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Now, I try not to be a fanboy of things, but if there's one video game franchise I love near to the point of obsession, it's Castlevania.

For quite a while, I've had an idea for a Castlevania fangame that I'll most likely never get around making because I can't do it all myself and I'm hesitant to ask other people to work on a project that I'd most likely abandon at the first sign of challenge.

I racked my brain thinking up a title, considering that many games in the series use musical titles (e.g. Symphony of the Night, Aria of Sorrow, Harmony of Dissonance, Rondo of Blood, etc.), so I decided to use "Overture." Then I wondered what the second part would be. "Blood?" Too overused. Besides, I wanted to use a heavenly body. Since "Moon" sounded a bit too overused and cliched, I decided on "Mars." Hence, the title "Overture of Mars."

This gave me a great opportunity to use Photoshop and make a 1280x800 wallpaper "promo." I took the logo for "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow" that I found at
wp/wp-content/uploads/200 9/06/castlevania_logo_bla ck_bckg-1023x390.jpg and fooled around with it until I could cleanly separate it from its background, then I applied a layer style to it to make it stand out more. I took a photo of Mars ( s/images/mars1.gif) and put it in the background, and I put a heavily edited picture of Dracula's castle (I can't find the source image I used again, but I know I got it by googling "Dracula's castle") in the foreground, applying some lighting effects to it using layer masking and gradients. Then, Using some cloud brushes and star brushes from, I finished the background.

I worked very hard on this and am proud of my work, but I am always looking for ways to improve myself.

The Castlevania series and logo is copyright to Konami.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Near to the point of Obsession huh? Dont worry I'm the same when it comes to Mega Man.

As for this fine piece of work Overture of Mars sounds like a real deal title for a castlevania game


Rated 4 / 5 stars

I don't know what Castlevania is but this is cool. I like it :D