The game isn't nearly as good as the first one. The story seems lacking and could have been much better. It doesn't make up for the lack of fights and annoying reoccurring fights. The combat controls can be frustrating as they don't respond in time causing you to suffer major damage. This can be impossible to recover from since, unlike the first, it doesn't save the stage of the boss fight you're in. The bosses have also become easier so if your looking for a challenge you'd be better off playing on hard mode. Overall decent game that I recommend playing, but not nearly as good as it's predecessor.
Lords of Shadow 2 has received rather negative reviews from gaming sites and such, so here's my honest review:
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.
I just finished and very much enjoyed Castlevania:Lords of Shadow 2. I also played and found first LoS and Mirror of Fate and found them to be a lot of fun. In addition I've also played the majority of the Castlevania games that have come out over the years.
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.