Retro Gaming 10’s- Castlevania: Lords of the Shadow 2: (2014)

Everyone knows that 2014 was not the best year of the 10’s decade as it related to video game releases with titles like Castlevania: Lords of the Shadow 2 being a prime example of why. Castlevania: Lords of the Shadow was the highly anticipated sequel of the Lords of the Shadow one which came out back in 2010. For those who do not know Castelvania: Lords of the Shadow 2 was one of the last major installments within the entire series and since its release in ’14 the series has seemingly been dead. Castlevania: Lords of the Shadow was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and for whatever reason was never ported to the PS4 or Xbox One. In the eyes of many Lords of the Shadow 2 has an underwhelming plot as players controlled Gabriel Belmont aka Dracula who was the main character. One of the strongest positives about Castlevania: Lords of the Shadows 2 was its visuals along with the open world environment that the game presented. The visuals for Lords of the Shadows was decent by PS3/Xbox 360 standards and the boss battles were intriguing. The main villain of the game was Satan and involves players discovering that a group of scientists were engaging in biological warfare with humanity by creating a deadly disease that turns people into monsters.

Despite, not being the best story within the Castlevania series Lords of the Shadow 2 somewhat foreshadowed the COVID-19 pandemic that started back in 2020; which was kinda cool in hindsight. Castlevania: Lords of the Shadow was set in both medieval and modern worlds as players fought off supernatural creatures throughout the game. While PS3/ Xbox 360 versions of Lords of the Shadow 2 ran at 30fps most people were better off getting PC port that had 60fps. Its been almost a decade since Castlevania: Lords of the Shadow 2 came out and some people are shocked that the game was never remastered for the PS4/Xbox One. But than again the Castlevania series arguably peaked back in the 80’s & 90’s. While the early 00’s had some underrated gems for Game Boy Advance such as Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (2001) and Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (2003) the series lost its appeal overtime as Konami constantly have to draw attention to classics from the NES era. The Castlevania Netflix series is probably only thing right now that helps the franchise maintain its relevancy today; and there is no question that the stories from original Castlevania trilogy are way more interesting that the two Lords of the Shadows video games. Konami would probably be better off remastering old Castlevania classics like Symphony of the Night from ’97 opposed to making a Lords of the Shadow 3 in the future.

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