Dracula’s Back in Town | Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Review
New Gamer Nation
12 March 2014
Conclusion: Overall, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is a mixed bag that trends towards the positive. The new open-world concept works great and solves the camera issues with the first game. The characters, models and environments look great for the most part but leave out the gothic feel of the first game.
Excerpt: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is the kind of action title you would expect it to be. It features a wealth of button mashing, button combo experimentation, over-the-top action, constant dodging and/or blocking, and moments that beg you to stop and take in the awesome monster designs that...
(PlayStation 3 Review) Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
The Entertainment Depot
6 March 2014
Summary: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 built upon its predecessor in many meaningful ways, but it frequently stumbles whenever attempting something new. Comparing the segments set within Dracula’s castle to those in the modern city shows a clear difference in approach.
Excerpt: As reboots go, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow did interesting things with Konami’s famous and much loved series, with developer MercurySteam crafting a game that was as much God of War as it was Castlevania, and it also featured a surprising conclusion that actually saw protagonist Gabriel Belmont...
Conclusion: Playing as Dracula could have been handled so many different ways, and while I don't agree with everything that MercurySteam did with Lords of Shadow 2, the positive aspects overwhelm the negative. This is a worthy and fitting end to a fine trilogy.
Conclusion: Lacking the focus, clarity and coherence of its precursor, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 fails to satisfy as a sequel or as a game in its own right, delivering muddled game design and little narrative resolution.
Pros: Powerfully affecting soundtrack, Beautiful medieval sections, Sometimes evokes the atmosphere of the first game
Cons: Combat lacks finesse, Too many poor diversions, Loss of scale and spectacle