Castlevania: Lords of Shadow certainly looks beautiful with rich, colorful environments and graphics ...but looks can be deceiving.
In the beginning of the game you are thrown into a battle where you quickly learn that the battle controls are exactly like those in God of War, giving you one main button for direct attacks and one for area attacks. There is a long list of new combos you can learn and use, but in all honesty, a lot of them require long strings of certain buttons to activate. I found myself just mainly hitting the two main attack buttons throughout the game without suffering any difficulty-wise.
The boss battles are impressive and there are certain "titan" battles that seem like straight rip-offs of Shadow of the Colossus boss battles aimed. Still not really complaining, as I did like the combat system and boss battles in Castlevania.
The plot is really what hurt this game. The plot is rather dry, all of the plot twists are overly predictable, and really rather disappointing. Also, all of the levels begin to feel repetitive towards the end of the game, which made me rush just to finish it.
All in all, Lords of Shadow is very pretty to look at and that is about it. If you can look past the really repetitive combat system used in nearly every game now and the dry story, then it is right for you.
I wasn't hugely impressed, but I wouldn't give it lower than a 7.
posted by 666Lildemo (NORTH VERNON, IN) Oct 18, 2010
Member since Jul 2009
While i really enjoyed this game, its just not castlevania to me...chopping the game into chapters didn't help, but the lack of actual leveling when you gain experience and the slow pacing between upgrades didn't do much for me either.
The gameplay is god of war'ish, without being able to choose your weapon. While thats not a bad thing most of the time, its not what i expected out of this great series. I have enjoyed every castlevania since the NES, i even loved the ps2 3d attempts at castlevania....but this just doesn't do it for me.
Audio is typical of this kind of game, basic goth style music that fits most of the time, and the intro read at the beginning of each stage is cool, but i feel like it was a bad way to tell the story.
Graphics are good, the cgi when they use the in game models looks shoddy however, other than that though, the game looks good.
I feel disappointed with this game...while i enjoyed it overall, I just dont feel sucked in like i have with all the other Castlevania titles. I admit however that i hold this title up to higher standards than i would a usual game, simply because i do enjoy castlevania so much. Had this been just another action/adventure game i would have given it a solid 8, as a castlevania, it gets a 7.
After the past two castlevania games for the ps2 I didnt have high hopes for this one. But the maker of metal gear delivers!! Think God of War mixed with Prince of Persia but with trolls, vampires, werewolves, witches, and zombies. This game is awesome and has a great story and ending. A must play.