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Published April 10, 2019

Castlevania games have come so far and have really made quite an impact in the gaming world, it goes without saying that many gamers have their preference of the one they love and hate. A short time ago, I was playing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and I have to say that I’ve grown to love the game as opposed to how I previously felt about it.

Dracula’s weapons were very simple, the Void Sword and the Chaos Claws; both formidable in their own right and they always made the perfect combo when dealing with any enemy party. There’s a lot to love about the gameplay of the game, it had a way of making you feel like you were a part of the action.

This game is unique, but good

There were numerous locales to go in the game and you really get the sense like history was really made there versus previous Castlevania games. Also, this is the first Castlevania game where a Castlevania City exists.

In my Castlevania Lords Shadow 2 review, I plan on discussing the gameplay, the awesomeness that is the weapons, enemy difficulty, the secrets along with my verdict on the game. I warn you, the things you’ll read about in this review may forever change your opinion of Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2. So, let’s get started with the…….

Gameplay 10/10

What can I say about the gameplay in Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 besides the fact that it is awesome for one, it is also very simplistic to the point where learning different things and getting invested is easy. For example, you can get into the game very easily and interact with certain environmental objects in the game. If you have the ability get to certain levels quickly, you’ll get the idea of how simplistic the gameplay is and learning the controls is a non-issue.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say that you can get into the game through the gameplay; there were times I didn’t even want to put the controller down but if you’re a gamer then you’re not going to want to anyway even if you’re playing for a few hours or a few days.

Overall, the gameplay is great and merciful to an extent whether you’re a first time gamer or a long time either way, you’ll have no trouble with the gameplay aspect.

Weapons 10/10

The weapons in this game are boss as hell! I mean the Void Sword alone and its powers are so awesome. I mean, who doesn’t want the power to siphon life energy from their enemies then send frost wave after wave that freezes the enemies on sight; that’s what the Void Sword’s power is.

The Void projectile is a versatile weapon of unimaginable might, it can do everything from closing flame vents to freezing enemies in their tracks.The Void Sword is the first weapon you’ll get in the game not even 5 hours in. My advice, get to know the Void Sword and its powers because it’ll be your go to weapon when you face Raisa both times; all the bosses actually.

The Chaos Claws, a very formidable weapon in itself. At first, I wasn’t all that crazy about the Chaos Claws but as I got to using them and mastering their powers, I learned the hard way how special they are as not just weapons but a huge help of the elemental kind. The Chaos Claws is your brute force weapon, lean on it especially when you’re dealing with those military police mechs in Castlevania City.

Ultimately, your Chaos bombs are highly damaging and will penetrate any armor it touches which you’ll want it to when you’re facing said aforementioned enemy. Also, the Abaddon(s) are known to be allergic i.e. weak to the effect of the Chaos Claws and Chaos Bombs. Keep that in mind always!

Enemy difficulty 9/10

Truly, enemy difficulty was not that big of a deal in the game. There are some enemies that are going to give you a little run for your money; in particular, the police mechs running rampant in Castlevania City. Many of the bosses were not that difficult either; I mean, you can defeat Raisa Volkova second form without little to no problem as long as you have full Void and Chaos bars and have mastered the art of dodging; simple.

Most enemies can be handled in the game pretty easily as long as you’re not going into battle without a plan or you haven’t been mastering your Shadow Whip. However, as long as you’ve been mastering your weapons and their moves then you’ll be good and the enemies won’t overwhelm you.

Secrets 7/10

Every Castlevania game has secrets and this Castlevania game is no different, but the problem is that the secrets in this game require you to be very attentive. Furthermore, you have to be very thorough when you’re searching for the secrets in this game to which there are a lot of. The best part about the secrets in the game is that they’re divided by district or area if you will.

I feel this made looking for the secrets within a district very easy only because there were a concentration of secrets within that area alone. For example, if you’re looking for secrets within the Arts District then you’ll be able to find just about every secret within that area without spending a large amount of time doing so

However, secrets are not that hard to find but using a Dodo Egg is very well advised because you never know where you might be missing that one.

I can remember plenty of times when I was missing more than a few secrets; use the Dodo Eggs, don’t worry you’ll get more and trust me keeping dungeon keys on you helps a great deal as well. I think the secrets are among one of the best aspects of the game because you never knew what you were going to get.

My Verdict

So the last time I did the review on this game, I gave it a 2/10 because it was a game that was unlike the first one. Second, the game felt a little rushed to me and I didn’t quite get into the gameplay because you didn’t control a Belmont, I didn’t appreciate the game as it was supposed to be, as I was supposed to have.

However, after replaying the game and beating it along with beating the Revelations dlc, I give the entire game and its content a 9.7/10. The game played excellently and despite the fact that there are similarities between it and the first one, it is still a game worthy of any game collection. Personally, I’m going to replay it again in the not too far future.

The game is very enjoyable and you’ll have a lot of fun learning about Dracula, his weapons and powers along with who is out to get him.


Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 was a game that was similar to the first one in a lot of ways but it also has its charm and greatness that made it legendary. Like, if we’re being honest here, the weapons i.e. the Void Sword and Chaos Claws made the game! The weapons were pretty awesome and so were the resources you were given to excel in the game like the Dodo Eggs that are used to discover secrets in the game.

The enemy to enemy difficulty wasn’t so much a threat to you in the game that you needed an overblown strategy in order to get past or destroy them; the gameplay was very simplistic so you can ease yourself into it.

So what do you think of my review of Castlevania Lords Shadow 2; do you think I’m right about the game or wrong, do you feel my review is spot on or way off? Leave me a message telling me what you think and I’ll get back to you immediately. Thank you and Happy gaming.

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  1. Christopher Harvey Christopher Harvey

    Thanks for the review.  I haven’t played a Castlevania since symphony of the night on PS1.  That is actually one of my favorite games of all times.  I really haven’t given any of the new ones much of a chance because I prefer tho old style more (and I really don’t have much time anymore). One of these days I may have to break down and give it a try.  I noticed that you didn’t like it much at first, and after playing it again you bumped your score way up.  What was the deciding factor for changing your score?  Was it the Revelations DLC or something different? I may have overlooked this in the article, if so I apologize.

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 is a great game and a great prequel to the earlier Castlevania games. What changed my mind was me going through it and the Revelations DLC so it was a combo of both things. I’ve always had a bad habit of judging a book by its cover before reading through it and it is cost me dearly, but the game is good to go and trust me, if you liked the first Lords of Shadow then play this one. 

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