The Return of Gabriel “Dracula” Belmont
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is a sequel to 2010s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 1 which was an amazing game with a brilliant story and action packed gameplay. The game has the same hack and slash combat as its predecessor and it adds in a variety of new elements such as being an open world game which encourages exploration, more skills to learn which is always a ton of fun and finally the addition of a decent camera setting but there also some aspects shoved into the game that are completely irrelevant and the game would have been much better off without them but still, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is ultimately a refreshing experience and handles the conclusion of the Lords of Shadow saga very well.
The story of the game revolves around Dracula (Also known as Gabriel Belmont) being troubled by his immortality and at the same time Zobek from the previous Lords of shadow is on a quest for world domination which cannot carry on due to Satan being on the rise and therefore must be thwarted. Although the story takes a while to ramp up, you will be amazed at how it carries on and at the same time will be itching to see how it concludes.
The initial stages of the game is where it fails to shine, being a Castlevania game one would expect it to have a medieval setting but instead the game throws you into the center of a modern day city which is very unfavorable for a game of this sort albeit there are some points in the game where you will flash back to settings of the past which are much more familiar but you will be spending most of your hours in the modern era and the character design is mediocre at best.
Even though the game has a disappointing setting, the graphics are simply mind blowing and the developer has paid a lot of attention to detail which makes Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 a beauty to look at.
The combat in the game is where it impresses the most. Dracula carries 3 weapons and can perform wide variety of AoE + single target attacks which you can combo together for some lethal results, along with this there are also multitudes of skills to learn which will always keep you interested in the combat for as long as the game goes on which clocks in at around 18-20 hours given that you fully play through the game instead of rushing it.
The only disappointing thing about the gameplay in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is the addition of the completely irrelevant stealth sections in which you do nothing but walk around while taking the form of something else which completely kills the momentum of the game, if you are able to look past this one downfall then the gameplay of Lords of Shadow 2 is one of its best aspects
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was a much anticipated sequel to the original Lords of Shadow and manages to deliver extremely well, other than its uninspiring character design, confusing setting and the completely unneeded stealth sections, the game is an amazing experience and is worth picking up if you’re a fan of either hack and slash combat, the Castlevania series in general or are just looking for a good game to pass the time with.