I was looking forward to Lords Of Shadows 2 having very much enjoyed the first one. After seeing countless gameplay videos, it made it even more enticing to want to play because action was the main focus. Finally, a Castlevania game that went back to it's roots. After having played it, however, I have to say that as great as this game looks and sounds, nothing else is worth your time. First of all, the story is horrible. Set in some future time period, most of the first half of the game has you exploring some biochemical facility with the occasional flashback to the castle to regain some lost power. The level design allows for a more open world experience, but as you navigate each part, you're still really on a linear path. Dracula's weapons are cool and fun to use, much like Dante's different combination of weapons in Devil May Cry. The gameplay takes a page from God Of War and you'll find that you use many of the same techniques and combos to kill your enemies. As you collect experience you can level up your mastery of your weapons by gaining 100% for each skill. All this sounds great, but it gets very repetitive and is not as smooth or fluid as God Of War's style of combat. Some additional gimmicks are thrown in, for example, stealth sections that require you to move undetected by turning yourself into a rat or by distracting your enemy as you slink past them. What makes these areas frustrating is that they're totally unnecessary, poorly played out, and just downright stupid. The game even goes as far as disables your weapons during these sections. The second half of the game fairs a little better, but you're still going through the same motions as you did in the first half. And not a good thing when the game takes about 15 hours to complete. A couple of things this game has is an awesome soundtrack that fits the mood and a slight improvement in graphics. It's worth renting to see what the hype is about, but I wouldn't shell out $60.
posted by zenith (CORPUS CHRISTI, TX) Oct 30, 2014
Member since Oct 2014
This game is amazing considering most sequels are not as good as the first. but I was impressed the gameplay was smooth besides the blocking and the a.I was a little crappy but besides that 10/10 review
The game is fun. I never finished it due to parts where I had to sneak and I dont like having to sneak. I like run and gun or pray and spray games if you will. I liked that the game was a not a total button masher but there is definitely mashing of buttons to be had. I may rent this again to finish the game.