Parents' Guide to

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Well made but bloody fantasy action game is for adults only.

Game PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 17+

A great game in a forgotten franchise

This game is really good.. it's hard to find anything negative. Parents, if you decide to get this game for your kid note that there is a lot of violence and some creatures are shown fully nude.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
age 13+

Addicted to Castlevania

Yes there is blood, language, nudity, ect. So don't let kids under thirteen play it. Simple. Anyone thirteen and up, have at it! It's a blast to play! I usually end up shrieking at the game system because I am not skilled enough to play it so I always loose. Ha ha, it is a fun game. Recommended.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (5):

Proudly reflecting a wide range of pop culture influences ranging from films like The Lord of the Rings and Excalibur to games including Shadow of the Colossus and God of War, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a high-energy action experience dramatically punctuated by stunning cinematic moments. And it's enormous. With a dozen chapters -- each with their own series of often lengthy levels that can be revisited and new areas reached as Gabriel grows in power -- some players will likely work at it for months hoping to extract every last bit of fun they can.

Niggling issues such as a frustratingly fixed camera and a level of difficulty that could put off some less experienced players keep it from earning top marks, but grownups who have been waiting for this classic franchise to be remade into something more contemporary won't be disappointed.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release date: October 6, 2010
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Nudity, Violence
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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