I got my grubby mitts on Konami’s new Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 today. And bonus, I played as Dracula, the ol’ bloodsucker himself.
The demo starts with Dracula sitting on his throne. He’s wearing a really elaborate outfit consisting of a lot of flowing fabric and a rather impractical belt buckle that covers so much of his midriff that I wonder how he is able to bend at the waist. He’s clearly super bored just sitting there being angsty and drinking blood from a golden goblet. If only someone would attack his castle and give him something to kill. Luckily, a bunch of knights bust down his door and the battle is on.
This is typical hack and slash stuff. Press A to jump, X to attack, Y for an area effect, right trigger to block and use the sticks to dodge. You can also press the left button to equip a sword that steals your enemy’s energy and the right button to don claws to break through shields. Using a combination of these weapons and moves is key to dealing as much death as possible, but the end result is still just a lot of button mashing.
After killing the knights, the demo requires you to traverse a big hole in the floor by climbing up the walls. The game really seems to hold your hand during these platforming moments. It’s not particularly fast or challenging – it’s more like you’re just guiding Dracula on rails from point A to point B by pressing the stick in different directions. If you aren’t sure where to go, press the Left trigger to highlight the path to take.
Once outside, Dracula must take down a humongous mechanical Titan. You jump and climb your way up the Titan while battling more Knights and a cool-looking winged boss, Camera issues will never go away, it seems, but there were few during the demo I played. Eventually, Dracula pulls the Titan’s head off and then vomits blood all over the glowing power supply, causing the mechanical creature to crumble. I know – I didn’t get it either.
If you’re a Castlevania fan or you just really dig hack-and-slash gameplay, then Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 looks like it will offer more of what you love. Look for the game this Winter on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC/Steam