Rated 7 out of 10
by B1ackHarT Not your childrens Castlevania.
I've heard alot of people say this game isn't Castlevania. Well, that really depends on what generation you grew up in. Since I've been playing Castlevania since it came out for NES, I would disagree. It's got alot of the elements the older side scrolling games had. This game is in a class of it's own, and in my opinion doesn't copy any games on the market, since this game franchise is older then any games on the market. Pros - Great grafix, the sound is superb, the controls and combat system is really easy to get along with. There are four difficulty settings, 2 for casual gamers and 2 for hardcore, plus completing each level on the "trial" setting can offer more achievments. Also Patrick Stewart stars as Zobek, your right hand companion. Cons - Alot of backwards level playing, completing tedious levels over and over once you've gained the ability you need to access a secret area. Finding yourself in situations where one hit and you're dead and you might be in a boss fight, or just fighting regular monsters, but there is a lack of staying at max health / items like all other Castlevania games. You have no control over the camera, there is no free-look so it's easy to miss caches and hidden areas. Button mashing in cut scenes? Wow really, this is just silly, a cut-scene is your reward for going through 1hr+ boss fights, which I assure you on knight / paladin difficulty every boss fight is an hour or longer. The game has two discs, I could careless what the reason for this is, but it's 2011 and I can't remember having to switch discs on a console game since playstation 1. Either way, it's a great game, goes a little too quickly on easy / normal difficulty moves at a decent pace on knight / paladin difficulty.
Rated 2 out of 10 by MrsShakey Frustrating, Annoying, and BLAH at best.
First I have to say that the storyline isn't Horrible, but I'm saying this very tentatively because I have never played any of the other castlevanias so to a fan it may be the worst thing ever.
BUT, the storyline gets pushed aside when the frustration of not being able to control the point of view of the character takes over. I very much Hate when games do that. I find it lazy on the part of the game makers. Though I can get over it if the storyline Good & can distract me from that issue, like Dante's Inferno, which this game did Not do.
Coming in a close second in the frustrating part of this game is repetitive nature of it. Every battle, may it be small monsters on a level or the Boss, is basically the same. I can deal with button mashing games, like Dante's Inferno, but again Storyline has to be good...which this one is lack luster at best.
I am playing it now & honestly don't if I can finish it because it is That frustrating...and I'm the type to finish a game no matter what.
So, Don't waste your money.
Rated 9 out of 10 by AndroidRewster Very Good Game!!
Okay to begin with, Castlevania Lords of Shadow is very different from the rest of the Castelvania series. It's not a 2D pixel graphic game, it's a 3D, third person adventure game. Konami had wanted to go back to the original feel of being a lone warrior, slaying monsters with your whip. The actual feel of the game reminds me of God of War, or Devil May Cry. It's cinematic, stylish combat and Puzzle Platforming offers much challenge on an epic 2 disc story. The Trials offer lasting fun, and multiple playthroughs, followed up by the secrets, and adventuring. Honestly, I believed the story to be a LARGE stp up from the recent Castlevania's which were basically "Hey let's go kill Dracula!" Gabriel Belmonts wife was recently murdered by an evil force that rules the land. So, Gabriel set's out on the quest to defeat the Lords of Shadow, and collect fragments of a mask powerful enough to bring the dead back. And so the adventure begins! I would reccomend this to anyone looking for deep story, well-done combat, and fun platforming. Thanks, Bye!
Rated 10 out of 10 by Dave2514 What games should aspire to be.
As the title says, this game is what all titles in this genre should aspire to be. There is a fantastic story behind the game, that's the first crucial part. Second, there are some amazing game mechanics involved in this game, the fighting style is quick and totally controllable and customizable. Practically limitless fighting styles to choose from given what they've developed. Those are the 2 main things that EVERY game needs. 1 A story worth telling, 2. a game that's FUN to play.
That being said, this game takes you through untold numbers of enemies, each totally distinct from the previous. Each with their own weaknesses, each with their own fighting styles, and you find new enemies on practically every level of the game. The world is immersive, the architecture and game design is near flawless, and the talent is top shelf. Again, this is what all game should aspire to be.
Rated 8 out of 10 by thor10 ending wasnt great...
i think lords of shadow was an awesome game...some people didnt like it because the gameplay was similar to god of war...whats wrong with that??you think god of war is the only game that can have that type of gameplay?? there is nothing wrong with that gameplay..all three god of wars are awesome...the thing i didnt like about this game is the ending..i mean i know they were just probably trying to do something different for once but i mean com on..belmont becoming dracula?? didnt see that one coming..i just think its stupid that belmont became dracula..its not supposed to be that way lol..but i really didnt mind it that much..just gotta wait and see what they do witht h next game...the graphics are amazing too..the gameplay is also awesome......i wouldve given it a higher lasting appeal and overall rating if the ending wasnt like that...
Rated 9 out of 10 Castlevania Meets New Generation
Any classic gamer knows of the whip lashing, monster slaying Castlevania series. Classic 2D sidescroling action at its finest. Many thought it impossible to make Castlevania into a decent 3D game ( Castlevania 64 and Castlevania Curse of Darkness were failures). However, Castlevania Lords Of Shadow shows its worth on the next generation consoles. From the graphics, to the whips, its all here, with a good familiar style of gameplay. At first, you may think youre playing God Of War, but the second you pick up a secondary Knife weapon, youll give a smirk and say "Oh yeah, this is Castlevania." Good fresh gameplay, superb graphics, and truly stays true to the classic Castlevania, this game is worth the 59.99. The only sma complaint is that it may feel a bit to similar to god of war, but hey, what 3D explorer doesnt?
Rated 7 out of 10 by Grimm $40 Game, $60 price tag
One thing is imminently obvious from the very beginning of play: this is a God of War / Dante's inferno type game. You've got a long chain weapon and two basic types of attack: weak, wide area crowd control, and strong, linear direct attack. If you've played God of War or Dante's Inferno, this should be old hat (Inferno a bit more than GoW, actually). This isn't necessarily a bad thing... just indicative of the game type. Outside of combat, it's somewhat similar as well... platforming using your weapon as a tool and the occasional puzzle. That's all well and good. Is it something that, in retrospect, I'd be happy to pay $60 for? Nope. Add in the pre-order bonus shirt, and I'm happy with it, but unless you're a major fan of Castlevania, or the GoW gametype, wait for the price to drop a little.
Rated 9 out of 10 by tennytime13 Great Game! Worth it! Pretty Long!
Well first to say it is a god of war style game. This game is not god of war but in my opinion way better! Great Graphics! Great Sound! All around pretty freakin awsome. 2disc game, spent many a few nights playing all the way through, then went back and found everything. Still working on the paladin difficulty!!! When you get a chance to go back and check out the real beauty of the game, it is worth it. very beautiful game. Monsters are nice and challenging, beautiful when you can see them upclose. Sometimes the camera angle is odd and non changeable, but never hinders you in the game. Great Game overall! Good Story! Awsome bosses! and a great couple twists! I would say it is more like a Sick game of Zelda! lots of puzzles and upgrades and items. Fun and worth it!
Rated 2 out of 10 by DarkKingBowser Castlevania is dead.
What could be said about this game that isn't derogatory? The game elements are copied from other games, poorly I might add (Climbing giant bosses was stolen from Shadow of the Colossus, and other elements from God of War). This doesn't feel like Castlevania mostly because Lords of Shadow wasn't supposed to be a Castlevania game. This is a boring hack and slash. It is repetitive. The soundtrack from other Castlevania games was magnificent, and this game does nothing to revive them. Do not buy this game. Supporting this kind of disgusting game will only make them make more horrible games like Lords of Shadow 2. If you value yourself as a gamer, STAY AWAY.
Rated 9 out of 10 by TheThree4 Arise, Prince of Darkness...
God seemingly has lost faith in humanity and a spell has been cast to seperate the heavens and the earth. It is up to Gabriel Belmont to follow a prophecy to collect the peices of the Godmask to either save humanity or do with it as he wishes. The story pulls you ever deeper as you move from disc one to two. Perhaps the closest platforming to God of War as it gets, the Combat Cross and the Gauntlet you wear on your hand provide for a full book of combos and magical attacks. The gameplay looks repetitive, but never feels like it. The mythical beasts you encounter along the way prove worthy at any difficulty. While you watch Gabriel grow stronger, you begin to wonder just who really is the more evil at heart. The hero, or the villians?