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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a reboot of the famous Castlevania series. The game features the series' trademark gothic aesthetic and dark music.


Unlike most of its predecessors, Lords of Shadow does not feature Dracula as its main antagonist. The game is set before the Dracula's known lifetime, in 1047. The Earth is cursed by the evil Lords of Shadow so that the souls of the dead cannot leave Earth and reach Heaven. As a result, their bodies become undead monsters and invade the human settlements.

The main protagonist is Gabriel Belmont, a knight from the Brotherhood of Light and an ancestor to the numerous Belmonts from other Castlevanias. His wife was killed by a monster, and now her soul is trapped in Limbo. Gabriel sets off on a quest to lift the curse and revive his wife. He has to defeat the Lords of Shadow to gather the shards of the magical God Mask.


The player controls the character using the third person view in a 3D environment. Following Castlevania traditions, Gabriel uses a whip (named Combat Cross here) as his primary weapon. He can use the whip to climb or to move certain objects. He will also obtain secondary weapons, such as holy water. The player can combine the use of various weapons to perform combo movements. As the player progresses, he or she can unlock more combos and upgrade the Combat Cross.

Edition features

This edition includes the downloadable expansions Reverie and Resurrection and allows to play the game on MS Windows.

Release date
Kojima Productions
MercurySteam - Climax Studios
MercurySteam Entertainment
Age rating
17+ Mature

System requirements for PC

  • OS:Windows XP – Service Pack 3
  • Processor:2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory:1 GB RAM
  • Graphics:Direct X9 compatible video card 512Mb Ram
  • DirectX®:9.0
  • Hard Drive:15 GB HD space
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
  • Additional:Keyboard or Xinput compatible Joypad for control
  • OS:Windows 7 or higher
  • Processor:Quad Core CPU
  • Memory:2 GB RAM
  • Graphics:Direct X11 compatible video card with 1024Mb Ram
  • DirectX®:11
  • Hard Drive:15 GB HD space
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
  • Additional:Keyboard or Xinput compatible Joypad for control
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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
And Castlevania works in 3d! Castlevania began as an ingenious 2d Platformer on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986. Many more 2d Platformers followed systems from Nintendo, Sega and Sony until 1999 on the n64 they tried to port Castlevania in 3d. Many well-known Video Game Characters had to leave gameplay technically Feathers during this Attempt-even a certain blue Hedgehog can sing a Song about it. And so the 3d Castlevanias slipped qualitatively on the n64. When the Spanish Studio Mercury Steam developed another Castlevania in 3d for Konami in 2010, many Fans were certainly quite sceptical-but This Skepticism was unfounded: Sure: With the 2D-plate's runs of earlier Times, this Game only has the Name and Setting Common. But a terrific Action Adventure Has come out for this: Lords of Shadow is gorgeous-and Showesome. When Gabriel Belmont steps out of the gloomy, rainy night into the Light, and the Water peels off on the Cape and Crucifix, I marvel again and again how visually impressive this now already older Game still is today. The Interaction with the World is strongly limited, but the Environment is incredibly Detailed For this: Whether in front of moisturizing forest, dark Walls or icy Lakes: The World that Gabriel Belmont travels lets you stop again and again and Stop. Over the Course of his Journey, we repeatedly encounter fascinating Characters and chilling, imaginatively crafted creatures that stand in The Vampire hunter's Way. This has to be eliminated in Melee with Crucifix and clever Dodge. Some of the Boss opponents are so big that they have to be climbed-Kratos Salutes. The Combat System is quite simple, because it is based on a few Attacks and the ubiquitous Dodge-but it serves its Purpose here. I haven't finished My Journey through the Vampire attempted world of Belmont-but if it continues as well as it started, be it recommended to any budding Vampire hunter!
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I'm very divided as far as this Game is concerned. Basically, I can't get anything away from this Style of play/Genre, but I have been tempted to buy it as Part of the Steam Offer. The Game itself begins with an interesting, if superficial, story. Presumably Castlevania fans know more to do with it than I do. You will be very well introduced to the game itself thanks to the Tutorial-it can be controlled excellently with the X-Box 360 Controller. Graphic Effects are respectable and delight the Eye, but the Sound starts to get annoying at some point. The pseudo "Erschreck" moments seem badly artificial and otherwise you only ever hear the stupid "skin-blasting sound." I Was most annoyed by the "finishing move," which one Triggers in opponents with the right Shoulder Button-with this one should plague the Opponent at the Mausoleum. Although it worked so halfway with other Opponents, the Timing of this one didn't work out at all. Due to the Strength and Area Damage of the Opponent, one rarely gets to enjoy being able to "finise" more than 3 Times (if it fails, he wins new hitpoints and you lose them). After reloading from the same checkpoint three times, the Lust passed away to me and I finished the Game. Sometimes Hand on the Heart, dead than dead you can't beat an Opponent. If the finishing move were at least optional to be able to turn it off "before" its hit Points expire, now good. Okay, would be fair. But so it's just frustrating. And frustrated Players make a big Arc for Follow-up titles. As a Game Designer, you should always take something into account. But even with Tomb Raider it became clear that I AM NOT a Friend Of so-called "Quick time events" and they rather cloud my Fun of the Game. I say it yes: My Genre is not, others may get on with it better and rejoice in it. For just under 7 EUROS you don't do much wrong, but again I wouldn't buy it. ^^ I actually lack a "NEW" INDICATION as to whether the Game would be recommended. I can't Recommend it. But don't advise against that either-it's just a Lot of Taste.
Liked this game for the interesting story and great aesthetic: art and plot combined give a feeling of epicness. For me this game was quite difficult on normal and I switched to easy, but that's only because I suck in this genre.
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