You may think this a rip-off or just a copy of other games. Maybe even a mix of all of the above. Well I first want to start with this not actually being a Castlevania game. It was developed as a separate game, canceled, brought back by Kojima, and later named Castlevania to increase sales. This was a mediocre game with a lot of issues, bugs, and terrible choices in development. It's very on rails, boxed in, small, and worst of all very boring. It's boring because every level is exactly the same with different terrain. There is little difference to the design, layout, actions, or even enemies. I never felt like I was achieving anything or making progress in the game.
I don't hate this game for the same reasons as everyone else. In fact I didn't compare it to anything but tried to accept it for what it was. It was a jack of all trades master of none. It tried to do so much that each and every little thing fell flat. It's a long drawn out game mostly just because of cut scenes. Each level has at least 3 cut scenes, most of which are at least 2 minutes each. Some last as long as 10 minutes. You can skip them, but you miss the story. The game's plot is lame and the combat is rather sad and misleading. If you grab an enemy you can be attacked but no damage is done to you... that just doesn't make sense. That and so many other things make the combat pretty bad.
The graphics are great but what's the point of so much rendering if all I can do is walk this tiny 5 foot path straight for a few minutes? The stain of Hideo Kojima in this game is heavy. It feels more like a metal gear game than anything else. Too much acting, cuts, and little gameplay. The puzzles are absolutely terrible and like elementary level difficulty for any Professor Layton fan.
I felt this game was pathetic and didn't do anything fun or new. Lament of Innocence was a real 3D Castlevania game and far superior. This is like the Halo epidemic. In the future everyone will realize it was never good.
I have to say i was expecting a little more from this castlevania, like and upgrade, customizing system like SOTN. However the gameplay is fun,graphics are awesome.Deffinetly worth a quick playthrough if anything.Its a new story with new people and monsters.If you would compare this with GOW or Dantes Inferno , i would have to say its a bit better than both ,at least as far as graphics and actual gameplay is concerned. So check it out.