I loved the series inside out. I don't understand the criticism. I do admit that there were faults in both the games, the first game had that annoying fixed camera that made the game repetitive as hell and the second game screwed up the story bits in the beginning and the ending. But nonetheless, I still think the series is a bit under appreciated.
First thing I loved about the series was: the story. They chose the 'maturer' and the 'darker' way which contrary to the popular belief, was a really good choice on their behalf. Many purists with their hipster attitude intimidated the game solely because it took a turn to the grittier side from the 'cheesy' game it once was. Well, to tell you the truth, almost every game in the 90s was cheesy because the God damn pixels!!
The second thing : combat. We don't have many games like those, admit it. How many are out there? God of war, Devil May cry, Ninja Gaiden, Prince of Persia, Metal Gear Rising and this is it. This genre is empty as ****. For the life of me I don't understand why not more people want games like these!
The third thing : the environments. Never seen anything like that in any game. The atmosphere was nigh dreamy. And the soundtrack and everything else just helped accentuate the atmosphere.
So, if you guys could have any other Castlevania, would you want it to be like Lords of Shadows or the same old Metriodvania type of 2D games? I will, for sure want it to be like LoS. In fact, I WANT MORE BEAT-EM-UP GAMES!
PS sorry for sounding like a nosy brat who doesn't understand a thing about people having different opinions or tastes but still.....