Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 55
  2. Negative: 8 out of 55
  1. Mar 23, 2014
    90
    Castlevania Lords of Shadow is a must play game on the PlayStation 3 that really draws you in from the start to give you a spectacular journey of good versus evil in this beautifully presented sequel.
  2. 90
    Quite simply, this is the most fun we’ve had killing monsters since carving up freaks with God of War III’s Blade of Exile.
  3. Mar 6, 2014
    85
    I enjoyed Lords of Shadow 2 far, far more than I ever expected to, and have no hesitation recommending it to anyone looking for dynamic third-person action, environmental exploration, or an intriguing new spin on the Castlevania mythos.
  4. Feb 25, 2014
    85
    The modern setting is a bit awkward and some design choices made by MercurySteam can be frustrating, but Lords of Shadow 2 is a true and great Castlevania game in its own right.
  5. Feb 25, 2014
    85
    Without changing anything, Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 offers an action packed game based on your ability to inflict a maximum of damage to your enemies. In spite of a very old graphics engine, the game offers a decent life with about 15 hours of play. With dynamic gameplay, the ip follows the likes of Devil May Cry and God of War for the fan's enjoyment. The only true drawback is a very poor script that loses the player in its turns before the grand finale where a very expected twist happens, destroying all hopes of a good story.
  6. Mar 3, 2014
    84
    Playing as Dracula could have been handled so many different ways, and while I don't agree with everything that MercurySteam did with Lords of Shadow 2, the positive aspects overwhelm the negative. This is a worthy and fitting end to a fine trilogy.
  7. Feb 25, 2014
    83
    Diverse, connected environments, creepy characters, and fantastic boss designs speak to a journey that resonates stronger than the plot itself.
  8. Mar 10, 2014
    82
    A hefty slurp of bloodied bombast, tainted by a sorely misguided attempt to please everyone. [Apr 2014, p.71]
  9. Feb 25, 2014
    81
    Frequent stealth sections stink up an otherwise outstanding sequel. Combat is so good, though, that if you can endure the sneaking, it’s still a bloody good action game.
  10. Mar 11, 2014
    80
    This part closes the Lords of Shadow saga pretty nicely. The gameplay and graphics are about the same as the original. Despite the modern setting the game pulls you into the story quite quickly.
  11. Feb 27, 2014
    80
    A longer and often interesting, though overall less memorable sequel to its remarkable predecessor.
  12. Unevenly brilliant and infuriating, CLOS2 combines incredible, tight combat and some spectacular visual treats with ropey stealth and a clunky narrative. Thankfully, the good outweighs the bad.
  13. Feb 25, 2014
    80
    MercurySteam has taken out most of the problem sections inside the original Lords of Shadow’s design document, specifically the loose patch work of several different action genre ideas, and has given Lords of Shadow 2 a much tighter focus.
  14. Mar 12, 2014
    75
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 takes the familiar plot and characters that players first met nearly four years ago and rewards them by tying it all together into a respectful and conclusive payoff.
  15. Feb 25, 2014
    75
    As MercurySteam deserves credit for keeping much of the combat consistent with the first Lords of Shadow, they’ve also earned recognition for being consistent with the series’ detailed and visually robust art direction.
  16. Apr 18, 2014
    74
    Konami's newest Castlevania sequel is marred by repetitive gameplay, terrible stealth missions and an uninteresting story that overstays its welcome
  17. Feb 26, 2014
    74
    Bloody, brutal – but quite cheap and too linear at times. For fans of the art of boss battles this is an entertaining experience. But outside the arenas Dracula can’t motivate like Metroid Prime, Darksiders or Batman, from which it takes quite a few elements.
  18. Feb 25, 2014
    72
    Lords of Shadow 2 shows it's best intentions, surpassing the first part, but neglects some points. Ups and downs in the story and graphical issues affect the experience, even when it offers good combat mechanics and a great soundtrack.
  19. Mar 9, 2014
    70
    Ambitious and enjoyable, but falters under its own weight. [Apr 2014, p.58]
  20. Feb 27, 2014
    70
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is a step backward for both MercurySteam and Konami. The previous game was a nice reboot, but with this second chapter the developers have ruined a good gameplay with poor stealth segments, a boring set of modern stages and bad designed boss fights (Pan's brother!). The nice combat along with a good enhancing system are still enough to let the game reach a 70/100 score.
  21. Feb 27, 2014
    70
    Lords of Shadow 2's foundations might be obsolete, but it's still a game that offers a lot of content, a nice combat system and great production values.
  22. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    Its combat sometimes shows a questionable pace, and its stealth sections are not good. But the game as a whole delivers a good action/adventure experience for fans of the series.
  23. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    Lords of Shadow 2 falls short of the high bar set by its predecessor, with niggly control issues, a somewhat empty open world, and frustrating stealth sections sucking a bit of life out of the experience. Fortunately, fans of the original release will undoubtedly enjoy the exciting combat and stellar graphical design on offer here.
  24. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    Lords of Shadow 2 runs into a classic sequel problem. By trying to do more and to fix the few issues of the first game, MercurySteam actually does less and creates more problems. Despite this, they’ve still crafted a competent tale with solid core gameplay that should entertain longtime Castlevania fans, even if it’s not quite everything they’d hoped for.
  25. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    Lords of Shadow 2 should have been a much shorter game. Still, though the game's stealth sections and drab modern settings represent the worst elements of the three-part saga, the tail end of the game contains the best of every aspect that the series is currently known for.
  26. Feb 28, 2014
    66
    It seems somewhat disjointed in that it lacks focus; in short, it tries to be something it’s not far too often. The modern-day theme simply doesn’t work, the story is muddy and hardly involving, and the stealth segments were just a mistake.
  27. A sequel shouldn't merely continue a story, it needs to improve the overall experience while staying true to it's roots. Unfortunately, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 just does the former.
  28. 65
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 got a resounding ‘meh’ out of me. While the game play mechanics were fun, they got boring over time and downright aggravating with the plethora of rage inducing boss battles.
  29. Feb 25, 2014
    65
    Lords of Shadow 2 may have gained an open world, but a poor story, uninteresting enemies, and a bland cast of characters came with it. Combat might be improved, but forced stealth sections cause nothing but dismay and frustration.
  30. Feb 25, 2014
    63
    A final episode of a saga that is the shadow of its former self. Unlike the Gabriel he was, Dracul, the Lord of Shadow, shows all his true power just in combat. Boring and simplified platform, stealth and exploration mechanics are left behind, like corpses drained of blood.
  31. As the final nail in the coffin of this two-part series, CLoS2 is more than a little rusty. [April 2014, p78]
  32. Mar 8, 2014
    60
    Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but in this case, the developers seem more to be compensating for a lack of anything original.
  33. 60
    While I appreciate that MercurySteam wanted to do something different with the Castlevania franchise, I feel like the entire team, from director through to writer, through to the level designer has failed to grasp what makes Dracula such a wonderful character. It's not because he's a incredible force of evil. Dracula isn't a random monster; he's something more primal than that, and in failing to represent that, the developers have failed to do the Dracula story justice.
  34. 60
    The stealth sequences are so bad I could nearly throw out the entire experience.
  35. Feb 28, 2014
    60
    The solid combat mechanics and quality voice acting are the only things that this game has going for it. Everything else feels either disjointed, shallow or out of place. Lords of Shadow 2, as a whole, feels as a mediocre product with some graphical hiccups. In the end, the sequel destroys the good memories we had from the first iteration.
  36. Feb 27, 2014
    60
    Not without merit, Lords of Shadow 2 is one to pick up at a lower price in the upcoming summer draught.
  37. Feb 25, 2014
    60
    It could have been so much more. There was room for a rich enough universe for a more complex, developed story, and in the end, a better execution of the whole game.
  38. Feb 25, 2014
    60
    Lords of Shadow 2 is a sequel that simply tries to do too much. It fills out its lengthy running time not with deeper explorations of the surgically precise combat, platforming, and cohesive world-building of its predecessor, but with multiple misguided, jarring new elements that all-too often fail to satisfy in their own right. Worse, they make for a diluted, deeply disjointed overall game experience.
  39. Feb 13, 2014
    60
    This shambling monstrosity is composed of chunks from other, better games. Rather than blend them together into something new like its predecessor attempted, this one just feels like a patch-work mess. [March 2014, p.85]
  40. Mar 5, 2014
    55
    It seems like the high quality of the first Lords of Shadow was accidental, because the sequel looks like three different games unskillfully stitched together. The beginning is great, but then suddenly the pace is gone, making room for long, boring cut-scenes (telling an extremely stupid story) and annoying, unnecessary stealth elements. [03/2014, p.50]
  41. Mar 21, 2014
    50
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 mixes elements from popular games without really understanding how the pieces must be assembled. The result is a tedious and sloppy game that most feels like something that the developer Mercury Team wanted to get over with. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 lacks even the ambitious driven from its predecessor. It's not a bad game, but not worth playing.
  42. Mar 12, 2014
    50
    A hugely frustrating experience, then. Lords Of Shadow 2 is a game with flair and gusto that constantly bogs itself down with design choices that should have never made it past the first week of studio meetings. Dracula deserves better.
  43. Mar 1, 2014
    50
    As Dracula from Lords of Shadow 2 said: evil will always prevail. His words are especially relevant so it seems: bad moments are littered throughout the game and spoils an otherwise great action adventure.
  44. Feb 27, 2014
    50
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is about as much of a step backward as a direct sequel can be.
  45. Feb 25, 2014
    50
    Outside of combat, it suffers from poor design decisions, dated visuals, and a disjointed story. Its biggest shortcoming, though, is that doesn't live up to the promise and potential set by its superior predecessor.
  46. Feb 25, 2014
    50
    The first Lords of Shadow was a sweet surprise. The follow-up is a hostage to a story it tells badly, and a prisoner within a dull urban maze that refuses to become a characterful exploratory playground. To live on but to be diminished - that's the fate of the vampire in Castlevania's lore. Sadly, it's a bit of an epitaph for this well-meaning but bloated game as a whole.
  47. Feb 25, 2014
    50
    That's really the biggest shame in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2: It carries over all of the original game's weaknesses but fails to live up to its strengths.
  48. Mar 1, 2014
    48
    Playing through Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 felt more like work than having fun. That has us seriously wondering who this game is meant for. The traditional Castlevania player might get a heart attack from the first enemy that jumps out at you with a laser gun. The Lords of Shadow fan will simply observe regression.
  49. Feb 25, 2014
    40
    Unfortunately, there aren’t enough "suck" puns in existence to properly illustrate how badly this game misses the mark.
  50. Feb 25, 2014
    40
    Lords of Shadow 1 suffered from feeling like a God of War clone with poor platforming. Lords of Shadow 2, on the other hand, no longer feels like a clone. It just feels like a generic action game. It has a story you don’t care about, a mashy combat system, and generic enemies and locales. The only good thing about this game is its voice acting, but even Robert Carlyle can’t save this one.
  51. Feb 25, 2014
    40
    Awkward combat, frustrating stealth sections, lack of originality and a hammy story are a few of the many nails in Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2's coffin.
  52. Feb 25, 2014
    40
    Lords Of Shadow 2 waddles on for 20-odd hours and would’ve been twice the game if it was half the length, with the all the unwanted padding and repetition taken out. It’s such a shame because the first game, and MercurySteam, showed such promise. But this is a huge backwards step and we fear the undead charms of Castlevania may finally have been killed off once and for all.
  53. 40
    A big budget project gone horribly wrong. The graphics and voice acting are top notch, but everything else is a complete wreck. Environments are boring and repetitive, combat is uninspired, platforming is a joke and the stealth elements are some of the worst ever conceived from a major publisher. It’s a dismal affair through and through and an absolute slog to finish.
  54. Feb 25, 2014
    40
    Lords Of Shadow 2 is clunky, ugly and deeply misguided. It’s a game that sees the lord of the damned as a vehicle for rat-powered linear stealth, and that takes a future-Gothic London setting and then sets the action in tower blocks and sewers.
  55. Mar 3, 2014
    33
    If it wasn’t for the solid combat system, and fleshed out abilities, there would be little merit in exploring this adventure.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 450 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 121
  1. Feb 25, 2014
    10
    Such a tremendous game .Amazing graphics for a little company like Mercury Steam,such a great story with lots of twists,such a dark and murky environment ideal for the actions of the mighty Dracula.Cool bosses with noticeably details and voracious combat with challenges.I liked this game because they made a sequel different from the other castlevania games and this sometimes is a way to kill monotony in the series of a game.If you dont like it's just your pathetic taste,go support your COD games like always and let us enjoy these marvels! Full Review »
  2. Feb 25, 2014
    9
    Hell yeah castlevania!!!.Seeing the things as Dracula is one aspect of the castlevania series we have not seen since their first game(i think).So damn hot graphics and what a hardcore fighting .I liked most the darkness of the game,it makes you feel the vibes of being a dark lord!Had some mistakes,but generally is an excellent game! Full Review »
  3. Feb 25, 2014
    9
    Excellent game. The atmosphere is wonderful, the graphics are gorgeous, and the combat controls extraordinarily well, giving you lots of options to play around with. Full Review »