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IGN: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Review

Konami describes Castlevania: Lords of Shadow as a reboot for the 25-year old franchise. I'd say it's an unrelated game that borrows the "Castlevania" name. None of the common gameplay elements you'd expect from the series are to be found here, nor does Lords of Shadow star any familiar characters or include recognizable music. (Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, PS3, Xbox 360) 7.5/10

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Jamegohanssj5  +   1955d ago

Motorola  +   1955d ago
wots TGSI?
CYBERSNAKE  +   1955d ago
Apparently it means 'The genius said it'
and no, i have no clue what it means.
MrAwesome  +   1955d ago
Im pretty sure it means the gays say "icky"
infamous_27  +   1955d ago
i always read it as Tokyo Game Show I-something
Redrum059  +   1955d ago
"slight freezing problem after every finishing move, every time"
"slight freezing problem after every finishing move, every time"
other reviewers didnt mention the problem, includidng the GTreview, but ofcaurse the GTreview was using the ps3 Castlevania.
ign used the 360 castlevania for their review.

the videos prove so by showing gameplay scenes with psbuttons on screen for the Gametrailers review, and showing xboxbuttons onscreen with the ign review...
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ChineseDemocracy  +   1955d ago
I'm picking this up regardless, I'm a huge castlevania fan!
nix  +   1955d ago
lol.. same here. i asked him once but he didn't reply.
morganfell  +   1954d ago
"In the end, I'd rather play a more traditional 2D Castlevania game..."

Says it all. Nothing like a reviewer that has his mind made up before the game. And shouldn't a game be reviewed on it's own merits instead of in a comparison with other titles?

What the hell am I thinking? This is just another idiot reviewer from a BS site that can't be weighed down by standards when listing ACTUAL REVIEW STANDARDS BY WHICH THEY ABIDE.
likedamaster  +   1954d ago
""In the end, I'd rather play a more traditional 2D Castlevania game..."

Says it all. Nothing like a reviewer that has his mind made up before the game. And shouldn't a game be reviewed on it's own merits instead of in a comparison with other titles?"

-You know, for once you might be right.
PopEmUp  +   1954d ago
Apparently it means 'The genius said it'
and no, i have no clue what it means.
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apparently hes not a genius more like some retarded
Jamegohanssj5  +   1954d ago


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MrMccormo  +   1955d ago
This game looks really good. I just finished up another playthrough of God of War III (awesome game!) and I want another good hack 'n slash that doesn't have a pansy (DMC4) or a kinky librarian (Bayonetta) as the lead character.

Can't wait to play it!
AKS  +   1955d ago
Kinky librarians are underrated and underappreciated.
MisterNiwa  +   1955d ago
I bet he'd never even met someone as beautiful and hot as this kinky librarian.
MrMccormo  +   1955d ago
@ MisterNiwa

If you intended your "insult" to be serious (a comment about a fictional video game character)...
UKdoaney  +   1955d ago
how about a dragon ninja?
Kurt Russell  +   1954d ago
Yeah, I'd have sex with a kinky dragon ninja.
DatNJDom81  +   1955d ago
Not knocking the game at all since I plan on buying it
But so much for the God of War killer that everyone was saying this was going to be (xbox fanboys). Still I will play this game and enjoy it. I have to see all these "flaws" that so many of these sites are complaining about. I bet its not as big of a deal as they say it is. It seems they forgot its a reboot.
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Jinxstar  +   1955d ago
Kinda reminds one of the "Infamous vs Prototype" debacle.
Imperator  +   1955d ago
People should learn that comparing mere multiplats to PS3 exclusives is futile. The 360 cannot and will never receive games anywhere near the quality of PS3 exclusives. If you want true next gen gaming and call yourself a gamer, you should own a PS3.
Game-ur  +   1955d ago
This looks like a great game on its own merits, don’t let fanboys making it the "GOW killer" distract you.
Jinxstar  +   1955d ago
Yeah. I agree. This game is no where near on par with GOW as far as production value and set pieces but the one thing it has going for it is length. While I love GOW. I own every one of them and platinumed all 3 on PS3 and everything. They do feel a little short. Especially after the first play through you can kinda sprint through it. If they could have made it 20 hours long and just as epic and didn't get boring...

I may pick this game up as Hack and slash are one of my fav genres but not sure yet. Kinda waiting on MOH reviews before I choose. I am a huge fan of DICE and kinda want a new FPS... Especially since LBP2 is delayed and I am not a racing sim fan....

Anyway enough ranting. Point is GOW kicks the heck out of this but it seems great for a multiplat.
Cheeky Gamer  +   1955d ago
Kind of ironic that this is slated for being unoriginal, and yet God of War 3 represents a recycled, stale iteration from its previous two games.
badz149  +   1955d ago
you've said it yourself; "Kind of ironic that this is slated for being unoriginal, and yet God of War 3 represents a recycled, stale iteration from its previous two games." - GoW3 uses elements from its previous games and how is THAT unoriginal? this Castlevania however, doesn't stick to its own ORIGINAL gameplay but heavily influenced by GoW! - the chain crucifix being the most obvious! there is where the "unoriginal" term popped out!
DigitalAnalog  +   1955d ago
@Cheeky Gamer
Your logic = Games (with sequels)

-End statement
Sony360  +   1954d ago
The 360 does have games that surpass the quality of Ps3 exclusives, actually.

Mass Effect 2, Halo Reach, Red Dead, the list goes on. All are GOTY contenders and are the pinnacles of the genre, and all are on the 360.

Get a PC if you want the latest and greatest in graphics, buddy. Ps3 can't keep up with that. As for having the best games, the Ps3 only has an edge with some exclusives, the 360 has the advantage everywhere else.
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MysticStrummer  +   1954d ago
I like how in the games you list, one of them is already on the PS3, one of them will be, and one of them is a game that many PS3 gamers don't want. There are a couple of multi-plats on each system that are substantially better than the other console's version. The rest are so close that they require side by side, pixel counting comparisons. Try again when you think of something that makes sense. At least list Gears instead of Halo for God's sake.
theEx1Le  +   1954d ago
What i dont get is how people seem to think that GoW was the first good 3D platformer. Even GoW's original formula was "borrowed".
Deputydon  +   1955d ago
It sounds to me like this particular IGN reviewer is just upset that it doesn't follow the standard Castlevania gameplay. While I agree that the game probably shouldn't be called Castlevania, it still looks great. I'm amazed that edge has gave this a higher score than IGN though. I think this reviewer just has a grudge or something.
tawak  +   1955d ago
it runs smoother on ps3 so ign gave it only 7.5 if the other way around probably 8-9
Jazz4108  +   1954d ago
I can't believe all the excuses the ps3 fanboys make for the install station. It has the worse operating system ever and is slow as molasses and has weekly firmware updates that make you reinsatll everything and then most games use up gigs of your hardrive with mandatory installs and it could easily take an hour before you could even play your game and the 360 has none of this and almost always recieves the better looking multiplat game but you ps3 guys have an excuse for everything. I own both consoles and the ps3 is a joke and bluray is slow and the reason for a lot of its issues and the exclusives are no where close to the quality you guys make them out as the main one uncharted looks animated or cell shaded and the shooters are linear and boring. Miles ahead of 360 I don't think so but one thing that's obvious is the ps3 as a machine for the devs and for ease of use and my time is a joke.
Sarevok  +   1954d ago

U mad?

Sounds like your trolling to me.

Bubble down for trolling or being immature?...
Hummm can't make up my mind.
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Sony360  +   1954d ago
Wahh wahhh wahh.

Everyone hates the Ps3. The world is out to get it.
MorganX  +   1954d ago
You do realize you need to install one of the LOS discs on the 360 or you'll have to swap every time you backtrack right? I'm not going to be happy if it won't install on USB storage.
Shinkus  +   1954d ago
@Jazz4108 I can't believe how often 360 fanboys jump on how the installs and firmware updates are so bad. I guess you have just run out of things to complain about that you are shooting down the PS3 for installing your games (to help you) as well as coming out with firmware updates every few weeks (to give extra content to you). I guess consoles that give back to the people playing them are as bad as it gets.
mastiffchild  +   1954d ago
Am I missing these "weekly firmware updates that make you reinstall everything"? Where are all these games that need an install either? Sure, you get a few but it's rare and when it's done it's to help with BR read times and NEVER lasts "an hour" before you play your game.

BTW, Firmware updates are a lot less frequent than that and have NEVER caused me to have to reinstall anything and when given the chance I install all my 360 games cos I got sick of it scratching the discs a long time ago.
TROLL EATER  +   1954d ago
gameraxis  +   1954d ago
i swear
if i hear the term button masher... yea u can turn bayonetta, gow, DMC, di, enslaved on normal and mash you're way through... but then u just suck at the game, gow for me (along with the others i mentioned) is like a fighting game, except the moves are way more dramatic, there is so many ways to vary up the way to slash launch grab, use items and magic to create something that looks like a friggen movie! but people who arn't fans of the genre "square square triangle" crap its like "no dude, thats how YOU'RE playing through it, the dev team gave u fast weapons and multiple moves to destroy how u want, not to mention combos that continue from ur blades of exile in this example to ur Hade's hooks etc... if u... ah forget it, its just the lack of imagination... i think some of the older gamers (not including reviewers because they just blast through games to get an initial opinion of it) get it... I'm sick of defending action adventure games...they are so much deeper than given credit for, and only a few of us get that it seems... and as a side note, who here has played mw2? the same COULD be said about that, die, re-spawn, kill the person who killed u,then die from someone else, rinse and repeat... but if u use everything the devs give u and have an imagination and try to trick people etc etc... it doesn't get mundane or mountainous does it?
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Simon_Brezhnev  +   1954d ago
funny how in the video review he take shots @ god of war saying all u do is press the same buttons
MorganX  +   1954d ago
Is he that far off? That's basically what a button masher is. You have to deviate from button mashing and be creative with combos and transitions. I thought Heavenly Sword did this better than any button mashers. Mash through this to pull lever to get to next level gets old no matter how good the graphics look. Look for sparkly thing, mash and aim for that to move forward. It is what it is.

I'm hoping LOS breaks up the monotony with more than lever tricks. The horse riding sequence looks cool, hopefully there's a lot of those sorts of things thrown in. (I doubt it can match Heavenly Sword though. For my tastes, that's button mashing the way it was meant to be.)
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Simon_Brezhnev  +   1954d ago
so morganx every game is a button masher since all you do is press the same buttons
Christopher  +   1954d ago
I think people are looking at this the wrong way. One of the worst things he could say about the game is that it doesn't match with other Castlevania games but does match with GoW fans.

I don't think their final score has so much to do with it not being like other Castlevania games so much as it lacking in story and having repetitive gameplay along with the other issues he mentioned in the review.

The review mentioned a lot of good things with the game, visuals, replayability, cool powers, and the such. I think people are again focused way too much on what score is given and a comment made rather than the review itself.
n4gno  +   1954d ago
"The 360 does have games that surpass the quality of Ps3 exclusives, actually"

correction : the 360 does have SOME (2,3) games, that surpass the quality of SOME ps3 exclusives...but obviously not the best ones (in fact ps3 has way more great exclusives, and almost always the best ones, and not a single game on 360 can compete graphicly with them)
gillri  +   1955d ago
another 7.5? the two biggest gaming sites give it 7.5

its mean score seems to be around 85%
StanLee  +   1955d ago
I've been saying from day 1 this game is mediocre. I've played it and I don't know if the early high scores has to do with the industry's facination with Kojima and him being connected to the project but the 9s baffle me. It's not a 9 game.
cayal  +   1955d ago
7.5 isn't mediocre.
Game-ur  +   1955d ago
When I look at multiple reviews I don’t notice a repeating complaint
One complains about hard boss fights
Another about copying other games
Another about not matching the Metroidvania.

So it's more likely nitpicking by them, but on the other hand the good things are repeatedly praised, like story, gameplay and graphics.
PS3Freak  +   1955d ago
Exactly cayal, everyone is freaking out over a 7.5. When did anything below 8 start to be seen as a bad game?
Saladfax  +   1954d ago
Where have you people been?

Most gaming review magazines/sites have been rating on a 7-10 scale for the last several years.

7's are seen as generally average, as in, middle of the road. Now, my math might not be what it used to be, but I thought 5 was in the middle of 1-10.
meganick  +   1955d ago
I would say don't worry about IGN's and Gamespot's reviews for this game. Both of those sites gave Final Fantasy 13 and Metroid: Other M 8.5's, even though they both deserved far lower scores. Nuff said.
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Blaster_Master  +   1955d ago
bullshit. The other M was freakin awesome. Besides some of the boring story elements and pixel finding, the game would be a 9 or higher if it was in HD.
Djinn  +   1955d ago
bullshit, FF13 was an awesome game. Cue the disagrees!!
DigitalAnalog  +   1955d ago
To the true Final Fantasy fans
It is a disappointment.

-End statement
SiteNblog Defender  +   1955d ago
^It was a disappointment to PS3 fans only.
WildArmed  +   1955d ago
FF13 was a great game.
It's funny how people label themselves as 'True Final Fantasy fans' and hide behind it.

Oh jeez. The final fantasy series has never been known for it's consistency of game mechanics and other things.
IDK what you expected.

most FF fans know not to expect anything, because every final fantasy is different.
You dont have to like em all.

I've been playing Final Fantasy series since 1994 (the first FF that came to US).

I know FF13 wasn't the cream of the crop, but it was hardly as crappy everyone makes is sound.
The battle system was truly unique and I hope to see again in the future games.
Anderson8  +   1954d ago

what was great about ff13?.. as all I remember from the game was 30 hours of pushing up on my analogue stick as I run through a corridor, a 2 hour open area and then it was back to the same crap.

game mechanics are not the issue here as the battle system was great but never has an ff title been so ridiculously linear taking out the open world, airships etc is like taking out crazy big swords, chocobos, cid or biggs and wedge once there gone it doesn't really feel like ff any more

fair enough the graphics where awesome and so was the battle system.. but walking down corridors for 60+ hours? come on, don't tell me you enjoyed that. FF 13 was ok at best.

On Topic.. 7.5 aint a bad score I'll still grab this game
WildArmed  +   1954d ago
The experience as a whole was great imo.
Sure, the first 9 chpaters seem to drag on.. but once I got to Gran Pulse, I had alot of fun.

The story and characters was ok at beast.
But I loved the gameplay mechanics and the boss battles throughout the game. C'eith quests were fun too.

I'm not saying it's a 9..

Personally I'd give it a 8-8.5 range.

FF13 got alot of hate (some of which it may have deserved.. other not so much). But at the end of the day, I was satisfied with my 60-80 hours of game-play I got out of it.

I guess I got used to walking down corridors again and again after I put 600 hours into WKC online questing .. and 400 hours into Demons souls.

And I'm just making sure I made it clear, the gameplay was the only reason why I continued with the game. and eventually fell in love with the complex paradigm system (coupled with the crazy passive accessory system).

I know some people have valid reasons of not like FF13.
But the thing is I've run into ppl not like FF13 just bcoz it went multiplat.. i mean really?

At the end of the day, all I'm sayings that it's hardly as bad of a JRPG as everyone believe it to be.

But then again, this is all based of my opinion.
So it's not exactly like I'm preaching facts here ^^

Oh, and I get where you are coming from. FF13 did feel alot different than the previous ones.. (we did see Chocobos / Cid, but alot of other reoccuring element did disappear). But it was their first installment on the next gen consoles, and they took a new approach.

I expect them to learn from their mistakes and build off of what they did right.
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SiteNblog Defender  +   1953d ago
@H-kid, did you hate FFX too? It was also linear.
kndy  +   1954d ago
i thought the consensus was that score was generally a digit or two less than what ign gives it...
SanMarco  +   1955d ago
Damn....i was hoping for something above 9...IGN!!!!!!!!! ARGH
TOO PAWNED  +   1955d ago
so you would them lying to satify you? Freak
Eamon  +   1955d ago
TOO PAWNED, you took a completely different meaning from his sentence.

He must have been really anticipating this game in that it would get high scores and now he's disappointed.
crzyjackbauer  +   1955d ago
the game is good
ign and gametrailers are complaining that the platforming is too hard or not well done

castlevania has allways been a hard platformer
its not easy its a really hard game to play
thats what makes it so good
ign and gt have just been playing too much uncharted and god of war
they need to go back and play the nes castlevanias
gamerdude132  +   1954d ago
You said it. When they go back and beat EVERY SINGLE Castlevania game (SotN and above not included), they'll realize that this is probably as easy as piss pie. As Sean Devlin from The Saboteur says, "It's a piece o' piss."
deafwing  +   1954d ago
i thought i was the only one thinking that
... the platforming in Castlevania has always been tough. even in 2D the environment always worked against you. Perhaps newer gamers who didn't play the original games don't know but this is a fact.

I do get the exploration complaint but there isn't a 3D game out there that doesn't have this problem, so I was lost when Gametrailers mentioned that to (like they couldn't find anything bad so they stuck to the obvious).
despair  +   1955d ago
meh..the reviewer complained that it wasn't a Castlevania game, other than that the only real complaints he had were lots respawning of enemies and framerate problems. From this review its clear to see that he's angry that its not a Castlevania game and the score reflects it. Don't really care what the reviewers say as it seems its more of a hate it for Castlevania fans and love it for action games fans.
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nycredude  +   1955d ago
Um the game is called Castlevania so it should get lowered if it didn't feel like a Castlevania. I don't have problem with that. So far it looks like a nice action game in the vein of GOW so I'll take that if it is even anywhere close to as good as GOW games.
despair  +   1955d ago
I'm not saying its a bad reason and on top of that he also said in the last paragraph that non Castlevania fans will enjoy it more its just that its subjective. I mean it would be hypocritical of me to say the name in Castlevania means nothing but then complain that MGS Rising is not a true MGS game.
AKS  +   1955d ago
Past 3D Castlevania games have sucked and this game doesn't, so I weigh this more heavily than whether some think it "feels" like a Castlevania game.
SaberEdge  +   1955d ago
It's a reboot, so it's free to totally reinvent itself in my opinion. Why does it have to have any gameplay in common with old 2D side scrollers or even the 3D iterations? It sure feels like a Castlevania game (brought up to date) based on everything I have seen.

This game is getting knocked for the stupidest reasons.
wicko  +   1955d ago
What a half assed review:

Lasting Appeal
This is a giantic game with lots of replay value. 8

Oookay so there's apparently nothing wrong with its lasting appeal, so why isn't it a 10? No explanation given at all, lazy.

"nor does Lords of Shadow star any familiar characters or include recognizable music. "

I've read multiple reviews saying that some of the music is from the older games.

Honestly I'm tired of reading that it's a GoW clone. It's a fucking action game, it belongs to the same genre as GoW so of course it will share a lot of similarities. Just like any other FPS or TPS would be similar to each other.

If you were a castlevania fan, this might be the review for you. As for the rest of us, this game looks awesome.
despair  +   1955d ago
Lasting appeal is tied to the gameplay, if its horrible gameplay then it doesn't matter that the game would last 1000 hours if you won't play it that long. He thinks the game is good and the lasting appeal reflects that with an 8.0, others who thoroughly enjoy the game may give it a 10.
BigMassacre  +   1955d ago
But you see, a real Castlevania fan will have lived with the fact that it's not a Metroidvania game, and that there are Castlevania games before Symphony of the Night that did not have elements that this so called FAN was complaining about in the review.

The original Castlevania games were linear with some hidden secrets. Sounds about right for a reboot.
Game-ur  +   1955d ago
I'm a castlevania fan and this is my most wanted game now.

And this reboot is inspired by super castlevania not symphony of the night.

The reviewer was disappointed this wasn’t more like the Metroidvania games but he should have looked at this game as a standalone experience.
badz149  +   1955d ago
"Honestly I'm tired of reading that it's a GoW clone. It's a fucking action game, it belongs to the same genre as GoW so of course it will share a lot of similarities" - but if you specifically included the chain weapon in the game, it's pretty clear that it's more a clone than a 'similar' game to GoW! this also goes to Dante's Inferno but Bayonetta is kinda different!
wicko  +   1954d ago
Okay, say you are right about that, why wasn't this mentioned? I don't care that it is 8 and not 10, but I care when there is no explanation of why the score doesn't match the explanation.

An 8 without any criticism doesn't tell me anything, so I gain nothing from reading the review.


Hasn't the main weapon of the castlevania series always been some kind of whip or chain? I've never really played the series but that much I'm aware of. So, it's not really a clone because of that.
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thebudgetgamer  +   1955d ago
this might be me
but isnt it wierd that a castlevania game has no castle?
Chaostar  +   1955d ago

It was surprisingly hard to find a picture of a castle in Castlevania ¬_¬ had to settle for concept art.
divideby0  +   1955d ago
the scores for this game are all over the place... and for a reason
Neckbear  +   1955d ago
The lowest score being a 7.

Either way, seems like the game has ups and downs.

Eh. I gotta try the Demo myself to see how the combat is, basically.

Aside from that, while I'm interested on it, I'm kinda sad it doesn't resembles a Castlevania game.

Oh well.
divideby0  +   1955d ago
spot on... its like they USED the title for a diff. game.
lightningsax  +   1955d ago

Yup. And they did.

Then again, if you look at it from a Castlevania IV perspective, the "It's not Castlevania" argument may not hold up. Guess we'll have to wait and play.
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Vinushka  +   1955d ago

IGN, you fail me. Good day.
CYBERSNAKE  +   1955d ago
IGN always fail.
SaberEdge  +   1955d ago
I can't wait to see IGN give the next big (over)hyped game--GTA5, COD 9, etc--a really high score.

Oh well, all the sites I really trust have given this game a 9 or higher.
westy552  +   1955d ago
What IGN it doesn't go bang bang as you run around like a light fairy shooting everything?!

I love hack and slash games and def will be picking this up next week.
nefertis  +   1955d ago
oh shit lol I guess I will take this off of preorder and pay for the rest too fallout vegas.
Akagi  +   1955d ago | Funny
Looks like IGN didn't get their cheque.
westy552  +   1955d ago
ROFL, bubbles for you.
funkycoldmedina  +   1955d ago
LOL. (+1 for you both)
Eamon  +   1955d ago
heh, I had that thought when I saw their score.
Kos-Mos  +   1954d ago
I remember ign in 1998. They consisted of über gaming nerds that knew the difference between bad and good games.
Slowly ign grew bigger and bigger, and suddenly they were the biggest gaming-site, and what happened? They sold their soul to rockstar and microsoft.
Neckbear  +   1955d ago
Well, another fairly interesting review...
I am a fan of older Castlevanias, but it seems like I might have fun with this.
gamingisnotacrime  +   1955d ago
I saw the 11 min video explaining all about Castlevania
it looks and is described as GoW.
-platforming (maybe more than GoW, but still similar)
-"chain like" weapons
-vengance? lol

I will wait for fellow gamers (aka amazon;s reviews), and may rent it before deciding
vickers500  +   1955d ago
Amazon reviewers give everything good reviews.
jjank11  +   1955d ago
Not really, but they do tend to put the best reviews upfront. But rightfully so, they are trying to sell product.
Jack-Pyro  +   1955d ago
Hmmmm, not bad, but not good either, I'll still probably rent it, it looks to be pretty good.
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shammgod  +   1955d ago
Wasn't this on here days ago...either way, i am scooping LOS and not looking back. Game looks and sounds A MAZING!
RyuCloudStrife  +   1955d ago
what? wow speechless
Croash  +   1955d ago
After reading the (short) review
It seems that the reviewer is acting like a 2D Castlevania fanboy, he is basically comparing old castlevania games to this one :/

Even in the conclusion, he keeps reminding us about the old Castlevania:

" Pretty much anything you would expect to find in a Castlevania game is not to be found here"
" In the end, I'd rather play a more traditional 2D Castlevania game"

That's overdoing it.

And seriously, doing a review that doesn't tell us anything except that the game is 15-20 hours long, has a few frame rate issues, a camera that sometimes doesn't show ennemies and amazing visuals, does that tell us anything new about the game? It's like reviewing the demo :/

I've never played Castlevania in my life, and I know I'll be getting this game because so far, it looks awesome.
chazjamie  +   1955d ago
jip, i dont really trust ign reviews
1-they pretty short
2-when they long, they tell you how to play the game
3-and they always, always state in a review how much games they played in their life time (automatically assuming they speaking on behalf of the die hard fans)

honestly, i do not know what the reviewer was expecting. 2d is not 3d, and if you honestly want to feel nostalgic, play the ds games. Anyway, and if the 'academic' gaming sites are praising game, i honestly dont see why i have to take this pop site seriously.
BYE  +   1955d ago
Oh, a 7.5 from IGN.

They usually give away 10s like no other site.
Hakimy  +   1955d ago
IGN gave it the same score as Gamespot.well I guess it's just GOW3 and Bayonetta for the slash & hack genre this year.especially for a person like me who can't rent or try games and have to order games from another country (we don't have PS3 games here) :/
OGharryjoysticks  +   1955d ago
7.5 for gameplay
....says it can get repetitive. But I believe they gave Dead Rising 2 an 8.5 on gameplay because it doesn't get repetitive pressing the swing button?
himdeel  +   1955d ago
I believe the length of the game seems to work to...'s detriment with respect to some of these "reviews" since it sounds like you're not seeing a whole lot of new enemies throughout the entire game.
fourtwenty2009  +   1955d ago
I believe you less with every review..

COD MW2 9.5/10...

Sarcasm  +   1955d ago
Yeah tell me about it, Halo Reach 9.5??? I'm currently playing it. While it's the best Halo game so far in the series, the graphics are improved (but nothing extremely impressive) 9.5 is a Reach... har har har...

I'd say 8 or 8.5 so far. I like it though.
SiteNblog Defender  +   1955d ago
MGS4 - 10/10...WTF?
fuckoffodion  +   1954d ago
SiteNblog Defender is still butthurt! :(
frostypants  +   1955d ago
Nothing will ever beat Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest on the NES. That one set the tone for the atmosphere of the entire series.

This looks really good, but it seems to lack the "dark" feeling of the originals.
LiquifiedArt  +   1955d ago
Some people hate the 2nd installment
but i agree 100% with you. The RPG elements and dark atmosphere really set the stage for what a castlevania should be all about. Favorite castlevania game by FAR!
jackdoe  +   1955d ago
Terrible review. The reviewer is way too stuck on the past and refuses to move forward. This line says it all:

"I recommend Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, but not to Castlevania fans. Pretty much anything you would expect to find in a Castlevania game is not to be found here. But fans of combat-heavy action adventure games will have fun if they can excuse a lot of mindless button mashing and a couple technical issues."

WTF? Those two are mutually exclusive? I like the old Castlevania's and I'm a fan of combat-heavy action adventure games. So what? Huh?
jjank11  +   1955d ago
Exactly, I have not been fond of IGN much lately.

This game is supposed to be a 3D reboot of Castlevania.

and I still don't get the whole "mindless button mashing" excuse for a hack'n'slash game. Thats exactly what they are, mindless button mashing, thats how you progress through the game.
SaberEdge  +   1955d ago
I agree with both of you. This review was piss poor.
When people want to be derisive they always use the "mindless button mashing frase", but when I play games like God of War or Ninja Gaiden I am definitely not just mindlessly pressing buttons. You would die really quick doing that.

Anyway, the sites that I have found to be most trustworthy have given Lords of Shadow 9s so I have no doubt that my intuition telling me it would be a great game is correct.
va_bank  +   1955d ago
Here's something new for a change:
From the review:

"... Lords of Shadow also has framerate issues on the Xbox 360. ... The game runs more smoothly on the PlayStation 3."
chanto23  +   1955d ago
What's next? 4xMSAA on PS3 ports and none on 360...LOL/jk
carreirabr  +   1955d ago
Waiting for Vanquish instead
PS3 (triple buffer) = no tearing > XBOX (double buffer) tearing.

That's what he's talking about.

And a 25fps hack & slash game?

Thanks I will pass.
Dance  +   1955d ago
Gamespot says 360 version has framerate hiccups here and there but nothing major
holdmedownma2008  +   1955d ago
I wish they would've left that part out (to be honest) all it does is add more fuel to this ridiculous console war. Unfortunately, it's not going to stop here, the 360 fanboys are going to demand a "so-called" real analysis from either DF or LoT.

Anyway IGN could've given this game a 2 out of 10 for all care, there is nothing that's going to stop me from buying this game. People have to remember that reviews are only someone's else opinion, nothing more.
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Killman  +   1954d ago
I find it best that they tell us these differences within the console versions of games. Whether it is for my preferred console or not. The only ones who get offended by it are "hardcore" fanboys who take it waaaay out of context, which is where things go crazy, just look at the Dead Rising 2 comparison that was done a few days ago. The two versions are not that different but it exploded into a huge topic.
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MadMax  +   1955d ago
Very biased indeed!
Hmm, this gets 7.5 and Halo Reach gets 9.5? Im starting to see the favoritism here. Maybe they should pick someone to review Castlevania that isnt some huge fps Halo lover! I swear man, I bought Halo Reach and am so over it. It really did NOT deserve a 9.5, especially for the single player campaign. I did not get it for online play, so i gave Halo Reach's campaign a 7.8 and thats being honest. If anything, it was extremely repetetive. First level looked amazing, but once you started getting into all the action, i came to realize that this was the same exact Halo all over again. Same wave after wave of ememies, that weve been seeing since the original Halo. I dont know why i even keep getting suckered into buying Halo games. I dont play them online! Ive learnt my lesson though and have put it up on ebay! Its like they just added extra downloadable content to the same ole Halo universe! Does ign ever complain about that? Of course not! They are in love with the franchise, it can never fail in their eyes. Im starting to get disgusted with ign! Im sure Castlevania is worthy of a score higher than a 7.5! What do you think? Stop playing games ign!!!
chazjamie  +   1955d ago
i dont think halo and castlevania scores should be compared. i feel, with many halo reviews, the reviewer feels obliged to give it a high score. look at odst, not sure why it got more the 60%. simply because its halo, and the community demands it.
divideby0  +   1955d ago
its a shame they had to ripoff a title of a great franchise to get attention to this game.

IGN was spot on with and explains the low score

A reboot for the franchise that throws away everything you expect in a Castlevania game and cherry picks features from other popular titles.
MadMax  +   1955d ago
how do you explain their Halo love affair?
MadMax  +   1955d ago
Very easy
Ive been going on ign for years. They absolutely praise that game no matter what! Im saying a game like that with such a big name, always seems to get insane ratings with the ign editors! They are in love with Halo and so is G4. Halo- 9.7, Halo2- 9.8, Halo3- 9.5, Halo Reach- 9.5. Favoritism? You be the judge. Personally, i just dont see it. There are tons of other first person shooters out there that are far better and ign never seems to give those certain games the credit they deserve. Its not very fair man!
dizzleK  +   1955d ago
Dude, this is a review of Castlevania, not f*ckin Halo. Halo shouldn't even be near this discussion. Take your hard-on elsewhere.
divideby0  +   1954d ago
lol at the DAs..

please show the relevance of this game to the original series.....
gypsygib  +   1955d ago
I didn't think it would beat GOW3, that game is incredible - once you start playing you can't stop.
MadMax  +   1955d ago
First off mr wannabe rapper! dizzleK is it? lol, ok. I was making a point that ign is biased. Using Halo as a perfect example, having to do with the scoring up at ign. I didnt ask for your useless remark and wasnt talking to you. I was replying to someone else that asked me how does ign have a Halo love affair. You obviously dont know how to read and are too saturated in your dizzle rap bullshit and too stupid to understand. When i get a hard on i know what to do with it, unlike you. Now, shut your little mouth and go play DJ Hero or something.
Ahasverus  +   1955d ago
This is the most IGA-based review ever


The game has a 89 360 Metascore and 86 in PS3... THAT's A LOT!! =D
AEtherbane  +   1955d ago
Not here.
ironcreed  +   1955d ago
How odd, the review was extremely positive for the most part. Sounds like he only hated it because it was too long, had too many puzzles and had varied and beautiful environments instead of being stuck inside a castle for the entire game.

Just speaking for myself here, I am kind of tired of being stuck in a castle and playing in 2-D. If he thinks this combat gets repetitive, then what the hell is the archaic gameplay of the old games?

This guy reviewed the game with nostalgia goggles on, as the only complaint that he had was that it is not like the old games. I guess that is going to be either good or bad, depending on your perspective, but I am firmly in the glad camp.

Can't stay in the past forever and I embrace the changes this game brings. Top notch production value, beautiful and varied environments, proven gameplay formulas, and a giant, value packed campaign with an epic new tale. Whatever, to each their own.
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Omega Zues  +   1955d ago
IGN, clearly doesnt get it.
"throws away everything you expect in a Castlevania".

Daemon Hatfield fails again.
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