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Flawed but enjoyable sequel.
on 19 May 2014
First off, the original Lords of Shadow was a hugely enjoyable game. Took elements from a lot of the more popular games (mainly God of War) & put them in the Castlevania world with great effect. The visuals & environments were gorgeous & the soundtrack was beautiful. The story was suitably tragic & the ending was epic, the whole thing was just massively entertaining.
The sequel attempts to pick up where that left off & expand the game to add more elements from games like Zelda or Metroid. The problem is, half of the game is set in a modern day city, & it just doesn't work. It's full of the same dark alleyways, warehouses & factories as a million other games & it gets very dull, very quick. There's a handful of brief stealth sequences where all of your combat moves are taken away from you for some unknown reason & you have to creep around avoiding guards who'll kill you if you're spotted. There's only one solution each time & if you stray from that, game over. They don't ruin the game by any means, but they don't belong in there at all. Dracula defeated Satan at the end of the first & now he's powerless against a glorified security guard? It just doesn't fit.
The other half is set in Dracula's castle & is full of dark gothic architecture & looks fantastic. Much more like what most people would expect from a sequel to Lords of Shadow, this is what the entire game should have been like instead of shoehorning a bunch of modern day stuff in there.
Definitely worth a play through, especially now it's dropped in price. Just be prepared to put up with a fair amount of bland modern stuff wrapped around all of the good parts.