GameDynamo - "I never had a problem with the original Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Despite all the hate it got from "long time players of the series" I thought it was rather enjoyable. For years (note, I’ve been playing the Castlevania franchise since the first NES release), very few times did we get to leave the confines of Dracula’s castle and explore his world (there were only a few exceptions of this, and most games that begin outside, end up with a long slough through the castle in later levels). Lords of Shadow threw us into a sprawling swords and sorcery adventure, and while it might have borrowed gameplay elements from other games (God of War / Shadow of Colossus), I thought it was an insanely challenging piece of work only now being appreciated. With this said, you can see how excited I was for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2."