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  • Summary: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow takes place at the end of days. The Earth's alliance with the Heavens has been threatened by a dark and malevolent force - the mysterious Lords of Shadow - darkness reins the world. Across this shattered land, the souls of the dead wander unable to find peace,Castlevania: Lords of Shadow takes place at the end of days. The Earth's alliance with the Heavens has been threatened by a dark and malevolent force - the mysterious Lords of Shadow - darkness reins the world. Across this shattered land, the souls of the dead wander unable to find peace, whilst creatures of evil roam free wreaking chaos and death upon the living. Gabriel is a member of the Brotherhood of Light, an elite group of holy knights who protect and defend the innocent against the supernatural. His beloved wife was brutally murdered by the evil forces of darkness and her soul trapped for eternity. Neither living nor dead she realizes the horrific truth of what is at stake and guides Gabriel to his destiny - and hopefully salvation for the world... but at what cost? Thus, Gabriel must travel the destroyed world, defeating the evil tyrants in order to use their powers to bring balance back to the world. Armed with the versatile Combat Cross - the world's last hope must encounter the three factions of the Lords of Shadow and end their unholy rule. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Aug 30, 2013
    90
    It is not the most cutting edge conversion, but the lavish art manages to shine even more in this sharper, prettier and more fluid version of Lords of Shadow. So, in our book, the game still holds the same appeal as the console versions back in fall 2010, especially seeing that PC users don't get this brand of bombastic brawler all too often. This game won't get any better, at least not until Lords of Shadow 2 rolls around.
  2. Aug 30, 2013
    89
    A game you cannot miss now if you missed it the first time. The visual evolution is worth highlighting, but it still is an outstanding title in every other aspect.
  3. Aug 28, 2013
    87
    Lords of Shadow is the best action-adventure game in recent years.
  4. Aug 27, 2013
    81
    A solid port that looks sharp and runs smoothly on modern PCs. Aside from the DLCs, which are already included in this version, the original game remains mostly untouched. It's no Symphony of the Night by any means, but a fun experience nonetheless, with diverse levels, incredible atmosphere and challenging combat. The awkward camera positioning, inaccurate platforming and pacing issues may turn some people off though.
  5. Aug 29, 2013
    80
    Maybe a little in late, but Castlevania: Lord of Shadow has finally arrived on PC in all its awesomeness. A must buy if you consider how much does it costs.
  6. Aug 27, 2013
    80
    It may not be the Castlevania as fans know it, but MercurySteam has taken successful mechanics from combat-focused, character action games and blended it with Castlevania’s lore.
  7. Sep 10, 2013
    66
    Clearly, Lord of Shadows wants to feel “cinematic” but it goes too far by sacrificing gameplay on the altar of visual splendor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 113
  2. Negative: 21 out of 113
  1. Aug 27, 2013
    10
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (in my opinion) is one of the best games released in the past ten years. Some may criticize, that it isn't anCastlevania: Lords of Shadow (in my opinion) is one of the best games released in the past ten years. Some may criticize, that it isn't an oldschool Castlevania. Well, it isnt. But it simply is not intended as a classical Castlevania. It is meant as a kind of reboot: A whole new game with a whole new story. That is exactly, what ist so great in this game: Fantastic storytelling, a overwhelming soundtrack, great environment- and monsterdesign. If you want to experience a 20-hour-long well-told story and to immerse into a great fantasy-world, then this game is exactly the right one for you! Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2013
    10
    I was honestly not expecting much from this game, but I'm just absolutely blown away. Lets start with the positives. Graphics aren't the best,I was honestly not expecting much from this game, but I'm just absolutely blown away. Lets start with the positives. Graphics aren't the best, but the amount of detail put in the levels and level design really make up for this. The areas are just beautiful. Combat is very action-packed and I like it just fine. Unlockable skills make combat feel fresh every time. Perfect story, with some major plot twists that I really enjoyed. The storytelling is done just wonderfully. The game is very dark (as in dark-fantasy), which I just love.

    There isn't much I don't like about this game. I only have two gripes with this game: the controls and the camera. The VERY FIRST THING you MUST do when you launch the game is CHANGE THE KEY-BINDINGS. I can't stress this enough. This game is a console-port, but the controls aren't that bad once you change them to be more PC-friendly. After configuring the key-bindings, the controls aren't an issue (although some puzzles are a bit wacky; one even showed Xbox buttons instead of keyboard buttons!). Second, the camera. This is more of a personal preference, but I do not like the camera very much. It's fine most of the time, but I find it simply odd other times. Third-person, with the ability to look around, would have suited this game much better, but they would have to change the game quite a bit to make this work, so the camera is not much of an issue for me.

    I love this game, and I simply cannot wait for Lords of Shadow 2. I haven't played any previous Castlevania titles, but I think that's about to change after playing this.
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  3. Sep 4, 2013
    9
    I don't really know why are all those users talking about this game being bad, it´s the best 3D Castlevania until now.
    + The story is solid
    I don't really know why are all those users talking about this game being bad, it´s the best 3D Castlevania until now.
    + The story is solid and leave you asking for more.
    + Xbox 360 gamepad works OK
    + Graphics are better than Xbox360
    + The game runs smooth, ZERO LAG and i'm using just an nVidia GTX460 1GB.

    - It really could have better graphics, cause for PC standards are lame.

    In conclusion it's a must have, although it have a downside on graphic side, overall performance is good so don't cry over spilled milk and play it to the end.

    I really hope it doesn't get the same bad rep given to Lament of Innocence on PS2, if you want a good game with solid Combo system, don't miss it.

    If you just understand the game's mechanic, then you need a smash button game, try Dinasty Warrior.
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  4. Jun 17, 2021
    8
    Muito bom pra um jogo de 2010/2013, e o boss final meu Deus demorei uma hora pra matar.
  5. Oct 29, 2013
    7
    Quick Time Events always have and always will suck. Mercury Steam commits the grievous mistake of making their, otherwise, excellent gameQuick Time Events always have and always will suck. Mercury Steam commits the grievous mistake of making their, otherwise, excellent game rife with them. I cant adequately explain my frustration after playing this game. LoS as a whole is very good: combat is fast and fluid, the story and atmosphere are dark and "adult", environments are impressive, but the dependence on QTEs really drag this game down. Easily a 8.5 9 if not for terrible, awful, quick time events. Expand
  6. Aug 29, 2013
    5
    This game features nice graphics and what appears to be a good story, but it's all wasted due to horrendously poor fighting mechanisms andThis game features nice graphics and what appears to be a good story, but it's all wasted due to horrendously poor fighting mechanisms and shoddy camera control. The fighting and platforming sections feel like they were transplanted directly from a console game 15 years ago there's not a single thing creative or unique. The camera is so bad that the monsters your hero is fighting are frequently off-screen with no way to turn and face them. The enormous length of the game might be a wonderful bonus if the game were at all worth playing instead, it feels like work to get from one level to the next. Nearly every level has one or more hero upgrades that are inaccessible on the first play-through, which is a slap in the face to those of us who are unlikely to even slog through the game the first time. Definitely rent this one for a console before spending more than the cost of a three-day rental to own it. Expand
  7. May 21, 2015
    0
    Too much story, too many cut scenes and QTE's are lazy development. Shoddy controls and unclear cues make moving around levels and fightingToo much story, too many cut scenes and QTE's are lazy development. Shoddy controls and unclear cues make moving around levels and fighting bosses frustrating. The game tries to have in depth combat but it boils down to, whip whip dodge. Frustrating camera angles plague game play as well making boss fights a pain as well.

    Avoid this game.
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