Over nearly three decades and dozens of games, the Castlevania series has let players battle through iconically fragmented gameworlds and crack the Belmont family’s whips against Dracula. Now, with Lords of Shadow 2, the biggest, baddest vampire of all is yours to control. The shift from implacable archfiend to playable hero changes everything about him, though, and that’s where this game’s troubles start.
The vision of the Prince of Darkness presented in Lords of Shadow 2 lacks—no other way to put this—bite. MercurySteam try to portray Dracula as both a fearsome predator and a sympathetic human.