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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
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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. 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.
  5. 60
    The stealth sequences are so bad I could nearly throw out the entire experience.
  6. 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]
  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: 12 out of 149
  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. May 25, 2015
    10
    If you played the first game, then you must play this one, great story, great characters, great boss battles, The return of memorableIf you played the first game, then you must play this one, great story, great characters, great boss battles, The return of memorable characters worshipped by many, and Gabriel's struggle with his human side it's amazing, this is one of my favorite games on ps3. Expand
  3. Feb 25, 2014
    10
    Much like the first, amazing game, this one has some split opinions. I had a tremendous amount of enjoyment with this game. The negativeMuch like the first, amazing game, this one has some split opinions. I had a tremendous amount of enjoyment with this game. The negative reviews from "professional" critics are unfortunately a trend with games that are released on current gen hardware only when next gen consoles are out on the market. I know for a fact that sites and magazines associated with retail outlets are encouraged to give these types of games mediocre reviews to encourage console sales. If you read or watch reviews done by real gamers on various blogs and YouTube, you'll see that they all loved LOS2. Combat is fluid, dynamic and satisfying, the art direction is top notch (although I will concede the factory settings are a bit drab) and the story is a notch above most of the drek from the likes of CoD and Assassins Creed. The stealth is kind of shoehorned in and unnecessary but thankfully it's a very small part of the game. Wholeheartedly recommend. Expand
  4. Mar 2, 2014
    9
    Great evolution of LoS. Improvements in combat, graphics and music. More exploration, Skills, nice story.. I really don't understand the lowGreat evolution of LoS. Improvements in combat, graphics and music. More exploration, Skills, nice story.. I really don't understand the low score. If you like hack and slash you can play LoS 2. Expand
  5. Mar 18, 2014
    9
    GENIUS !!

    LOS 2 is probably one of the best game available in the market. the game along with story is very serious. got combats + skills
    GENIUS !!

    LOS 2 is probably one of the best game available in the market.
    the game along with story is very serious. got combats + skills makes the game complete. though it is difficult to complete game at"Prince of Darkness" difficulty...you have to be perfect in blocking and escaping from monsters when you are playing game at "Prince of Darkness" difficulty. other wise the game is perfect. cool challenges though you have to find out all the stones to unlock challenges.
    if you are planing to buy off any game. i will highly recommend you guys to get this games
    will give it 9 / 10. *thumbs up*
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  6. Mar 16, 2014
    8
    Being a major fan of the original Lords of Shadow game, I naturally felt compelled to buy this game on the grounds that it was theBeing a major fan of the original Lords of Shadow game, I naturally felt compelled to buy this game on the grounds that it was the continuation of a story which was kind of left hanging. The one thing that had me coming back, however, was wondering how this game would work, after the ending of the first. I will mention spoilers from the first game in this review, but not from this game itself. So if you haven't yet played the first, give it a go; it's beyond worth it.

    The first point that springs to mind is that you are now playing as Dracor, the dragon, or more commonly known as Dracula. This seems like a bit of twist, considering in the first you were fighting against evil, and now you are against good...or at least, in the beginning. The story starts with you, Dracula, within your vastly spaced castle, when the Brotherhood, those that you fought with in the first game, begin an all out assault against you. This beginning siege acts as an effective tutorial, allowing you to come to grips with a more fluent climbing system, and a decent, yet slightly perplexing, combat system. After this battle faces it's epic conclusion, the story of Dracula is detailed, of his family and his offspring. This is the beginning setup to an epic battle against both good and evil.

    The game will have you weaving in and out between modern day Castlevania City and a strange, ethereal world, in which you face a strange underworld like environment, multiple complex castle environments with varying features and sections, battling different foes, some from the previous game, others new and currently unbeknownst to the player. Whilst the characters are well detailed and rather imaginative, this is where Castlevania faces it's first flaw; uninspired environments feel slightly repetitive, and give that cookie cutter feel that makes you feel you've been here before, when you haven't. This goes forgotten, however, when you take in the detail and fantastic Gothic feel of each area, beautifully designed and almost unforgettable....almost...

    What about the characters? Well, each has a very distinct aura about them, and all feel perfectly crafted, from the mysterious Toy Maker to the dark yet sophisticated Zobek, they never disappoint. Perfect voice acting by the legend Patrick Stewart, along with multiple other distinct characterisations, bring the world to life.

    What I felt was one of the games biggest downfalls was the story; it feels slightly hollow and empty, not much more than a mere cliche ("the devil is coming, we must destroy his accomplices and stop him in his tracks" just feels cheap and gimmicky). However, it does still serve, and the game does more than just throw simple challenges your way, with you instead having to battle demons which can be at times very difficult, and a welcome challenge. You will also battle smaller minions, brotherhood soldiers, and corrupt, steam-punk-esque riot police. Enemies feel varied, but can also occasionally feel quite samey.

    Finally, the combat; it feels almost like that of DMC (the modern version), only with a pretty decent skill tree, allowing you to expand and learn new combat skills and upgrade old ones. However, some of these go to waste as you will end up using practically the same combos every time, and the upgrades tree feels almost like wasted potential.

    Overall, the game is definitely worth buying and playing if you enjoyed the previous LoS. If not, however, this may not be for you, as you will feel disoriented and not so much invested in the story. As for comparison, I feel that LoS was far greater, and when having to choose between the two, the original, at least for me, is the clear winner.
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  7. Mar 9, 2021
    0
    for clarity's sake, i am going to admit that I not only have not played CLOS 1, and neither have i finished this one, and i will most likelyfor clarity's sake, i am going to admit that I not only have not played CLOS 1, and neither have i finished this one, and i will most likely never do so. but I AM a big fan of character action games, and i happened to have this game in my steam library and thought i would give it a try. i sincerely wish i didn't. this game spits in the **** mouth of action games, decent writing, and fun in a way I have never seen before, and i think the only thing keeping me from expressing the fullest is the 5000 character limit on Metacritic user reviews.

    THE STORY
    it's **** boring. who are you? some **** vampire from the previous game?. what are you doing? trying to **** kill yourself (which totally isn't just for shock value and edginess) why does hobo Dracula want to die? uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...

    THE GAMEPLAY
    I came to this game for combat, and within the first 5 hours, i was met with 15% **** awful button mashy gameplay, 30% boring as sin uncharted wannabe platforming 10% stealth sections, which are everyone's favorite part of games, 10% walking segments, which I'm not even going to elaborate on, you know they **** suck, and 9001% **** cutsenes featuring, and with no hyperbole, some of the blandest characters in any piece of fiction I have ever seen! Gabriel is playing catch up with Kratos in terms of personality (and kratos already barely has a personality), let alone some of the best action game protagonists, like Dante and Bayonetta. i would go into detail on the other characters, but I can barely remember most of their names!

    SUMMARRY

    the dracula game made me poop my panties 0/10
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