|Platform PS3, 360, Win||Publisher Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo||Developer MercurySteam Entertainment||Release Date 2014-02-25|
By Philip Kollar on Feb 25, 2014 02.25.14
The first Lords of Shadow was released to a skeptical Castlevania fanbase in 2010. Despite the problems some had with developer MercurySteam's handling of the beloved franchise, it found a following, thanks in part to several major late-game twists. This left players buzzing for a sequel, and after a brief handheld sidestory in last year's Mirror of Fate, the true follow-up is finally here. But this conclusion to MercurySteam's run on Castlevania is a far cry from the exciting potential suggested by the first game's cliffhanger ending. Lords of Shadow 2 fosters brief reminders of what made the first game special, but its novel premise is squandered on boring environments, terrible set piece moments and all-but-outright refusal to deliver on the over-the-top narrative that drew me in...
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By Owen S. Good on Aug 30, 2014 08.30.14
Dave Cox, a 17-year veteran at Konami with the Castlevania series, has left the company, he said yesterday via Twitter. Cox, most recently a producer for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, said via Twitter that he will move on to another project before taking a break. "I want to thank Konami for the opportunity and all those people who supported me and the team on our journey," he said. He joined Konami in 1997 as a product manager. He also has credits on Silent Hill, Pro Evolution Soccer, and Metal Gear Solid. Recently, Koji Igarashi, a longtime Castlevania developer with a 20-year history on the series, quit Konami in March to set forth on his own.
By Dave Tach on Mar 20, 2014 03.20.14
Alucard will return in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2's upcoming Revelations downloadable content, and Konami celebrated the return of Dracula's kin with a batch of new screenshots and a trailer today. Press play above to see Alucard in action. You can browse the gallery below for still frame details on the white-haired protagonist. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 - Revelations will be released March 25 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. Announced in early March, the DLC will be set immediately before the events in Lords of Shadow 2. For more on the full game, you can read Polygon's review.
By Dave Tach on Mar 07, 2014 03.07.14
Alucard is headed to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 in Revelations, downloadable content that will hit PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC March 25, a representative from publisher Konami confirmed to Polygon today. Set just before Lords of Shadow 2's events, Revelations will task players with uncovering secrets and setting off the chain of events that lead to the game's main campaign. Alucard will sport unique Glaciem and Igneas powers, be able to transform into a wolf and a swarm of bats and even control time. Konami has not announced a price for the DLC. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was released late last month for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. For more on MercurySteam Entertainment's game, you can read Polygon's Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 review and browse the...
By Colin Campbell on Mar 03, 2014 03.03.14
Konami today announced a new company president, Tomohiro Uesugi, who will handle the firm's U.S. video game operations. It's been almost two years since Konami veteran Tomoyuki Tsuboi was appointed to the role of president for Los Angeles-based Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. According to a company spokesperson, he is being "transferred back to Japan" in a shuffle that, the spokesperson added, is "fairly standard for Japanese companies." Prior to joining Konami as an executive vice president in 2013, Uesugi worked at electronics manufacturer Sanyo, and has experience in the banking and financial sectors. He has spent the last year running internal departments at Konami in the U.S. such as HR and accounts. "I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the head of our...
By Jenna Pitcher on Mar 03, 2014 03.03.14
Upcoming Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 "Revelations" DLC may see players take on the role of Alucard, according to content reportedly found in the game's text files by CS.RIN.RU forum member UbiSergei. The content's description states that Alucard will be a playable character where players can discover new plotlines and uncover and "discover the true extent of Alucard's involvement." First appearing in 1989 game Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse, Alucard is the son of Dracula, the anti-hero of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, and a human called Lisa. The half vampire was the main protagonist in 1997's Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and fights his father in Dracula's Curse and Castlevania Legends with other the vampire hunters. "Play as Alucard in this extensive add on for C...
By Griffin McElroy on Feb 26, 2014 02.26.14
It's a concept that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 leans into, albeit selectively. Don't get me wrong: Dracula's not weak by any stretch of the imagination. He's powerful enough to put the fear of God into ... well, the Devil. But when he encounters a dude with a big gun, his only means of survival is to turn into a bunch of rats? The hierarchy of power in this world is awfully confusing. In today's Overview, Phil walks me through one of the opening sections of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, which includes one of the Chu Chu Rocket-esque segments referenced above. Watch as we sneak through a factory, defeat a boss and uncover the first Chaos Emerald, thwarting both Dr. Robotnik and Satan in one fell swoop.
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 24, 2014 02.24.14
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 features a formidable collection of swords to go along with its impressive cast of characters, according to the game's launch trailer, which was released by publisher Konami today. A variety of long blades can be seen in the trailer, whether they're being pointed ominously off to the side, plunged into the chest of a winged beast or engulfed in demonic flames. And with permutations of the phrase "blood is," the trailer offers glimpses of the story in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. At the end of the original Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — spoiler alert! — Gabriel Belmont turned out to be Dracula. In this follow-up, he's stuck in the present day in a weakened state, and a previous acquaintance offers him a way out of his torment. Castlevania: Lords of...
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 18, 2014 02.18.14
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 buyers who pre-order the PlayStation Network version of the game will receive a copy of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD as a bonus, publisher Konami announced today. Lords of Shadow 2 is the second follow-up to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, which was released in 2010. Developer MercurySteam made a direct sequel, Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, which originally launched on Nintendo 3DS in March 2013 and was ported to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network last October. PSN pre-order customers for Lords of Shadow 2 will also get a second piece of free bonus content: a PlayStation 3 dynamic theme based on the game. Lords of Shadow 2 itself is set for release Feb. 25 on PS3, Windows PC and Xbox 360.
By Jenna Pitcher on Feb 18, 2014 02.18.14
MercurySteam wants Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 to cause players to constantly question what constitutes as evil and leave players uncertain of the protagonist's intentions throughout the game, right through to the very end. Speaking to Polygon at a recent event in Sydney, the game's producer Dave Cox uses Tony Soprano from the television drama The Sopranos as an example. "When you think about Tony Soprano as a character, you find yourself going, 'Tony is great, I really like Tony'," Cox said. "And all of the sudden he starts viciously murdering someone. Those kind of scenes bring you back to reality and make you question the character." The Lords of Shadow games follow protagonist's Gabriel Belmont's fall into darkness and transformation into Dracula. The first game, Lords of...
By Emily Gera on Feb 06, 2014 02.06.14
Konami is budgeting for the development of seven major console titles this year, and expects to see the same number of titles released by the third quarter of 2015, it announced today during its financial briefing reported on by analyst David Gibson. The company released its consolidated fiscal results today for the nine months ending Dec. 31, 2013, confirming its digital entertainment sales over this period was split between consumer games and social networking titles by 25 percent and 30 percent, respectively. According to the game company, titles including Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 and various app content for mobile devices that distributed overseas, including Star Wars: Force Collection, saw a steady growth in users and sales. Compared to the same period last year however, digital...