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Castlevania: Mirror of Fate Will Take 16 Hours To Complete, Estimates Producer

By Ishaan . January 18, 2013 . 1:20pm

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate will take the average player 16 hours to complete the first time around, says series producer, Dave Cox.


Take that with a grain of salt, since developers almost always fail to effectively estimate how long it would take players to complete something. That having been said, if you’re interested, Cox also provided his estimates for 100% completion and a second play-through of the game.


“Average first play thru is 16 hours,” Cox shared with a fan on Twitter. “If you want to collect everything 100%? its longer, second play thru are around 12 hours.” Later, he elaborated: “It’s more around 20 hours to get everything for an average player.”


What do you get for 100% completion? A secret ending, like in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Well, there go our hopes of Alucard stripping down to his undies if you get everything.


Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate will be released this March in North America and Europe. Prior to its release, the game will get a demo on the Nintendo eShop. You can read our impressions of the game here.


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  • Freud_Hater

    That’s an okay amount of gameplay hours. Not as much as a Metroidvania but decent.

    • Quinton Cunningham

      We must have played different games, because they were all 7-10 hours long. Portrait and Ecclesia were on the lower end in particular.

  • kylehyde

    Considering that many of previous Castlevanias games on handhelds lasted at max like 10 hours, 16 hours is really good for the first round.

  • Sergio Briceño

    20 hours is ok I guess. They should just give that estimate instead of the “first playthrough” one, after all if it’s a 2D Castlevania game it’s highly possible people are going to want to complete it 100%, right? RIGHT!!?

  • 6-8 hours for me then. I basically bumrush games I really enjoy. Since I get all immersed in them.

  • Crevox


    • Quinton Cunningham

      16 hours is short for a game that isn’t a JRPG? Since when?

      • no , it’s short compare to Metroivania . I play all ps1 , gameboy and ds Castlevania and i beat the game first run no less than 20 hours ( that’s i did not complete any skill set , level skill max , item and quest ) . I believe 16 hours will have unskipable cutscreens , like the lord of shadow !

        • I really detest that term. Why can’t it just be action platformer/exploration D: ?

  • SirRichard

    So, say about 8-10 hours just running through, and about 16 for full completion maybe? That’s pretty good,

    • Gotta Love Developer Time, They must use dog years.

  • Locklear93

    “What do you get for 100% completion? A secret ending, like in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Well, there go our hopes of Alucard stripping down to his undies if you get everything.”

    What’s to say that’s not in the secret ending? <_<

  • Hope they fixed the frame rate. It played like total crap last E3.

  • Richard N

    That’s more than enough, wasn’t expecting or hoping to use an entire month to beat it.

  • neetyneety

    That’s pretty decent. Most of the other games were about 10 hours anyway iirc..

  • SolidusSnake

    Hopefully it’s all killer no filler. The original Lords of Shadows felt pretty padded with all the platforming, puzzles, random goofy enemies stealing your magic, etc. I enjoyed the game, thought it had amazing combat, but felt like it could have been over when I was still in the castle area.

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