A.V. Club writes: "Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow isn’t a Castlevania game. The series is traditionally a 2-D side-scroller, and while previous attempts to create 3-D Castlevania games have been failures, they’ve also been recognizable as series installments. This one isn’t. That’s no small point, because Metroid Prime, for example, managed to successfully drag a similar 2-D game into 3-D territory with recognizable characteristics intact. At best, Lords Of Shadow is a passable God Of War clone (think flashy attack moves and lots of rolling around to dodge during combat), but it doesn’t make a case for a new direction for the long-running Castlevania series."