- A brand new Castlevania game with state of the art graphics and high production standards to deliver an awesome game experience for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
- Immerse into a brand-new storyline that new comers to the Castlevania franchise will relish, while existing fans will appreciate on a deeper level with the introduction of characters and tangential side stories that pay homage to what has come before.
- High caliber voice acting from the game?s stunning cast, with Gabriel voiced by Robert Carlyle and Patrick Stewart as the mysterious Zobek. Natasha McElhone and Jason Isaacs round off the talent.
- Overcome obstacles using the Combat Cross multi-function weapon and hone your platforming skills in this sprawling adventure. Swing across chasms, climb sheer walls, rappel down cliffs, grip and pull away any and all things that lay in your path!
- Developed by Spanish studio Mercury Steam and supervised by world renowned Kojima Productions.
List Price: $59.99
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Limited Edition Description
Developed by Spanish studio Mercury Steam and supervised by world renowned Kojima Productions…
Reviews By Steve G : Date November 7, 2010
Reviews By Sean Kearney : Date October 10, 2010
Let me first write about the limited edition and why I would suggest just saving yourself 20 dollars and picking up the regular edition.
I had ordered the Limited Edition mainly for the Art Book. If you look at the mock up image of the limited edition on this page, it appears that the art book is an actual book. Sadly this is not the case. The art book, which is sadly composed of screenshot renders of images you can easily find online, is actually a part of the game case. Had the mock up mentioned this anywhere I might have avoided getting the limited edition (maybe that’s why it isn’t mentioned?). Hopefully someone from Konami or Amazon will take notice of this and fix this error.
Overall the Limited Edition isn’t horrible, the game case looks nicer than the regular edition and the soundtrack is great to listen to, but these extras alone combined with the disappointing art book cannot justify the extra $20 price.
As for the actual game itself:
If you’re a fan of God of War style games, and a fan of the horror genre you’ll more than likely get a kick out of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. I don’t have a lot of previous experience with the Castlevania series, (I’ve only just made it to the upside down castle in Symphony of the night) so I can’t say if fans of the Castlevania series will end up pleasantly surprised or sadly disappointed by this more westernized and linear reboot.
The gameplay comparisons between this game and God of War and Shadow of the Colossus are undeniable , but the story, setting, characters and enemies really give the game a voice of its own.
With the game lasting around 15-20 hours it runs pretty long, but rarely feels dull due to the excellent pacing and frequent boss battles.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is also visually stunning with its monolithic set pieces, colorful environments and imaginative looking characters and creatures. The game also allows you to unlock concept artwork, which was an added treat.
The game, while entertaining isn’t without its problems. While the environments look great there are times in which its not exactly clear where you need to go or what areas can be traversed. Some checkpoint locations can also be frustrating, especially ones placed before a long cutscene, (which are thankfully skippable) before open a door or traveling a long distance before the next fight.
Reviews By R. Sanders Fabares : Date November 8, 2010
I am a lifelong Castlevania fan and although I totally agree that this game is by no means similar to any Castlevania games of the past, I ask – is this really a bad thing? The franchise was in dire need of heading in a new direction and this game represents an amazing start. Let’s face it, Castlevania over the past 10 years since Symphony of the night has become more and more formulaic. Sure there is a glyph system here and a touch screen system here, but it is the same old enter a castle, try to find everything, kill everything, unlock the map, defeat dracula game that we all know.
This game was an awesome experience, with A-list voice talent, razor sharp gameplay, and incredible graphics. It has a distinct feel of Castlevania in the sense that you have a whip, you are a Belmont, and you are killing hordes of the undead – but the similarities stop there. I am really tired of people hating on this game simply because it doesn’t have the rock soundtrack and rehashed tunes of previous games- I totally love the fact that the team behind this had the guts to go against what they thought the public may want and just make a killer game that can redefine what Castlevania is today.
This game felt like a journey. Instead of taking place in one big castle, we are taken to small villages, swamps, different castles, forests, etc. I couldn’t wait to see what was in store next… and if you hear anybody talking ill of the ending, just don’t listen to them, please. The ending is amazing.