Reviews by KaiHiryuu

65

Decent story, but...

KaiHiryuu | March 1, 2014 | Review of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

If you're a fan of Lords of Shadow, or even LoS: Mirror of fate, I recommend you play this, as it puts a nice bow on the entire series. I felt that the controls and story were both different enough to keep the series fresh and at the same time similar enough to make you feel like you were still in the same series of games. The main story is interesting and puts a neat twist on Dracula's situation.

The reason I slapped a 65 rating on it boils down to one thing, the Kleidos Challenges. I really think you have to rate a game as a whole, and by the time you get to doing the challenges it feels like, "Why is this even here?". There's nothing really to earn, be it different skins for Dracula or his weapons, an extended ending, and it's not even tied to the main plot. In the first game, the challenges made some kind of sense to me, as they were inserted into each chapter.

Here's the situation: The Challenge "Mirror" is in the shop. Great. That works, if I run out of items I can just exit to restock. Unfortunately, the only health and magic "fountain" are about a 2 minute jaunt through an area with baddies and some load time, which wouldn't be too bad if the magic item you can use wouldn't drain empty the tank at the end of its duration.

The challenges themselves are a bit of a mess, there's one challenge in particular involving a sort of mini-boss and three heavy knights. What's the challenge? The mini-boss has to destroy the armor on the three heavies. The problem? The mini-boss' AI is dumbed down so he refuses to attack at all, and when he does, so do the damageable heavies.

And the rub is since there's a "Complete all Challenges on (insert hardest difficulty name here)", that means you may as well just wait until you unlock it and give it all one go. Thinking back on it, I feel like the whole thing was a horrible troll device meant to make you loathe the game entirely. So if you want the story, and don't care about acheivements, give it a go. Jut stay very far away from the Kleidos Challanges. You have been warned.