4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Better than the reviews say!,
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This review is from: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I'll be honest and say that I wasn't much of a fan of the first game. I found it to be far too "stop/start" with chapters ending just as they were starting. I also found the combat to be a bit lightweight, but to me at least, everything seems much better here.
First off though, the "open world" that was touted isn't really all that open until you're pretty much fully powered up. Yes, you can back track at times, but unless you're fully powered there really isn't much point as most of it will be out of reach early on. Also, th modern day settings can look really bland and drab when compared to some of the wonderful gothic interiors of the castle.
By far and away my largest gripe with this game is the forced stealth sections which are just plain horrible! Fair enough early on when you're underpowered, but near the end after you've killed numerous massive bosses (and what bosses they are!) and you STILL have to sneak past those red suited things is all a bit far fetched. If you're seen even once, it's game over and back to the check point. These sections are horrid and really hold the game back.
But, the combat is better, you're encouraged to vary it up alot more and the story is compelling, if a little bonkers! I'd say it's well worth playing through and it's deffinatly better than the magazine and web reviews are making it out to be!