The first chapter of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is broken into five parts, parts that tour through reinventions of some of PlayStation's best exclusive games, from God of War to Uncharted to Shadow of the Colossus. Gradually, it's also a fine Castlevania.
You're reading the second set of glowing impressions of the latest three-dimensional Castlevania game. The first was penned by our Mike McWhertor after he played an E3 version of the game a couple of months ago. He was impressed, as was I yesterday when a couple of hours with the first levels of a nearly-complete Lords of Shadow got the game added to me need-to-play list. I was shocked. I expected mediocre or bad; I got good.