shadows 2 and you'll be able to download a copy of Mirror of Fate HD free of charge.
“Mirror of Fate HD is a companion piece to the epic Lords of Shadow series, introducing Trevor and Simon Belmont to the canon,” reads a statement from Konami. “Mixing platform and action elements, Mirror of Fate HD follows Trevor as he storms Dracula's castle, having pledged to end the vampire's unholy existence. Tragically, their fates are inextricably linked, culminating in an epic climax to be revealed in the forthcoming Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.”
Lords of Shadow 2 arrives on Feb. 28, so that doesn't give you a heck of a lot of time to get the ball rolling if you want to be caught up in time for the upcoming launch.