Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 PlayStation 3

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  • Summary: In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the origin of Dracula and his legendary connection with the Belmonts was revealed. In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, fans can expect thrilling new twists and challenges. In this shocking conclusion to the Lords of Shadow saga, Dracula returns once again,In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the origin of Dracula and his legendary connection with the Belmonts was revealed. In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, fans can expect thrilling new twists and challenges. In this shocking conclusion to the Lords of Shadow saga, Dracula returns once again, weakened and yearning for release from his immortal bonds. Facing a new and powerful threat, the vampire lord must reacquire his old powers – and only his castle holds the key. However, the famed Belmont clan also seek his ultimate destruction. Expand
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. Feb 25, 2014
    83
    Diverse, connected environments, creepy characters, and fantastic boss designs speak to a journey that resonates stronger than the plot itself.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 60
    The stealth sequences are so bad I could nearly throw out the entire experience.
  6. 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]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 132
  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! Expand
  2. Feb 27, 2014
    10
    The gameplay, the story, the visuals, its the complete package. the metacritic score from critics will never justify this game. you need to goThe gameplay, the story, the visuals, its the complete package. the metacritic score from critics will never justify this game. you need to go out there and get a copy for yourself. listen to the gamers not the paid critics this game is one glorious hell of a masterpiece. Even better than the first Expand
  3. Feb 26, 2014
    10
    The first 2 hours are a bit of a handholdy and linear affair, also its very light on the story for the first few hours of the game, but onceThe first 2 hours are a bit of a handholdy and linear affair, also its very light on the story for the first few hours of the game, but once the game gets rolling its easily on par with LoS1 if not better, the acting is great the boss fights are amazing and the combat feels more fluid than LoS1, the story starts to pick up later on and fans of castlevania will like the take on alucard, simon, and trevor belmont

    The dreaded stealth sections are not nearly as bad as the reviewers make it out to be, with some extremely basic logic can get you through most of them in a few minutes, something the mainstream reviewers seem to be sorely lacking (one of them claimed to take 4 hours to beat one of the stealth missions /facepalm....no its not that bad )

    I honestly found the stealth sections required to break up some of the monotony of the combat, overall this is a really good sequal and hope mercury continues to make CV games, they are one of the few devs that can make competent reboots, a world of garbage like DMC reboot and FF13-29 lightning just doesnt die edition thats a very good quality to have
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  4. Mar 3, 2014
    9
    What's going on with the critics nowadays? When I've heared about first reviews and very low scores for Lords of Shadow 2, I felt I should beWhat's going on with the critics nowadays? When I've heared about first reviews and very low scores for Lords of Shadow 2, I felt I should be depressed, that the game I've been waiting for so long, and the sequel to one of the best games of past generation, is going to be a complete disappointment. Thank god I stopped paying attention the professional critics opinion, as I would've missed a really great sequel, which doesn't fail in comparison to it's predecessor.
    First of all - this game finally has a lot more in common with the true Castlevania than the original LOS ever head. LOS2 not only has some outstanding gothic locations for MOST of the game, but it also has a lot of metroidvania elements in terms of level design, which is something a lot of us wanted, so it's really great to see when the developer is paying attention to people's opinion. Of course sadly LOS2 has some weaker elements, like stealth sections and a couple of really ugly locations in the modern times, especially during the first our of the game, but this is a really small percent of what the game has to offer. It's a bit like modern sections in Assassin's Creed series - they're there from time to time, but they are not the main course and they certainly don't ruin the whole experience. Besides even the modern sections of the city have a few really good looking areas, that look like some dark vision of Cologne or Madrid. As for combat...It's still rather simple, but also felt more tactical than in the first LOS, which combined with really cool enemies and fantastic and memorable bossfights, made great gameplay even better it the sequel. The story is there, maybe not as well written as in the first game, but perhaps that's because all of this jumping between time periods, I haven't felt that sense of "adventure" as in the first LOS. Anyways, if you've played the first game and loved it....you're probably playing Lords of Shadow right now or finished it already :) If you're new to the series and you're wondering what's the big deal with this Castelvania reboot - don't hesitate any longer, and grab the whole Lords of Shadow trilogy, it's really great reimagining of the series that's been around for so many years. Perhaps those game are not perfect, but they're certainly one of the best in it's kind. I give Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 a bloody 9/10 :)
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  5. Feb 26, 2014
    9
    If you like Castlevania you love it. Even people who aren't Castlevania fans will like it. The combat is solid. The different weapons andIf you like Castlevania you love it. Even people who aren't Castlevania fans will like it. The combat is solid. The different weapons and skills a very interesting. The setting is beautiful. The story fills in a lot of history for those new to the series. Expand
  6. May 2, 2014
    8
    This game is truly a game with insane levels of quality
    and a narrow audience in mind.
    Lords of shadow is a reboot series that pays homage
    This game is truly a game with insane levels of quality
    and a narrow audience in mind.
    Lords of shadow is a reboot series that pays homage to classicvania while styling itself as an action game first and a brutal platformer almost never, that's not to say that the platforming is bad, it's not, in fact it's a lot better than it was in los1 where the platforming was mostly to get you from area to area, here in this game it's a threat.
    Lords of shadow 2 features dracula as the antagonist, or as I like to call it, the game with so much win i can't even contain myself.
    sadly, the city levels and stealth puzzles (those are puzzles by the by,) bog it down considerably from what it could be. the city environments, while certainly well done, suffer from a bizarre color wheel problem in which the colors all blend together in a nondescript manner, leaving you to only notice the detail upon closer inspection.
    the enemies within the city have strange design choices, from nigh stagger proof waves of nuisance enemies that can attack through your sync blocks, demons with nasty cheap moves that require you to play as dracula from rondo of blood and be equally cheap, to monks that summon all of these and can fuse into a fire demon of rape, the city is certainly a difficult place, but the combat isn't bad here, merely....difficult.
    conversely, the castle is an amazing, vibrant, chilling and compelling place that i wish there were more of, the enemies are all fun to fight, the platforming is riskier and all around I find myself wishing for more of that.
    the story in this game likes to pretend that it's dark souls in terms of the telling, it's more "look and infer for yourself" albeit, with less subtlety.
    the plot revolves around dracula seeking his death
    or does it?
    no wait, it now revolves around dracula wanting to join his reborn family in the castle!
    or does it?
    no wait, it now revolves around him fighting the blood of his castle and quelling the rebellion it started!
    NO!! it's actually about defeating the three acolytes of satan and preventing satan's return
    NO! it's actually about satan being baited into returning so you can kill him I'M SO CONFUSED!!!
    If you haven't noticed already, the plot is comprised of multiple interweaving subplots, where dracula's immediate objective changes with the wind, as does his immediate intent along with it.
    whenever he enters the castle, it's like he's in a dream where he instantly forgets the important "stop satan so zobek can stab you through the chest with laughter" and turns to the "am I really a belmont? can i even go back to that?" to **** i am DRACULA!! GET THE HELL OUT MY WAY OR IMMA RAM THIS STEEL ROD RIGHT UP YOUR MOUTH!!" *belmont pimp hand*
    the confusing plot is compelling and enjoyale, but by the end of the game you get the distinct feeling that you went absolutely nowhere, it doesn't help that dracula ends up literally standing in the same place he started the journey, albeit with better looks.
    the combat in this game is it's shining gem, it's the best, the most fun i've ever had with a thinking man's hack n slash.
    it requires you to plan out "traps" with your combos and setups that kill many enemies or a few, the strategic aspect comes from the magic system, which is entirely required if you want to survive this game.
    no really, I dare you to go without magic in either lords of shadow title and see if you can make it without dying once. it's a **** let me assure you.
    all in all, the game's failings are basically the ones you've already heard about, the city was a hit and miss, the stealth puzzles are sorely misrepresented and don't do very much, if anything for you besides break up the pace of a game that's strongest when you're fighting train demons and riding rockets through buildings.
    but it's a solid game.
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  7. Mar 29, 2014
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Terrible game even the first one sucked along with Mirror of Fate which is even sadder that those two titles got a chronicle pack and the 3ds one Mirror of Fate got an HD release. I don't know what they where smoking to come up with this it I mean I do like new gamplay, but not like this. I may only have played the first one yet this one gets boring as fast as the other one in combat. So here is how it goes the main story has a Belmont named Gabriel who becomes Dracula and is the new lord of darkness who is the hero of the game. Apparently it starts off with the brotherhood breaking down his door at the start and he ends up having to fight them off with his vampire like powers which he uses a blood like whip lash, chaotic powers, and a void sword. So after that he fights a giant titan after figthing a gold like angel knight or something and destroys the titan by puking up blood on the crystal. So after he takes down the titan the golden knight angel guy tries to make a prayer after fighting Dracula (aka Gabriel if you forgotten) on a cross as he does Dracula grabs it and makes the same prayer. When Dracula does a huge explosion happens and all the brotherhood knights nearby are killed. Then out of nowhere Alucard shows up (aka Trevor Belmont who was killed by his father and then resurrected in Mirror of Fate) he apparently ties with the story ending there without what happens making oh a plot. So you wake up in an abandoned church in what I am assuming is Europe I don't know its hard to tell. So you do a boring short walk out of the church after a flash back from the first game which doesn't tie in with the story and is completely pointless. It also is never mentioned again in the game and serves no purpose. So after he leaves the church weak as crap apparently he sees an image of his son and follows him down an alley way. This would have been great if he got in a fight with thugs and used them to heal up his strength, but no he gets the **** beat out of him by a monster that appears and nearly kills him. When about to die he gets saved by some guy in armor with a familiar sword which gives an obvious hint to who the guy in the armor is. So he wakes up somewhere murders and drains the blood of three humans a father, mother, and a son. Then he meets Zobek who says he needs his help (You know the guy who was the third Lord of Shadows and betrayed Gabriel before in the first game now they are working together) to stop these guys called the acolytes which are planning to take over the world and Satan would make Dracula and Zobek his personal pets as he says. So Zobek claims to have found the Vampire Killer which said to end his life permanently (Which is not explained too well and also FYI Dracula usually comes back after 100 years, but in this game he came back in a century proving these idiots didn't research too well when developing the game). You know what I will make it short and simple to skip the boring details or somewhat like that quick and simple.

    1. Dracula goes and is followed by trails of blood which is his darker side of him who fights later, and he has to gather items and weapons to gain his powers back.

    2. Meets his servants who are possessed by the evil side of him.

    3. Have to save a city cause there is this acolyte who wants to turn people into monsters, and having these kinda of future englishmen soldiers fight them shooting them with machine guns.

    4. Sneaks in to a base to get a cure with the most crappiest sheath system and use it on the acolyte which doesn't cure, but instead makes him more stronger fighting her to the death.

    5. Meets and fights Victor Belmont and then watches him die which was the most moment killing scene ever in the series of the games.

    6. Fights Carmilla, Toy Maker, Frankenstein, and Pan (The guy he killed when Pan became the Silver Warrior angel think which was a difficult boss fight).

    7. Discovers that the armored guy is his son Alucard and knows the truth of what happened to him for real (Which is not surprising).

    8. Fights Zobek the guy who betrayed him and also lied about ending Dracula's life to put him to rest.

    9. Final and worst fight of the game you fight Satan again, but this time he looks like the lead singer of Dethklok, and has leggings which looked like the ones from the manga and anime Devilman. But wait he doesn't fight Satan, but his son who gets possessed by Satan and he uses Vampire Killer on Satan to finish him with even though the whip in the series says it can not be used by vampires or creatures of the night some how works and kills Satan again.

    10. Well his son is knocked out which Dracula uses his own blood to revive him and they both stare off into the sunset which is not very memorable.

    Bottom line game mechanics gets old, the story is broken and really sucks, shows they put no work hardly into it like Castlevania Judgement, and hopefully they never make more sequels to this game that would be like this. Save your money folks!
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