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.
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.