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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Paperback – September 29, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Brady Games (October 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744012597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744012590
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Bogenn was born in Grosse Pointe Michigan, moved to California's bay area in the early '90s where he started working at Sony Computer Entertainment of America just months before the launch of the first PlayStation. After three years with SCEA he began writing video game strategy guides for BradyGames Publishing. Since 1998 he has written well over 100 strategy guides, the most popular being from the Grand Theft Auto series. Tim currently lives in Greenville, North Carolina. Tim and his wife Jennifer currently own and operate two successful businesses together: Inmotion Media Transfer and zeroGravity Studio & Productions. & Tim continues to produce many quality video game strategy guides every year.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By GarionOrb on October 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is by far the worst excuse for a strategy guide I've seen. Sure, it walks you through every level in the game, but it is the very definition of vague. The book is fully illustrated, but most of it is for decoration. Instead of showing you important parts of the level, it just vaguely describes locations while leaving you scratching your head. This game is quite huge, and secrets can be pretty difficult to spot. The book will simply say "backtrack down the path until you come to a cave", for example, but won't tell you how far or what the landmarks are around this hidden cave. It doesn't show a picture of the area either. After beating a level, the game tells you how many gems are hidden and whether or not you found a weapon upgrade. I already found one instance where the game mentions a hidden weapon upgrade, but the guide does not! Another level has a breakable wall where the game tells you you're not yet strong enough to break through. The guide makes no mention of this, nor does it tell you what you need to break through it! About the only good thing the guide does is tell you when you'll come across hidden gems...but of course it's just as vague when it comes to their locations. Also, the book attempts to describe all the items, locations and enemies. The descriptions are straight out of the game's descriptions, verbatim. How lazy can you get!? Same thing with the level walkthroughs...the description is just the narration during the loading screen. Worst of all, misprints abound in this book. You'll run across a description on how to find a secret, then later on in that level's walkthrough you'll see the exact same description used to show the location of another secret!Read more ›
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Clayton Horning on October 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
Go to IGN's site for the complete walkthrough: [...] for FREE or go to and type in "Castlevania Lords trial xxx" whereas "xxx" is whatever trial you need help with. This book skips out on critical items needed to get the platinum, and is very VAGUE when they do. I almost threw the book away as soon as I discovered IGN's website. I guess I'll keep it, because it cost me $20, and it's COLORFUL! Oooh!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian P. Murphy on November 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
Castlevania Lords of Shadow is a huge game spread across twelve chapters that in turn are comprised of 46 levels. I purchased this guide because there are many hidden collectibles, and I wanted an easy reference to find them without having to go online every couple minutes to look for a secret. Normally I don't bother with finding collectibles but the ones in Castlevania benefit you by adding to your life bar, magic bar, and weapons.

With that being said I just finished chapter two and found at least four errors in the guide. One error was the text in the box used to describe the location of a gem was duplicated later on for the second gem in the same level walkthrough. I had to go online to find out where the second gem was located. Another error was the guide claimed I needed a certain upgrade to get a life gem which was not true, I just had to find the gap in the wall to drop down to where the gem was. There were two places where the guide did not mention scroll locations and I came across them by accident while exploring.

The guide also uses very poor descriptions on how to find things. Many times you will need to backtrack to a previous level to get an upgrade/collectible once your character has powered up. The guide does have callouts for these situations, but it uses language like "You can land on top of the next ledge (you cannot reach this until you have a particular upgrade)," which is far too vague since it does not tell which upgrade you need. Also the guide does not prompt you to go back and get items when you do get upgrades, which meant I had to take notes and keep checking them every time I received a new item/power.

Finally, the guide uses screenshots to show where items are located, but more often than not they are too small to be of any use.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Vecchione on January 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. I needed a guide but had serious reservations about buying one, as you will read why below. This game is full of hidden gems and secrets waiting to be discovered. I wanted to beat Castlevania on all 4 of its difficulty settings. And, I wanted to do it all with the aid of a book. Of course, I could have used an online cheat or a cracked walkthrough but that just isn't the same. I wanted to have a book in hand. So, I decided to support Bradygames and the gaming industry, even though i heard that the guide itself wasn't noteworthy.

A few negatives: No maps, several errors, and inconsistencies. And, many illustrations tended to be too dark within the book. No additional information is given for the advanced difficulty settings, either. In fact, you are on your own while going for the harder to get trophies. No pointers are given for these. In addition, neither is there help given for the trials that are found on each level. Sometimes, I'm not sure why this is called a strategy guide at all, because it avoids many potentially, tactical opportunities.

Positives: If followed closely it will do a average job. But don't expect too much. As I mentioned earlier, there are a few minor errors here. It does, however, have good descriptions of all the combat moves, from basic moves and advanced combos, to magical relic powers. And there is a full section containing decent descriptions of the enemies, bosses and all.

If you're anything like me and like to game without always using the "free" online guides, then this guide will suffice.
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