Let's just start out by stating that Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2, by Konami, is way more amazing than the first one in every way possible. This game has a much more vengeful story line, better graphics, a ton more fighting, more areas to explore, and just all around better gameplay.
In this game, players take on the role of Dracula with a mission to go destroy Satan himself. Constantly throughout the story, you hear how much God has failed and that Dracula himself is the only option. And with that kind of power, one must face all types of demons, some of which are just funny to watch during the cinematics. But of course, in order to complete the mission of destroying a ton of demons and Satan himself, Dracula needs to regain his powers by stealing them from the bosses he faces. I am pretty sure I don't have to tell you what powers you have to regain but if you don't know already, the two main ones are the Void Sword which allows you to leech life and freeze enemies and the Chaos Claws which allows Dracula to completely shatter the enemies armor and shield.
But besides taking on the role of having to defeat Satan, Dracula battles his inner self by trying to help out his kid recover pieces of the Mirror of Fate which is destroyed in super intense battles within the first ten minutes of the game. Sounds pretty easy right? Wrong! Many big boss enemies that Dracula approaches to get the pieces back start out as normal people, but then a demon possesses them and they become monstrous. Don't believe me; just take a look below at this photo of a boss you have to beat late game. The bosses in this game are equipped with some heavy armor, key focus points to destroy them, as well as some epic powers and weapons. But in the end, it is so much fun killing them.
But what made Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 so different from the first one, besides the story? Well, many months before the release, developers were constantly talking about the atmosphere of the game being more modern and also expanded exploration. Well, what a magnificent change. The first game consisted of a lot of outside woods and temples while the second one dominates with much more modern cities and castles. Players run around a city with tons of businesses, lights, broken down cars, churches and many large buildings. And for exploration, let's just say that players can run around so much that a mini map was actually required for this game. And to top that off, Konami even added a World Map which would allow you to warp from one part of the city to another!
Do you remember the tough and time consuming puzzles in the first game where you had to try to save your wife from death? Well, in the second one, that's no more. The only puzzles you encounter are when you have to find a way to pass these very heavily armored guards and scientists by taking over their minds or making them lose focus with bats; Which leads me to the first thing that really irritated about this game. I don't understand how I have the power to take down the followers of Satan, but I don't have enough power to fight a heavily armored enemy. Like really? I think there needs to be an add-on of this game where I can just walk into these puzzle areas and just destroy the gunners just for fun. But no worries, the puzzle are not that hard to solve and there is only like five or six throughout the whole game.
Also, unlike the first one, the second one has a ton of fighting. Just around every corner you turn, you can expect to find at least two enemies that are ready to kill you. Sometimes there are about five to six. No complaints though, because Castlevania games are known for having a ton of enemies. As you progress through the game, by gaining experience from killing enemies or completing challenges, players can upgrade every part of there fighting skills, from the basic attacks to unlocking amazing Void Sword Ice Hurricanes! And the more you use these skills, the more you can upgrade your mastery level on them. A.K.A - This means that you can completely obliterate your enemies and watch them explode.
If there was really anything that I really despised about this game, it was the control system for the Keyboard and Mouse. When a game comes to the PC, gamers expect to be able to learn how to play the game with a tutorial, but not this time. During the tutorial, the controls that pop up on the screen are always from an Xbox Controller. So if you don't have a controller and you're in the middle of a boss fight, it's hard to remember what button on the keyboard represents RT, LT, RB, LB, etc. This really wouldn't bother me but there are no options in the game to change that. So what you have to do, if you don't have a controller already, is just go to your local game store and buy one.
To be honest, I couldn’t ask any more of this game. It really had everything that the first one didn't. It was perfect in every way except the game controls for the PC. It really makes Castlevania Lords of Shadow look like a developer’s project. Cheers to Konami for creating an epic game that kept me playing it for more than 15 hours, without skipping a single cinematic event! Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2, hands down, deserves a 5 out of 5 star rating!
Planning on purchasing this game? Word of advice: Do not skip any cinematic movie scene!