When Bram Stoker sat down in 1897 to write Dracula, did he know he was penning the first ever video game design document?
I prefer the Metroidvania style Castlevania games compared to the new Lords of Shadow series. While they do maintain the themes of the series, and the first features the voice acting of the great Patrick Stewart, Lords of Shadow felt more like a hack and slash game akin to God of War than a Castlevania game. Even though Lament of Innocence went the 3D route too and had elements of hack and slash, it still maintained the exploration, Metroidvania feel that I like. I suppose Lords of Shadow was the 3D version of the more linear style games in the series, but I would be interested to see how MercurySteam could make a more Metroidvania style Lords of Shadow game. I know Lords of Shadow 2 is supposed to be open world, but will it mimic the open yet closed feel of Dracula's castle, or be more like GTA?
If Lords of Shadow 2 is as good or better than Curse of Darkness(my personal favorite 3D Castlevania game), then I'll be quite pleased.
I'm guessing the two areas will be more like Darksiders. The open world won't open up before a certain point in the game, but then you can come and go as you please.
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