Publicada: 25 Maio
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a reboot of the Castlevania series, re-telling the origin of the series' main antagonists and protagonists. It's a third person action adventure game with a heavy emphasis on timing, combos & QTE's (Quick Time Events). It's a completely linear game with no multiplayer, but does have some replayability.
Graphics 9/10 - By today's standards this game is starting to look dated, but for when it came out it looked pretty good and it's certainly not bad looking by any means now. What really helps it here is that this port is VERY well optimized and runs beautifully - it's extremely fluid even on lower end systems. The animations are well done and the artwork is incredible. It may be dated, but this is still a very nice looking game overall.
Audio 9/10 - C:LoS has a very good sountrack much like the rest of the series, and the sound effects are top notch throughout. Add to this the great voice acting (especially from Patrick Stewart) and you've got a game with top notch sound design from start to finish.
Gameplay 8/10 - Overall this game is pretty much a God of War clone. The gameplay relies heavily on timing to do timed blocks and stun opponents, dodging attacks to maintain your combos and gain neutral element orbs which you can gather to power your light and shadow magic (which heal you or make you do more damage respectively) , and using your special weapons to help you when things get hairy. The game can be fairly difficult in spots and offers several difficulty levels, but will keep you on your toes in any but the easiest. In addition, this game also uses QTE's pretty heavily, mostly in boss battles to avoid getting hit, recover from heavy blows, block massive hits, or to deliver killing blows. The boss battles are very cinematic and are generally a strong mix of QTE's and actual combat, and generally require both normal battle strategies as well as new elements thrown in, such as throwing objects back at the bosses or climbing on top of them to hurt them. The combat isn't super deep but it does require timing and strategy to make it through and it's pretty fun your first time through.
Overall 9/10 - Castlvania: LoS is a solid action game with a fairly long campaign with a pretty good story that offers decent replayability. There's no multiplayer but with a huge amount of chapters mixed with individual levels, each with secret items (many of which require items acquired later on), you'll be revisiting many levels later on if you want to experience everything the game has to offer. The DLC's that come with the Ultimate Edition are quite short and honestly not great, but they work as a bridge to tie together the stories of the first and second games (as well as Mirror of Fate). Whether you're a fan of Castlevania or just of games like this in general, this is an overall solid action game that anyone can enjoy.