Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Developed by MercurySteam/Kojima Productions
Published by Konami
Gabriel Belmont is sent by the Brotherhood of Light to the Lake of Oblivion where he finds out about an ancient prophecy where a Knight from the Brotherhood would save the world from Darkness by taking down the Lords of Shaodw. With the help of another Brotherhood Knight by the name of Zobek. Gabriel must travel to the lands of the Lycans, Vampires & Undead to destroy the lords of Shadow and obtain the God Mask to protect the world from Satan and armies of Monsters.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a third person Action Adventure in which you control Gabriel Belmont; A Knight of the Brotherhood of Light & Monster Slayer. The primary weapon the player has at their disposal is the Combat Cross which serves as the ultimate tool to slay monsters thanks to the many upgrades you can find at alters as you progress through the game. The Combat Cross is the melee weapon of the game and allows you to do numerous things in the game once you acquire the different upgrades such as the ability to grappel from things to swing and climb up the structures of the game, Tam huge beasts like Wargs, Trolls & Spiders. Other weapons at the players disposal include Daggers, Fairies, Demon Summoning Crystals & Holy Water aswell as the ability to use Light & Shadow Magic at your disposal. The Other Melee Weapon in the game like the combat crosses upgrades is mainly used to get around and comes in the form of the Shadow Gauntlet which Gabriel can use to make a path by pushing Statues out of the way. Another Gameplay element clearly visible in LoS is the inclusion of Puzzles which even includes a chess battle that requires some skill to complete. In addition to this, Players can purchase numerous combos for the Combat Cross with XP points earned through the game by killing enemies and smashing up the environment aswell as featuring some of the best boss fights I’ve seen in a video game in a long time.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has a phenomenal soundtrack and features beautifully composed music from Spanish Music Composer Óscar Araujo using his 120 piece orchestra. These beautifully orchestrated pieces of Music fit in very well with the settings in which they start playing in the game one of which plays as you are climbing a tower in the Vampires Territory. In addition to the score of the game, The voice acting in Lords of Shadow is superb with a brilliant voice cast including Robert Carlyle as protagonist; Gabriel, Patrick Stewart as Brotherhood Knight; Zobek & Jason Isaacs as Satan.
Considering the fact that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was released 4 years ago, I’d say the graphics on this game are incredible with a few other games released in 2010 (Heavy Rain, God of War III, Dante’s Inferno, Etc.). This is very noticeable in the environments of the games from the interor of the numerous castles to the snowy grounds of the Vampire lands however the times when the graphics are most notable is when it zooms ahead of Gabriel to show a landscape view of the castles ahead.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is an extremely fun and enjoyable Action Adventure title with a gripping storyline, huge bosses & more. The game features challenges for every level which can make the game challenging; Especially the Satan boss battle which requires you to not attack him with certain Magic active. There is also plenty of collectables to find throughout the game including 3 different types of gems (Life, Light & Shadow), Upgrades for throwable objects like Daggers & Holy Water and to top it all off; Many, Many Scrolls found on dead Brotherhood members.
One thing for certain is, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is easily one of the most enjoyable titles on the PlayStation 3 to this day and is definitely worth replaying over and over again for the soundtrack alone.
My Score – 9/10
- Gripping Storyline
- Beautiful Score
- Decent Length
- Great Voice Acting
- Perfect Gameplay Style & Clever Puzzles
- Beautiful Visuals
- Fantastic After Credits Scene
- Titan Boss Fights can be tedious at times
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is available now on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & PC from all good retailers. Thanks go to Konami for the assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.
Review by Matthew McNamee