Satan Vs Dracula: Castlevania – Lords Of Shadow 2 Demo

By Adam Smith on February 12th, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

Palpably Palpatine

The headline contains the seed of the plot for the second Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow game. It sounds like a particularly lurid SyFy movie in the vein of Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, or a ‘History’ Channel miniseries about the true meaning of Stonehenge. Either way, it sounds like a load of cobblers but that’s not to say the notion of thwacking Satan with a blood whip isn’t at least vaguely appealing. Promising exploration, open world shenanigans and ‘a movable camera’, Lords Of Shadow 2 certainly sounds like it has all the mod-cons. I’ll probably have forgotten that it’s actually coming out on PC by the time I finish writing this post but definitive proof has arrived in the shape of a demo, which you can download now.

This trailer demonstrates many of the things that won’t be happening when you’re actually playing the game.

Vampires are so melodramatic.

I used to like Castlevania games until I accidentally played the Nintendo 64 release. I’ve never been able to look at them the same way since. Not when they’re 3D at any rate.

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  1. aliksy says:

    I’ve reached a point where random boob shots make me lose interest in a product[1]. It just strikes me as cheesy, crass and manipulative.

    [1] Except when I’m actually looking for porn. Then it’s probably a plus.

    • edwardh says:

      Similar here.
      Not that I’m particularly interested in any 3D Castlevania to begin with but because of that boob shot, I won’t even bother watching video.

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    • DatonKallandor says:

      It’s an Adult Female Vampire. Their entire shtick is luring people in with sexy until the claws come out. For all the times to criticize unnecessary boob shots, this isn’t one of them.

      And if Lords of Shadow 1 is any indication they’re very aware of the original monstrous Vampire archetype and know how to handle it, so LoS 2 is probably going to do it well too.

      • LevelHeaded says:

        Bubb-buhbuh-but she’s supposed to be a sexist caricature!

      • aliksy says:

        Way to provide context. Anyway, my first impression stands. Before the clip starts playing it’s a still of boooobs, and it just soured me on the whole thing. Maybe it can be happily justified with the plot, but I think that’s an unusual case.

      • Geewhizbatman says:

        Ya, exactly. If they’re not going to be Baroness Von Titsaplenty their only other option is to be a cautionary tale for lesbianism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rieb7XEAOPY

        As we all know, if a woman (even an undead one) isn’t spread eagle for a man she’s prolly basically a dude. Amiright brosephs?!

    • The Random One says:

      Even in porn I prefer deliberate boob shots.

  2. DatonKallandor says:

    Get over your irrational hate for Lords of Shadow already. They’re just as true to the spirit of Castlevania as the free-roaming Metroidvania ones are. Oh yeah and they also happen to have excellent gameplay and an art variety that simply puts all other genre contenders to shame.

    • Gargenville says:

      It’s a perfectly rational hatred, I think the whole Metroidvania branch of the family is diluted unfocused bullshit showcasing a spectacular lack of understanding of the way Metroid even works.

    • Emeraude says:

      I wouldn’t say “as true”: LoS lacked most of the iconic enemies and vistas of the originals, it lacked the platforming that had been the central element of the original, and was still here in the metroidvanias (even if diluted for the most past), it certainly lacked the signature musical style and pieces…

      And that’s before talking of its faults as a standalone game – as much a nonsensical mess in design as was Symphony of the Night, it could still succeed as a game on sheer volume of content and attention to (silly) details that made the enthusiasm of its makers contagious.
      LoS was as bland a product as can be these past years. It was competent but utterly devoid of grace. From the button-awesome QTE, the tedium of its over-extended tutorial , the constant interruptions of badly scripted cutscenes, the complete shallowness of its level design, the pointlessness of the optional elements of its combat system, the slavish copying of things introduced by other games without the understanding of what made them work in their original context, the insipid orchestral Hollywood-wanna-be music…

      I really don’t see what people found in that game.

      I can’t even put it on the same level as Lament of Innocence as far as being a Castlevania Game is concerned.

      • fooga44 says:

        New kids have not played older castlevania’s so they do not have any memory of previous ones.

      • TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

        This demo is pretty nice and you can also disable QTEs!

        Also: demos are free, demos are a dying thing on PC, Konami is publishing stuff on PC, the stuff that Konami is porting to the PC is being ported correctly despite not going over 1080p ( they’ll learn ).

        I mean, let’s embrace this thing, by the demo alone this game will hardly suck anyway. I want more of this stuff and i also want more japan for PC. Imagine if Platinum+SEGA wanted to port Bayonetta, how much win would that be?

        Buy this game, your family will be released once the transaction is complete. I’m feeding them regularly by the way, but your cat eats like a horse, there’s something wrong with it.

        • Emeraude says:

          By this demo alone, I can say I will dislike it just as much as I disliked LoS.

          Glad I didn’t have to pay to know that. That’s a nice gesture.

          Buy this game, your family will be released once the transaction is complete. I’m feeding them regularly by the way, but your cat eats like a horse, there’s something wrong with it.

          You can kill them all, I have spares produced regularly for just that kind of situations. That’s not a cat by the way. That’s a genetically mutated pygmy were-tiger.

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    Anthile says:

    I should try this before they get sued by Disney and it gets taken down.

  4. bhauck says:

    “All the mod-cons” -> confusion -> remembers The Jam album I got into a few years ago -> oh right you all are British.

    • CookPassBabtridge says:

      Short for ‘modern conveniences’ :)

      • tormos says:

        I know about this bit of British-ese because I just saw Trainspotting! I was really happy for a few seconds and then I remembered the baby in Trainspotting and got sad

        • Ross Angus says:

          I know, right? When special effects go wrong. Almost makes you wish for CGI. Almost.

  5. CookPassBabtridge says:

    Why couldn’t they have kept his name as Trevor? It would have been funnier.
    MY NAME IS NO LONGER GABRIEL. I AM NOW, AND FOREVER …. TREVOR

  6. Turkey says:

    It takes itself pretty seriously for a game that has a dude named Alucard in it.

  7. spaced says:

    Jesus…if they ever get around to making a Castlevania movie, I hope it’s not this kind of puffed-up over the top final fantasy/horror crap. The original NES title had the best premise of them all. Leave it to the Japanese to put an anime spin on anything good and ruin it in the process with five volumes worth of needless backstory and characters you don’t care about. Zzzzzz…..

    • bv728 says:

      You mean the Spanish. This set is entirely by MercurySteam, who are a Spanish firm. They’ve been pretty aggressive about how this is their plot and story and how they imagined three games and they’re doing three games, then someone else can take over. The series has pretty much never been more western.

    • Beva says:

      Those stupid anime Japanese from Spain, where was the NES one made again, Delaware?

  8. Koozer says:

    How not to make a 3D Metroidvania. It is the very antipode of Metroid Prime.

    • Creeping Death says:

      This is like saying “How not to make a shooter” and then point to Starcraft as an example. The Lords of Shadow games aren’t trying to be metroidvania games. Just like half the games in the Castlevania franchise aren’t metroidvania games -.-

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      welverin says:

      Um, Lords of Shadow is a God of War clone, not any kind of attempt at a 3D Metroidvania.

  9. Skabooga says:

    An honest-to-goodness demo? That’s much appreciated!

  10. BLACKOUT-MK2 says:

    Just played the demo and I rather enjoyed it. If you don’t like it your loss, and I don’t say that in a mean, snobby way either.

  11. newc0253 says:

    Hey, I’m no theologian but i’m reasonably sure that if there is a universe in which both Satan and Dracula exist, then Satan v Dracula wouldn’t be much of a contest, seeing as how Dracula’s powers are inevitably derivative of evil whereas Satan is pretty much the cosmological embodiment of evil itself. It’s not like, say, Dracula vs the Wolfman or Frankenstein or the Mummy. Those seem like fair fights, by comparison.

    Also, why not think laterally? Why just Dracula vs other supernatural beings? Why not Dracula vs King Kong? Dracula vs Tarzan? Dracula vs the Easter Bunny?

    • tnzk says:

      Just to help you with your theology:

      The Devil isn’t the embodiment of evil, and has no powers that God had not already granted him before. The root of his evil nature is his rejection of God; the root of his fame is being the first to do so. That’s all it is. He doesn’t suck up any more godly powers by turning to the dark side.

      That being said, the original understanding of Count Dracula and Bram Stoker’s vampire archetype is very much satanic: he’s charming, intelligent, persuasive, superhumanly dangerous, and very, very evil. And much like Satan, Dracula’s lack of virtue is the cause of his inevitable doom.

      So what should really strike someone as odd is why Dracula would want to fight Satan. Dracula is like Satan’s number one fanboy. He probably has posters of the guy all over his decrepit castle. It would be like if Chris Brown assaulted Michael Jackson.

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  13. Psymon says:

    I just played the demo.
    I like the combat, I like the graphics, I hate how simple it assumes the player is.
    I’m quite capable of noticing when a significant event happens. You do not need to force me to stare at it for 5 seconds, then stare at all the other identical looking locations 3 metres away from the first.

  14. Blackcompany says:

    Dracula as the main character, and this was the best they could do?

    Just tried the demo. For about three minutes. Then I promptly uninstalled it.

    Its DMC reskinned. Plain and simple. Right down to the sword for quick attacks and magical claws for more forceful ones to break blocks. Dracula, reduced to a derivative copy of another popular action star from a franchise this game so badly wants to copy.

    Its all rather pathetic, really. Especially given the source material. Think about it.

    Dracula as a main character. A master of seduction. An absolute god of shadow and darkness. A being that can turn himself into mist and enter locked rooms. Who can command legions of rats and wolves. Who becomes a bat on a whim. Who can manipulate minds with nary an effort.

    Oh the things they could have accomplished with such a protagonist. Imagine stealth sequences wherein one had choices such as using energy from blood to become a bat and flit through shadows, all the while managing remaining vigor. Or floating as mist through rooms guarded by both humans and perhaps even grids of lasers. Wandering an open world, teasing answers and information from those you seduce and gaining a reputation the while. All of this and more – so much more – could have been possible with Dracula as a protagonist.

    And instead we got this. A DMC clone trading off the name of another popular franchise it blatantly copied.

    Frankly, the developers should be ashamed of themselves. Its like they didn’t even try.

    • Telke says:

      …Except that it’s a sequel following a pre-established storyline through the middle act. The devs said they’re making a trilogy – their take on Castlevania. Faulting them for not making some high-budget Dishonored/Deus Ex stealth&conversation game is pretty ridiculous.

      If you didn’t like it, then say you didn’t like it, don’t go out of your way to criticize it for lacking things it was never going to have.

      • Jalan says:

        It’s actually the last act. The trilogy, bewilderingly, includes a game on the Nintendo 3DS.

        • Jekhar says:

          Which recently got a “HD” release on the 360 (and PS3 i presume). An okayish game, a bit more platforming than the original LoS, but nowhere near the original 2D Castlevanias. But a perfect example of how to botch a port. The text is so goddamn tiny, as if they forgot console players don’t sit a few inches from their screens like handheld users.

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