I hated the original Lord of Shadow, but I have to say that this is a lot better. It returns to the series' 2D roots, while retaining the combat style from the original in what appears to be a seamless fusion. The abilities are enjoyable, and the fights can be tense. However, I don't like the idea of making you be a new character, complete with different abilities, just after you've gotten used to the last character you were playing as. I must also admit that the cut-scenes were not done well. Regardless, this was a significant improvement, and I have good hopes for Lords of Shadow 2.