Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Hype thread!

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Poll: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Hype thread! (52 votes)

AAAA (10) 2%
AAA (9.0-9.5) 25%
AA (8.0-8.5) 46%
A (7.0-7.5) 19%
Less than A (1.0-6.5) 6%
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  • Game info
  • Developer: Mercury Steam
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Game engine: Mercury Engine 2
  • Producer: Dave Cox
  • Genre: Action-adventure, hack and slash.
  • Platforms: Microsoft window (Retail and digital download), PS3 and Xbox 360.
  • Release date: February 25th for North America and February 28 worldwide.

  • Setting

The game will be set 1000 years after the 1st Lords of Shadow game, after Gabriel Belmont becomes the new Lord Dracula.

Zobek, the lord of the necromancers, comes to seek Dracula to warn him about Satan's inmminent return, and Dracula must begin searching for his long lost powers if he is to stand a chance against him.

The world will be mostly set in a present day European city that strikes a balance between classic Gothic architecture and more contemporany city vibe, and of course: Dracula's castle will also be a major part of the game's enviroment.

Some of the game's enviroments.

  • Gameplay

Lords of Shadow 2 will be signifficantly longer than the 1st game (which means something, since the 1st game took about 20 hours to complete) and will now feature a seamlessly open world where players will be able to choose where they want to go next (Although some areas requires certain power ups to access). A lot of the areas will have certain sections locked to encourage revisiting of previous areas with new power ups to collect any items missed.

Combat has been rebalanced from the previous game, and it will now play at a faster pace, Dracula is much more agile than Gabriel from the 1st game and so the combat system requires a heavier use of your reflexes to overcome your foes.

The light and dark magic systems have been replaced with different weapons that will largely serve the same function as magic from the previous game. Dracula's main arsenal will consist of the Blood whip, which is very similar to the combat cross from the previous game, it is a mid-long ranged weapon that is able to deal direct damage to a single foe, or area damage to several of them.

The void sword, which replaces the light magic from the previous game, is a short-mid ranged weapon that allows for a slight increase in damage while also enabling lifesteal to heal yourself during combat, however, each strike with the void sword will reduce your Void magic meter, once it hits zero, you will not be able to use the void sword anymore unless you recharge the meter.

The Shadow Claws, which are a fiery pair of claw-like gauntlets, will replace the shadow magic from the previous game, they are able to sunder enemy armor and deal inflicted damage, however their range is very short and so you need to get close and personal to your opponent to use it, putting you at risk of being hurt. As with the void sword, each strike with the shadow claws will reduce your shadow magic meter.

Unlike the previous game, every weapon is different and so they all have unique and different combos. The game allows for combination between direct and area attacks and for mid-combo weapon swap to enable longer, more powerful combinations.

Every weapon in the game gets power ups as you progress, which enables new skills with them, for example: The void sword can be upgraded with the ability to freeze water or foes, so that Dracula can focus on a single enemy while disabling others.

Adittionally, new moves and combos may be unlocked with experience points to increase Dracula's power.

Oh and, no more fixed camera :) The camera is now free and can be rotated 360 degrees.

Gameplay video

The soundtrack will be composed once again by the award winning Oscar Araujo, who did a marvelous job with the previous games of the saga. You can preview some of the music here.

  • Developer's diaries (More insight on gameplay, artistic direction, enviroment and plot).

Pre-order link for PS3 and 360

Windows/Steam pre-order not availible yet

Thank you for reading throughout the thread! I highly recommend this game if you're a fan of the saga or the genre, even the previous one if you haven't played it, it has an inmense value and it's truly an incredible game, I hope it does well both in critics and in sales!

Also please forgive me for the sloppy look of the thread, the new forums don't allow much for customization or formatting so I had to go with a very basic look.

#1 Posted by lightleggy (16073 posts) -

Reserved for additional information.

#2 Posted by freedomfreak (41989 posts) -

Excited for Bayonetta 2?

Great thread. Definitely looking forward to it. Preorder on lockdown. Or something.
Make love to me.

#3 Edited by finalfantasy94 (26767 posts) -

It will proboyl get an 8. Though im annoyed theres no uber edition for NA.No day 1 money from me.

#4 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (15348 posts) -

From what Ive seen, its no longer a God of War rip off. Infact Kraetos could learn a thing or two from the happy go lucky vampire

#5 Edited by Nike_Air (18381 posts) -

I quit pretty early on in the 1st game. I remember being lost at one point and then I kept running into these stupid spiders.

I'm still somewhat interested after I saw a video of the combat awhile ago , but I'm not sure yet.

#6 Edited by R4gn4r0k (17322 posts) -

This has the potential for AAA from what I've seen. It's just been a while since I've played an action game like this and I still have to finish the first one. But once I do I'll definitely be getting this one soon after it.

#7 Edited by lightleggy (16073 posts) -

@freedomfreak said:

Excited for Bayonetta 2?

Great thread. Definitely looking forward to it. Preorder on lockdown. Or something.

Make love to me.

I'd have no issues with it if they manage to remove all the cheese and lame sexualization from the game.

Gonna preorder this badboy as soon as it gets on Steam.

#8 Posted by lightleggy (16073 posts) -

@Nike_Air said:

I quit pretty early on in the 1st game. I remember being lost at one point and then I kept running into these stupid spiders.

I'm still somewhat interested after I saw a video of the combat awhile ago , but I'm not sure yet.

You should go back to it, the game starts off very slow and it's actually kind of boring before chapter 3, but once you get there, or at least halfway through the chapter, it gets much better.

It's also very hard to get stuck...perhaps you missed something?.

#9 Posted by enzyme36 (1614 posts) -

I wish there were more elements from the side scrolling DS games in Lords of Shadow. Item drops and familiars being some of them.

Not that it was bad, it was an entertaining action game.... but I played Pandora's Tower right after LoS and I thought that felt more like a true Castlevania game.

#10 Posted by silversix_ (15337 posts) -

Pre-ordered almost a year ago, can't wait for this shit!!!!!! Expecting 9/10 and the first quality title of 2014. They're pretty much taking all the good things from Darksiders 2 (huge world with great exploration), all the good things from GoW3 (visceral combat/nice graphics) and adding an amazing art style on top of all that. I don't even like or care about beat'em ups but this thing right here is hawt!

#11 Edited by ristactionjakso (5823 posts) -

I think some people are underrating the game. It's gonna score pretty highly, I guessed a 9. It's more or less a Zelda-ish game now, but you are dracula. It's gonna be sweet. Already have the game paid off.

#12 Posted by silversix_ (15337 posts) -
@ristactionjakso said:

I think some people are underrating the game. It's gonna score pretty highly, I guessed a 9. It's more or less a Zelda-ish game now, but you are dracula. It's gonna be sweet. Already have the game paid off.

A zelda'ish game with an actual story and a good one at that.

#13 Edited by StrongBlackVine (8418 posts) -

I'm really interested this game. I wish it was on the current-gen consoles, but I might still buy it Day 1.

"Tell me, is this God's reward for the devoted and folly?" Carlyle delivers some of the best lines I have ever heard in a video game.

#14 Posted by ristactionjakso (5823 posts) -

@silversix_ said:
@ristactionjakso said:

I think some people are underrating the game. It's gonna score pretty highly, I guessed a 9. It's more or less a Zelda-ish game now, but you are dracula. It's gonna be sweet. Already have the game paid off.

A zelda'ish game with an actual story and a good one at that.

Yes and a great combat system and fluid gameplay.

#15 Posted by lightleggy (16073 posts) -

@ristactionjakso said:

I think some people are underrating the game. It's gonna score pretty highly, I guessed a 9. It's more or less a Zelda-ish game now, but you are dracula. It's gonna be sweet. Already have the game paid off.

Well, GS was one of the few places that gave the game a score smaller than 8, so I think people from this site suppose it won't be that good when compared to the previous one.

#16 Edited by ristactionjakso (5823 posts) -

@lightleggy said:

@ristactionjakso said:

I think some people are underrating the game. It's gonna score pretty highly, I guessed a 9. It's more or less a Zelda-ish game now, but you are dracula. It's gonna be sweet. Already have the game paid off.

Well, GS was one of the few places that gave the game a score smaller than 8, so I think people from this site suppose it won't be that good when compared to the previous one.

But, they are making #2 better than 1. Im very optimistic.

#17 Posted by Sushiglutton (5391 posts) -

Great thread :)! Expect it to score 7-8 on GS, but be a 9 for me.

#18 Edited by silversix_ (15337 posts) -

@Sushiglutton said:

Great thread :)! Expect it to score 7-8 on GS, but be a 9 for me.

it won't score anywhere near 7 i can guarantee that. every con LoS1 had is gone, now all you're getting is a huge world to explore with a 30h+ campaign and no more fixed crappy camera either.

#19 Posted by Jag85 (4963 posts) -

Sounds like this sequel will be more Metroidvania-esque this time around.

#20 Edited by LegatoSkyheart (25996 posts) -

maybe I'll get lucky and find the Special Edition still selling a few weeks after launch.

#21 Posted by Zassimick (6925 posts) -

One of my most hyped games, but if I'm going to stick to my plan of working through the heavy backlog I have I'm going to have to wait to purchase it.

#22 Posted by m_machine024 (15076 posts) -

Looks good! Will have play the first one soon before tho. I liked the demo but never bought. :/

#23 Posted by GotNugz (681 posts) -

Its really too bad there is no PS4 edition of this game as it's one of the last big last gen games to release. I would gladly wait a few months for a spruced up edition in 1080p60.

#24 Posted by 67gt500 (4622 posts) -

Im in the process of finishing Lords of Shadow now, in anticipation of Lords of Shadow 2. I have a feeling that 2 is going to be amazing - Im sure having fun with the first game!

#25 Posted by lightleggy (16073 posts) -

@GotNugz said:

Its really too bad there is no PS4 edition of this game as it's one of the last big last gen games to release. I would gladly wait a few months for a spruced up edition in 1080p60.

This is a big concern to me because of sales.

Castlevania games were not selling a lot of units before LoS, Konami had almost killed the franchise, mercurysteam was given a minimal budget to make LoS, and it became the highest selling and highest grossing Castlevania in the franchise.

So Konami gave them more money for the sequel, and they really seem to be doing a great job.

But I'm afraid that it will become another Okami: A great game with low sales because it was only made for previous gen console in the beginning of a new gen.

Hope it sells really good, I mean I know the PC edition will sell a lot because of it being timeless, but I do hope that people are still buying PS3 and 360 games...

#26 Posted by DilIigaf (27 posts) -

I had no idea it was structured like an open world. Now I'm even more excited than I was originally, which is saying something.

#27 Edited by remiks00 (2185 posts) -

To be honest, this game looks awesome.

#28 Posted by CTR360 (7268 posts) -

i cant wait for castlevania 2 AAA for me

#29 Posted by uninspiredcup (10170 posts) -

Hopefully they haven't stripped out all the puzzles for the young people.

#30 Posted by Alucard_Prime (3209 posts) -

One of the games out there that I don't care what reviews it gets, already preordered and getting day 1 matter what....im thinking 8.5 easy.

#31 Edited by Sushiglutton (5391 posts) -

@silversix_ said:

@Sushiglutton said:

Great thread :)! Expect it to score 7-8 on GS, but be a 9 for me.

it won't score anywhere near 7 i can guarantee that. every con LoS1 had is gone, now all you're getting is a huge world to explore with a 30h+ campaign and no more fixed crappy camera either.

Like I said I think it will be a game I'll enjoy a ton myself. My reasoning for a potential 7 is that GS has been pretty hipster lately (like that 6.0 Arkham review). I don't think LOS2 will be progressive exactly. It will be classic Hn'S, platforming, some puzzles, massive boss battles and so on (a style of game I personally love). Not like Gone Home, Papers Please, or other games that "elevates the storytelling of the medium" (or whatever is the thing to do).

#32 Posted by Joedgabe (5131 posts) -

Probably AA here. If it's not cute and charming and simple they hate it. Oh it also has to help with some life dilema too.

#33 Posted by Sword-Demon (6970 posts) -

With how GS has been, in guessing it'll get a 7

#34 Edited by Joedgabe (5131 posts) -

@Sword-Demon said:

With how GS has been, in guessing it'll get a 7

yup probably less. God forbid the game doesn't tell them where to go and they get lost too. Even though is a straight forward game.

#35 Edited by ReadingRainbow4 (14737 posts) -

I really want this to be good. The 1st game was a massive disappointment on all levels.

What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets.

#36 Posted by Animal-Mother (27009 posts) -

8.0 Very excite.

#37 Posted by lightleggy (16073 posts) -

@Sushiglutton said:

@silversix_ said:

@Sushiglutton said:

Great thread :)! Expect it to score 7-8 on GS, but be a 9 for me.

it won't score anywhere near 7 i can guarantee that. every con LoS1 had is gone, now all you're getting is a huge world to explore with a 30h+ campaign and no more fixed crappy camera either.

Like I said I think it will be a game I'll enjoy a ton myself. My reasoning for a potential 7 is that GS has been pretty hipster lately (like that 6.0 Arkham review). I don't think LOS2 will be progressive exactly. It will be classic Hn'S, platforming, some puzzles, massive boss battles and so on (a style of game I personally love). Not like Gone Home, Papers Please, or other games that "elevates the storytelling of the medium" (or whatever is the thing to do).

You couldn't be more right.

Crap like gone home gets a 9.5 while great, actual games get 7.0, damn yougs.

#38 Posted by silversix_ (15337 posts) -

@lightleggy said:

@Sushiglutton said:

@silversix_ said:

@Sushiglutton said:

Great thread :)! Expect it to score 7-8 on GS, but be a 9 for me.

it won't score anywhere near 7 i can guarantee that. every con LoS1 had is gone, now all you're getting is a huge world to explore with a 30h+ campaign and no more fixed crappy camera either.

Like I said I think it will be a game I'll enjoy a ton myself. My reasoning for a potential 7 is that GS has been pretty hipster lately (like that 6.0 Arkham review). I don't think LOS2 will be progressive exactly. It will be classic Hn'S, platforming, some puzzles, massive boss battles and so on (a style of game I personally love). Not like Gone Home, Papers Please, or other games that "elevates the storytelling of the medium" (or whatever is the thing to do).

You couldn't be more right.

Crap like gone home gets a 9.5 while great, actual games get 7.0, damn yougs.

Gone Home wasn't great, good or even decent. Gone Home was an atrocious title and no, im not one of those who doesn't care about stories and skip everything. For $20 that game was such a ripoff that next time i'll think twice before buying an indie title.

#39 Posted by lightleggy (16073 posts) -

@silversix_ said:

@lightleggy said:

@Sushiglutton said:

@silversix_ said:

@Sushiglutton said:

Great thread :)! Expect it to score 7-8 on GS, but be a 9 for me.

it won't score anywhere near 7 i can guarantee that. every con LoS1 had is gone, now all you're getting is a huge world to explore with a 30h+ campaign and no more fixed crappy camera either.

Like I said I think it will be a game I'll enjoy a ton myself. My reasoning for a potential 7 is that GS has been pretty hipster lately (like that 6.0 Arkham review). I don't think LOS2 will be progressive exactly. It will be classic Hn'S, platforming, some puzzles, massive boss battles and so on (a style of game I personally love). Not like Gone Home, Papers Please, or other games that "elevates the storytelling of the medium" (or whatever is the thing to do).

You couldn't be more right.

Crap like gone home gets a 9.5 while great, actual games get 7.0, damn yougs.

Gone Home wasn't great, good or even decent. Gone Home was an atrocious title and no, im not one of those who doesn't care about stories and skip everything. For $20 that game was such a ripoff that next time i'll think twice before buying an indie title.

Gone home was a terribly overrated game, I actually made a thread about it at GS, I find it disgusting that it got so high ratings by critics simply because of the pro-homosexuality stance the game has, lord forbids the game with social commentary be given a score less than 9.

The baffling thing is that if you check the metacritic page, you'll see that it has like 6.2 in user reviews.

#40 Posted by foxhound_fox (89887 posts) -

6

First game was bland as hell despite being incredibly pretty. It also never felt like a Castlevania game. Just God of War in Castlevania garb. Hopefully Gamespot recognizes that this time around. I'm quite glad this is MecurySteam's last entry in the franchise.

#41 Posted by Justw8_N_C (85 posts) -

Thread is bad and you should feel bad. I'm not hyped at all. Hype threads are supposed to get people hyped. Nice to know the youtube function is back!

#43 Posted by lightleggy (16073 posts) -

@justw8_n_c said:

Thread is bad and you should feel bad. I'm not hyped at all. Hype threads are supposed to get people hyped. Nice to know the youtube function is back!

It's not my fault if you don't like the franchise.

@foxhound_fox said:

6

First game was bland as hell despite being incredibly pretty. It also never felt like a Castlevania game. Just God of War in Castlevania garb. Hopefully Gamespot recognizes that this time around. I'm quite glad this is MecurySteam's last entry in the franchise.

How do you know its MS last entry? they could make more as far as we know. not LoS since its supposed to finish with this one, but maybe another reboot or spin off.

#44 Posted by foxhound_fox (89887 posts) -

@lightleggy said:

How do you know its MS last entry? they could make more as far as we know. not LoS since its supposed to finish with this one, but maybe another reboot or spin off.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-02-20-castlevania-lords-of-shadow-mercury-steams-mission-to-be-the-next-naughty-dog

They are done with CV, and all actual Castlevania fans are very happy.

#45 Edited by Ballroompirate (23486 posts) -

I'll get it once it drops in price, way too much on my plate right now.

#46 Posted by Xaero_Gravity (9310 posts) -

Apparently you're not an actual Castlevania fan if you like Lords of Shadow...

So fucking retarded.

#47 Edited by turtlethetaffer (16946 posts) -

Sounds like it has potential, but I saw in a thread on another forum that Gameinformer gave it a 6, saying that any deviation from the combat falls straight flat on its face. First game was solid, so that's disappointing to hear.

#48 Posted by lightleggy (16073 posts) -
@foxhound_fox said:

@lightleggy said:

How do you know its MS last entry? they could make more as far as we know. not LoS since its supposed to finish with this one, but maybe another reboot or spin off.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-02-20-castlevania-lords-of-shadow-mercury-steams-mission-to-be-the-next-naughty-dog

They are done with CV, and all actual Castlevania fans are very happy.


I'm an "actual castlevania fan"; and I have enjoyed their work so far.

The franchise was completely dead, I'm very grateful they made LoS which I personally loved.

You shouldn't try to say that your opinion represents the 100% of the fandom.

#49 Posted by kalipekona (2301 posts) -

@foxhound_fox said:

6

First game was bland as hell despite being incredibly pretty. It also never felt like a Castlevania game. Just God of War in Castlevania garb. Hopefully Gamespot recognizes that this time around. I'm quite glad this is MecurySteam's last entry in the franchise.

Castlevania Lords of Shadow is so much better than GOW3 or Ascension. The narrative, gameplay, soundtrack, length and variety of CLoS are simply better than that found in the God of War games.

As far as the similarities between CLoS and GOW, well God of War didn't invent those things in the first place.

In any case, CLoS is very much like an updated Castlevania Lament of Innocence and that game came out like 2 years before God of War.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eex8ffJBzOE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN_h1tnnr8I

#50 Posted by princeofshapeir (14706 posts) -

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Apparently you're not an actual Castlevania fan if you like Lords of Shadow...

So fucking retarded.

Well it does offer an alternate version of existing Castlevania lore, yet uses existing characters (Alucard)... I haven't played LoS 1 and the only Castlevania games I've played were the NES ones and SOTN, so I do think the parallel canon is unnecessary.