Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition PC Review
15 November 2013
Excerpt: The Castlevania series has some of the best games that have ever been released on any consoles, ever. When some of them are re-released that game, by default, becomes the best game on that system.
Conclusion: Cutting out a lot of the filler would go a long way to improving my enjoyment of the game. As it stands, combat is the best part of the game: strong with a lot of variety, if a little repetitive. For an aging game, it still looks great, and is backed up by an excellent soundtrack and voice cast.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition – A Review (PC)
10 September 2013
Conclusion: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition is a very good game – it just isn’t a very good Castlevania game. The locations and story feel apocalyptic in nature and does bring the forces of good and evil together for an epic fight – however, the game play itself departs greatly from what we have...
Excerpt: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow released on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 at the end of 2010 and marked another shift in direction for the franchise. Rather than being developed in Japan, Konami allowed European developer MercurySteam to create a reboot based around the character Gabriel Belmont.
Pros: + Stunning graphics and an engine that runs at a smooth 60 FPS, + Expansive environments that are often massive in scale, + Strong voice acting and musical score, + Combat system is fun and provides players with plenty of options
Cons: - Some sections feel a bit too long or tacked on to add unnecessary length, - Platforming feels a bit imprecise at times, - Too many quick time events during boss fights, - Beginning sections feel a bit generic for a Castlevania title
Excerpt: If there’s one thing you expect from a Castlevania game, it’s Patrick Stewart. Sorry I mean vampires! Definitely vampires. Lords of Shadow has coffins full of the buggers, though it’s shy about the fact and sticks them behind one of the most turgid and over-extended openings I’ve ever had the...
Conclusion: MercurySteam's take on Castlevania has never looked better than it does with the Ultimate Edition. Despite being three years removed from its original release, it's still a joy to play and would do very well for itself when compared to more recent genre releases.
In Pursuit of “Cinematic” — Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition Review
16 September 2013
Excerpt: How far can production values get you? That’s the fundamental question facing anybody when deciding how to rate Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’s Ultimate Edition. Developed by MercuryStream and Kojima Productions–yes, that Kojima Productions–Lords of Shadow debuted on consoles in 2010 before Climax...
Pros: Visuals are technically and artistically breathtaking, Long run time
Cons: Camera is more interested in showing scenery than in showing gameplay, Feels cobbled together from better games