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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: 6 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 85
    With a 20-hour runtime, both it and the gameplay are prone to meandering and missteps, but Lords of Shadow 2 nonetheless manages to bring the series crashing to a satisfying conclusion. [April 2014, p.70]
  2. Feb 25, 2014
    80
    Thankfully, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 almost always rises above its annoyances. There's plenty to see and do, from its magnificent moonlit views to its sensational bosses (infuriating stealth boss excepted).
  3. Feb 25, 2014
    80
    Dracula evolves once again with the Mercury Steam crew by offering a 20 hour action-packed adventure with a beautiful design and interesting mechanics. Even thought it has some shadows (stealth doesn't fit well into the formula), this game is worth a buy.
  4. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    We were expecting much more from this final episode of the trilogy. A game that mixes excellence and fun with frustration and boredom, and that closes the story in a quite disappointing way.
  6. Feb 25, 2014
    65
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 could have either used significantly more development time, or significantly less. Either way you slice it, ideas that just have no place in the game could have either been expanded upon or pared down to the point where it doesn't feel like Dracula was wasted.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 46
  2. Negative: 4 out of 46
  1. Mar 11, 2014
    10
    Castlevania Lords of shadow 2 is amazing .... wooow, a game totally Surprise yourself and full of memorable moments.
    His story loved it,
    Castlevania Lords of shadow 2 is amazing .... wooow, a game totally Surprise yourself and full of memorable moments.
    His story loved it, amazing moments, especially knowing that the story is almost the end of the game, with that gabriel reunion with his son trevor united to defeat satan.
    That artwork is worth more than a 10.
    Completely differ from criticism for this game, I note that we have to change the critics, because they do not recognize when there is a spectacular game in front.
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  2. Feb 27, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Dunno whats going on with the reviewers right now. What they need from hack and slah game ? Great bosses ? Great combos ? Great puzzles? Great graphic ? Great story ? Great enviroment ? This game has them all. Yes it got a stealth missions which arent the best but we have to respect the developers to do risks with this big franchise at some moments. Honestly dont know what reviewers needed from this game to score high.......... This game is surely 8+ no matter what reviewers think. Expand
  3. Feb 25, 2014
    10
    Reviewers are stupid. This game is an epic conclusion to the LOS saga. It's storyline and characters are as awesome as before, as is theReviewers are stupid. This game is an epic conclusion to the LOS saga. It's storyline and characters are as awesome as before, as is the gameplay, music, and graphics. Expand
  4. Mar 6, 2014
    9
    As much as I would like to see a proper console follow-up to Symphony of the Night I have to applaud the direction that Lords of Shadow 2As much as I would like to see a proper console follow-up to Symphony of the Night I have to applaud the direction that Lords of Shadow 2 takes the franchise in its closing chapter of this ambitious trilogy. This game attempts to innovate and implement new ideas while also preserving what made the first LoS work and for the most part it's successful.

    The God of War meets DMC gameplay is solid, the puzzles are much improved and more intuitive and the story is compelling. That's all I can ask for. There are still flaws (I agree that the open world aspect could have been more... open) but it's far from mediocre as the review aggregates seem to indicate.

    Playing as a version of Dracula who has awoken in a modern world and mad as hell is something I've been waiting for since the mindblowing ending of the first game. Konami delivers. This is a character that is understandably haunted by his past and attempting recover his full power so that he can finally find peace and while the get-your-powers back plot device may not be original, it's an effective mechanic that, for once, actually makes sense within this game universe. I even found myself enjoying reading about the history and mythos surrounding Dracula that took place after Lord of Shadows. This game offers the deepest protagonist/antagonist in Castlevania history. That's more than enough to bump this game into the green. 8.5/10 but I'll round up to 9.
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  5. Feb 25, 2014
    8
    Alright, it's an nostalgic trip, i love Castlevania since the Symphony Of Night, sincerely i didn't liked liked the first Lords Of ShadowAlright, it's an nostalgic trip, i love Castlevania since the Symphony Of Night, sincerely i didn't liked liked the first Lords Of Shadow game, this one sure is better of course this isn't the best game into Castlevania Series but, it's one of the best Hack'N Slash from this generation. The graphics are ok, the history is nice too.
    I didn't find any bug until now. Ok
    It was worth of my Money.
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  6. Mar 16, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. [Condensed]

    Concept: Wail on and on about being cursed with immortality, and ultimately flail and rail about the nostalgic older days (Lords of Shadow 1) and sound like Napoleon's uncle Rico dreaming about his old football days in Napoleon Dynamite. That is still a better story than Lords of Shadow 2's botched one.

    Graphics: Some environments, main characters, and bosses look excellent, but the rest of the characters and enemies and modern day setting really bring everything back down, so ultimately the graphics are average for the majority of the experience. There are some definite highlights, and there are some definite low points as well.

    Sound: There are plenty of references in dialogue to older Castlevania games, which is some neat fan service, but no amount of fan service can save the mostly cheesy dialogue and conversations. Understandably, the voice acting itself is great as is the soundtrack, but sometimes the experience is brought down by focusing on stupid things and really running with them.

    Playability: The combat is a blast though it can come down to trial and error at times when facing bosses. However, the stealth segments are laughably bad and strip you of all your powers- which makes no sense and makes for a terrible experience as well. So on the whole playability balances out, with one terrible part and one good part vying for control during the experience. Thankfully combat is more dominant and frequent than stealth segments at the least.

    Entertainment: Whereas the first game was really fun, this is a poorly realized sequel, and just when things were really heating up as well. It's a shame truly that it came out this way, and not like other great sequels such as the recently released Dark Souls 2 which is actually as good or better than its predecessor.

    Replay Value: Moderately Low.

    Overall Score: 7.0
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  7. Jun 19, 2014
    0
    If I had a metacritic account by the time Lords Of Shadow 1 came out, I would have probably scored it a perfect 10/10. That game was perfectIf I had a metacritic account by the time Lords Of Shadow 1 came out, I would have probably scored it a perfect 10/10. That game was perfect in every sense. It was so perfect, infact, that it shamed the God Of War series by doing everything better.
    The developers must have had the easiest job in the world for the sequel, then. Just take the first game, add a new story, improve the graphics and voila: we would have another game of the year contender on our hands.
    But hell no. They decided to scratch EVERY single thing that made the first game great, and instead they churned out this piece of garbage called "Lords Of Shadow 2".
    You see, LoS 2 is no longer a beat 'em up heavy game. No, it's a f*cking stealth game. You heard that right. STEALTH. GAME. Forget about the amazing landscapes, set pieces, puzzles and environments of the first game. 90% of the time in LoS2 is spent in corridors of a SCIENCE LABORATORY. As for the other 10%, well, you spend them playing through weird flashbacks, fetching Mirror of Fate pieces and looking for keys to open doors. Lots and lots of doors.
    There are no puzzles. The only thing I consider puzzling is trying to find out where the game wants me to go. Why can't I jump over this small rock when my jump is clearly higher than enough? Why can't I grab onto this edge when I grabbed onto a similar one a couple hours ago? You'll find yourself constantly asking these questions. The level design is really, really bad. It makes you sincerely question were the developers were for the past 10 years. Thank God for wikis and walkthroughs, or else I would still be stuck in that volcanic level.
    Now, onto the most important part: Boss fights. Did you love fighting titans and bringing down buidling sized monsters in the first game? Well too f*cking bad. There's little to none of that in LoS2. Most of your so called "boss fights" pit you against opponents of your own size. If you're lucky, you'll get to fight someone a little taller than you, and an example of that would be Satan's daughter.
    When you're not fighting, you're doing a lot of stealth. This element makes absolutely no sense. It shouldn't be in the game. There is no reason for it to be in the game. It's just there so the developers could write "we developed a stealth game" in their portfolios.
    Why is Gabriel hiding from this guard? Why does he instantly die upon being discovered, in one single hit, when he brought down a boss 10 times stronger? It's just baffling how little to no thought was put into it. This is a man that defeated TITANS, and here he is, hiding from a single low tier guard. Amazing.
    For all the atrocious faults of the stealth system, I would gladly let it slide if the gameplay was a little bit decent. But, again, HELL NO. The least they could have done was a little research. We have all these amazing stealth games coming out year after year, from the Assassin's Creed series to the Splinter Cell games. Hell, LoS2's publisher has Metal Gear Solid under its name. Use it, you lazy bastards.
    Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 is one of the worst games ever created, and it still doesn't make sense how they screwed it over so bad. Do yourself a favor and stay clear of this game. Such lazy, careless developers do not deserve your money or your attention.
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