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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 ‘Revelations’ DLC Review

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*Spoilers* This DLC takes during Lords of Shadow 2, so if you haven’t played or beaten it turn back now. Read our review here.

‘Revelations’ is a digital only story add-on for MercurySteam’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. Towards the end of LoS2 it was revealed that Alucard, son of Dracula played a huge role in the events of LoS2. We learned of the plan he and his Father put in motion in order to put a stop to Satan and to also have his wish of being freed from his curse of immortality.

Alucard’s story takes place right before the beginning of the main game, when Dracula is set to awaken. Once he does so, he must reclaim his full powers by regaining the Void Sword and Chaos Claws. Unfortunately the Castle is against the idea of Dracula leaving as he is its life blood, so the creatures that inhabit it steal the sword and claws. Knowing that his Father would not be strong enough to battle the Fallen One with out them, Alucard sets out to get the weapons back. That is pretty much it in terms of story here; it doesn’t get much deeper than that and it is really obvious how it ends. If you were expecting any sort of character development for Alucard, you’ll be disappointed. It establishes that he is a bad*** just like his Father but that’s about it.

It is a tale that doesn’t do much for the overall story in Lords of Shadow 2 as we already know how it turns out and one that didn’t necessarily have to be told. Seeing as this was released almost a month after the main game, one would argue that they could have just included it with the full game. It probably would have had more of an impact then.

The third-person combat in ‘Revelations’ is just as fun and fast paced as the main game. Players will once again mix together direct and area attacks to defeat their foes as well perform gruesome executions that replenishes the vampire warrior’s health. Alucard plays similar to that of his Father but brings his own unique abilities and attacks to the table resulting in a familiar yet fresh experience. While Dracula’s main weapon is his devastating shadow whip, Alucard does battle with his Crissaegrim blade and has his own fighting style; this means even though the button inputs for his combos are exactly the same, some of his moves look different and even cooler.

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Being a total bad*** clearly runs in the family.

The Crissaegrim Blade is the only weapon our protagonist fights with, unlike his Father who also wields the Void sword and Chaos Claws. Fortunately Alucard also has the powers of Glaciem and Igneas at his disposal; hitting LB (360 controller)  infuses his blade with the power of Glaciem, which replenishes his health with each successful hit and once upgraded can freeze enemies in their tracks. It has the same magical properties as the Void Sword. Igneas is activated by hitting RB as you can guess is similar to the Chaos Claws; the blade is encased in flame making it strong enough to destroy enemy shields and armor, setting them on fire. While it would have been great if Glaciem and Igneas weren’t copies of Void and Chaos powers, freezing and then shattering your enemies and/or burning them is still fun ordeal.

There are a variety of enemies in ‘Revelations’ though the amount of different types are less than in LoS2. Killing them earns Alucard experience points used to purchase new combos and upgrades while mastering his moves will allow you to upgrade his blade making it stronger, making it a bane for his foes. Sadly there aren’t really any new enemies to face, with the exception of one that is just a variation and the final Boss. It would have been great to have faced at least one or two completely new enemies in this, though it’s not a huge issue just a minor gripe.

Speaking of Bosses, that’s where this DLC really disappoints with its foes. There are total of two, yes two Bosses Alucard will face and neither one truly stands out. The first Boss was a cake walk and boring while the final one, is a mixed bag. It starts off cool and offers more of a challenge but quickly becomes less interesting as it falls into the tired old Boss battle tropes that plague many gaming titles.

Just like in the main game when players aren’t engaging the enemy, they will be traversing the environment and Alucard possesses three abilities that allow him to do so successfully. With the Bat Cloud ability players can quickly warp to areas they would not be able to reach otherwise. Timeless Vision allows Alucard to turn back time on old broken objects or structures, effectively repairing them for a short period of time. Spectral Wolf sees the legendary vampire create an apparition in the form of a wolf, allowing him to leap across large gaps and pass through barred areas. It is similar to Dracula’s mist ability but it is useless in combat.

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Sic ’em boy!

These abilities makes moving through Dracula’s castle more fun than in LoS2 and the game’s puzzles requires you to utilize them all in clever ways in order to proceed. They aren’t very difficult but still manage to be entertaining. I’m happy to point out that they are no boring stealth missions in ‘Revelations’, so you can breath a sigh of relief.

Once you’ve beaten the game (It will only take a couple of hours to do so) you can continue exploring more of Dracula’s Castle and find any collectibles you may have missed. There is also a new game + mode that allows you to start over with all your upgrades intact, as well the Prince of Darkness difficulty if you wish for more of a challenge.

Final Verdict: The story itself is pretty straightforward, doing nothing in terms of development for Alucard’s character and the Boss Battles are a let down. The combat is still fun and exploration and puzzle solving more entertaining this time around. It will only set you back about $8 which isn’t bad, though I can really only recommend this if you loved Lords of Shadow 2 or a die hard Alucard fan. If not save your money, it is a decent yet ultimately forgettable experience.

Official Trailer:

 

Overall Score: 7 / 10

RGN Rating: Bronze Game

Developer: MercurySteam

Publisher: Konami

Available on: 360 | PS3 | PC

Played on: Xbox 360

Review Copy Info: A digital copy was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – Revelations DLC Trailer [HD 1080P]

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The Revelations DLC Trailer of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is presented below in Full 1080P High Definition. If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out our full Lords of Shadow 2 Review.

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Play As The Son Of Dracula In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 ‘Revelations’ DLC

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Think you’re finished with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2? Think again, as publisher Konami has confirmed that DLC is on its way for the final chapter in their Lords of Shadow saga. Titled ‘Revelations’, players will take on the role of Alucard and explore more of Lords of Shadow 2’s story.

“The legendary vampire, Alucard, the turned son of Gabriel, has shunned human life for many years, instead choosing to hunt only creatures of the night,” Konami states. “The DLC takes place just before the apocalyptic events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, where Alucard readies for his father’s return and the forthcoming battle against Satan.”

“As the plot unfolds it begins to reveal how the vampire is inextricably linked to his Father’s fate.”

Alucard will have his own unique abilities that set him apart from his Father; the powers of Glaciem and Igneas allow him the ability to transform into a wolf or swarm of bats, and the power to roll back time. There of course will be a lot blood drinking, as doing so will boost the efficacy of his abilities.

Sounds great, hopefully this doesn’t feature any ridiculous stealth missions like in the main game. It had a nice concept but its execution is one of the reasons the game suffered. You can read our review here. Check out the screenshots below.

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Revelations is set to release on March 25th, for Xbox 360 PS3 and PC. Pricing has not yet been revealed.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Review

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is a third-person action/adventure title from Mercurysteam and sequel to Lords of Shadow and Mirror of Fate. If you haven’t played the previous games, or missed out on MoF, don’t worry about feeling lost as the game will provide you with a length recap to catch up.

Taking place many years after the events of Mirror of Fate,  a weakened Dracula (Formerly, Gabriel Belmont) awakens to learn of Satan’s imminent return. After centuries of suffering, the prince of darkness wants an end to the pain, his curse. With the promise of release from his immortality, he forms a pact with Death and sets out to regain his former powers in order to stop the devil’s return.

The plot is engaging and shows just how far Gabriel Belmont has fallen and changed since the first Lords of Shadow. He is a tortured soul, full of anger and regret, who wants to escape his destiny and Robert Carlyle does a pretty good job portraying this. The dialogue and rest of the voice actors are pretty solid as well, Death (Patrick Stewart) being the real standout. As Dracula moves against Satan’s army and the Brotherhood of light in the modern world, he must also contend with the living blood of his castle that tries everything in its power to keep him from reaching his goal and defying his fate. Sadly there is a nice little twist towards the end that quickly causes you to roll your eyes at how  it conveniently plays out, and the actual ending itself was pretty disappointing.

Combat in Lords of Shadow 2 is for the most part, pretty fun. Armed with the Shadow Whip, players will fight against a variety of enemies; from grotesque monsters to armored knights. The action is fast paced and bloody as Dracula combines both direct and area attacks to fell his foes. Seeing as he is a vampire, executing enemies this time around now has the benefit of restoring a small portion of his health, as the prince of darkness rips out their hearts and drinks their blood before tearing them to shreds in gory fashion.

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Sucks to be this guy!

The whip isn’t the only weapon in Belmont’s arsenal this time around; as players progress through the game they will reclaim the Void Sword and Chaos Claws. The sword is a medium ranged weapon that is the weaker of the three but replenishes Dracula’s health with each successful hit, something that comes in real handy during the more challenging fights. The claws on the other hand require the player to get in really close but deal massive damage and are great for breaking through enemy defenses.

The mechanics behind these two weapons are similar to that of the light and shadow magic system of the previous game. Landing consecutive hits without taking damage fills up Dracula’s focus meter. Once the meter is maxed out, each additional hit will cause enemies to drop magical orbs. Absorbing those orbs allows you to fill up the light and shadow meters, which in turn allow for the activation of either the sword or your claws (LB for Void, RB for Chaos). Each weapon has their own set of sets to unlock and can be switched to mid-combo, resulting in a combat system that is more fun and varied than that of its predecessor’s. The game also features QTE’s (Quick Time Events), moments that prompt the player to hit the correct button on screen in order to complete the action on screen. Not everyone is fan of QTE’s, so Mercurysteam put in the option to disable them.

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Whip it good!

Lords of Shadow’s progression system makes a return, but has also been improved this time around. Each enemy you defeat earns experience points which can be used to purchase new skills and upgrades for each weapon. Additionally you can also purchase relics that aid Dracula in battle, from healing potions to the Seal of Alastor, which unlocks all of Dracula’s skills for a short period of time. Locating special gems hidden throughout the game will see an increase his overall health and magic meters. The improvement to the game’s progression system comes in the form of ‘Weapon Mastery’; using a combo in battle repeatedly will allow Dracula to master that combo, once mastered its power can be transferred into the weapon itself, making it more powerful, resulting in increased damage and extra abilities.

As fun as the combat is, it suffers from a few annoyances. While the player has now been given control of the game’s camera, occasionally it will go bonkers during combat and zoom in on Dracula, obstructing the view of the enemies and resulting in getting hit while trying to fix the problem. Just try your best to avoid getting cornered by the enemy and you’ll be fine, though camera issues are unavoidable when engaging in fights in the small corridors. Another issue comes in the form of the gun-toting enemies you encounter; not only do they just seem out of place in a Castlevania title but getting hit with shotgun fire while trying to clear a large group of enemies is just annoying.

While they are impressive to look at (Due to their sheer size and impressive design), the bosses in this game are not all that challenging. Granted I played on the normal difficulty but the previous Lords of Shadow provided more of a challenge. It feels as though as the difficulty was toned down to appease more to the casual market. The battles last for a little while as they don’t die quickly but if you are a skilled player don’t expect a game over screen to pop up. If you want a tougher experience, I suggest starting on the hard difficulty. Overall despite these few nuances, LoS2’s combat is still loads of fun.

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As huge as it is hideous!

When you aren’t slaying all manner of foe, you are exploring the modern city as well Dracula’s enormous castle. Sadly it is during these portions of the game, which they are many, that it loses its luster. The platforming sections are decent enough but the developers decided it was best to highlight where you needed to go next and not give you the option to disable it. This is great for those who aren’t that perceptive and may get stuck but for the rest of us, this blatant hand holding is kind of insulting and it makes the already unimpressive platforming even less entertaining. The experience does pick up a bit, thanks to the new abilities Dracula learns after defeating certain bosses; these new abilities allow him to reach areas that were originally inaccessible. Sadly you don’t earn them until the game is almost at its conclusion.

There are stealth segments throughout the game that requires Dracula to sneak past enemies too powerful to fight head on. Utilizing the shadows, the prince of darkness can transform into a rat to get by unseen, use his blood to posses others in order to pass through security doors or cause a distraction with his bat swarm ability. Unfortunately, while the concept sounds cool the execution is anything but; they aren’t challenging and just plain boring. While die hard fans will most likely turn their nose to the idea of stealth in a Castlevania title, I believe the developers should be commended for trying something new. It’s too bad the stealth segments feel like time wasters; poor attempts to increase the length of the game. The game does feature some puzzles but they are not very interesting or provide any real challenge.

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“Another stealth mission? Nooooooooooo!”

Visually Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is quite impressive. The characters look great and detailed but they aren’t the best on this generation of consoles. The environments however is where the graphics really shine thanks to great the amount of detail gone into the designs and the lighting effects. The structures are enormous and the game takes every chance it gets to show off just how large in scale it really is. The sound design and musical are once again top notch; getting you pumped up during the action packed moments and doing a great job of capturing the quieter ones as well.

Replay Value: Moderate – LoS2 is lengthy game but there is plenty to do after you’ve beaten it. There are a ton of collectibles to find that range from artwork and hidden gems to the diaries of dead soldiers that provide more back story for the Brotherhood of Light. There are also combat challenges to unlock. The world is massive and offers plenty of areas to explore, many are places that can’t be reached until after learning certain abilities much like the Castlevania games of old. New game + and higher difficulty levels, offer more incentive to if you don’t mind the lame stealth missions and disappointing platforming.

Final Verdict:

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is a fun game and a much bigger title than it’s predecessor. The combat is improved and the story, with the exception of the ending, is an engaging experience. Sadly the disappointing puzzles, hand holding platforming and utterly boring stealth missions harm the overall experience. Unless you’re a hardcore Castlevania fan, you may be better off skipping this title or at least give it rent but there are far better games in this genre out there. Lords of Shadow 2 fails to be the epic conclusion that was promised.

 Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 7 / 10

RGN Rating: Bronze Game

Developer: MercurySteam

Publisher: Konami

Available On: PS3 | Xbox 360 | PC

Played On: Xbox 360

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – Vampiric Abilities Trailer [HD 1080P]

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The Vampiric Abilities Trailer of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is presented below in Full 1080P High Definition.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – Behind the Scenes: Abbey Road Recordings Trailer [HD 1080P]

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The Behind the Scenes: Abbey Road Recordings Trailer of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – Dev Diary #2: Exploring the World [HD 1080P]

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The Dev Diary #2: Exploring the World of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.

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Watch The Dracula’s Destiny Trailer for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

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Konami has released a new trailer today for the upcoming action-adventure game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. Titled ‘Dracula’s Destiny’, the trailer introduces us to the cast of this highly anticipated sequel. Peep the video the new trailer below to see what awaits Gabriel Belmont.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 releases February 25th for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Gameplay Screenshots + Concept Art Released

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Konami and MercurySteam have released the following gameplay screenshots and concept art images for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 which will be available on Windows PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 February 25, 2014 in North America (other region release dates coming soon).

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Official Box Art Revealed

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The official box art for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was recently revealed on twitter by publisher Konami. A demo for Lords of Shadow 2 is included in the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection which bundles the first Lords of Shadow with the HD remake of Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate. (Read our review). Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will release on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 25th, 2014 in North America.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – Dracula’s Vengeance Trailer [HD 1080P]

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The Dracula’s Vengeance Trailer of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.

 

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD Released on PSN by Konami

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Konami has made Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD (announcement / info here) available to the PlayStation Network citizenry on Sony’s PS3. For just $14.99 access to the new online leader-boards, ‘Boss Rush Mode’, and grants access to the Lords of Shadow 2 demo for Dracula’s entry in the franchise releasing some time in February 2014. As Halloween approaches Konami is bringing this High Definition package developed by MercurySteam.

You can also download the game on Xbox Live Arcade if you own an Xbox 360. Mirror of Fate HD will also soon be part of the Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3 hard copy bundle called Lords of Shadow Collection which will release containing the original title, Mirror of Fate HD, and the DLC packs for Lords of Shadow in addition to the early access demo for Lords of Shadow 2 when it releases November 5, 2013.

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Konami shows new screenshots at SDCC for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

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Today at Comic Con International 2013 Konami unveiled new screenshots for the upcoming Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. For the first time players will get to play as Dracula and uncover the ending of the Lords of Shadow saga. In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Dracula is resurrected and wants to break his immortal bonds.

Dracula is threatened by Satan who has returned after being beat long ago and wants to bring the apocalypse and revenge. Playing at Dracula you must reacquire your old powers and make an ends with Death so that you can break your immortal bonds and gain internal rest.  In the screenshots you get to see Dracula using the Void Sword where you gain the energy of your foes.

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