The graphic and artwork are amazing, and the story is definitely in-depth and captivating. The gameplay and gaping holes of logic however brings the rest to a halt. Following the story for the first game, Gabriel Belmont is now Dracula and awakens in modern times. However, this Dracula feels more of a wimpy goth kid hiding in school hallways from the jocks. Apparently everyone is stronger than him, and you have to "stealth mission" several times in the game. Brings the action to a grinding halt and demeans the whole basis of Dracula, Prince of Darkness, The Dragon. Then the fact that it has 2 storylines running at the same time, neither of which ever interact with each other. The 2nd one involves Dracula mysteriously (teleporting/shifting/appearing) in his old castle via (time travel/memories/his own mind). Which is it? No one seems to bother to explain. Only reason game wise is that's where you get your new powers, cause I guess modern time monsters can't be bothered to have anything nice.
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.
posted by KuykieKrisps (JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, WA) Aug 31, 2014
Member since Aug 2014
I enjoyed the game for the most part, but it felt like the same old game. two lords of shadow die and the last battle is satan. In LoS 2 two acolytes die and your last battle is satan again. Aside from that Konami seems to have failed the whole open world scene with no side missions and a very limited map. I give it an 8 because despite it's failures it had very smooth combat and a very well coordinated skill tree for each of your skill categories.
posted by 909fien (SAN BERNARDINO, CA) Jul 24, 2014
Member since May 2014
Great game from the start as soon as i put the disk in my console i was addicted great story so far still making my way further in the game dracula is a beast the onley bad part is mashing buttons all the time gets frustrating allways having to hit combos