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Slow pace, surprisingly little action.
posted by BigScary (REDMOND, WA) May 9, 2014
Member since Oct 2009
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I feel like this game just tried to mash together cool game mechanics from other popular games, and managed to botch all of them so it's just a mediocre pile of blah. Super disappointed. yet another failure of the Castlevania brand in the 3D action space.
Gave it a 4 because it at least LOOKS Castlevania, and I'm not sure the story is bad (although making Dracula God's chosen warrior on a mission to defeat Satan in current day but also in an old castle is a real stretch for me).
posted by CaptMagnifico (THORNTON, CO) May 4, 2014
Member since Aug 2011
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
So to this game I was a fan, a big fan of the first Lords of Shadow. Sure it wasn't very Castlevania like but it was fun and interesting. This game seems to forget what Castlevania is or ever was.
The game is set in modern times with you playing as Dracula. You think they would do anything new and original with that. Instead they put you in generic city taking on the same enemies. You play as Dracula, now I thought that I would be killing templar knights and take on the Belmont family. Instead I'm fighting demons and jumping back and fourth through time; which they never explain how I do that. Dracula is just a mopey emo kid, not even close to being this suave bad mother. The story is lackluster end that seemed like they made it up in a afternoon.
The gameplay is similar to Lords of Shadow but forgot the area of being fun. It starts out fine but when you end up fighting generic mutant number 5 every 10 minutes you get tired of it pretty quick. They also add a stealth mechanic which is the most broken thing in this game. It is so tedious and dumb all it does is bring the flow of the game to a complete hault. It brings me to ask how can Dracula take on the head demons but not the doorman.
Overall the game is fundamentally broken but it isn't the sequel anyone wanted to the first. I would say play Mirror of Fate for a good sequel and sweep this under the rug.
Looks pretty. However...
posted by Cryptiknight (NORFOLK, VA) Sep 4, 2014
Member since Apr 2014
Sadly I only played though about the first half of the game before I sent it back in disappointment. The storyline is weak with you once again defeating Satan's acolytes to prevent his return and the excruciating quest to repair the Mirror of Fate for some character who portrays as your second son. Almost nothing that made the first game great made it into this game and that's really disappointing seeing as how LOS, while not perfect, was a really fun game.
I may come back to this game in the future, but as it stands right now, it's one of the few games I have left unfinished in 15 years of gaming.
Very pretty, but...
posted by zekemelias (AUSTIN, TX) Sep 2, 2014
Member since May 2010
The combat is rather...off putting. At times it flows smoothly and can create a fun while challenging experience. Then the game goes unforgiving mid-battle, punishing you if you attempt to dodge too soon/too late, and refusing to let you maneuver yourself into a more strategic position. All monsters are unaffected by your combo attacks and will freely attack in the middle of your combos (which you HAVE to use several times in combat to "upgrade your weapon," I say in quotes cause I see little to no improvements). They show very slight/no movements that they are about to attack with exceptions to non-blockable attacks, which can still be frustratingly difficult to even dodge mid-combo.
After hitting a rather time-consuming and extremely frustrating stealth game, I called it quits and sent it back.
Same Old Story.
posted by KuykieKrisps (JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, WA) Aug 31, 2014
Member since Aug 2014
posted by 909fien (SAN BERNARDINO, CA) Jul 24, 2014
Member since May 2014
A step backwards in every possible way.
posted by mvidaure (LAKE ELSINORE, CA) Jul 21, 2014
Member since Aug 2011
posted by ericscott (MERCED, CA) May 5, 2014
Member since May 2012
A Flawed Sequel
posted by Breazy (PORT ORCHARD, WA) May 2, 2014
Member since Oct 2013
After playing the original LoS, I was looking forward to the sequel. LoS was a good game and a nice "reinvention" of the Castlevania formula, the first good one I've played in 3D. Unfortunately, the developers of LoS2 chose to add a few elements to this game which drag it down, causing frustration and annoyance throughout.
First, the graphics are beautiful, and this is coming from someone who has played Ryse etc. on Xbox One. LoS2 is definitely one of the best looking games on Xbox 360, it really is eye candy. The game runs smoothly and the combat is (generally) fun, with a few minor blips that come up from time to time. The story is a direct continuation from LoS, and if you're into the Castlevania lore/story, you'll probably like this.
As for the rest of the game...there's nothing broken here, but there are some serious design flaws which caused me a good deal of annoyance as I played through the game. In particular, the stealth areas really ruin the pacing of the game and can be frustrating areas of trial/failure. Navigation, platforming, and climbing can also be annoying due to the camera which can get downright stupid at times. Some enemy encounters feel cheap at times as well, and the checkpoint system can definitely use some work.
Overall, not a bad game. It's decent, but don't go in expecting the same quality or fun you experienced with the original.
posted by SS22 (MANHATTAN BEACH, CA) Apr 19, 2014
Member since Apr 2014
posted by DangerBabe (PENDLETON, IN) Apr 15, 2014
Member since Jul 2009
I guess regarding storyline, I just don't know my Castlevania history as well as I thought I did - I don't remember all the characters involved, if they did exist. If they were new for this game, there was no real explanation for who they were or where they came from. The ending tried to tie it all up, but didn't really pull it off. Still, worth playing in my book.
Not a major improvement
posted by jacksonran (BEDFORD, IN) Apr 14, 2014
Member since Aug 2010
Good: The gameplay, storyline, and cut scenes were great. It continued off of the first and finished the great story. It finished a little weak in my opinion though.
Bad: It isn't a real long game and is worth a rent only.
Ugly: Too many collectables. All of the enhancements and health are increased with many many collectables. Both the first and this one are not achievement friendly. Too many B.S things.
posted by Mayonaka (OMAHA, NE) Mar 28, 2014
Member since Mar 2014
Tale of Dracul
posted by Zman623 (GLEN ELLYN, IL) Mar 18, 2014
Member since Jun 2011
Story-wise, this game is not as strong as its predecessor. There a few loose ends and questions that remain unanswered regarding the two "timelines" that are playable. However, seeing Dracula throw down against those who oppose him is pretty sweet (This game gives off a Revengeance feel--where the plot just barely works but you stay for the action).
The gameplay seems a lot more fluid than the original Lords of Shadow, and the Chaos Claws and Void Sword mix up combat in a way similar to light and dark magic, but they just seem more entertaining aesthetically. The open world is a good addition, making going back to collect previously unreachable items more convenient than trucking through an old chapter. The "Kleidos Mirror" challenge mode adds a bit of extra... well, challenge to the game and tests your ability to effectively use Dracula's skills.
The leveling system remains rather unchanged from the original, save for the mastery element of it (use a weapon/skill more, become more deadly with it).
Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2--though it stumbles a bit with storytelling--is a quality game, and is extremely deserving of a rent.
posted by Alcades (SELLERSVILLE, PA) Mar 9, 2014
Member since Dec 2012
If you enjoy action games such as God of War or Devil May Cry, you are going to like the action/combat and mechanics of this game quite a bit. You may want to bump the difficulty up to Lords of Shadow if you enjoy a challenge though. The default difficulty is totally fine and I found myself only dying when careless or when not paying attention to enemy patterns but the game will punish button mashing. LoS 2 is challenging but its not nearly as punishing as the first LoS. Yes some of the stealth sections are rough around the edges and may frustrate you due to their trial & error nature. There are also not that many of them. However in order to get through some them successfully you only need think about one particular ability you gain during the game that could make you say "Disappear into thin air" if you were being hunted down. There are also plenty of secrets to find and large two-side map to explore. To find everything will probably take a lot of time. I did really like that there is an item that will assist you in locating some of the harder to find items. Even with that being said, I finished the game at around 75%. My recommendation is that if you enjoyed a the first Lords of Shadow game, then its pretty likely you'll enjoy this one. The Lords of Shadow series was a different take on the Castlevania series and I think it achieved what it set out to do.
I wouldn't let a few rough spots or scathing game reviews stop you from enjoying an otherwise superb action with great production values, challenging combat and an interesting story.
Once again a terrible game!
posted by RuningWolf (YUCAIPA, CA) Mar 7, 2014
Member since Apr 2003
Now on to my greatest complaint. I made It all the way to "pan's garden" from that point It was totally impossible to play! I died over and over again. After several attempts I put the darn thing in It's mailer and said to heck with this game! A message to the developers: If your going to make a boss battle part that is this difficult to beat then please for the love of God and games include a skip feature that after so many times dying the player can or not opt in to use! I HATE games that ruin my fun factor like this one did! I won't ever play them again nor buy them even If they cost a dollar! This game was around a6.5 until that point, after that..unplayable! I don't have patience nor time for games that get super hard for no apparent reason right in the middle of them!
To all gamers, this is most definitely a rental, If you like It afterward then good for you, as for me I wouldn't take a free copy of this game If you offered It! Good luck with "Pan" you'll need It!
posted by krazikurt (CHATTANOOGA, TN) Mar 7, 2014
Member since Sep 2012
Castlevania POS 2 I mean (LOS) Lords of Shadow 2
posted by Metallica0 (BEAVERTON, OR) Mar 3, 2014
Member since Dec 2010