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POSTED 7/11/10


CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW

Konami
PS3 (also on Xbox 360)

Donít mention the (God of) WarÖ Oops, too late, but then weíre hardly Scott Nofriends there. However, whereas many are flinging accusations of plagiarism at this 'reboot' Ė sick of that term yet? We sure the fuck are - of the Castlevania franchise, we see things differently.

Basically, as good as GoWIII was, we reckon Castlevania: Lords of Shadow delivers more on promises made for Kromedome Kratosí last PS3 outing - most notably seamless transition between cutscenes and playable ones.

So why so much hating? Well, we reckon some kiddy-widdies have cracked the sulky-wulkies that it isnít specifi-wicially a Castlevania game in the true sense of the name. Jebus, if you want 2D, get Harmony of Despair on XBLA, it doesnít get much more old school Castlevania than that! Well, unless you exhume the NES from mothballs.

So, itís the Middle Ages, and our heroic Beaumont is a swarthy bloke named Gabriel. Heís out to save souls stuck in purgatory by certain titular dark forces, including that of his sweetie-pie. With more combos than we could count unlocking along the quest, direct attacks and more general stun-all-those-in-the-vicinity ones, several puzzles and some jaw-slackeningly beautiful scene rendering, not to mention voice work from such folk as Robert Carlyle and Sir Patrick Stewart, LoS is truly a remarkable production Ė Hideo Metal Gear Kojimaís watchful eye likely helping.

Sure, Lords of Shadow owes debts to many Ė Shadow of the Colossus and Assassinís Creed two that boing to mind in addition to the aforementioned Ė but if inspiration is taken to craft an experience that ultimately surprises in its completeness, then whatís the problem? It isnít like essentially every other game ever hasnít owed a debt to something preceding it. Itís evolution baby, get with it or keep banging those rocks together...

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