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- A brand new Castlevania game with state of the art graphics and high production standards to deliver an awesome game experience for PlayStation 3
- Developed by Spanish studio Mercury Steam and supervised by world renowned Kojima Productions.
- Take on behemoth enemies that scale to the size of complete world environments and where special attacks and cunning speed are required
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Castlevania – Lords of Shadow is a dark and vivid new re-imagining of the Castlevania mythology. It is the end of days and ungodly powers isolate the Earth. The worlds’ alliance with the heavens has been threatened by a dark and malevolent force – the mysterious Lords of Shadow. Across this shattered land, the souls of the dead wander unable to find peace, whilst creatures of evil wreak chaos and death upon the living. Gabriel Belmont is a member of the Brotherhood of Light, an elite group of holy knights who protect and defend the innocent against the supernatural. His beloved wife was brutally murdered by the evil forces of darkness and her soul trapped for eternity. Neither living nor dead she realizes the horrific truth of what is at stake and guides Gabriel to his destiny – and hopefully salvation for the world.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a single player Action-Adventure game developed as a reimagining of the classic Castlevania mythology. An entirely modern action console game, Lords of Shadow combines fast-paced weapons and magic based combat against otherworldly enemies, with platforming and puzzle-solving gameplay, to create a fresh gameplay experience that will thrill both fans of the original game series and gamers more rooted in modern action games.
It is the end of days and ungodly powers isolate the Earth. The worlds' alliance with the heavens has been threatened by a dark and malevolent force - the mysterious Lords of Shadow. Across this shattered land, the souls of the dead wander unable to find peace, whilst creatures of evil wreak chaos and death upon the living.
Gabriel Belmont is a member of the Brotherhood of Light, an elite group of holy knights who protect and defend the innocent against the supernatural. His beloved wife was brutally murdered by the evil forces of darkness and her soul trapped for eternity. Neither living nor dead she realizes the horrific truth of what is at stake and guides Gabriel to his destiny – and hopefully salvation for the world.
Although based on the classic arcade side-scrolling platformer and the string of games that have followed over the years, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a modern single player Action-Adventure game played from the third-person perspective. Based around the tragic past and seemingly inescapable destiny of the Gabriel Belmont character, the player engages in a mix of combat, platforming and puzzle-solving skills. To deal with the hell-spawned beasties and bosses encountered, Gabriel uses a mix of upgradable weaponry and magical powers. Weapons range from a cross that can be extended into a whip with grapple capabilities, to a gauntlet, knives and more. As players wield these they will gain access to energy orbs that reveal themselves as enemies are dispatched. This energy is stored in on-screen gauges and powers multiple kinds of usable magic within the game. Some of its uses involved improve attacks, while the other aids reflect regenerative health. It is the players choice to juggle where these energies are applied. The availability of energy can also be increased by avoiding the attacks of enemies as you battle them, with the payoff coming when they are bested.
In addition to run of the mill bad guys, the game contains loads of huge bosses, success against which requires patience, attention to screen prompts and timing. The player will also come up against many other creatures that although vulnerable to weapons can also be defeated and tamed by Gabriel. In many cases these can then be used as mounts and used either in boss battles or in puzzle-solving scenarios that may not be able to be solved without them. These potential mounts include wargs, spiders, warthogs and more. Taken together, all of these elements make for an entirely new take on the Castlevania gaming experience that is destined to satisfy new and current fans alike.
Key Game Features
- A brand new Castlevania game with state of the art graphics and high production standards to deliver an awesome game experience for PlayStation 3.
- High caliber voice acting from the game's stunning cast, with Gabriel voiced by Robert Carlyle (28 Weeks Later, Trainspotting, The Full Monty and Stargate Universe), and Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: Next Generation) as the mysterious Zobek. Natasha McElhone (The Other Boleyn Girl, Californication, The Truman Show) and Jason Isaacs (Black Hawk Down, The Patriot, Harry Potter series) round off the talent.
- Developed by Spanish studio Mercury Steam and supervised by world renowned Kojima Productions.
- Intense combat action game with powerful magic system that takes the series back to its roots but with all new game play features that utilize the full power of the PlayStation 3.
- Immerse into a brand-new storyline that new comers to the Castlevania franchise will relish, while existing fans will appreciate on a deeper level with the introduction of characters and tangential side stories that pay homage to what has come before.
- Overcome obstacles using the Combat Cross multifunction weapon and hone your platforming skills in this sprawling adventure. Swing across chasms, climb sheer walls, rappel down cliffs, grip and pull away any and all things that lay in your path.
- Solve devious puzzles along your journey that unlock new items in which to improve your chances of success. Leave no stone unturned as you never know what you might find.
- Take on behemoth enemies that scale to the size of complete world environments and where special attacks and cunning speed are required for advancement.
- Use secondary weapons like daggers and holy water and combine them with light and dark magic for a wealth of powerful attacks to unleash upon your foes. Manage your spells as power comes at a price.
- Explore gothic ruins, dark castles, old forests and frozen wastelands. Discover a whole world to investigate with many routes and hidden secret places that contain items to aid Gabriel on his quest.
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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, like most newer games based on a classic franchise has decided to move away from the side scroller format of yesteryear, to a 3D "roaming" setting. This gives the player more freedom, and gives them a sense of discovery while traversing and exploring their new surroundings. Plus, it’s kind of expected nowadays.
On top of the new roaming setting, the game series got injected with an extra dose of jaw dropping graphics, that rival most games currently out.
Let me be blunt, and address the elephant in the room. Yes, C:LoS is a clone of the God of War game series. In fact, someone not really paying attention to what you are playing, could be forgiven for thinking it was God of War III. So, if you hate the God of War games, I am pretty sure you will hate this game. It’s kind of a given.
There are a few issues I have with this game. The first, and the biggest is the difficulty of the game. Instead of gradually increasing in difficulty, allowing you to get comfortable with the controls, C:LoS just decides to let it rip! Thankfully the first boss is easy, but since he’s a tutorial boss, that’s to be expected! After that, your next boss is fairly simple, and not too much of a complaint. The third boss however, is extremely difficult! Now, for people who have played God of War, it might be simple enough, but you’ve had three 6(counting the PSP games) games to adjust to those gameplay mechanics. It’s like the developers just expected people to have already played GoW, and they feel they don’t need to slowly train you.
Controls of the game, again, an almost exact copy of GoW, so if you are used to it, you will do fine. For me though, I had an issue with the camera controls, or lack there of. This particular issue displeased me even in the GoW games as well. If I want to turn my camera around and look behind my character, I should be allowed to!
Don’t get me wrong, im not saying it’s horrible! It has Patrick Stewart doing a voice in there, how could anyone say anything bad about it?
What I am saying however, is that the game wasn’t that enjoyable for me. Some people will love the game to no end. Others? Not so much. It's a flip of the coin really.
However, on the upside, the GoW games are insanely popular, and are playstation exclusives, which means Xbox only owners never had the honor to experience this ground breaking game series. So, since C:LoS is multi-platform, Xbox owners now get a chance to experience something similar to GoW.
This is definitely not for those looking for a classic Castlevania experience. I feel that this game suffers from the "Hollywood"ization of modern game updates. It focuses a lot on flashy cinematics and lots of compartmentalized experiences (the horse chase sequence comes to mind) rather than a cohesive experience. There are lots of things to do in the game, but most of those things are disjointed experiences; your skills in one area do not usually transfer to other areas. I absolutely despise the inclusion of button-mashing quick time events (QTEs) in this game. It seems to be getting included in a lot of games and I have to lament the fact that this gimmick is not going away anytime soon. There is no skill in QTEs and I see it as a lazy excuse for game developers who want you to experience a very specific sequence of events but cannot for whatever reason translate that to the controls you use to fight regular enemies.
All that said, the game is beautiful, if not flawed. I enjoyed it but didn't love it, so I can only hope that the future games in this style incorporate a more cohesive experience from start to finish, like the games of the past (and the new ones coming out on handhelds). 3D is not inherently bad, but the combat mechanics in a combat-centric game have to stand on their own without the need to prop them up with big-name voice actors, flashy graphics, or break-neck changes in pacing.
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