- I missed the credit deal on Amazon.com and thus decided then not to buy it.
- Watched Giant Bomb's Quick Look and was kinda glad I didn't buy it.
- Downloaded and played through the demo and was really glad I didn't buy it (P.S. The demo sucked!)
- Read some reviews, they were pretty "mixed" but overall it was getting a solid 8 out of 10 on Metacritic. Slightly confused at this point.
- Watched The Angry Video Game Nerds initial impressions and again, back to being satisfied that I didn't buy it (but why was I still looking at this point?).
- One of my favorite video gaming friends bought it and showed it to me over Kinect Video Chat. I said, "Dude, I so need to get that" and he said, "Hell yes, you do!"... but really I was thinking that I still didn't want it.
- Then, all of a sudden I said, "fuck it" and decided to buy it, thinking it'd be Curse of Darkness all over again but at least I could get some Achievements out of it.
- Played through to about the 6th level. Kinda just "meh'd" at the game. It was boring. Didn't touch it again for 2 weeks straight. Slightly miffed about my purchase.
- Picked-it-back-up this weekend. Played through the whole thing. Fell in-love! This game is epic! So glad I have this game! Came to Giant Bomb to tell people.
Boy, was I wrong at first. This game kicks so much ass!
I just wanted to come here and tell you guys that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is not one to be missed.
Probably the main problem with the game is its pacing. The first few Chapters are painstakingly boring and leaves the player with the feeling that they don't have a clue what's going-on. But from about Chapter 4 onwards, I was hooked! The art assets and set pieces were of a quality rarely seen in games these days. The atmosphere had me in its grasp. The story and ending were brilliant, on-par with Red Dead Redemption in my opinion!
If you played the demo, or watched Giant Bomb's Quick Look, or watched The Angry Video Game Nerds initial impressions, then I understand why you'd be turned-off; as I went through these same emotions.
The general mainstream gaming media will probably pass this one by. It will probably not be nominated for any awards and will probably just end-up being a forgotten game. But you don't have to pass this one up.
In my opinion, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a glimpse of where games are heading in the future. Just imagine the next game like this, on the next generation of consoles, with full camera control, 60 FPS, and crazy good Anti-Aliasing. Just think about that for a second.
What do you guys think? Agree, disagree? Are there still some of you out there not sure whether or to pick this one up?