Alucard Rises in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 - Revelations DLC

Like father, like son.

When Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 entered its final act, Dracula's son, Alucard, stepped in and completely upended our understanding of his father and their mutual archnemesis, Zobek. There are some interesting plot twists as a result, but what exactly was he up to during the events leading up to his debut? That's where the upcoming Revelations downloadable content comes in.

"Alucard's role is given more clarity in the DLC, and players get a much better understanding of the motivations of the characters," according to Konami's Lords of Shadow producer, David Cox.

Of course, it's hard to talk about the ending to Lords of Shadow 2 without spoiling any of the twists and turns along the way, but in vague terms, the conclusion stripped most characters of their supposed role at a pivotal moment in the story. Characters who thought they were in control of their own destinies were revealed to be ignorant pawns, and others found new life, all because of Alucard's covert activities. According to Cox, the DLC "gives players a new perspective on the events of the main game. It doesn't change the ending but offers further insight into what and how certain things happened in the game."

Though he shares a few similarities with his father, Alucard feels noticeably different during combat. It's slightly jarring to start with a limited skill set after controlling a powered-up Dracula during Lords of Shadow 2, but Alucard's swords are new beasts waiting to be tamed. They fit within the dual power-up system, where one weapon saps life and the other burns through fortified foes, but his blades are uniquely balanced and feel distinct from Dracula's Void Sword. To Cox, Alucard's presence is "a chance to use a character that plays somewhat differently to Dracula. Alucard uses a sword as his main weapon, which has its own set of moves and offers players a new tree in mastery, allowing them to level the weapon up."

Alucard's new skills mix up the puzzle-solving methodology that you're used to from Lords of Shadow 2, most notably when you're using the Timeless Vision skill. Certain objects in Revelations that block your path or are in disrepair can be temporarily rewound in time, a skill Dracula surely could have made great use of during his own struggles. You can also dash to high vantage points using the new Bat Cloud skill, and pass through gates like a ghost using the Spectral Wolf transformation. Puzzles that make use of two or all three skills challenge not only your ability to solve problems, but also your speed and timing under pressure.

Revelations is almost entirely composed of new content, but you'll also run into familiar faces in familiar places. Thankfully, the enemies you fight as Alucard have been "customized to present a heftier challenge," according to Cox. Considering combat is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of the Lords of Shadow games, this sounds promising, but what of the stealth sections from Lords of Shadow 2 that hampered the overall experience? When I asked Cox if those will return in Revelations, he responded clearly: "No."

Revelations fills in a lot of gaps present in Lords of Shadow 2's plot, but it doesn't alter the ending or mention the future of its undead cast. Does that mean there's a chance we'll see more Lords of Shadow 2 DLC down the road? Nope! Revelations is the last bit of Castlevania content from Mercury Steam, which is supposedly moving on to a different series from Konami's portfolio. As for the future of Castlevania and the Belmont clan, Cox says "it's for others to write the next chapter." Also, if you're holding out for a next-gen port of Lords of Shadow 2, keep dreaming. According to Cox, there's "no chance" of that happening.

Keep an eye on GameSpot for more Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 - Revelations coverage when the game hits Xbox Live, PlayStation Network. and Steam on March 25.

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BehemothBlade
BehemothBlade

Koji Igarashi has left Konami.


There would be no more Metroid ripoffs.

elric3000
elric3000

Sooo...I've stopped playing for a while while waiting for this "prequel" DLC. Is it safe to assume that if I play this then return to LOS2, then I'll have, essentially, a "fuller" story? Doesn't seem like it spoils anything for LOS2.

Seifer24
Seifer24

Alucard is always cool.

But sciencevania is a uber fail

acemono
acemono

i learned 9 years ago to just wait for a complete edition

thebastardsword
thebastardsword

Downloadable content, that takes a considerable amount of work and time to expand the gameplay is fine, I don't mind paying more for more, but Disc locked content that is already finished and waiting on the disc for a money key is bullshit.. So is this disc locked or a legit add on? 

Hard to tell from the comments, sounds like theyre calling it disc locked but it also sounds like they dont want to spend money on the game because maybe a bad review scared them off, but they want to play Alucard and now theyre butthurt, so I dont know.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

Lord of Shadow 2 was a game many wanted to get, but it's probably the biggest disappointment of 2014 so far.

thebastardsword
thebastardsword

@ohjtbehaaave I wasnt dissapointed at all, its the best of all the 3d castlevania titles IMO so far, surprising its one of the better games Ive played so far this year

Glongold
Glongold

Ah! Another LoS money grabbing chapter I can watch on youtube for free. Thanks MercurySteam.

madara86
madara86

This SHOULD have been in the game in the 1st place maybe then it would have been better than the disppionting RAT parts that KILLED the game. as a fan of los1 this was a major let down i wil not b handing this developer any ££ ever again. dont wast your chash. 

Xatsuna
Xatsuna

I would rather donate 1000$ to a kickstarter project for one complete game instead of buying a 60$ game that is incomplete.

Karchy
Karchy

LoS 1 = superior God of War / Shadow of the Colossus clone

LoS 2 = inferior Assassins Creed / Splinter Cell clone

robbiejones
robbiejones

@Karchy  the SOC parts were pretty bad IMO, but the overall LOS game was pretty awesome

sbsdgamernoc
sbsdgamernoc

Lords of shadow 2 is good but the first one was better ,for me i would give lords of shadow 2 8.5 atleast. :D

madara86
madara86

@sbsdgamernoc  8.5...8.5 its just as well u don't review games! lol 7 was being nice it was a 6 at the best of times. with hideo kojima not on there backs overlooking los1 they really cmae up with a half assed game.

psyXcho
psyXcho

 Will this eat my save file like the main game did? (over 30 hours lost total) I beat it and traded it in.  Enjoyed it enough to go through about 3 times but was very angry about the cutscene freeze glitch issues that deleted 3 save files from me while playing.

666_Laventine
666_Laventine

Hate all you want, but Lords of Shadow was a better game & has a better story than any of the past 3D Castlevania games.

Xatsuna
Xatsuna

Freaking game industry. I will pirate this DLC. I don't support companies that cuts out content from the game.

immortality20
immortality20

Unlike most reviewers, I really enjoyed this game, a solid 8 or 8.5 from me. I will happily download this DLC when it becomes available. Been a good few weeks, finished Lords of Shadow 2, Ryse and South Park recently. All great games to me (of course South Park probably best).

nurnberg
nurnberg

If they actually released this with the main game, where it belongs, maybe the game would not have crap sales...  Just saying.

immortality20
immortality20

@nurnberg  I highly doubt the game would have sold better if it included this, if you played the game then you'd know it runs near 20 hours already.

akiratasoeur
akiratasoeur

So now they're using Alucard as a marketing tool to sell.  This is not SOTN and will not transform the game into an SOTN clone.


2D Castlevania has been going downhill since they decided to release one every year and not take their time.  SOTN was a very good game, one of my favorite games of all time.  It's sad to see how Konami didn't let Igarashi do what he really wanted to for so long and decided to go with Mercurysteam.  Lords of Shadow was an excellent game I really liked it.  I just wish it wasn't labeled as Castlevania and let Igarashi continue work on the IP instead of changing the IP so drastically that we cannot expect a proper old school Castlevania anymore, especially now that Igarashi left Konami.  I suspect his departure will lead to an interesting IP.


Megamandrew
Megamandrew

@akiratasoeur "Has" been going downhill? They haven't released an actual 2d Castevania since 2008, and that one is one of the best in the series, so I don't know what you're talking about.  And one a year?  Since SotN, they got released in 97, 01, 03, 05, 06 and 08.  2005 and 2006 were the only years in a row to have a 2d Castlevania game, so that's incorrect as well. 

akiratasoeur
akiratasoeur

@Megamandrew


From the castlevania Wiki you'll notice that the 2D castlevania games were released on Handheld after SOTN:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castlevania


There has been at least 1 a year since 2001 with one gap in 2004.  


I don't mind a handheld version of Castlevania and I own every single one of them.  The issue is that they haven't been spending as much time and effort as they used to until the latest installment, Harmony Of Despair which wasn't really a typical Castlevania game.

Megamandrew
Megamandrew

@akiratasoeur @Megamandrew "There has been at least 1 a year since 2001 with one gap in 2004."

Even if you count Harmony of Dissonance (which you shouldn't, because of it's copy/paste nature) there still hasn't been one since 2010.  Even the one in 2009 was a remake, so it wasn't a new installment in the series, it was just The Adventure back from 89 with a new coat of paint.  So, there hasn't been a 2d one in at least three-and-a-half years, and there hasn't been an actual metroidvania game since 2008.  I don't know about you, but there not being one in 3 1/2 years doesn't sound like there's been one a year since 2001. Therefore, there hasn't been a real 2d installment in the series since 2008, because as of now, the 2d franchise is dead in the water.  With Igarashi gone, we probably won't see a metroidvania game again, either, at least not one that's part of the Castlevania franchise.

akiratasoeur
akiratasoeur

@Megamandrew @akiratasoeur  

Yes you're right there hasn't been a 2D Castlevania in over 3 years and that's what I find disappointing.  I have a feeling they have shifted away from the old school series in favor of 3D only releases.


I think Mercurysteam did amazing work but I miss the old school 2D dot art and soundtrack.  I have high hopes in Igarashi's new studio though, so I'm crossing my fingers.


Glongold
Glongold

@akiratasoeur I took a look at Konami's IP from past to till now and they actually don't have much of a bankable list. If you look back to NES, SNES era the only games they can reliably expand on is, you guessed it: Contra and Castlevania. There is Gradius and the very very obscure Metal Warriors but Konami is focused on trends and right now that's 3D action and shooter 3rd-person or FPS shooter type games. 


Konami has lots of games but again most aren't really of quality or they're titles that just wouldn't hold up in today's market.

Based on that MercurySteam with most likely working on bring Contra to the 3D action space to compete with Gears of War. as such knowing how MercurySteam likes to operate you can bet it will be a mix of the two. Expect to see Contra of Wars or Gears of Contra to float around as a result. It will have duck and cover mechanics mark my words.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I've just read the first dozen or so words; does this article contain spoilers?

EDIT: Reading through the comments, I'm guessing it should. Think I'll skip this article.

lonewolf315
lonewolf315

@PlatinumPaladin  The only spoiler I read was that Alucard shows up at the end of the game and blows everyones mind.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

The gameplay was alright... but the Dracula aspect and the story of LoS2 made this game shit. Game was a bad gaming experience put together. 

TheMurderLord
TheMurderLord

Urgh... all this talk about Richard Madden is making me cringe.

This game needs Robert Belgrade.

Then, I can finally say "I'm interested in this.."

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

Can most people agree that CLOS2 isn't as bad as the professional reviewers made it out to be?  Yeah, it's not a perfect game, but coming off CLOS, it's exactly what I'd hoped.

immortality20
immortality20

@battlefront1943  I had a lot of fun with it, was at least an 8 for me. Yeah the stealth sections weren't the best, but the combat was challenging and fun, and I enjoyed the story.

Pro-Aktivity
Pro-Aktivity

@immortality20 @battlefront1943  I would prolly score it around a 7. Hated the stealth missions and didn't like the look of the present world levels. Also coming off the LoS awesome ending, the story for LoS2 ended up being a real letdown for me(especially the ending). However the combat was still fun and the art design for the castle part of the game looks great.

tidus_ff
tidus_ff

POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS OF LOS1 + 2 ENDING:

OK Alucard looks cool, nice sword and all that, and it would be somewhat interesting to learn more about him, but surely there are more important questions they need to answer? You know the question that was the entire SOUL PURPOSE of the story since the end of the first game i.e. Gabriel's wish to end his immortality... reunite with his wife and child etc. We go through a tragic journey with him, the entire first game is built upon his sacrifices and pain and the dark road he's forced to go down... but we get nothing, no answers, just some nonsense wise-crack comment by Dracula who suddenly seems completely out of character considering he's suffering from grief and regret through the entire game.

LoS2 lacked the essence of what made the first LoS great. After the way LoS finished (which was epic) I can't believe they think LoS2's ending is good enough. Absolute let down, and I haven't even mentioned the modern-setting and stealth segments.

cip_raziel
cip_raziel

@tidus_ff Exactly my thoughts regarding the story. The game wasn't bad but I think most of us expected abit more, it was a step back from LoS 1 quality, especially since they said this will be the end of the LoS storyline. The only redeeming  part of this game was when you ran around the castle, loved that place, the art style, the music and even the story related to it.

aliasCrucial
aliasCrucial

@tidus_ff  I agree 100%. I can't bring myself to buy this DLC because the main game was too disappointing.

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

Richard Madden is just awesome as Alucard. I'm also one of the few that actually liked the ending.

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

I fucking loved Alucard in this game.  Richard Madden officially needs to be the VA for him for the rest of eternity. 

geniobastardo
geniobastardo

Well that's one helluva spoiler article there !

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

 I feel like the trailer we've just watched resumed 100% of what happens in the DLC. Alucard ensures his father finds his weapons and gets to be Zobek's bodyguard.

GameYakuza
GameYakuza

can't they think of something more original than 'revelations' for a subtitle?

jerozt
jerozt

Booooooredddddd,they made a mediocre game where they tried to insert all stuff of like 30 games of castlevania for trying to get all fans of the series, the worst part about this is they do not know or will not accept that killed the entire series in 3 games.. and now for and finish completing make an DLC(coucg coug all is money......) when where they may have included in the original game, like his magnus ancestors where was the posibly of play whit 3 or 4 toons more...... anyway theres a lot of stuff about this sassy producer and his team...

berserker66666
berserker66666

Gamespot doesn't know to put spoiler warnings on articles. The first line reads spoilers all over.

GameGuy642003
GameGuy642003

@berserker66666 haha bummer, good thing I scrolled down fast before I saw anything. I'm almost done with LoS 2 and don't want to get any spoilers.

dante116
dante116

the final battle was so disappointing i though it would be a 2 part battle so i saved up my void and chaos and then it just ended