Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Anime Courtyard - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Review

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The following is an excerpt of my review of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2  -- published on Anime Courtyard.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 begins with a visually interesting yet unengaging tutorial which sees paladin-turned-vampire Gabriel “Dracula” Belmont defeat an army of The Brotherhood of Light. In the clash, the majority of Dracula’s castle is destroyed with Dracula himself presumably defeated – that is until he wakes up many centuries later in a modern day city built upon the ruins of his castle.

When he’s not staring at his feet, mumbling at how terrible his life is, or generally wallowing in his own self pity, Dracula is a pretty cool guy who slices bosses in half, drinks the blood of vanquished enemies, and wears a impractical leather coat without a shirt. Unfortunately, the moments in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 where Dracula actually does anything interesting are minimal, and are interspersed by hours of wandering around glum environments in silence.

Dracula is then told by Patrick Stewart to investigate a pharmaceutical company, which Dracula does until he wakes up again in the past, back inside his castle, where he is literally stalked by his own blood. Many other unexplained events similar to this to occur over the course of many hours until Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 finally and unsatisfactorily ends.

“It’s just a bunch of stuff that happened.”

Read my review of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 in full over at Anime Courtyard.

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