Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - PS3

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3)
Also for: Xbox 360
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Mercury Steam Soft. Co.: Konami
Publishers: Konami (GB)
Released: 8 Oct 2010 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
Connectivity: Network Features
Features: DualShock 3 Vibration Function


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The Castlevania series is the latest Japanese classic to see a reinvention by a Western studio – but you'll be pleased to know that most of the design hallmarks are present and correct. Developer Mercury Steam has brought the exploration-heavy vampire hunting franchise to a modern, gothic beat'em up affair. Who doesn't like beat'em ups?

You play as Gabriel, a member of the Brotherhood of Light – an organisation of holy knights tasked with protecting the land from supernatural evil. The mysterious Lords of Shadow now rule this medieval world with its army of dark creatures terrorising the innocent. As an orphan, Gabriel only knows two things – his fight against evil, and his one true love.

Unfortunately, his wife was brutally murdered by the vicious beasts that he fights, so it's obvious what Gabriel has to do. In challenging the Lords of Shadow himself, he seeks to see his wife – trapped in limbo, tormented by what has happened – once more and hopefully bring her, and the world, back to life.

You'll be battling Lycans and goblins against a beautiful representation of a twisted Southern Europe in the Middle Ages, and while the combat has become the core focus of the action, you are still able to use Gabriel's cross as a whip to rappel down cliffs, swing from ledges and perform some serious platforming. Add the development insight of Kojima Productions, and you have one exciting reinvention of a series dear to many people's hearts.