Dustin Spencer from Capsule Computers writes: "Castlevania is without a doubt one of the most loved franchises in the industry. When Mercury Steam re-invented the brand with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, we seen an outpouring of feelings from fans. Some were amazed that the series could be so fully realized in a beautiful 3D world. Others cried foul and compared the reboot to God of War and Devil May Cry, stating that Castlevania sold out. Before I go any further, I will say that Lords of Shadow did not sell out and was its own experience, like it or not. We were given a gift of potential with that one release, where a new start was in full bloom and seeing the name Mercury Steam was now something to be excited about. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is the highly anticipated follow-up, and wants to further the lore of Castlevania with a new tale for Dracula. Does it live up to expectations, or does this title need a stake through the heart?"