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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: 66 out of 110
  2. Negative: 21 out of 110
  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. Nov 10, 2013
    10
    Fantastic game full of adventure. Soundtrack unique and unforgettable! Gorgeous graphics, good gameplay and engrossing story.
    Despite all
    Fantastic game full of adventure. Soundtrack unique and unforgettable! Gorgeous graphics, good gameplay and engrossing story.
    Despite all these advantages the game is more like a prologue of castlevania. It would be a new Van Hellsing (Could be a new franchise?)
    What matters is that this was one of the best games I ever played.

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    Fantástico jogo cheio de aventuras. Trilha sonora única e inesquecível! Lindos gráficos, jogabilidade boa e história cativante.
    Apesar de todas essas vantagens o jogo está mais para um prólogo de castlevania. Seria mais um novo Van Hellsing(Poderia ser uma nova franquia?)
    O que importa que esse foi um dos melhores jogos que já joguei.
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  3. Aug 30, 2013
    9
    Castlevania...lots of memories with 2D game..never though its gonna be
    awesom in TPS..i never care about this game on consols or even its
    Castlevania...lots of memories with 2D game..never though its gonna be
    awesom in TPS..i never care about this game on consols or even its coming for PC
    ..but here we goes..tried it and loved it..graphics on PC r good..not best but sooo much
    better then consols..so much..i play it with sweetfx tool to maximize the graphics ..game is great
    dont listen to haters ..most of them Darksiders and GOW fans..ppl says this game copy paste
    darksiders...i say darksiders most boaring game ever..Castlevania is fantastic world and gameplay
    just buy it and play it then injoy it as i did
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  4. Apr 25, 2021
    8
    Um jogo muito bom mesmo fugindo bastante da franquia principal com uma nova história, Músicas muito foda além de uma boa gameplay hack andUm jogo muito bom mesmo fugindo bastante da franquia principal com uma nova história, Músicas muito foda além de uma boa gameplay hack and slash, desafiante e com bons gráficos, essa versão é a definitiva e bem optimizada Expand
  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. Oct 10, 2013
    6
    I'm trying really hard to finish this game, because the history looks amazing, the graphics and lights are really fantastic, but sometimesI'm trying really hard to finish this game, because the history looks amazing, the graphics and lights are really fantastic, but sometimes when you're playing it becomes annoying. The puzzles are very simple to solve, and the stages are only more of the same.
    In this game you will climb our down the walls, use your chain in some type of movements who looks like God of War, kill and ride some monsters, and when you fight some bosses, had to climb in then and pressing some buttons at time.
    I really liked the story, stage art and sound track, but looks like they wanted to extended the good ideas for making some hours of more gameplay, just to make you felling how long is to end this games.
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  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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