Lords of Shadow is one of the best games of the year, but its technical faults hamper the experience. Normal difficulty should be expectedly normal. Cameras should not cause Gabriel to run into invisible walls. Frames shouldn't stutter during cinematics. However, its amazing story, combat, and spirit of Castlevania holds up. And if you stick around for the credits (and beyond), you will see where they might go with the franchise. If so, let's hope that these few nagging issues are fixed by Mercury Steam's next Castlevania outing.