Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Best Game this Year amd no its not a GoW Clone
Since i picked this up I cant put it down Castlevania Returns too its roots in this re-imagining. The visuals are some of the best I've seen I really like Gabriel Belmont he is a much more eloborate Charecter than Kratos. It is a little slow at first but after the first 30 -45 in youll be hooked. The combatis the bread and butter of this game and no its not a GoW clone, dont get me wrong I loved the GoW series but to say they copied GoW is ignorant cuz Gow is a clone of sevaral games in one Castlevania Lament of Inocence which is one of m favorite CV's is where GoW got its combat but back to the Game in review for those hardcore castlvania fans out there this is not a metroidvania again its taking Castlevania back to the glory days of the NES and SNES but extremely polished and well presented andthere are a lot of references of previous titles and alot ofhomage paid Im only about half way thru but i really recomend this game to those new and old to the series.
worth the buy and a great addition to the series!!
I know its kinda late, but after a long break from the game (do to work haha) I finally got back to it and completed it...let me tell you it was AWESOME!!! The scenery and detail of the game is breathtaking...the voice acting is top notch...and the game play is challenging yet still allows any level of gamer to play. You can go from simple hack n slash or throw in some of the really cool combos and light/shadow moves. I have read that this game is a "reboot" of the Castlevania franchise which saddened some fans. But being a fan myself I was not heartbroken at all, there are SO many references to the original story lines that I really thought this was part of them. The ending definitely leaves you on the edge of your seat and wanting more!! Which wont keep you waiting for long because a DLC pack is coming soon that will continue the game where it left off and give you insight on what happened. So in summary awesome game and great addition to your video game library! thanks for reading! Cyklonus82 is my PSN name!
finally, a ps3 game with substance...don't get me wrong, i loved metal gear solid 4, the uncharteds, heavenly sword, and some others, but great games are few and far between. i'm not too familiar with the entire castlevania series, though i'm a big fan of kojima, and once i heard he had his hand in the works of this game, it became a must buy for me. at first glance, it may seem like a bit of a button masher, but don't let that steer you wrong. this game has depth and, like the description of many capcom fighters, it's easy to play, hard to master. it slowly introduces you to wonderful gameplay mechanics and stunning visuals with breathtaking boss battles and action sequences. furthermore, this game has a great length. i'm only a 3rd of the way through it and have probably invested about 15 hours. the story gives you just enough to keep you wanting more at the end of each chapter/subchapter and leaves you questioning the direction it's headed. all the while, the soundtrack fully submerses you in the world that is "castlvevania" and the believable melancholy of our protagonist, gabriel. i'd say "buy" it, hands down, but only if you have the time and focus to fully engulf yourself in this experience.
Despite the negative comments about this game, I have to say I really enjoyed it. It is clear, as many have stated, the mechanics are a mix of previous action-adventure/platforming titles yet it was still interesting to me. I did not get bored of the platforming aspect and the battle components were very fast paced and fun. You take the role of Gabriel Belmont, a member of the Brotherhood of Light, who is fighting the world pervaded by evil spirits controlled by the Lords of Darkness. He is trying to bring back his love Marie and restore the connection between Earth (humanity) and God. The storyline becomes much more complex as it continues and is told in a book-like fashion with an ominous narrator who is following Gabriel.
To me, a person who has played through all the classic titles since the NES days until now, this WAS Castlevania to me because of the overarching themes of the game. The architecture and environments were absolutely stunning, detailed, and rich. They were some of the best worlds I've seen in a game, ever. Also, the boss battles were great in fighting and also who the characters were; they were very intriguing. Besides the gothic worlds, the soundtrack was grandiose and haunting at times which set the theme well. Lastly, the puzzles were great and some were insane! The length of the game was good too. So if you are looking for an action-adventure title, with solid storytelling and game-play I would recommend this.
honestly, this Castlevania is not a rip-off of anything, this IS Castlevania returning to its glory as was sentenced in another user review.
Lords of Shadow uses the old style of the clasic castlevania, you go trough diferent ''missions'' there are 12 chapters and each one of them have their own parts.. like, chapter 2 part 6. don't get me wrong, the game is NOT linear. now, the graphics are one of the most beautiful i've seen on this generation, the enviroments are awesome, the music is Epic and the boss battles ar memorable, specially the last one. this is indeed the best Castlevania ever made (for me at least) and it's an excelent way to show who's the boss here. =)
oh, and the limited edition Pwns.
This game is nearly identical to those of the God of War series. It has similar controls, similar combos, similar fights, similar puzzles, and similar death animations. I liked God of War and I like this game, but it is simply too repetitive. A lot of hack-n-slashing, There are a few cool combos and different ways to kill people, but when it comes down to it, all you have to push is square and triangle and things die.
The graphics are superb on this game. At first, I thought that The opening scene was just cut scene graphics, but it turned out that they were the game play graphics. They are excellent
To me, the replay value on this game is the worst part. Everything is very repetitive. I started skipping through all of the cut scenes within the first two chapters. You can imagine what I thought when I saw that there were something like 12 chapters with about 10 levels in each one. I had a sinking feeling when I saw this, and that's when I decided that I bought the wrong game. I am going to sell this as soon as I can.
An underrated masterpiece.
First of all, this is the first Castlevania game I've ever played so I'm not comparing it to any of the old games. This game is absolutely incredible, it has a gripping and exciting story, a stunning musical score and excellent voice acting, beautiful graphics and very fun and satisfying gameplay. I know a lot of people troll on this game because it's similar to other games but if you judge this game for what it is, it's amazing. Just because it may have been inspired by other games doesn't mean it's bad or that you should hate on it, for example I was desperate for a hack n' slash game to fill the void after I finished God of War III 7 times (huge GOW fan) and this game did so perfectly. A great game any fan of the genre will adore.
This game simply raises your hopes and anticipation only to strike them down. This game has some of the best graphics out today, however that is not enough to make a decent game. the combat is copied from God Of War and is fast yet not really necessary. you can easily aquire only 2 or 3 combos and make it through the game with ease, the enemy units will have the same attacks over and over again with large units always using a shockwave and fling units constantly using sweeping attacks. some of the bosses are complete imitations of Shadow of the Colossus. Although this game can last around 10-20 hours those hours will be filled with irritation and anoyances with invisible walls and terrible camera angles. the story is barily here: with little dialogue and cutscenese that are so unimportant that you can skip every one with out missunderstanding the terrible plot. this game lacks imagination, creativity, and originality.
I am so glad a 3D castlevania game is finally being developed by studios with great track records. While some might say the last great castlevania game was symphony of the night... I say to you.... Have you even played the amazing gba/ds castlevania games? I think not with the exception of a few 2d games and a couple 3d games.... The castlevania series is amazing! The talent on lord of shadows looks to continue the trend...
Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow (PS3) = AWESOME!
I have been a fan of Castlevania since the original Castlevania (NES). The last great Castlevania game I've played and one of my favorite games of all time is Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night (PS1) after seeing the promo trailers of the NEW Castlevania: LOS I have to say I am impressed. My thing was that I was hoping for something like like Castlevania: SOTN but, if they can make this work (and so far it looks amazing) I will be happy! I've noticed the comparisons to the God Of War series and I say this: what's wrong with that. Considering the Castlevania games on the PS2 were okay at best what's wrong with using a proven winning formula?! as long as the graphics, music, and gameplay are up the Castlevania standards that I love I'll be happy to purchase this one the second it comes out!:)