All Gabriel "Dracula" Belmont wants to do is be left in peace. He longs to stare into the night sky and occasionally feast on the blood of the pure, but that stupid Satan just won't stop showing up and kicking over Dracula's Gothic sand castle. We'll soon get to stick our Void Swords right in the Devil's derriere when Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 hits PCs on February 25, but at least we can sate our bloodthirst in the meantime with the free demo available on Steam along with a 10 percent cut of the $60 pre-order price.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
As with the previous Lords of Shadow - which you probably haven't played yet - the God of War-esque combat in its Feb 2014 sequel might look button-mashy, it appears to be anything but. If this mid-level boss fight is any indication, you'll need to master another (fairly tricky) combat system, which sees you constantly switching between various states. In the first game it was Light and Shadow magic; here it seems to revolve around the Void Sword, which lets you steal health from the enemy when charged up. As someone who didn't really get on with the combat in the DmC reboot, I think this looks rather exciting. See if you agree after the break.
Tread lightly, for I have bundled so much Castlevania news into this post, that at any moment it could burst into a grotesque shower of spiders, gothic scenery, and weirdly angry coffins with legs. Konami released a selection of screenshots for the updated, polished, and DLC-bundling Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Ultimate Edition. Have a browse through, and anticipate the weird things you'll get to slice come the demo, which, according to the game's Facebook page, is due for a Steam summoning tomorrow.
Then, when you've filled your eyes with the horrors of 2010; gaze into the future courtesy of the extra screens depicting the PC-confirmed Lords of Shadow 2, due out this November.
Steamdatabasemancy is a word referring to fine art of gazing into the Steam database, to try and foretell the future of PC gaming. As with looking into a cup of tea or playing the stock market, it's an art that disappoints as often as it... appoints, with right-on leaks like Brutal Legend and Dyad just about making up for misleading Halo 3 entries. So you should probably take the addition of the original Castlevania: Lords of Shadow with a pinch of salt (and maybe a couple of cloves of garlic), despite how legit its entry seems.