Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 PlayStation 3

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
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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Hyper Magazine
    Mar 9, 2014
    70
    Ambitious and enjoyable, but falters under its own weight. [Apr 2014, p.58]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Mar 4, 2014
    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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 18, 2014
    60
    As the final nail in the coffin of this two-part series, CLoS2 is more than a little rusty. [April 2014, p78]
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 60
    The stealth sequences are so bad I could nearly throw out the entire experience.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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]
  25. CD-Action
    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]
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Feb 27, 2014
    50
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is about as much of a step backward as a direct sequel can be.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 521 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 136
  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 murkySuch 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(iHell 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 ofExcellent 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 »