Reviews for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Great sequel to the first Castlevania Lords of Shadows gameQwertyfour | March 4, 2014 | See all Qwertyfour's reviews »
This game actually stirred up quite some controversy. The reviews gave it very low scores but don't trust those reviews. If you played and enjoyed Lords of Shadows 1, then you'll most definitely enjoy this game, because this game is almost entirely a direct sequel. If you're looking into this game without playing the first, then I'd highly suggest for you to pick up the first, because this game might be very disappointing otherwise.
The combat from Lords of Shadows 1 is retained, but you're now playing as Dracula, so instead of the light and shadow magic states, you have the Void Sword and the Chaos Fist which, while mechanically idenitcal, add much needed variation to the combat because you can now upgrade those to have different animations which are actually quite neat. Some complaints against the combat are that it's God of War-esque, which, while true, is not a valid complaint. Since you can control the camera now, you have much more leeway over what you can see, so the standard spamming of attacks that are inherent to the Gods of War series are not a valid strategy.
You have to really learn how to block and counter attacks, in addition to dodging when the opportunity is right. In addition to that, you'll really maximize your damage output when you recognize how to string together combos and single enemies out in fights by throwing them in the air, like a spectacle fighter, or disable entire hordes of enemies. The combat is a lot more dynamic than people give it credit for, but you have to know how to take true advantage of it.
The number one legitimate complaint right now is the stealth sections, which definitely are very linear. I personally had no problem with them, but others might find them to be a complete drag. The graphic design is very fantastical and inspired, though the modern settings you'll often switch to can be a bit drab in comparison. Castlevania Lords of Shadows 2 is a very enjoyable game, and I've had fun with it, but only because I enjoyed the first Lords of Shadows game.
Decent story, but...KaiHiryuu | March 1, 2014 | See all KaiHiryuu's reviews »
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.