More Reviews
REVIEWS Far Cry 4 Review
The open world of Far Cry 4 is wondrous, but is the beauty of Kyrat only skin-deep?

World of Warcraft: Warlords of D Review
Does Blizzard's latest expansion breathe new life into the 10 year-old franchise, or is this MMO finally starting to show its age?
More Previews
PREVIEWS Silence: The Whispered World II Preview
With its absolutely gorgeous sequel, Daedalic aims to create a mid-range difficulty adventure title that will expand the genre to a larger audiences.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES ESCAPE Dead Island
Release date: Out Now

Far Cry 4
Release date: Out Now

Dragon Age: Inquisition
Release date: Out Now

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix
Release date: 12/02/14


LATEST FEATURES With Two Paths to Walk This Fall, I Recommend Assassins Play AC Unity Over AC Rogue
For fans of this series, it'll be a decision based on hardware. For enthusiasts, returning to the brand's roots will prove enticing.

Nintendo Download November 2014 - Updating Each Week
If you've got credit on Nintendo's digital eShop service or expect to receive a gift card this holiday season, start making your list with our weekly updates.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Xbox Downloads October 2014 - Updating Each Week
Microsoft's Xbox One console continues an Xbox Live revolution started over a decade ago. Here's hoping Summer of Arcade makes it to the platform next year.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP Master_Craig
Welcome Home - PAX AUS 2014
By Master_Craig
Posted on 11/18/14
Last night I returned home from PAX AUS 2014. Long story short, it wasn't perfect, but it was quite possibly the best weekend I've had this year. It was a lot of fun. If you'd like to continue reading, the long story is just below. Buckle up. This is gonna be...

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Preview

Alex_Osborn By:
Alex_Osborn
06/12/13
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Konami 
DEVELOPER MercurySteam 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
M Contains Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Nudity

What do these ratings mean?

A bloody good time.

We've seen countless God of War clones ever since Sony debuted its overly graphic franchise on the PS2, but none have come quite as close to capturing that same intense, violent feel as MercurySteam's Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. The development team is back with a direct sequel, and I'm happy to report that those who loved the 2010 release will have a whole lot of fun with this new installment.



I got some hands-on time with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 at Konami's E3 booth, and after watching an incredibly dramatic opening cutscene, I was plunged right into the action. As Gabriel Belmont, I was equipped with a fiery whip that I used to cut down my oncoming foes. Combat felt immediately intuitive and instantly gratifying. From standard basic moves to more far reaching area-of-attack techniques, I was able to dispose of my enemies with relative ease.

Then things got a bit more complex.

In the midst of combat I had noticed that some of my health had depleted, so I switched to the Void Sword, a large blue blade that replenished my HP with each strike against an enemy. Tapping the left bumper on the Xbox 360 controller made switching between the two weapons incredibly easy, and it didn't take long before I was naturally switching between the two without even thinking about it.



Then came a batch of armored foes with large shields. It was at this moment I realized I needed to equip a third weapon, the Chaos Claws, to pummel my attackers and break down their defenses. This new ability was mapped to the right bumper, so it goes without saying that cycling between this newfound power and my other two methods of attack quickly became second nature as well.

After laying waste to several dozen enemies, it came time for a bit of platforming. Much like UnchartedLords of Shadow 2 had me scaling walls and leaping between large gaps in stylish fashion. Holding down the left trigger illuminated the way, making it easy for an unskilled gamer like myself to figure out the most ideal path with little frustration. When I finally made my way outside of the gargantuan castle, I was greeted by a massive opponent. I soon found myself in a gameplay scenario that blended action and platforming with satisfying results.  



After hacking into the golden creature, dodging various attacks along the way, I needed to climb aboard a moving mechanism, avoiding the deadly blasts that followed my every move. Carefully timed button presses kept me from falling to my death. These quick-time-events game in the form of a shrinking circle that once lined up with a smaller circle, required my immediate input. It's nothing revolutionary, but a nice addition that added to the overall tension. All the while, I continued to move about the level, dealing damage where I could.

I must admit, I've never been a huge fan of any of the Castlevania games, but the slick combat that improves upon the original Lords of Shadow in just about every way left me thirsty for more of the game's gripping combat. This is one current-gen game you'll want to check out before the new upcoming hardware inevitably steals your heart.
More GR previews for this game:
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 preview posted on 01/09/14.
Tags:   E3, Castlevania, Xbox 360, PS3
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2