Review

Castlevania: Lords of Shadows 2 - Revelations Review

  • Game release: February 25, 2014
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Bled out.

It took a while for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 to find its footing, but once combat became more prevalent and the story took off in an unexpected direction, it finally came into its own. One of the most interesting aspects of the latter half was the appearance of Alucard, but he wasn't playable, and though he played a pivotal role in the overall plot, there were a lot of missing pieces to his story. This is where the new downloadable content, Revelations, comes in. You no longer have to imagine what Alucard was up to while his father searched for Satan's acolytes, and given his secretive nature, you may expect to find that the truth is more interesting than the main game let on.

Sadly, this isn't the case. Alucard is effectively a secret errand boy, and though there's room for some interesting character development, you'll quickly discover that there's only a pittance of new information to be found. There's obvious room for surprising aberrations in the telling of Alucard's motivations, and with a title that's such a tease, it's reasonable to expect the unexpected. Alas, any high expectations you bring to Revelations will only increase your disappointment by the time the credits roll. There are moments that feel ripe for twists, or revelations as it were, but the game never makes the most of its potential, and there's almost nothing of value added to the preexisting tale.

Likewise, if you're hoping for more of the series' great combat, that too is in short supply. You're still working with the solid foundation established in the main game, which feels great when you get a chance to dive into battle, but such opportunities are few and far between. Alucard's timing and momentum give him a distinct feel compared to his father's whip and gauntlets, but it doesn't take long to adapt, however, and it's not until the final battle that you feel the need to master his repertoire. With so little combat to sink your teeth into, there's hardly an occasion where it’s necessary to upgrade your skill set unless you're playing on a harder-than-normal difficulty setting.

Likewise, if you're hoping for more of the series' great combat, that too is in short supply.

Outside of combat, you've got three new powers for exploring your environment and solving puzzles, and you have to familiarize yourself with them as quickly as possible to make much progress. Most of the puzzles require the use of at least two of your powers, but you occasionally need to juggle all three. This can be frustrating when Alucard's time reversal skill is involved, which allows you to fix architectural elements in disrepair. Given that its effect lasts for only a limited amount of time, you inevitably need to repeat every step along the way if you happen to fail at the last second. These puzzles also tend to have minimal tolerances for mistakes, causing a lot of repeat trips that weigh you down with their tedium. Puzzles aren't great by nature; they're great by design, and there's nary an example of great design in Revelations' puzzles. They simply exist and stand in your path, rarely challenging your intellect or problem-solving skills in a meaningful way.

The vampire-hunting Belmont clan has endured myriad deaths, rebirths, and about-faces over the course of this three-game story, and their struggles elevated the series' once perfunctory narrative to something worth paying attention to. These twists, plus an array of haunting set pieces and an enjoyable combat system, were for the most part all you needed to enjoy these games in spite of their shortcomings. Though Revelations thankfully lacks the boring stealth sections of Lords of Shadow 2, it fails to deliver an interesting story, and with only a couple memorable fights amidst the meager helping of standard enemy encounters, there's almost no reason to get excited about playing as Alucard. It might be an interesting diversion if you can't tear yourself away from Castlevania, but if you come in with high expectations, you'll wonder why you ever felt the need to return to Dracula's castle in the first place.

The Good
A good variation on the series' solid combat foundation.
The Bad
Short, uneventful story
Infrequent combat opportunities
4
Poor
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Peter's completed every game in the Lords of Shadow series, and he played through Revelations on the default and highest difficulty settings for this review.

Discussion

63 comments
lhardwick692
lhardwick692

with me I never go by reviews-- I think a lot of the reviewers play the game looking for the next big thing and realize its not so they review it poorly--I been playing castlevania lord of shadows 2 for few hours now--its a great game-- a lot of god of war type gameplay I n it   just with a vampire instead of a god trying to kill  other gods hehehe


    I do agree that when going from one person creating a game then to others creating the n ext one storylines get all screwed up but to me I am in it for gameplay the storyline isn't what I am looking for unless its games like last of us which is very story driven




but the boss battles are great in this game-- I give it a solid 8   as graphics are pretty good music good controls tight and perfect for the game and length of gameplay perfect for the money--

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

This happens when you leave your most important sagas in hands of people who don´t understand them, It happend with Silent Hill and now with Castlevania, I would say next is MGS but Kojima is destroying it by himself. No more great games from Konami anymore, the "new" generation of games and consoles its just empty and lame

d33pak001
d33pak001

I feel lords of shadow 2 was an underated gem. I enjoyed it more than the first one. The first one took ages to actually pick up the action but this one was awesome from the start.

markranger
markranger

Konami, please make a new 2-D game for download on home console--not a remake. 2.5-D but with PS4-quality graphics. 

AK1015
AK1015

I get this game when it goes on sale on Steam for really cheap. Alucard looks really cool in this game too.

underxgames
underxgames

I don't think this game was mind blowing - but maybe a 4 is a bit harsh :|

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

Another critic out of touch with the fan base.

The fans actually like Lords of shadow 2 and its DLC....one of the few games where the user score on MC is higher than the critics.

TallTower23
TallTower23

Hmmmm.... Unfortunate. I'll probably still get the DLC just to experience it for myself and finish what i started with the first one.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Well i guess the original lords of shadow will likely remain the only good game then. only thing remotely saving both games is Patrick Stewart.

TheMurderLord
TheMurderLord

I hate games which basically set out a path for you to take.


It loses the freedom of uses a variety of cool skills.  For example, you can only use your super-ultra-mega-night-fang dash teleport.... if you target the broken rock above your head.


Absolute trash.

fetuskid
fetuskid

DLC was alright, playing with Alucard was amazing. It was a bit too short tho, and lacked exploration.

The best would have been if they gave you the chance to play through the LoS2 story, but on Alucards side. From the beginning to the end, and with a secret ending boss- Alucard and Gabriel against Satan's True Form. His abilities and combat were really good, but I actually hoped for a werewolf form when you hit R1 (chaos)... all in all, Mercurysteam, don't let this be the last DLC we get... punch yourself in the balls and give us a worthy DLC, so that it might be well remembered.

Shenmue_Jehuty
Shenmue_Jehuty

While it was far from being a bad game, I thought Lords of Shadow 2 was definitely not as good as the original LOS. The story just didn't do much for me despite the great gameplay (with the exception of this stupid, STUPID stealth parts). Personally I could could less about any more expansions to this story as I got my fill just with the main game.

DEATH775
DEATH775

The thing that I don't like about the DLC is the price. The price just doesn't fit on what we get.

nayce54
nayce54

Review is bullshit!  Last of Us DLC was extremely short and uneventful. It still got a 9, I believe......And Resident Evil 6 got a 4 **skips rock on surface of water**

tidus_ff
tidus_ff

I think Mercury Steam suffered altitude sickness with the original Lords of Shadow. They reached a height they just couldn't maintain and it was always going to be downhill ever since. I really should have seen it with the LoS DLC in the first game, the Forgotten One felt like such teenage boy type creation; it paled in comparison to every mob in the main game, yet it was much more important on the overall story.


I followed LoS2's progress every single day on the net and followed Konami's tweeter account for it. I wanted it to be as great as the original, but with the flaws ironed out, but what we got in the end was such a sham of a game. It didn't even answer it's own questions and went completely retarded near the end. 


This DLC sums up LoS2 completely. No depth and no answers, shallow and confused. Do not waste your money.

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

It looks like a crappy version of DmC.Honestly Lords of Shadows is worse than Castlevania 64,there I said it.Lords of Shadows is the most boring game I have ever played,the combat sucks and the overall gameplay doesn't know what it copies,the first one was a god of war-ish game with unnecesarly complex controls to make it feel different,the second one it's a DmC clone with bland and boring combat.My problem with the series is,if you copy something,at least make it faithful to the original,like Dante's Inferno,that game had the same gameplay style and controls as God of War,so I just picked the game up and played it because I knew how to do that.Dave Cox put the series in the grave,pwn totally intended.

BFKZ
BFKZ

So how much time does it take to go through these 8 dollars?

Funeral_Fan
Funeral_Fan

 I agree the story was pretty much  non-existent in the DLC, there were no actual "revelations" that were not apparent from completing the campaign. But in terms of gameplay I think this is superior to the main game. Alucard feels great to control and his powers are much more interesting than Draculas. There are some quite clever puzzles in the DLC- this creativity and challenge was also absent in the main game. Plus no lame stealth sequences.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

Would someone care to explain why the same reviewer gave it a 7/10 in the first review, and a 4 now?

Pete?

chronoschris
chronoschris

Um yeah, give me metroidvania again..  Oh wait, the creator of those awesome games left.  Well, it's time to jump ship on Castlevania I guess.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

its awesome guys !! Seriously I respect GameSpot but they did great injustice to this and Thief, I mean even Rambo got a 6/10 WTFFFF

grin89
grin89

no more feedbacula means everyone can flame the reviews again without worry of being put on the show lol

advocacy
advocacy

Somebody better start working on Symphony of the Night 2.

Virdentaucent4
Virdentaucent4

@KiriharaZro  How exactly is Kojima destroying MGS? And are you really going to be melodramatic enough enough to claim every game of this current generation is "empty and lame". How many have you actually played? Are you judging objectively? Or is this just obscene cynicism and bias to whitewash an entire generation of games you haven't even touched half of?

metalgrinch
metalgrinch

@markranger Yea, we've been saying that for over a decade. Fat chance if we'll ever see it. Designers these days are more profit-focused than any other time in gaming history, so anything that even hints at old school gameplay or graphics they'll just shove off as unmarketable. Hardcore fans are no longer the priority. I for one would absolutely buy that game too.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

oops, realized it is for the DLC, my bad.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@texasgoldrush  

Maybe you should do some research on the critic first - he's a fan of the earlier Castlevania titles.

With that said, not every Castlevania die-hard would receive Lord of Shadows well.

Also, user scores are typically spammed by fans and haters. Among the numbers - which are frivolous already in my eyes - for a game, the user scores are the most tainted by bias.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@texasgoldrush  It seems a little strange to insist that the game be reviewed from the perspective of a fan. Barring a complete disaster, a fan is going to pick up the game anyway (if they have the money) so what good would attempting to review the game from a "fan point of view" do?

A fan review doesn't inform anyone's buying decision, it just stokes the ego of those already planning to buy it. A critics review is far more informative, helping those who aren't already planning on buying it decide if it is worth their time.

System seems to be accomplishing much more the way it is than if it operated the way you want.

geniobastardo
geniobastardo

@texasgoldrush  I may agree on that point but I trust Peter as he is a hardcore Castlevania fan and he was expecting the same things from LoS 2 as we were. But unfortunately, LoS 2 turned out to be a nemesis of expectations. If you want to enjoy LoS 2 then just like Peter said, put aside your expectations. So I'm not gonna say Peter is out of touch, he has reviewed the game from a fan's point of view not from a critic's. You'll know the difference when you read Colin's review of CLoS 2 on IGN.

Daian
Daian

@nayce54  really, RE6 reference again? U need hobbies.

madara86
madara86

@sonicblast19  DmC is a Clone of DMC and DmC was rubbish compared to the originals, as much as i'm disappointed  in the outcome of LOS2. Nothing comes close to the %$*£ up that was DmC with a GIMP/twilight character running around with a "Brit Flag" on his coat.  

faizanhd
faizanhd

@Devils-DIVISION  

This is the review for the DLC...................................

Why do I even bother. You didn't read the review................................. or the title.

nayce54
nayce54

@Printul_Noptii Yeah, don't forget how they scored Resident Evil 6 a 4. I am playing thief now that it was sale for half price on psn, 29.99, and I must say what superb masterpiece. The only problem with thief is that sometimes you cannot jump down off of ledges - I have to reload the save point to try again to jump down.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

@grin89  Most were doing it just to get on the show. 

But I didn't know there was no more feedbacula. Why?

BehemothBlade
BehemothBlade

@advocacy  Koji Igarashi has left Konami. SOTN2 is not happening.

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

@metalgrinch @markranger 

You´re right, seeing what Kojima is doing with MGS make me think the same, "just profit now, gamers can go to hell but after they give me their money"

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

@madara86 @sonicblast19  How can a game be a clone of a game from the same franchise?It's a reboot and it's published by Capcom same as the main DMC series,it's a reboot,you don't call Uncharted Golden Abyss a clone of Uncharted just because Bend Studio made it and not Naughty Dog.I just said that LoS 2 looks more like a clone from DmC and honestly if you look beside the fact that is called Devil may Cry,on it's own it's a pretty damn good game,the action is there,people mostly hate it because it's a reboot of a beloved franchise and replaced their favorite character,but you gotta admit it,it is a good game and I am sure it would've been received better if it was a new IP.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

@faizanhd @Devils-DIVISION  

Of course I didn't read the review, I'm not interested in the game. F*** if you didn't want to answer then I don't know why you bothered. 

So next time............................... don't.................................. bother...............................

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@Devils-DIVISION GS will probably have their own answer, but the show started to change around the GTAV episode. IMHO, he threatened to quit, and we didn't care. It's like he stopped really laying into the people that made "ridiculous" comments.

Devil_78
Devil_78

Why ? Maybe he likes the game . I gave the last of us 6 other gave it 9 or 10 .

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

@thorn3000 @geralsmith0286

C'mon! Of course it's, troll! I was being sarcastic with both comments. There were others with the exact same comment, so I thought, lets be stupid about it. I suppose it's hard to be 'noticeably' sarcastic in writing without giving too much away.

thorn3000
thorn3000

@Devils-DIVISION troll is that u? if you are not interested in this piece why are commenting on a review about it in the first place? besides the title says it all

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    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 brings the conclusion to the Lords of Shadow saga as Gabriel Belmont returns to face off against the forces of darkness.
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