For the most part, I enjoyed the game - good length of play, graphics pretty good, gameplay easy (though with zillions of combos, I find myself sticking to half a dozen or so throughout)...but the travel in this game, from location to location, was extremely trying on my patience and memory. I hate resorting to online maps and guides to find things, but there was nothing intuitive or easy to navigate with in this game. Just trying to get back to the Chupacabra's Shop was the insanity that made me put this game back in the mail to Gamefly. I wanted to round out the items and level everything up after the main storyline was finished - but it was so horrible to travel all over the place to do it, I just gave up.
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.
I enjoyed the gameplay of the first one but it lacked with everything else. I wanted to LOVE this one. It was very enjoyable but the flaws flowed over the this one too. Throwing it in the modern world for majority of the game was a let down in the environment too.
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.