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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Graphic violence and nudity make this an adults-only game.

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Better than its predecessor, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 now includes a controllable camera. That means the gamer can move the camera around instead of it being locked down by the game designers -- a huge improvement. This sequel also offers larger set piece events and more opportunities to explore, as well as many memorable enemies and boss fights. Great-looking gothic graphics push the aging PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 hardware to their limits (this review was conducted on the former).

The problem with the game, however, is that things start off very slowly before getting interesting. Even then, the combat is a bit repetitive. Plus, some stealthy missions don't quite fit in with the game's fast-paced fighting. Even with these shortcomings, though, fans of the franchise should feel satisfied with this epic conclusion to the series, thanks largely to the impressive graphics and much improved camera. It's not perfect, but Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is still a decent B-grade adventure for mature players.

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