One Hit Pixel: "Not everyone liked MercurySteam’s revival of the Castlevania franchise. Such decriers are largely those who felt that the in-house development studio at Konami led by Igarashi were perfectly fine without the need for a reboot. The series has gone from many different genres, with its most famous incarnation being the Metroidvania style. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was mainly criticised for being derivative of the immensely popular games God of War and Shadow of the Colossus, not really focusing on being unique in anything other than setting. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 marks the end of MercurySteam’s involvement with the series; but while the first was a flawed gem that divided a fan-base, the second game in the franchise has major issues that may unite them once more."