Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (first few levels)

James / November 17th, 2010

By popular request. My first impression of the new Castlevania game.


  • Butch Bitch

    November 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Uh, James….there’s no video. I just thought I’d let you know.

  • drake41

    November 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    yeah Were is the video

  • thunderman

    November 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    first to see it!!!

  • Bloodletskeleton

    November 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Platinumed that bitch(PS3 version). Epilogue was very surprising.

  • Gonzalo_vm

    November 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    this game is a clone to the god of war it got nothing of the old casttlevania games to me

  • November 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I was thinking you were going to review the recent 2D linear castlevania on the Wii. My friend has it and it plays just like the originals. Still can only whip horizontal.

  • slyrocoth

    November 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    just like gonzalo said:
    it reminds me a hell of alot of god of war. from the annoying puzzles, to the “press-that-button-right-now-or-youll-regret-it” to the restricted environment. doesn’t mean g.o.w is a bad game. doesn’t mean the new castlevania is, but for fucks sake why don’t they get rid of these flaws…

  • ranto1

    November 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Weird to hear you talk about newer games lol. I didn’t pick this one up myself.. the God of War formula can get tiresome and the “quick time events” in boss battles are always annoying.

    Would be interesting to see you talk about some other newer games if u ever get the time, you have nice different perspective to them =)

  • November 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Glad to see you momentarily ditched the retro!

  • Doresh

    November 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I HATE these stupid quick-time bosses! I already drained their health. What more do you want, game?!

    But what really hate about this game are the poor-man’s “Shadow of the Colossus”-bosses (an AMAZING game, James). Do you have no shame, Capcom?

  • horth

    November 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    woah fairy tits!

  • Chance Fabuloso

    November 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    James ends the video saying he felt the early puzzles and boss battles were tiresome. In the middle of the video, he says that he finds the normal fights to be repetitive. Basically guys, he finds the game aesthetically pleasing but something like a chore, and I would agree.

  • November 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Cool game but my favorite is still Symphony of the Night!

  • romein138

    November 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    SOTC boss battle ripoff.

  • Butch Bitch

    November 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks for fixing that! As you said, the graphics and the scenery look great, but overall, i’m not really interested in playing it. But I think the sword moves are pretty sweet!

  • Crowbar

    November 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Nice little video there, I’m always interested in your thoughts about never video games. And yeah, I too hate these puzzle shit. Of course, variety is a good thing, but if I want to play a puzzle game, I play a fucking puzzle game.

  • Worebit

    November 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Tired of God of War clone trolls…god of war is a devil may cry clone and so on ….bla bla bla….who cares as long its a good game ^^

    well castlevania lord of shadow is a fun game but the camera angle is annoying and the music is epic.

  • November 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    The ring puzzle reminds me of the puzzles in Assassin’s Creed 2 when you have to unlock the hidden truth segments from subject 16.

  • November 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm

  • November 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    to anyone who is calling this a god of war clone: god of war was a clone of zelda mashed together with Ico and streets of rage. quit calling it a clone, because its not. its just another typical sub-linear video game.

    as for not tying into the franchise, it does so at the VERY end of the game. even explains why the belmont’s have the curse to begin with. anyway, awesome review its nice to see something other than NES.

  • lordgodalming

    November 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Trust me, dude, you WANT that update. That’s the one that keeps your save file from corrupting…like mine did during the final boss and I had to start over.

    Anyway, I love the original series, and I thought this game tied in nicely with it. Thanks for giving it a preview. Also, I do hope sometime you can mention the PS3 without slagging it off. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • 19Szabolcs91

    November 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    It’s too bad you only played the first chapter. Because once you get to around chapter 4 it REALLY picks up in every possible way: Variety, in-depht combat, fun bosses, fun puzzles, and classic Castlevania atmosphere.

    To tell you the truth I hated the ice titan boss (and the other titan too that you fight in chapter 2). I have no idea why they decided to put these 2 bosses at such early parts of the game, they discourage players…

    Anyway, I really recommend you give it another chance because I was initially disappointed by it too, but in the end it became one of my favorite games in the whole franchise.

    And yeah, you suck ass at the game ๐Ÿ˜› That ring puzzle is really easy too, but whatever.

    I hope you read this comment, and you continue playing it sometime.

  • Hikedax

    November 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I tought i was the only one who found this game similar to god of war…

  • Lozzo

    November 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    American Dad forever changed my view of Patrick Stewart’s voice. I’ll never be able to hear it and take him serious

  • November 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Oh come on don’t start with God of War. Lament of Innocence came 2 years before the first GoW and had similar gameplay. And Im sure there was another game before that.

    On Lords of Shadow now. James, and everyone else, the game gets better as you play it. Its a slow starter thats for sure. The light and shadow magic system and the subweapons make the game really interesting, although I wished they had more of the classic subweaps. Also the plot later on gets really interesting.

    I love the Castlevania series and at first I was a litte dissappointed because LoS sure is different. But after playing it a little more I started to get the same feeling I had when I played the original series.
    Metroidvania fans will sure be dissappointed as there are really few reasons to go back to older areas and most of the time it will be optional and not that important.

    Lords of Shadow is a very well made game from a small european company that apparently loved what they where doing. In the end its a Castlevania reboot, and if you keep that in mind and face the game with an open mind you’ll enjoy it.

    It certainly deserves the title Castlevania in my opinion even if its not screaming it.

    ps. The plot in this one is really good. The post-credits video its simply CRAZY! ๐Ÿ˜›

    ps2. sorry for my mistakes. English is not my mother tongue plus its late at night and Im sleepy ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Senter

    November 17, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    It’s nice to see you play some of the newer games and give your opinion on it. I personally don’t own any of the next gen consoles. Being 23 I might have become too old for them and I stick to the PS1 & PS2 era. Just likes the NES, SNES and all the other consoles, there’s tons of games still out there to be played.

    What my initial thought was when you climbed on the giant boss: Shadow of The Collosus. It’s the exact same thing. In Shadow of the Collosus, you had to kill all the collosus/giants by certain techniques. Often finding their weak point and then almost always climbing onto their back, destroying their weak points and killing them. In SOTC you had to hold a button to keep hanging on to them as well. I think it would’ve been cooler if you could run and dash even if the boss was moving, like in Kingdom Hearts. This feels too much like a stolen idea.

    Either way, nice review!

  • cyberdethx

    November 17, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    It’s awesome to see James review a newer game! It sux he’s too busy to really go in depth, like an AVGN episode. I’m familiar with this game, it has a great ending that makes it all worth while. I would enjoy hearing what James had to say about it (the ending).

    It would be AMAZING to see an AVGN series on newer games all set to the hardest difficulty. Like Ninja Gaiden’s newest games – talk about infuriating!!!!

    Thanks for the entertainment Cinemassacre!

  • avgnfan96

    November 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    im glad you like playing ps3 games now and that you did this review for the fans

    everyone deserves a break now and again, you know?

    it seems like theres a new video on here EVERY DAY lol

  • u90

    November 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I was realy looking forward that you was going to make a review for this game. Just wanted to know your opinion for this game. For me this game was awesome.
    But James continue this gameplay and you will like this game with different enemies and good story line with great cut scenes.
    And you will be surprized with the end of the game, its worth it trust me

  • MadChemist

    November 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Hehey this game is so the exact same thing as the God of War series!

  • November 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    That second boss battle seemed A LOT like ‘Shadow of The Colossus’…

  • MadChemist

    November 17, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    that too

  • Mizfit

    November 17, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    a very nice review indeed, i myself found the game to be a bit repetative and the puzzles really pissed me off in parts as well…wasa bit of a letdown and didn’t live up to the castevanias of old, but then, none of them have for like 15 years so why would they start now?

  • November 17, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Well i just need to express my anger somewhere, might as well do it here?

    This game blows :(.
    As you said well it has nothing to do with castlevania, but then again, why the f’ck did they use the name. To sell the crap of course, but i dont see how that is fair.
    Also, without spoiling story, it tries to be castlevania later on, but fails.

    The story in itself is voiced by great actors, but they dont say anything. And all the stupid story is just boring and it makes for a long game that should be shorter.

    The gamplay is like you showed only more. And the big boss, well you will play some more of them, just the same.

    And the game only gets crappier the longer you play. But hey, that’s just me i guess. I kinde like som games in the genre, but this one just blew my mind in how badly you can fail with a failproof concept. like 1-2 more years and a bit of castlevania in this castlevania would have done something good for it.

    I think i will go bask in the light of the great title Enslaved instead ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • MaverickReploid

    November 17, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Good first impression James. To be honest, that was my first impression of the game as well… that it was good but not Castlevania. As a fellow gamer… I am just gonna say, push on. I have beaten the game, and once you get past like the first like 4 hours or so, it really picks up and never lets loose. There are plenty of Castlevania references and really gives you a fresh look at old concepts from past games. It is a really sweet game and worthy of the Castlevania namesake…. but the first 4 hours are really slow. Anywho, that is just my opinion. I hope you get to experience the full game some day and keep up the great work. Thanks for bringing smiles to me by destroying those horrible games of my past. ^_^

  • November 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Awesome vid, I’m glad you took the time to show gameplay and do a voice-over rather than just text. I’m happy, I’m sure the fans are happy, and I’m glad you enjoyed the game…at least parts of it so far.

  • November 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    You are like me, James. We come from the same generation and grew up with the classics in video games. I don’t much care for newer games myself, not cause I suck at them or anything like that, but because they give me nasty friggin’ headaches. Last new game system I bought was the XBOX and it broke last year. I don’t plan to get it replaced or by an
    XBOX 360 because the fact is I prefer the cartridge era and I honestly feel that’s when video games truly ended. Most of these modern games are more like interactive movies where you control the characters in the film. Thanks for reviewing the new Castlevania game, James. I agree, it doesn’t look like Castlevania to me either.

  • angelspawn77

    November 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    nice first impression, seems like a pretty cool game. It seems like it has elements from other great games. The cameras that arent movable are God of War like and so is the combat and battles. What I noticed as well though is when you described having to climb the second boss and it tries to shake you off, that is straight out of Shadow of the Colossus(a fantastic game). That’s all part of the challenge, its meant to be tough because in real life if you climb a monster, you bet your ass its gonna try to shake you off and its gonna be tough to hold on. I definitely want to play this game, but I’ll wait for a price drop.

  • Aztec

    November 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I wished you played a little more of the game before posting this video since the game really picks up as you go deeper into the game. It also seemed like you were nickpicking a lot; it was a 16MB patch that took less than 20 seconds to download and install, after all and it is there to make the game better/repair bugs.

    Also, this game is supposed to be adressed to people like you, James. People that think Super Castlevania IV is the best CV game rather than Symphony of the Night. Lords of Shadow does have a bigass castle later on but it does contain levels outside a Castle… just like you said you like them ebtter in your Castlevania marathon.

    Also, there’s no shame in playing it on easy! But please give this game a try, its outstanding. Just remember to dodge a LOT (L2 buttong + analog stick). It gets more and more Castlevania-esque as you move on. You’ll get to use Holy waters, listen to some Super Castlevania IV tunes, fight vampires, whip candles for subweapons and so on.

    Also the ending is absolutely brilliant! And you, being the horror film nut you are, are you to love it. If you dare to give it a fair chance.

  • November 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    You probably get this way too much but, If you really want to review a good PS3 game, do Killzone 2, I would recommend playing the first one before you start it but it’s not nearly as good of a game in my opinion, the game is pretty short but it makes up for the amazing eye candy and good gameplay.

  • Aztec

    November 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I forgot to mention that the game lets you skip any puzzle by clicking select when the scroll that contains the hint on how to solve said puzzle is flashing. So if you encoutner another puzzle you dont like you can just skip it!

  • Aztec

    November 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Damn, my first comment is filled with typos. My apologies.

  • November 17, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    The puzzlke part reminds me od The Onimusha Saga.. >//< jajaja

  • GrimMasterDeath

    November 17, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Hey James I picked this up the day it was released and had it finished 100% in about a month ( total slacking ) Anyway I personally loved it even though it doesn’t seem much like a castlevania game until the very end after the credits. The end is a total shocker and if your a fan I think you will find it amusing. It plays more like god of war but I am a big god of war fan to so liked it a lot. Anyway hope you do get time to play through it.

  • Gryz34

    November 17, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    We can be horrible at new games together James! reminds me of a mix of devil may cry and god of war chain whipping, not that its bad but i wish they would have implemented more style to make it its own game.

    I’d like to see you do a video where you go to an arcade place and see the arcade games you enjoy playing.

  • November 17, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    The beginning is kind of annoying but as you go it gets better…but the game wasnt GREAT. I gave it a quick play through and enjoyed it, but after that I sold it….and as a huge castlevania fan and a guy who usually hangs onto all of his games, its a rarity for me to get rid of one. I just figured I’d never play it again, and it wasnt great like the side scrollers, so after playing it, I was done with it forever.

    Your review is pretty much exactly how I felt during those stages. The boss battle where the dude keeps shaking is annoying as hell, especially that first time you do it. It took me forever. Get used to it though because quite a few other bosses have the same technique needed to be them.

    Once you power up, it starts to become more enjoyable and the story is pretty cool at times. The ending was kind of quick and confusing for everything I had gone through, and the scene after the credits was pretty cool, especially if you think of a sequel based on that final sequence, but I dunno….I like the “Metroidvania” type games a lot and was hoping this would have elements from those and it didnt. It was a decent reboot of the series, but I felt like it was missing “something” and I hope that if they stick with this style, they figure out what that “something” was and add it.


  • brainofjtd

    November 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    lol @ the guy who said 23 is “too old” for modern games.

    You know the average age of players today is around 30 right?

    Unless you’re like Rolfe and you just don’t play video games any more and stick to something else you really love. (Rolfe’s case would be filmmaking)

  • nammm3

    November 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    great review! You do new videogame reviews better than most ‘new videogame review’ critics:-)

  • sanojjonas

    November 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    man, love your reviews…
    don’t matter if they ar angy video game nerd, or just calm james voice nerd…. is just interesting hearing you talk about games… keep up the good work..

  • November 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Great Review, Good To See You Doing a New Game, It would be great if you could do a Review of Alan Wake for the Xbox 360, if you have time, arguably one of the most underrated games of the year, just because it didnt sell more than a million copies doesnt mean it isnt a great game, hell they spent 4 years on it, plus the DLC makes it even better. Dont Know if you have an Xbox 360 or not but it would be kool to hear your opinion on it. Also Resident Evil 5 lol.

  • Bick Benedict

    November 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Wow, I wasn’t expecting to see this. You can tell James barely scratched the surface of this game; he didn’t even get to the second chapter. Yeah, it’s true that this might be Castlevania in name only, but it’s still a beautiful and great game. The puzzle sequences are pretty lame, and there’s a bunch more later on. You can read the hint scrolls at the loss of experience points, and the scrolls give you the answer if you’re willing to sacrifice experience points. At least the designers give you the option if you don’t want to do those stupid riddles.

  • Edsabre

    November 17, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks for doing this! It’s cool to see your impressions since you’ve obviously a big fan of the older titles. As someone who played the game through multiple times, I can tell you that it only gets better, especially when you get to the vampire castle. While there’s not hearts to collect or meat inside walls, I still get a castlevania feel from it and I love being able to fight all these mythical creatures using a chain whip thats attached to a cross. Hope you get a chance to finish it!

  • Bick Benedict

    November 17, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Watch me kick the ice titan’s ass:

  • November 17, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Good review. I was wondering if you could do a review on super contra. I would like to hear your thoughts on it if you have it.

  • RGSagastume

    November 17, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    I’m sure you’ve gotten this request before. but i really want to hear your thoughts on the back to the future game, when it comes out. i recently bought the trilogy and am loving them again. when i heard of the game i instantly thought of your ghost busters review of the new game. well just throwing that out there.

  • November 17, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    This game to me was a dissappointment, all it is, is God of War 3 with CastleVania characters and the name CastleVania……its a god od war rip off…..the CV franchise is too old and to respected to do something like that. It be like making a game called Dantes Inferno and making it play exactly like GOW 3…..oh wait, they did.


  • SpeedyEric

    November 18, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I’m okay with the downloading on my PS3 which I got a year ago this week, mostly because mine isn’t connected to the internet.

    Lords of Shadow looks more cool than the other 3D Castlevania games, mainly because the characters don’t look like they’re from a manga or anime.

    1:04- You’re not alone, James. I’m not a video game expert, and I also set the game to the easyest difficulty because I don’t want to be defeated too often, get p!$$ed off, and throw my console out the window.

    Patrick Stewart? Awesome choice, Konami. B)

    2:52- A little different from the “Star Wars: The Force Unleased” games.

    Awesome video, James. Looking forward to your AVGN Christmas episode of this year.

  • November 18, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Good review. But I think you should play a little longer if you have time. It’s a great game.

  • November 18, 2010 at 12:21 am

    The end will make you want to rip your hair out.

  • November 18, 2010 at 12:32 am

    And also it doesn’t remind you of Castlevania much because it’s a God of War clone.

  • jobowyer

    November 18, 2010 at 1:08 am

    As someone who has played and beaten the game, I have to put in my two cents.

    quick backstory, I am beyond reason fan of this series. Despite never beating cv1 (sorry, death is too hard), the majority of the series is something I play religiously. CV2 was my favorite game growing up, Super CV4 I literally held a cassette recorder up to the speakers on my tv to record the sound track. I have been symphony a million times, own it on the original PS (not the greatest hits!) and on the remake of rondo of blood. I have the japanese release poster of Lament of Innocence, farmed every single weapon and familiar in Curse of Darkness, leveled up Soma to 99 in BOTH aria and dawn of sorrow, and well… played CV 64 and managed to make it through it without throwing up =)

    I have read nearly every interview IGA has done, used a scan of his business card from a few E3s ago as my facebook profile pic. I BOUGHT A WHIP WHEN I WAS A KID AND PLAYED AS SIMON BELMONT IN MY PARENTS GARDEN KILLING SPIDERS.

    What all of this is getting to is simply; lords of shadows is where this series needs to go. It is stronger for going here, and it is handled in such a way that I feel the same passion for the series I felt when I put symphony in for the first time. This game is what it is BECAUSE of all the previous titles despite the fact that it throws out much of those titles; gameplay and story.

    The music is tremendous and Gabriel’s animations are hit for hit just as compelling as alucard’s. I challenge ANYONE to prove to me that the plot that runs through this game is not compelling. Either you are preset to be disappointed or you have a rose tinted view of the other CV games.

    I would petition anyone, including James, who feels the game is too difficult, too much a God of War clone (ah… have you played the last half dozen CV games.. they are clones OF THEMSELVES), to at LEAST watch the cutscenes. there is a guy posting them slowly onto youtube and a few of us are pestering him to finish it up. His name is JagrDemonBis , or you can do a search for lords of shadows all cinematics. also watch the screwattack CV retrospective.

    For any series to go past a decade it has to evolve, it has to change. that very thing happened with symphony. I love those games, and I am sure without a doubt that the next one IGA puts out I will buy whatever collector’s edition (portrait of ruin’s was awesome!) Konami sees fit to produce. But Lords of Shadows is a necessary and I truly feel exciting step for the series. In order to make sure that the series keeps the fanbase the previous set of fans has to at least give it a try and simply not dismiss it as a clone or “not canon”. Castlevania IS in this game and you DON’T have to look deeply at all; you have to let go of the Vampire Killer theme song, let go of Lament’s defintion of Dracula. Once you do that you will see a holy knight with a whip killing vampires and shades and werewolves with a level of platforming that stands toe to toe with any other CV game.

  • ThatGuy

    November 18, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Since were at this point again i would like to request
    ”Alan Wake” for the 360
    wich i for a fact know you own
    For your own good, try it out.
    FYI: Psychological thriller game

  • Kickasjake

    November 18, 2010 at 1:19 am

    My only comment is it looks like another wannabe Devil May Cry, God of War, and all the other shitty repilicas that tried to follow there success

  • Bick Benedict

    November 18, 2010 at 1:22 am

    I agree with you. The direction this game went in was necessary. It really recalls to me the CV games on the N64. There’s a lot of platforming in this game, which I like. This game is just beautiful to look at–but it’s got depth too which makes it just an amazing epic game. I can’t wait for the sequel.

  • Popcorn Oracle

    November 18, 2010 at 1:27 am

    I have yet to play this one other than the rather painful demo, but if I was going to rec a recent Castlevania that felt a bit more like the old ones I would say Order of Ecclesia for DS. It’s got the SOTN/explorer ish aspects to the game, but the leveling up and ability to change your skills around doesn’t make the game ridiculously easy after a point. It’s pretty challenging most of the way and you spend a lot of time outside the castle. Well actually, I bet you played it, but a review would be interesting anyway.

    But yeah lords of shadow doesn’t hold much hope for me, considering how the game was presented as the Castlevania for the non-Castlevania fans, and the demo was rather… unfun/structured feeling. That timed button press crap is way too confining for my liking, can’t help but prefer to kill an enemy off my own way, not using some script that tells me how.

  • GoatMaster666

    November 18, 2010 at 1:31 am

    You know, I have an idea, lets make a game like Devil May Cry but have it deal with Greek mythology. Wait, that’s God Of War! I’m so fucking sick of hearing people say “they copied GOW” when the damn game isn’t original at all! Are they good games? Sure. But are they so original that any game remotely similar MUST have just copied it? FUCK NO! SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT GOD OF WAR AND GET OVER IT! If you want to just keep saying that this game copied that game, then why don’t we just say that any adventure game is just a copy of the Atari 2600 game Adventure, or any FPS is a copy of Wolfenstein 3D, or any platformer is a copy of Mario! If the game is enjoyable, then who cares how close it is to some other game, it’s not like their can be 5 billion different styles of games so not one game is anything like the next. It’s just like that Game Informer review of Clash Of The Titans that said it was just a God Of War copy. Even though it was a remake. I mean it had Athens and Hates in it, and God Of War was where they first appeared, right? It’s not like Athens is an actual city or Hades was worshiped in ancient times, no God Of War made those up so anything else dealing with them just took it from the game. It’s things like this that have made me refuse to play the 3rd one.

    And James, you’re fucking awesome, fuck everyone else just do what you feel like doing, ’cause that’s when it’s the best. Although a review of Chakan : The Forever Man for Genesis some without day is my request I suppose. If you’ve never played that, it’s a good game, just hard as fuck and completely ruined by the ridiculously hard final boss and worst ending ever if you somehow are ever able to defeat him without save states.

  • tenchibr

    November 18, 2010 at 1:56 am

    You know how Roger Ebert, even with his health problem, still reviews movies to this day? That’s passion right there, and I believe you share that same passion with him not only in movies, but also in games.

    This video is proof that you’re the kind of reviewer that today’s gaming industry lacks. I love the down-to-earth dialogue that you do in all of your unscripted videos. And the reason why I’m going on with this is because I hope that the day you retire the Nerd, you consider not retiring from the short videos; in or out of character.

    More specifically, if you could make reviews/first impressions like this one, that would be amazing, even if just as a hobby, once in a while, without any contracts.

    I have nothing wrong with most reviewers out there: I try to watch GT, IGN, 1UP, G4, Gamespot, and others; but I don’t know why, but they feel that because they are getting paid, they have to use smart words and write poetry into every review. I don’t care if you have an English degree, you know? Just tell me how the game made you feel. And that’s pretty much what you do, so thanks for this video.

    P.S.: Notice all the requests. You make an exception, and the people want more. Do yourself a favor, and try God of War III if you haven’t already. It sounds like you never played it, so if you did, you’d understand the clone criticisms (which you might already, but you didn’t mention it in the video so that’s why I said that).

  • angel85

    November 18, 2010 at 2:04 am

    This actually looks like something I’d like a lot, it reminds me of Price of Persia. Too bad I don’t have a PS3.

  • Gamer

    November 18, 2010 at 2:38 am

    All I see is a God of war rip off with while your wiping around with your weapons and the timing attacks in the boss sequences.

  • cgyldn

    November 18, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Thanks for review it, James! It’s a good game, I really like it.
    This is what i said 3D Castlevania. Much better then IGA’s, IGA fucking sucks, he shoule leave Castlevania away !

  • bamdad khan

    November 18, 2010 at 3:05 am

    i’d love to see you doing more of these if you have the time, james. it has a casual feeling that reminds me of the earliest nintendo nerd episodes, where you were just progressing in the game and commenting along.

    not to say that i don’t like your newer stuff, and i understand that you need time to make the avgn feature film and the other cinemassacre stuff.. i just like this ‘let’s play’-style, it’s like sitting in a room with a friend and watching him play..

  • Aztec

    November 18, 2010 at 3:08 am

    This game’s also on Xbox 360.

    Trust me, its great! It starts slow but it does get better and more Catlevania-esque as you go deeper. You want value for your money? This action game will take you 20 hours to beat and thats wbefore you backtrack to get the optional items you miss the first time.

  • Aztec

    November 18, 2010 at 3:14 am

    I can’t stress this enough: Castlevania Lords of Shadow is a game made for those who think Super Castlevania IV is the best CV game rather than Symphony of the Night.

    Its a more linear game, with a fantastic story (and mind blowing ending), that doesnt happen entirely inside a castle.

    And please stop with the GoW comparisons. Castlevania was inspired already before by horror movie clichรฉs and then by Metroid and jRPGs, why cruxify it now because its combat looks like God of War?

    Give it a try.

  • Ghostie

    November 18, 2010 at 4:19 am

    NO PS3 ,How were you sucked into that piece on monstrosity.

  • November 18, 2010 at 4:52 am

    I’m not a big Castlevania fan and I haven’t played Lords of Shadow yet but even I can tell that this game doesn’t look like a Castlevania game. It’s nice to see James playing a new game. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • pra.sza

    November 18, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Reminds me of God of War… You should give it a try, James. I mean if you like this, you gonna love GoW… less puzzles, more action, great scenes… and Id like to know your opinion

  • AnthonyDark

    November 18, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Lords of Shadow is awesome! If you read the scrolls you will see nods to the old series such as Cronqvist and Gandolfi. I agree it’s very different from other Castlevanias but there are Castlevania games of the past that are linear action games. I think the main thing that is missing is the old school Castlevania theme tunes but to be fair the music in Lords of Shadow is awesome in its own right. While I love the old timeline it has run its course and it’s hard to say for sure what is canon or not so i’m glad they’re rebooting the series as long as we still get some classic style Metroidvanias along the way!

  • Motorsagmannnen

    November 18, 2010 at 6:04 am

    hmmm i dont know if you played this…. but that big frozen boss was such a rip-off from “shadow of the colossus” one of the best games for the PS2. and almost without doubt the most beautiful.
    if you played it you know what i mean ;).
    but all in all this looks like a neat game, and i might get it.

  • purepsychopath

    November 18, 2010 at 6:04 am

    i was a bit confused why nerd was doing new game rview. but honestly i myself was kinda intreasted to see what he had to say about this game. and oddly enough its the same thing i was thinking. the game was a bit of a disapointment.

  • November 18, 2010 at 6:09 am

    That boss was stolen straight out of Shadow of the Collossus, the wheel puzzle from Assassins’s Creed 2 and the general combat and gameplay from God of War.
    Anyone remember when the Japanese actually made good, original games? Those were the days.

  • Bronson

    November 18, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Though the title says Castlevania, it’s definently everything but Castlevania. But it’s still a good action game, though it borrows alot from God of War.

  • Mantium

    November 18, 2010 at 6:24 am

    I’m a huge Castlevania fan and was looking forward to LOS since i saw the Teaser Trailer, im also playing through it right now, on chapter 5 i think, and my impression of it is, well i love it, its not exactly original in alot of its ideas, but to be honost, idk, Its a 3D Castlevania thats playable, which i think is good because, out of all my friends i am the only one that ever played Castlevania, they used to watch me on my Nes playing the first or on GBA etc, and now since LOS came out, most of them have looked back and wanting to play the old ones, (Forced one to play Aria of Sorrow which is my fav) So by acctully bring out a Good 3D castlevania on a major console does alot for the series as a whole, even if you dont like LOS you have to agree with that.

  • strint519

    November 18, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Haters gonna hate….game is pretty solid and the CV mythos is fully intact. It also has one of the coolest endings of all time!

  • Aztec

    November 18, 2010 at 6:49 am

    This guy’s review basically said it all. Very informative and entertaining as well:

    And like I said before. Lords of Shadow is more likely to be your cup of tea if you think Super Castlevania IV is the best game in the series rather than a Metroidvania like Symphony of the Night. Nonetheless its an excelent game any way you see it.

  • November 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

    James I’m saying this in the nicest way and I understand you more than likely have a very busy schedule, but my guess is that you don’t play too many newer games.

  • Spongeroberto

    November 18, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Seems actually like a pretty bad game to me.

    The graphics are awesome and the style is spot-on, yes, but it looks like a generic slasher.

    … and it has button timed events! The bane of video gaming in my opinion.

  • Lolli072

    November 18, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Wow! Interesting, thanks so much for showing, James. ๐Ÿ™‚

    But yeah I saw in a previous comment about someone mentioning God of War. The attacks look similar for sure, but GoW IS a wicked game! I haven’t PLAYED it… but i bought my husband the games and he played it and I watched… EVERY bit! It got so bad I would beg him to play just so I could watch!

    But yeah, hey I just wanted to say thanks for the videos and hours of entertainment. It really shows how much you work on your videos and whatnot and yeah, keep up the great work, and don’t let anything get you down. *Internet high five* ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Alfredin

    November 18, 2010 at 9:17 am

    This is the best Castlevania Game since Symphony of the night. And perhaps one of the GOTY. Incredible graphics and music, in my opinion quite better than gow3

  • MakaAlbarn

    November 18, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Well James, it sure was interesting finding your thoughts on this one… not really.

    To be honest, I’m a lot more interested on knowing your opinion on the old school Castlevania gamed for the Game Boy. Those that feel like NES games. I really would love to find out about what you think of those

  • November 18, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Shouldn’t there be a CASTLE in the CASTLEvania game ???

  • Doku

    November 18, 2010 at 9:53 am

    James I understand the point of this first impression. But I really believe you should play the game atleast halfway to chapter 7-8 to get the “Castlevania feeling”. The game starts slow and catches up alot later on, it introduces alot of gameplay, especially combat mechanics, and the game turns out incredible in my opinion. The story is very interesting and the ending blows your mind. So I’d be very interested to see a full review when you’ve finished the game James. It’s always nice to hear your thoughts, especially on the Castlevania series since you’re a big fan of it.

    For the people saying there isn’t any castles in Castlevania LoS:
    How funny. How about taking a second or two to make a small research about the game? There isn’t any castles? You spend atleast 3 CHAPTERS inside castles. Stop spewing out ignorant things if you havent played the game guys. It’s embarrassing.

  • M3n747

    November 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I played the demo version and boy, am I disappointed – it’s not “Castlevania”, it’s “God of War” in a fantasy setting. Perhaps the game picks up later on, but I just don’t care enough to play the full version.

  • Otaku4Life

    November 18, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I saw the Japanese trailer of this game a couple months ago at the Tokyo Game Show while on vacation in Japan. I didn’t get to play it yet (because of the long, long, LONG lines), but i was able to see the cast of the voice actors/actresses along with Hideo Kojima himself. If I had a coice, I’d rather play the Japanese version (it makes it a whole lot COOLER). Anyway, great review, James!

  • November 18, 2010 at 10:32 am

    @ Octo Seven
    Retard, you know it was made by a Spanish company named Mercury Steam, right? You could at least research before you leave your hater crap on here.

    Kojima just offered tiny bits of guidance and the company’s name for slapped on for value.

  • November 18, 2010 at 11:10 am

    This game seems to be a mix, God of War, and Shadow of the Colossus for the PS2, keeping right up there with other popular games and I would think they used the name to attract the adult gamers who played the originals so long ago

  • gdol

    November 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    this is like “What if Castlevania wanted to be God of War?”


  • Deamonican

    November 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Well, normally I fully agree with James, but on this one, that’s not true. Ofcourse, if you just played this part of the game, it seems true, but as you advance, it isn’t. I played the game and the whole game I wondered: How the hell is this referred to the original Casltevania Series? At the end, all is answered, but I won’t post it here. Spoiler case.

  • Bick Benedict

    November 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    There is a castle. A lot of the game is in the castle.

  • NicotineLL

    November 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    It’s a rip off Dante’s Inferno! Though Lords of Shadow of takes place in the normal world and Dante is in the Hell, both games look so much alike! In the beginning of the game Dante even gets the Grim Reaper scythe that looks a lot like Gabriel’s whip…

    Now who’s guilty EA or Konami…

    By the way, I played Dante’s Inferno on my PSP and it sucks. So definitely I’m not touching Castlevania: Lords of Shadow!

  • Rossdude

    November 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I have never left a comment before. Didn’t have any need to. And I saw the registration thing and I thought “Pssh, I’m not going to register!” But actually the process was a lot easier than other sites and quick. So props on that. But anyway, Castlevania. I loved Lords of Shadow. I know it took from other games and stuff but I genuinely had a fun time playing it. With Patrick Stewart doing the narrations in between levels I felt as if the tale were being told right there in the woods over a campfire. Odes that make sense. I wrote a huge review on it myself but don’t worry I’m not here to advertise myself or whatever. I just wanted to say that Lords of Shadow, though flawed, was really a great experience for me and although at first I didn’t have the same feelings for it as I did with Super Castlevania 4, by the end I was back to that happy place as if the ruined architecture and raw elementals of the terrain in the game were right in my room. SC4 is still my favorite, but this game was a nice break from the Mertroidvania anime games. Anyway, Love what you do here at Cinemassacre and keep it comin’.

  • patatafrita

    November 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Great Spanish programmerยดs game ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • November 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    This games is a combination of God of War, Prince of persia and Shadow of the Colossus

  • Calderyn

    November 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    The game is pretty nice, I pretty much enjoyed playin’ it. but to be honest, im not satisfied with the ending. not at all. it feels like you didn’t accomplish anything ๐Ÿ™

  • November 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Yeah, played some of this this in the store, PS3 version.
    My reaction was like the commercial to The Legend of Zelda for the NES.
    ‘Look at those graphics!’
    But, uh, yeah, can’t afford to own it sadly.
    That and Patrick Stewart.

  • pancakesp1der

    November 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    lol hey have you played Assasins creed 2? that bridge puzzle is just like this one part in it, it pissed me off so much lmao!

  • Squall85

    November 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I don’t think the system update is that often. I like the voice of the guy while spinning the whip, I’t like Alucard from SOTN. Is the fairy naked? The bigguy boss reminds me of The Shadow of the Colossus.

    Damn you, James! I bought Super Castlevania IV from the Wii Shopping Channel, I bought an NTSC version of Castlevania – Symphony of the Night f for Playstation (I’m in a PAL region, and that was a Black Label version, not a Greatest Hits edition) I bought 2 PS2 Castlevania games, both NTSC and finaly I bought Castlevania – NES Classic for the Gameboy Advance. Your big Castlevania marathon made me love the series! Curse you James, you made me spend a lot of money ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m sure I’ll buy this game as well.

    It’s sad that you don’t play games anymore ๐Ÿ™

  • November 18, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I think James is contractually obligated to say something bad about the ps3 everyone once in a while, but other then that, pretty good review. Ive only played a couple levels as well, and it seems……ok. Just ok. Maybe its going somewhere with this….but maybe not.

    (ive seen the ending. That was……ok. lol)

  • November 18, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    From what I’ve seen it looks like the game lifts God of War’s basic gameplay and smaller boss battles. The giant ice monster thing looked a lot like a Shadows of the Collossus boss. Seems like a decent game, but not really classic Castlevania.

  • Soulreaper

    November 18, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Iop, those installations suck balls. Hate it too.
    I haven’t got the chance to play the game, but i certainly will when it gets cheaper. But so far, i like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for your words on it, hope you ill do a full review on this game, if you have the time and nerves. Greetings from Luxembourg. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • TheSwitcher

    November 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Wow James, thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule just to take a request, we all really appreciate it!

    I’m near the mid-way point in Lords of Shadow, and I agree with you about most of what you said. But believe me when I say the game gets way, way better after the levels you spoke about. It’s basically non-stop platforming, fighting, and exploring, from that point on…especially when you get to the first main castle that’s being overrun with vampires.

    I too, felt it was a weird sequence of bosses/puzzles early on that you talked about, but after those levels, it settles into a great rhythm of combat and adventure.

    Just two things I needed to mention, I dunno if it’s in the PS3 version, but the 360 version lets you skip most of the puzzles in the game, by giving you hints to finish them, the cost though is that it takes away the potential XP you gain if you had finished it without the hint.

    Also, while the game lacks the hearts and candles of the older castlevanias, it does actually include lots of links and story connections to them. The first Lord of Shadow you fight is named Cornell, who was the werewolf in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness for the N64. Also, the guy who built the Combat Cross Gandolfi, I believe? He’s a character in one of the DS games, also the vampire woman Carmilla who’s also in a couple of other CV games is in this one too.

    Thanks again for doing this I really hope you have enough time to do a part II somewhere down the line!

  • November 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Good vid again and good thoughts put on about CV. Hopefully there will be time to get this game finished without getting bored or too annoyed by it! Perhaps sad to say but I found it somewhat amusing even that Hideo Kojima has left his “mark” on this game somewhere, it will be obvious if listening to the game but it will happen only once on one level. I found myself this one to be even nicely different, but a fair warning. These guys are apparently planning a second CV which might continue this, for that reason its perhaps good someway to finish the game… Or just spoil the plot from reading everything online. I know, I have done this few times with some games…

  • November 18, 2010 at 8:09 pm


    Yeah, I don’t think it feels like a Castlevania game, either. It’s okay, just not Castlevania. In other wards, nice try.

  • frostare

    November 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    As a fan of puzzles and boss battles, this actually got my interest, but I fear the monotony would kill the whole thing.
    Anyway… my favorite Castlevania is the one you mentioned: Dawn of Sorrow: At the time the DS was new and I loved the way the story of Aria of Sorrow kept going.

  • shellshocked30

    November 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    A few things to note. Originally the game was never supposed to be a Castlevania, mercury steam is a brand new company and Konami saw how the game looked and showed interest. So they teamed together so that mercury steam had some credibility now and konami gets a new Castlevania

  • HZG

    November 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Small brief for those who hate puzzles in the game. If you find those glowing soldier corpses during the map, some of them hold scrolls. Few give tips, some are just diary notes, and some hold direct keys to puzzles. Yep. Just open the scroll and it asks do you want the answer to puzzle. You lose the price of solving the puzzle without help, but get to continue faster.

    And those who think last video was “strange” and stuff, know that it is said that lords of shadow is a reboot for the franchise. If doesnt have to make sense chronologically.

    And tips for playthrough, USE BLOCK COUNTER. Hit max 3 times in row and then roll away. Activate light/shadow magic (depends on your health) immediately when counter combo can begin. Use tools, they make game a lot easier.,

  • Kenshiroh

    November 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    That first boss looks like Tokka from the second Ninja Turtles movie.

  • You Can Just Walk Over It

    November 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I was disappointed when this game was revealed to be honest. Hearing about a new Castlevania centered around 3D gameplay with high production values only sets the fans up for disappointment. Additionally I never felt the “dracula” or other horror staples of Castlevania to be present in previews/reviews for this game.

    To me 2D castlevania is the most optimal future. Ocarina of Time got the transition right, but sadly the N64 games just couldn’t convert the great side scrolling gameplay to 3D. Curse that magical nitro!

  • November 18, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Again people, THIS IS NOT A GOD OF WAR CLONE! Play the damn game before spouting your stupid nonsense.

  • Vidaluko

    November 19, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Is been confirmed that the Castlevania theme was added to this game when it was more tha 50% done, thatยดs why it does not feel like a Castlvania game at all, just the parts they mixed, still, people say is a good game, Iยดm gonna try it later, and I also hate the updates, more if you donยดt play the game in weeks, there is always a new patch, and that was 16MB, I have seen updates over 200MB or like 100 liitle updates (like Little Big Planet)

  • November 19, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Nice vid ^^
    I’d really like to hear/read your thoughts after you finished the game…..

  • AlucardsQuest

    November 19, 2010 at 2:14 am

    I’m completely on the fence about this one. I consider myself a huge Castlevania fan, but I do like that this is something different. On the other hand, there is a lot of GoW influence, (don’t kid yourself players, you know it to be true) I guess they couldn’t escape it. Either borrow from an engine that works or build one from scratch that may not work… tough choice. Lament of Innocence also borrowed a bit from DMC, but not nearly as much, (it’s sequel Curse of Darkness actually was the most original of the bunch being a flawed SotN in 3D).

    I bought Lords for the 360 and certainly the second disc feels more like Castlevania than the first, but that’s only after several dozen name drops. The puzzles are interesting but some of them seem quite difficult (especially that first one). The platforming can be fun, but again it doesn’t feel like Castlevania… more like Prince of Persia.

    I do think that everyone should try the game (more than the demo) but it becomes clear that the Castlevania influence is more cosmetic than anything. For instance the swamp level harkens back to those in Castlevania 2 and 3 with the hands coming out of the ground reminiscent of Super CV4. there are lots more nods, but it still feels tacked on with the Castlevania name.

    Something I should mention about Dawn of Sorrow btw (since he brought it up) is that until your stylus hits the screen, you have an infinite amount of time to draw those seals. The pressure should only exist for drawing the damn thing right once you start.

  • Armadaskier849

    November 19, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Frst of all, just let me say that holy crap this site is the best and easiest site to register to. Now, second of all, I was going to ask you are you team Xbox 360, PS3, or PC? I’m a PC gamer to the core. And I sure hope that they port this game to PC, but for now, I’m stuck playing it on my 360. Nonetheless, I still like the 360, I just hate the PS3. It SUCKS. ‘Nough said. So, pretty much, I was just asking what team you were on.

  • FuriousAngel

    November 19, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Hello, I played the demo the other day and since I havent played the earlier versions I cant say where it belongs on the Castlevania story, but game play isn’t that good, this from somebody that LOVES “GOD OF WAR”, I know it was a demo. it seemed allitled limited and didnt have the feel to play more. when the game gets less pricy I’ll buy it and play it. As for the star trek seens ……. YAWN!!! kind of like karioke but reading, a little animation would have been nice, but instead we have a sword at the bottom of the page getting bigger and bigger and bigger????

    Patrick Stewart and the ever growning sword. O.o

    As for the updates…. these games have bug and some of them need to be fixed because of ppl who use them to there advantage (Online) or messes up gameplay. I dont mined waiting a couple of minites to play, it gives me time to stack the snakes near the couch ^.^ and you dont have to update if you dont want to, if you are playing offline.

    LBP is probable the most awesome game ever made, not for AVGN to many puzzles :P, hence all the updates.

    Note: for the ppl who dont like updates dont ever install “Devil May Cry 4” on your system. ehehehe really dont.

  • Felipe1

    November 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    i knew it that you gone do it ty james

  • JamesSoprano

    November 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I Like how James comes on here to talk about a new game specially about the new Castlevania. I haven’t played it and i won’t be either

    but i don’t like him doing these reviews as well cause then the fanboys come out and attack other systems and this can lead to a fanboy war on these forums….. that is something WE DON’T NEED if i wanna see these comments I’ll go onto Gamespot or IGN or whatever website you can go to.

    i also wanna comment about the PS3 updates. The updates happen cause Devs go too either ADD new features too the game OR most times fix something in a game when released For Instance, the Castlevania game you reviewed was Plagued with a horrible bug, the Bug would delete your saved game file and make you start over ( not sure if you got more then one save if it happens for all or just one of them ) but it happened to a friend of mine who was alittle more then half way in the game on hardest difficulty so that’s a patch right their. so really it’s not the PS3’s fault it’s the developers of said game who go to fix things in update and such.

    I see you have Resistance Fall Of Man and i have that as well … i loved that game i hope you enjoyed playing it.

  • Mr. Films

    November 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I miss the old Castlevania games. The newer ones just don’t do it for me. Lords of Shadow reminds me of God of War, Dante’s Inferno, and Wolverine. Just not the Castlevania game I want to see. Further proof that beautiful graphics, epic music, and quality voice acting aren’t enough for a game to stand on it’s own. I’m looking forward to the day when Konami takes advantage of the power of current (or future) generation consoles and makes a super-beefed up 2D side scrolling Castlevania game (ala Super Mario Wii). It would be the ultimate nod to the originals and would have me slapping down some cash for it on release day.

    About the PS3 updating — yea, there’s alot of that. But, moreso the problems with new games on both the PS3 and 360 is that they are always plagued with bugs. Another reason why I prefer the old school games. I get so sick of getting hyped about a new game, going out and buying it, getting teased by playing it for a short while only to find there’s something horribly wrong with it. Newest case in point — NBA 2K11. Anyone familiar with the game knows about the My Player mode freeze, where essentially you spend hours (and hours) building your custom player only to have the game permanently freeze at a certain point forcing you to start over. 2K are catching HELL for this. But, nary a response has been given to anyone taking the time to write in or post on the forums. All we get is “a patch SHOULD be available late Nov or early Dec” — that was weeks ago. So, you’re forced to either keep wasting time playing a game doomed to fail, or you shelf it and get nothing for your money’s worth until they decide to throw out a patch.

    Ridiculous and I wish the government would step in with some new regulations forcing devs to actually test their games/consoles properly before releasing flawed products to the public.

  • MisterE

    November 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    My thoughts:
    Patrick Stewart’s voice was actually disappointing to me. He has a great voice and would seem that it would be perfect for a Castlevania game. I just don’t think the execution/presentation was there. It seems that there is mostly silence when he is reading the book, there should be like, epic mood music ya know? This is supposed to be CASTLEVANIA, after all. The music in CV games used to be amazing, and a big part of what was great and memorable about these games. To me, just having Stewart read a book is a boring and uncreative use of a recognizable voice such as his. Add in epic music and someone else commented that the voice thing seemed like a camp fire tale, well, why didn’t they do THAT? Actually show a dude reading a book at a campfire? SOMETHING. No, just a book and Patrick Stewart’s voice is supposedly = epic.
    2) Yeah the gameplay is partly lifted from GoW, but if you think about it, all GoW was, was a 3d brawler/beat-em-up, or rather one of the first that got it right in 3d. So it’s kind of funny now that every 3d beat-em-up will be called a GoW clone or compared to it, when GoW could be called a 3d Double Dragon or Final Fight, or etc. etc. etc. Yet, there is obviously a direct influence because I believe the button configuration is exactly identical to GoW’s. And yes, that one boss fight is obviously ripped straight from Shadow of the Collosus. No way someone on the developing team hadn’t played that game. As James says, as long as its a good game, then that’s mostly all that matters, but still it would have been nice to see someone FINALLY do a 3d CASTLEVANIA game. A game that when you look at it and play it, there is no doubt that this is a CV game, with minimal comparisons to any other game. If it actually went on to be the measuring stick for other games even… But, instead Konami is pre-occupied with making their millionth Metroid clone for portables and having some other company handle making the 3d titles. If someone did for Castlevania what Metroid Prime did for Metroid, but alas, it doesn’t seem it will ever happen. This game might be ok, but as James’ review lets on, it’s nothing great. CV games used to be great.
    Oh and one random comment, the N64 Castlevanias really weren’t THAT bad.

  • Kite

    November 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    For someone who’s famous for a video game show, you sure suck at video games.

  • Dirty Jared

    November 19, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    @kite the controller probably has too many buttons

  • November 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Guess what you missed a game if you want to get back to the old nintendo Castlevanias on xbox and PS3 a castlevania symphony of the night (i think) it your basic dose of vitamin C! (castlevania)

  • EvilDead159

    November 19, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    havent played it yet, but i do want it, it looks good, and from what i hear its not a pos like the other 3rd person castlevania games. but it would be nice if it had more castlevania feeling to it, then again it is set in a different univers then the other games, so that might be why its so different.

  • DawnOfRobby

    November 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    The game reminds me of the God Of War games more then anything,,, which isn’t quite a bad thing.

  • Bick Benedict

    November 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    For someone whoโ€™s famous for a video game show, you sure suck at video games.


  • likalaruku

    November 20, 2010 at 1:11 am

    It doesn’t sound very fun. It sounds more like an anxiety-enducer.

  • November 20, 2010 at 1:38 am

    @Kite He openly admtted to sucking at the game in the video, and yet you call him out on it? I guess we know what your good at , acting like an ass. Anyway ty fpr the vid James,

  • November 20, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Holy crap! I totally agree with you Mr. Films. I wish there was product quality regulations on software in general, requiring it to be product tested to hell and back before it could reach the stores. Course, Microsoft and Blizzard would go bankrupt, lol. Pre-requisite joke. But seriously, I’ve played the demo on this game, and it’s pretty good. It doesn’t seem like a castlevania game to me, but it does feel like a good action game. I’ll probably put a bit of tape over the cover to hide castlevania. And ignore the screen when it’s up.

  • infrafan

    November 20, 2010 at 2:55 am

    When and if you get to the ending, I’d love to know your thoughts and feelings on it, especially the after credit sequence, especially as a Castlevania fan. Certain classic bosses show up along the way too, so you might get a kick out of it.

    But it’s cool. I’m glad to hear you talk about it. I was interested too, but I could see you were getting a ton or requests anyway, so I knew you’d either do it or not. lol. Just glad you did.

  • November 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I guess you must hate the Silent Hill series then, with all their puzzles…

  • November 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has its faults, but in relation to past Castlevania games that I grew up on and still love Lords of Shadow excels on every level. The gameplay, though ‘borrowed’ from other games like God of War, Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed, and Shadow of the Colossus, actually improves on several of the aspects. The story is pretty good as a whole, but predictable towards the end. Character development falls flat on its face, with only roughly four characters out of the entire ensemble ever having enough screen time to fully flush themselves out. Although the entire game is written so melodramatically that it would barely pass as a high school play, the talented voice actors, led by Patrick Stewart, manage to still make it sound good. The graphics are stunning to say the very least, and the exotic locale and the artistic magnitude makes Castlevania: Lords of Shadow the most visually satisfying game I’ve played in a long time.

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow takes everything I’ve ever liked about Castlevania games, dating back from the NES classic Simon’s Quest and up to the present, and makes it all better. I was expecting another so-so 3D experience like I found playing Castlevania 64, but what I found was a tight package that is a welcome addition to the Castlevania franchise.

    I can’t stress it enough: BUY THIS GAME because it’s worth the full price of admission.

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  • November 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    This game is almost the worst game for a console ever. It deserves no rating and no good comments. I wonder what the makers of this game did all day. Shove puzzles up their ass ?! Walk around like monkeys ?!

    I was thinking of buying this game but it would be the biggest waste in the world. How could you possibly enjoy such game. Even on easy its the biggest piece of shit ever.

    The trailers of this game looked so good and got a lot of people excited , but as soon as your through 4 levels or stages you want to puke your guts all over the dam floor.

    My rating 0000000000000000000000000000000000000.1 out of 10

  • danny

    November 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I suck at modern games too, James. I guess they’re just not designed with us old folks in mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • xaxdrax

    November 20, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Gabriel Belmont is Dracula! Period!!!

  • TheEvilOne

    November 21, 2010 at 2:25 am

    “As James says, as long as its a good game, then thatโ€™s mostly all that matters, but still it would have been nice to see someone FINALLY do a 3d CASTLEVANIA game. A game that when you look at it and play it, there is no doubt that this is a CV game, with minimal comparisons to any other game” MisterE

    Um, hello… Has anyone played Castlevania: Lament of Innocence on the Playstation 2? Clearly a castlevania game, clearly a 3D game. And clearly a great representation of both aspects. If you haven’t, you most certainly should. If you’re a “true” Castlevania fan you won’t be disappointed.

  • Martin McFly Jr.

    November 21, 2010 at 5:33 am

    To JamesSoprano,

    As far as AVGN’s opening statement about hating the updates for PS3 games is concerned, it IS in fact Sony’s fault it takes so damn long.

    I buy all my non-exclusives for my X360 often for this reason, because that same update for my X360 version of Lords of Shadow takes about 5-10 seconds, versus 5 minutes. The PS3’s operating system is really inefficient when it comes to speedy updates.

    I tolerate it for games like Killzone 2 and Demon’s Souls, where I know I can’t get the game for X360, but otherwise, it’s a serious pain in the ass, like James said in his video!

  • Martin McFly Jr.

    November 21, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Hey TheEvilOne,

    I was actually playing Lament of Innocence the other night, for the first time in years. It’s the ONLY game I kept for my PS2 after trading in the rest years back (when they still had value).

    For serious Castlevania fans, it’s a MUST. I felt it performed REALLY well in 3D, the boss battles were tops, the music gives you chills, and the story held it all together! The story of Leon Belmont and how it all began is something that should not be missed!

  • JudgeDredd

    November 21, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Man, that giant boss at the end is a COMPLETE ripoff of Shadow of the Colossus, you do the same exact fucking thing in that game. And I hated SOTC because that’s all the game was, I don’t want to deal with more of that bullshit in another game.

    Also, that fairy had nice tits.

  • TheEvilOne

    November 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Hey McFly,
    Thanks for backing me up on that. I remember when I first played that game when it came out. I couldn’t put it down and ended up beating it in under a week. I was so tired when I posted that last comment that I totally forgot to mention the soundtrack. The music in that game was arguably one of the best aspects of it. I still have a couple of the tracks on my harddrive that I listen to once in a while. You can check out the entire soundtrack to CV Lament of Innocence as well as many other games at

  • Jigsaw0759

    November 21, 2010 at 11:23 am

    looks like a good game I’ll try and get it sometime

  • November 21, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Excellent. Looks like I have another “Castlevania” to try out!

  • Johnny Deformed

    November 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I bought it 2 weeks ago but I have yet to play it but I can’t wait. I’m saving it for until I’m done with all the school stuff for the year.

    Regarding Dawn of Sorrow (awesome game by the way) When you need to draw the shape the game gives you plenty of time to get the pen out. I think there is no time limit, but if there is then I have never been that slow. If you are failing on the drawing parts it’s because it needs to be fluid and in one stroke, you don’t need to draw it perfectly.

  • Cocakoliker

    November 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I didnt especially like the game, to linear for me, but you should see the ending james. Thats what made me feel it could call itself castlevania and made me sort of hyped for a sequel. Would love to hear your opinion on it at some point.

  • kafei64

    November 21, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    That bloody camera gets annoying

  • chippy13

    November 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    the narrator is patrick stewart… pretty recognizable

  • Motorbreather

    November 21, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    This is like God Of War ๐Ÿ˜€

  • November 21, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I am sorry but this was weak. I know the nerds getting tired of reviewing old games. But come on there’s nothing interesting or funny about this.

  • OriginalDEFAULT

    November 21, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I Particularly enjoyed this review, not because it was from the perspective of someone who has played the old Castlevanias, but because it was from the perspective of someone who hasn’t played many new games.
    This gives you the ability to review the game as it is, at face value, and not judge based solely on comparison to other games (God of War, Devil May Cry , the list goes on). I feel that this is a very unique view that few, or no other video game reviewer can claim.

  • Flavio91

    November 22, 2010 at 12:26 am

    The game looks good… BUT!

    What a shame guys!!!
    Does it remind me of: God of War??? YES
    Does it remind me of: Shadow of the Colossus?!? HELL YEAH.

    It may be good cuz those 2 games are Awesome, but they really did copy the shit out of it… that’s my oppinion, you’re doing a new castlevania game, and you just go out and copy 2 olders nice game? aw…. comon.

  • volt28

    November 22, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Tried it out and the camera annoys the shit out of me. I swear cameras can ruin a great game. I forgot it was a castlvania game half the time I was playing it. Overall its a two and a half to three out of five stars

  • toiletfarm

    November 22, 2010 at 2:52 am

    The final clip you showed looked exactly like the Wolverine game that came out like a year or two ago. Gameplay is similar too. Tron seems to be going that way as well. I’m not seeing a lot of creativity in these button mashers and FPS. That’s why I buy Nintendo product. They don’t put many good games out, but their first party games are top notch.

  • MorePAIN

    November 22, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Has to be the 1st review of yours that I hate. I loved every minute of this game. Sure its not the same 2d scrolling adventure we all loved in the castlevania series but the story and the bosses are epic. I hope you finish the game and finish the review.

  • November 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm


    So basically it’s alright that God of War copies Shenmue, Rygar, and Devil May Cry??

  • November 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Hideo Kojima has done it again….. Castlevania Lords of Shadow is a masterpiece…. It’s not SHORT and it’s WAY WAY more challenging than GOW…. Too bad it’s not getting the credit it deserves because the gaming world is filled with casual gamers that likes to compare games to other OVERRATED games like…… God of War, Call of Duty, etc…… Also, some gamers(mostly casual gamers) rely too much on other people’s opinion instead of being their own person….. Ex.. If IGN and Gamespot dogged out Castlevania for copying God of War , the sheeps(casual gamers) will take their word on it and also dogged the game out .. It’s like if a stranger jumps off the cliff, there are 5 million people ready to do the same…… Too much Propaganda in the world of gaming.. All i am going to say is at least try Castlevania for yourself and rely on other people’s opinion…

  • graavigala

    November 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    wow.. that was horrible playing and reviewing ๐Ÿ˜€

  • ass7

    November 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    i love this game

  • November 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Cannot express how ultimately unpleasant this game was. It seemed promising at first, but by the end it feels more like a chore than a fun game, an embarrassing mishmash of stolen game play and boring level design. Other than the clock tower, which is unfortunately buggy, there is very little Castlevania going on in Lords of Shadow.

  • November 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I can’t keep up with all these new games, so expensive, so many new systems and all are at the end of the day so long winded and tiresome, you know what, I am starting to think my head might go BOOM!

  • Dirty Jared

    November 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Romemking I hate you. I think you should punch yourself in the genitals and stop pimping your crappy emulation site. Anyone who comes here is probably either savvy enough to emulate games for free themselves or has a pile of old cartridges and systems at home that they would rather play on.

  • japanesetraveler5248

    November 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    just so you know god of war came from castlevania because lament of innocence predated god of war and it was similar to god of war just to clear it up which explains why this game plays the way it plays. good review by the way

  • November 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    games like this are getting really annoying it isn’t enough that dantes inferno is like god of war, but there are a few others and I was HOPING this wouldn’t be another garbage game where its all button smash and upgrading crap. its like slapping a different name on the game with new graphic overlay and calling it “castlevania” when in reality its like a new god of war

  • November 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Ya know, James, you’re always talking about how you’re not “the nerd” and that the the nerd videos are you in character, and that a review like this is “real”, but it doesn’t seem that way to me. It almost seems like you are toning it down on purpose to deliberately differentiate yourself from the nerd character… I’m just confused as to why?

    I mean the amount of anger displayed as the nerd is pretty commonplace. People get mad at stupid, broken or frustrating shit! I don’t think the behavior of the nerd is that over-the-top. In fact, it’s not at all! It’s just entertaining! So, I don’t understand why you would then make a video like this where, like I said, it seems like you’re trying to remain as calm and non-angry as possible. If you think parts of the game are stupid, get fucking mad! It’s what anyone would do! Rant about it, it’s entertaining! Don’t tone it down just to prove you’re not “the nerd”.

  • Cronos

    November 23, 2010 at 1:56 am

    It is a good game. I just beat Chapter II on Knight. It’s hard as shit and long. Apparently, there is a boss battle coming up with a werewolf that is pure luck if you win on harder difficulties. The Iron Knight or whatever the hell it was I just killed was pretty frustrating. His liquid spell sucks so bad.

  • November 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    it looks good but it copies other games to much , older games or in fact any 2d castlevania sidescroller is more original than this. maybe a rent

  • staypuftlova

    November 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm


  • yoshi314

    November 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    i guess James never played Shadow of the Colossus on ps2, judging by his opinion on second boss.

  • Meshuggah90

    November 23, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I’m glad you took a look at the game with a bit of an unspoiled perspective (though I assume you haven’t played God of War seeing you weren’t very upset about how unoriginal the combat was.) You came to the conclusion I think this game deserves, that this game is alright not great but not terrible. The main problem I have with this game is that it borrows ideas from several other games i.e. God of War and Shadow of the Colossus, which is totally fine until you realize that they didn’t even implement those ideas very well into the game and are just lazily copy and pasted without any refinement and actually is somewhat worse than its origins. Climbing the giants for instance is a very hashed together take on the mechanic of Shadow of the Colossus (I highly recommend that to you if you haven’t played it and get some free time.) There’s also the very bland combat system that has become a trend in action adventure games ever since God of War came out. But in the end the game still can stand on its own and be recognized as an effort that could be fantastic with a little bit of refinement (and as for the ending, well lets just say you either like or you hate it; I personally wasn’t very impressed but that doesn’t mean you won’t.) I’d say finish it if you can, though it is a pretty long game (about 20 hours) but if you don’t like the puzzles you can always just skip them to shave some of that time off.

  • November 24, 2010 at 1:15 am

    I played it about as deep as you did, I got the Hook whip and then got my ass handed to me by that stupid werewolf boss because of the fact there are no Health Foundains.. The only way i beat it was simply to walk up to the thing and hit it repeatly lol the more time you spend trying not to get hit.. you freakin get hit.

  • Jeff Chen

    November 24, 2010 at 1:19 am

    I beat this game like a month ago. And to my surprise, they put the most shitty stages at the very beginning of the game, and then released a demo with the most shitty stage… What a way to sell the game!

    After you progress further, the game will start to look much better than it initially do – trust me – it only gets better. However I have to say this game looks like a lot of stuff – god of war, shadow of colossus, devil may cry – everything but castlevania itself. This makes me sad but still, this game was good, especially as the very first title from an unknown studio.

  • theblackwidower

    November 25, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    You don’t like puzzles? What’s wrong? Intelligence too difficult for you? Perhaps the reason you don’t like them is because you looked up a guide. That means you didn’t actually solve it, and that takes away all satisfaction.

    The difference between action oriented games and puzzle oriented games is the difference between high school jocks and high school nerds. One is star on the football team but will be voted most likely to run a gas station his senior year, and the other gets picked on a lot but will likely own a million dollar software company by the time he’s 30.

    Yes, it may be fun to play an action game right now, but it’s a fleeting kind of fun. The satisfaction of completing a good puzzler lasts a very long time. It’s more cerebral, and it’s good to know you’re not a monkey with electrodes attached to your brain, but a thinking human with rationality and intelligence.

    Maybe if you actually played through a puzzle properly you might agree.

    Also, I’m sorry but you can no longer call yourself The Nerd anymore. Nerds, by definition, like cerebral entertainment. You are now the Angry Video Game Asshole.

    • Erizot

      January 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

      you do realize that while stating this entire post as fact, it was in fact just your opinion on how YOU enjoy games, and completely subjective. Stop trying to tell someone else how they should enjoy games…not only is it pointless, it makes you look like an arrogant prick. Just enjoy games the way you want, and let someone else do it their way. If you really object to James’ opinion so vehemently, try taking the time to make your own videos and put yourself out there for other douchebags to criticize you the same way you do others, and see how it feels.

  • November 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    James do you just not like fixes that take less than 30 seconds to download? I can’t tell if that was a joke or serious… I’m legitimately confused why that’s something to hate.

  • retroking1981

    November 25, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    good honest opinions i think.

    @blackwidower: he’s not playing the ‘nerd’ in this review, he’s just reviewing it as himself. also whats wrong with using a guide? i understand your point that using one takes the satisfaction out of completing a certain part of a game, but if it means losing interest and stopping playing or carrying on and getting something out of the money you spent on the game, then why not?

    oh and james, you seem very old skool with your gaming. you should get castlevania rebirth on wiiware, i think you’d love it. check it out and please let us know what you think.

  • November 25, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    People, please lay off. I admit once the video ended I thought this seemed unlike James but like he said “It’s just a first impression”.

    We all hate the updating that comes with current gen. Also realise James is an old gamer so that means like most of us, he likes to just pop a game in and play straight away.

    The vibe I get from this video is that he was expecting more Castlevania but instead it was God of War. I also think he’s an older gamer at heart and as shown rarely has time to game so I think he doesn’t really like how games are today. He’s an old gamer living in the past.

    I know the feeling, games are striving to be movies these days. Where’s the simple game play?

  • JackBauerDAMMIT

    November 26, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I register just to comment this.

    I really like the AVGN videos, i loved and laughed so much when james posted the turtle “review”.
    I see a lot of comments that want you too go back to more AVGN. Well he can do whatever the hell he likes. I presonally like these new videos soo freaking much, you are very listenable in terms of making points, espacially when you talk about movies. When i have nothing to do i’ll just watch one of your top videos! They have become a classic to me! Top 10 are the perfect concept too it’s simple and entertaining.

    and the trip to the dinosaur of your dreams was awesome!

  • November 27, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    i know just what you mean dude. the giant boss battle sucks.. i had to fight him for a solid HOUR trying to beat him (cause he never did the arm smash thing so i could jump onto him)
    also being a huge castlevania fan i didnt like how they took a complete shit on the story.. but thats just me.
    i really didnt enjoy this game at all.. how sad is it i enjoyed SPLATTERHOUSE more then the new castlevania!!? and people are calling that game dogshit! (although i find it awesome so fuck them)

  • Goldsickle

    November 28, 2010 at 6:49 am

    The “button presses” you mentioned at the end of a boss battle is popularly known as QTE (Quick Time Event) and has somewhat become a staple for 3D hack and slash action games.

    Among those guilty for this concept are games like the God Of War series & Ninja Blade.

    Bosses with depleted health will prompt you to press a series of on-screen button commands and if you fail, the boss regenerates it’s health.

    I’m also not a big fan of these “mandatory finishing moves” crap and wish that bosses would just die the second you deplete their health.

  • December 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Yeah, I totally hear you James. I’m not very good at all that puzzle stuff either, neither have I had a chance to play newer games, mostly because I can’t afford consoles or a high-end PC. I like my games simple as well, but variety, as you mentioned, is also good. Thanks for posting this first impression.

    Oh, and to the people that just want to see him drop the other stuff, and only do more AVGN, I have one thing to say to you: grow up. If you only do ONE thing all the time, it becomes boring, stale and repetitive. I’m very sure that James doesn’t want this to happen to AVGN, and besides, he’s doing what HE wants to do, and we must always remember that. We should be thankful that he’s nice enough to even continue AVGN at all. Were it not for that, and if he had really wanted to, back then, he could have left it at just the first two or three reviews that were on his VHS tapes. It’s because he cares about his fans, and more importantly, because he WANTS to do it, that he’s willing to continue the series, and I must admit, while I can’t seem to get into some of the stuff myself, I nonetheless not only respect him for branching out, but encourage him to do so, to stay fresh. It’s also not that I don’t like the other things he’s doing – some of it just might not be my “thing,” and that’s okay. That doesn’t make it bad. Keep going James, you’re an inspiration to us.

  • Nick28th

    December 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    This game technically has more dracula than any other castlevania and is the most important part of castlevania lore

    • Dragok

      December 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      well if u didnt knw this isnt an actual castlevania game the nly tie in is the title. its in an alternate universe created by konami to attract peple who never play the series before to start playing. also if u want to know how dracula was created in the castlevania storyline play lambent of innocence for the ps2 its the earliest castlevania game in the storyline

  • mgs2master2

    December 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm


    considering this is a reboot of the franchise, then yea because dracula doesnt exist before this game if you go by that.

    also for James, you really do suck at the game. I always thought of you as a gamer, and how you were good. But after this i went back and watched some AVGN videos. I have to say, either you suck on purpose to get your point across in those reviews, or you really do suck at video games which comes as a surprise to me. take time to sit down and play the god of war clone known as lord of shadows. all you do is mash square most of the time anyhow and roll. the game itself is not hard, nor is it any good. yatzhee said it best, its like god of war with shadow of the colossus mixed in it. and its a damn shame you really suck on a game where 80% of it all do is mash square anyhow.

    btw castlevania came out in october, yet your safe file is dated on may.
    fix your timer.

  • Dirty Jared

    December 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    He probably can’t program anything after a vcr

  • December 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm


    Okay….seriously. Lay off.

    Idk if you any of you have ever done a game review before, but its not easy. Most of the time, it DOES look like you suck at the game (watch X Play sometime, and you’ll know) but that doesn’t mean anything. If you want to do a successful game review, your goal is to play through the game and explore each possibility, every aspect of the game, so your viewer can gain some knowledge about the game. NOT to look awesome while doing it. In fact, most people have someone else do their game play-throughs for them so they can focus on just writing a script for the video. So how about you settle down for a second, stop being an internet troll, and if you dont like the video, DONT COMMENT ON IT! its that easy.

    Get a life, shut up, and go learn something… pretentious moron….

  • mgs2master2

    December 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm


    you are one to talk twat. im not trolling, im being serious.

  • jayhopson

    December 7, 2010 at 5:30 am

    i think your short review on this game was dead on. its a good game but it never really pulled me in, i played a little bit longer than you did and i feel the same as you. Its good but not great.

  • December 7, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I’m being serious too…its not hard to understand. just dont comment on something if you dont like it. If you dont like how he plays the game, and if you little comments about when the game was released, then you should just keep them to yourself….because all if does is piss people off. Like, idk what you planned on accomplishing by posting that, cuz it’s not like James is going to take the video down or anything…so yeeeaahhh.

    and yes, if you post a comment on a video that points out little flaws and mistakes about the video, you most definitely are trolling. JUST saying…

  • vsg1980

    December 8, 2010 at 11:13 am

    @ the blackwidower “You donโ€™t like puzzles? Whatโ€™s wrong? Intelligence too difficult for you?”

    Look at that third sentence…LOOK AT IT! Is English your 3rd language? “Intelligence too difficult for you” does not make any sense.

    Some people have different tastes when it comes to video games. If YOU were intelligent you’d know that. Some people like a lot of action some people like a good puzzle game. I don’t like puzzles because it slows down the gameplay. Some people don’t like to be bothered with them. It has nothing to do with intelligence mister high and mighty.

  • Shaggz

    December 31, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I really wish you play more newer games. And maybe put out an review/your opinions on them, maybe even rip on them if they deserve it. Just once in a while really, maybe a few 3-4 times a year. e all know your busy with the AVGN and Movie work.
    I love everything you do James, Keep up the good work and I wish nothing but the best.

  • iPh33R

    January 1, 2011 at 1:15 am

    anyone notice that the 3rd symbol on 3:24 looks kinda like the treyarch logo?

  • January 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    anyone else realize this is a knock off of dantes inferno which is a knock off of God of war..

  • January 15, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Anyone else realize this game was ripped off by GOW? [email protected]

  • Nickh186

    January 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Those first few levels are pretty tedious, it gets better after that first titan.

  • Rogerm245

    February 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I finally got around to playing it. (Been playing World of Warcraft grinding gear) and I agreed it doesn’t feel much like castlevania game to me. I agree with James in respect to what a castlevania game should be. The game is ok but I would def. suggest it be something you get from say gamefly and in my opinion not worth buying.

  • limegreensquid

    February 8, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Wait til you get to the castle itself – you get to break candles for item refills, and fight a boss that eats giant pork chops – yet pork chops aren’t used as a healing item, which is very odd to me. I guess a magically healing statue, and light magic made more sense than pork chops hidden inside brick walls…

    But it starts to feel a little like Castlevania, finally.

  • garvensman

    March 3, 2011 at 3:09 am

    I just beat this game the other week. This game is great. Yes it plays like GOW and Dante’s Inferno etc. But it really is the best 3D castlevania game ever made. The style makes more sense than the metroidvanai style, IMO, more linear but you can still backtrack, without being forced to. It has lots of quick time events, mashing specific buttons, and the timed button presses, and puzzles to boot, with epic boss fights. The story, scenery and character interaction is awesome, the powers interesting enough to want to purchase and upgrade and pulling a “Scorpion Get over Here” with the smaller enemies is fun. This game is a reboot of the series, a re-imagining of it all and has a few serious twists at the end that leave your jaw on the floor and begging to know more (even if you have an idea of what happens, or if you spoil it for yourself) HIGHLY recommended as it gets better and better as you go through it.

  • April 3, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Dude, I felt the same way when I played this game for the first time haha. I felt like it was going to get monotonous with God of War like fighting, but it proved to be wron when I got to the castle thankfully.

    Can you do a review of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion? It is definitely one of the best games ever and I feel like you will have a lot of funny shit to say about haha.

  • Fantasy Forest

    April 16, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    That second boss looks like something straight out of Shadow of the Colossus

  • April 20, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Well; this game inspired me to write my very first game review. I’m not as generous with it as you James, but I think I gave it a fair analysis. I was a big fan of the Metroidvania style so I was more or less let down by how linear this game ended up being.

    I know Your busy and all that Mr. AVGN; especially with the movie and all, and this review is way longer then I intended it to be; but I’d love to know what you thought of it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • April 20, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Well; this game inspired me to write my very first game review. I’m not as generous with it as you James, but I think I gave it a fair analysis. I was a big fan of the Metroidvania style so I was more or less let down by how linear this game ended up being.

    I know You’re busy and all that Mr. AVGN; especially with the movie and all, and this review is way longer then I intended it to be; but I’d love to know what you thought of it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • April 20, 2011 at 4:21 am

    crap, didn’t mean to post that twice.

  • TheSpirit1985

    June 3, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Nice to see James talk about a new age game for once and i agree its a cool game only played the demo so far but enjoyed what i got to play out of it hope to get it sometime soon when i get a PS3 slim model of course!

  • Poolucyfer

    October 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    its really identical like God of War games O_o

  • perugameguru

    October 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    this is a great game but it doesnt feel like a castlevania game they need to go back to the roots of castlevania that a lot of this new videogame producers and gamers from this new age dont know about im 31 years of age and this game should be called castlevania-god of war-devil may cry sorry to who ever disagrees it should have stayed 2d

  • OscarBouchez

    January 12, 2012 at 5:30 am

    This one is in my top 3 of Castlevania’s games; maybe with better music it would be my favorite one.

  • 15fin

    February 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    have you ever played uncharted if you have time try out the second uncharted or the third or just the first one third one has the best graphics

  • DanEdkin

    March 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Why does everyone fail to mention that this wasn’t supposed to be a Castlevania game. The original title was just simply Lords of Shadow and was supposed to be a new IP but when Konami realized that many of the fans were saying that it felt like Castlevania then they put Mercurysteam up to the challenge of making Lords of Shadow into the next Castlevania.

  • Funeralfog

    April 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    the game gets downright EPIC towards the end. and IMO has the greatest ending i’ve ever seen in a video game and the set up for the sequel is amazing

  • January 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I agree, it’s so difficult this game!
    like you said James it looks beautiful but it doesn’t feel like Castlevania anymore

  • mustbeandrew

    January 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    i love this game. true, it’s more like god of war than castlevania, but i love the mysterious Halloween/Transylvania vibe more than the greek mythology stuff.

    totally recommend it

  • Stanley Shurtz

    February 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Finally beat Lords of Shadow…… Holy fuck the story is one of the best storylines in a game… James….. You MUST review this game once you beat it, the DL content plays into it too. Mirror of Fate coming out for DS3 has the playing feel of the old Castlevania and its like Castlevania 2 & 3, in reverse. You start as Simon, then play as Alucard, then Trevor… I got mine pre ordered. But in all seriousness, this game has an amazing story.

  • Stanley Shurtz

    February 17, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    P.S. the game plus download content took me 40+ hours to beat.

  • Cronos

    March 10, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    AHHHH! This game is so awesome!

  • ABC

    June 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I’m sorry to say but I didn’t like this game. I agree about the software update for PS3… very dumb, time consuming and takes up a lot of space on your harddrive if you have enough games, especially Gran Turismo 5. I wanted Castlevania to be more like the other ones, with Dracula and Death, and the button combinations were too difficult. I didn’t want to spend all my times remembering button combos needed to do things. I just wanted to play the game.

  • Michael Thomas

    July 15, 2013 at 3:26 am

    I would just like to point out that I myself does not like neither castlevania or god of war on the newer consoles, so i have no opinions about either game. Now I couldn’t help but realize that some people on here have bad information. castlevania lords of shadow never ripped of the god of war series at all, because castlevania has been doing that style of game play back on the ps2 with their first ps2 release of Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, the game came out in 2003 and the first god of war game came out on ps2 a whole 2 years later. So someone can just as easily make the argument that god of war ripped them off. I didnt have to do my research because I love video games and sometimes i pay attention to detail. I’m a huge fan of James Aka The AVGN, So keep up the good work and I can’t wait for the movie. Its gonna be epic!!!

  • smeagol99

    October 24, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Hey James you should review the elder scrolls games. the first one came out in 1994 so it could fit in the nerds games.

  • L8erH8er420

    April 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    damn james… you got a lot of followers that SUCK at G.O.W… I beat everyone of the games aside from the newest one. I don’t like prequels especially ones made just to cash in on MP money. It was a great game as far as 1,2, and 3… and the handheld games were pretty decent.

  • nammm3

    July 13, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Patrick Stewart seems to be the only highlight to this game. It is very ‘God of War’-esque. Nice review though James

  • David Haynes

    April 11, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I like the look of it, but…puzzles? That’d be the only problem for me, but I’ll definetley give this one a try.

    Is that guy you’re playing supposed to be Simon Belmont? He doesn’t resemble him at all, looks like someone from Devil May Cry. If his not Simon then he still doesn’t look like a Belmont.

  • May 3, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    This game a pain in the ass!! I’ll stick to NES, SNES, Genesis and Playstation Castlevania. Those games were awesome! The N64 Castlevania were also crap!

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