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GF Rating
7.2

7573 ratings

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GF Rating
3

Bad

Fans of the series need not apply...

posted by Arngrim120 (NEW BRAUNFELS, TX) Dec 7, 2010

Member since Nov 2010

5 out of 7 gamers (71%) found this review helpful

I was really looking forward to a fresh Castlevania game. The hordes of undead monsters, clearing the castle room by room, getting new powers and weapons, and using them to get to new areas.

I was extremely disappointed. This is yet another God of War wanna-be...and a poor one at that. I was hoping for at least a decent story, but what's there just feels incomplete. The vast majority of the storyline is told through reading the pages of a book, and while several of these pages are read aloud to you beautifully by Patrick Stewart, it still doesn't do enough to immerse you into the game.

You can download a free demo on the PSN which consists of the first two levels. I could see absolutely no difference between the demo and the finished product, so feel free to use it for an accurate preview of the game itself. But like I said...long story short, it's just not a "Castlevania" game.

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GF Rating
3

Bad

Rent don't buy.

posted by Smkescreen (CHANDLER, AZ) Nov 10, 2010

Member since Nov 2010

8 out of 12 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

I didn't like this game. To me it does feel a lot like god of war, the game play is very guided in a similar way. There is a lot of timed button push scenes, and boss walkthroughs where there is only one way to win.

The story line was also a little strange to me. It was packed with lots of stuff about old gods, and spirit worlds. I was hoping it would stick to the basic Dracula story, where the only thing more powerful than the dark lord is Simon Belmont.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Fantastic!

posted by Tsukune (TULSA, OK) Oct 6, 2010

Member since Nov 2009

8 out of 12 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

I can tell you this and I can tell you right now, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a fantastic game. Its a title that should definitely not get passed up and I strongly recommend it!
LOVE
Beautiful. So beautiful...almost too beautiful. Yes, C:LoS is a great looking game, with its detailed textures, fluid models, awesome effects, and pristine environments it is a pretty game to behold. Combot-wise, C:LoS is very similar to God of War, but has its own unique flair and magic system. Goblins, lycans, vampires, stone giants, spiders, you name any mythological monster and Castlevania just might have it! Platforming and puzzles are sure to please as well as the wonderfully told story (Patrick Stewart, I am in love with you). The music is pleasing to the ears and its sound is epic and rich with orchestrated tone. The game has 12 different chapters, each taking a few hours or more depending on skill to complete so as far as the main story goes, its a good length. Also, there are many collectibles to obtain (what game doesn't have any?), so the replay value is a plus. C:LoS makes a very great impression!
LIKE
The book style menu is nice and when you want to upgrade a power or get a new combo, there's a hand-drawn type sketch displaying what it looks like which is cool.
MEH
Hmm..can't think of anything.
DISLIKE
The combat can be very hard and really frustrating so be careful of which difficulty you choose! Also, the stationary camera is fine and all, but it can be a bit annoying at times.
HATE
N/A
Really, you can't go wrong with this game. Rent it and have a great time!
9/10

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