Looks like Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate: Superfluous Colons reviews have gone live across the Internet. A quick survey of scores shows surprisingly positive results. I won’t be reading any of them just yet — I’m finishing the game and posting a review to 1UP as a sort of send-off. After all, I got my start at 1UP gushing about Castlevania. Might as well wrap things up by complaining about the series.
So what’s not to like, you ask? Eh, I have a few issues, but the biggest is that, unless things change radically in the final few hours, poor Grant Danasty has been given the shaft… again.
Konami hates this little dude. For a while, I did too. But my recent survey of the NES trilogy opened my eyes to his intended potential. His career was sabotaged right from the start, with his recruitment route in Castlevania III representing the only wholly optional path and making him the only companion character not situated on the game’s critical path — in other words, the only one you wouldn’t encounter by taking one main path or the other.
Then, in coming to the U.S., Konami gimped his ability, stripping him of his ability to throw endless daggers as a default attack and forcing him to expend Hearts to use daggers as a subweapon instead. Worse yet, they used this terrible art in the manual:
Now there’s a face not even a mother could love. (Shoulda taken more limes on that last sea voyage, ya scurvy wretch.)
After that, Grant went almost completely ignored, unlike all his Dracula’s Curse companions. The Belmont legacy speaks for itself, of course. Alucard went on to star in the best Castlevania and appear in two of the DS games, including one in which he was playable… along with a descendant of Sypha (whose magical powers represent a sort of lineage parallel to and intertwined with that of the Belmonts, a la Juste’s spells and Carrie “Belnades” Fernandez) and a Belmont. But no Grant-alike. Nor was Grant represented in Harmony of Despair.
In fact, the one time Konami has deigned to remember Grant was for IGA’s budget brawler bomb, Castlevania Judgment, in which Grant fought as one of many characters. For reference, this is what he looked like:
Insult to injury, man. What about Grant says, “ridiculous Voldo clone?”
The sad fact of Grant Danasty is that the one cool reference back to him came in Symphony, where he shared the stage with the entire Dracula’s Curse crew… and turned out to be a doppelgänger anyway. So his one good showing turned out to be a lie.
Granted, not appearing in Mirror of Fate may ultimately prove to be a blessing. But I kind of feel bad for the guy. The whole Dracula’s Curse cast puts in an appearance throughout Mirror‘s story, even if some of the choices the writers have made feel tragically dumb. But still, doesn’t Grant deserve at least one moment of remembrance that doesn’t turn him into an emo bondage mummy?