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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Another full-fledged installment in the legendary series of action games, developed by the Spanish developer Mercury Steam in cooperating with Konami - the creators of all the previous installments. The protagonist is called Gabriel and he is a member of the Brotherhood of Light. The organization fights evil forces, and Gabriel is given a mission to eliminate the titular Lords of Shadow. However, Gabriel has a personal goal to achieve as well, for he wishes to find and obtain a magical mask, the artifact required to bring his murdered wife back to life. In terms of mechanics, the game reshapes the standard platforming elements of the franchise to fit into the third-person action convention. The player traverses the game world on foot or on horseback, eliminating hordes of enemies encountered on the roads, and facing powerful, demanding bosses. The player makes use of several basic weapon types, including the token combat cross. The combat skills of the protagonist are improved as the game progresses.

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Microsoft Xbox 360
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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow | XBOX 360

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow release date for XBOX 360:

game language:
English

05 October 2010 | Worldwide

08 October 2010 | Europe PAL

05 October 2010 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 2 DVD
Game score 8.71 / 10 calculated out of 1047 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.4 / 10 calculated out of 676 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 3
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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow | PS3

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow release date for PS3:

game language:
English

05 October 2010 | Worldwide

08 October 2010 | Europe PAL

05 October 2010 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1-BD
Game score 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 979 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 7.8 / 10 calculated out of 492 players' votes.  

PC / Windows
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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow | PC

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow release date for PC:

game language:
English

27 August 2013 | Worldwide

27 August 2013 | Europe

27 August 2013 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.2 / 10 calculated out of 398 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.0 / 10 calculated out of 148 players' votes.  

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for Xbox 360 is another installment in a legendary franchise having its roots in the 80s. The specific atmosphere of the series was recreated by the Spanish Mercury Steam studio this time. Interestingly, the legendary Kojima Productions with its creator participated in production of the game. As a result, the players receive a dynamic third-person action game.

Plot

In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for Xbox 360, the protagonist is called Gabriel. He is both a dark-haired young guy and a member of the Brotherhood of Light - an organization fighting evil forces. The protagonist is entrusted with a task of eliminating the dark legions of the Lords of Shadow. He sets out for a long journey across the lands occupied by the dark forces. Also, he hopes to obtain a magical mask that would allow him to resurrect his murdered wife. In his dreams, she has been trying to transmit an important message to him.

Mechanics

The player is put in the shoes of Gabriel, who can travel both on foot and by horse. The world is full of large enemy groups and huge bosses. The protagonist makes use of several basic types of weapons, including the inherent combat cross mainly. Going through subsequent locations, the player develops the protagonist in terms of his combat skills, mainly enabling him with the abilities to create two magical auras (one healing and the second increasing the damage dealt) several toys.

In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for Xbox 360, Gabriel faces entire armies of monsters often associated with evil. Thus the player encounters werewolves, goblins, trolls or gigantic spiders. Interestingly, the protagonist is capable of taking control over certain creatures for a short period of time in order to take advantage of them in combat or to clear the way ahead. It has to be mentioned that the game features epic battles against titans, during which, the player climbs gigantic bosses resembling the classic Shadow of the Colossus in this aspect. The new Castlevania pays tribute to older installments, for it features numerous platform sections requiring the player to climb, jump and solve puzzles.

Technical aspects

In terms of the visuals, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for Xbox 360 is a very impressive game, for it features a variety of dynamically changing, amazing landscapes. Although the potential of the game engine was taken advantage of to the fullest, the animation fluency is often reduced. When it comes to the audio, it is worth noticing that voice acting was delivered by popular actors and actresses. Among them, one can find Patrick Stewart, Robert Carlyle, Jason Isaacs or Natasha McElhone.