Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for PC, PS3 and X360 is another installment in a legendary franchise having its roots in the 80s. The specific atmosphere of the series was recreated by the Spanish Mercury Steam studio this time. Interestingly, the legendary Kojima Productions with its creator participated in production of the game. As a result, the players receive a dynamic third-person action game.
In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for PC, PS3 and X360, the protagonist is called Gabriel. He is both a dark-haired young guy and a member of the Brotherhood of Light - an organization fighting evil forces. The protagonist is entrusted with a task of eliminating the dark legions of the Lords of Shadow. He sets out for a long journey across the lands occupied by the dark forces. Also, he hopes to obtain a magical mask that would allow him to resurrect his murdered wife. In his dreams, she has been trying to transmit an important message to him.
The player is put in the shoes of Gabriel, who can travel both on foot and by horse. The world is full of large enemy groups and huge bosses. The protagonist makes use of several basic types of weapons, including the inherent combat cross mainly. Going through subsequent locations, the player develops the protagonist in terms of his combat skills, mainly enabling him with the abilities to create two magical auras (one healing and the second increasing the damage dealt) several toys.
In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for PC, PS3 and X360, Gabriel faces entire armies of monsters often associated with evil. Thus the player encounters werewolves, goblins, trolls or gigantic spiders. Interestingly, the protagonist is capable of taking control over certain creatures for a short period of time in order to take advantage of them in combat or to clear the way ahead. It has to be mentioned that the game features epic battles against titans, during which, the player climbs gigantic bosses resembling the classic Shadow of the Colossus in this aspect. The new Castlevania pays tribute to older installments, for it features numerous platform sections requiring the player to climb, jump and solve puzzles.
In terms of the visuals, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for PC, PS3 and X360 is a very impressive game, for it features a variety of dynamically changing, amazing landscapes. Although the potential of the game engine was taken advantage of to the fullest, the animation fluency is often reduced. When it comes to the audio, it is worth noticing that voice acting was delivered by popular actors and actresses. Among them, one can find Patrick Stewart, Robert Carlyle, Jason Isaacs or Natasha McElhone.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Quad Core i5 3.0 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB (GeForce GTX 480 or better), 15 GB HDD, Windows XP(SP3)/Vista/7, Internet connection