Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

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MercurySteam co-owner and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 director Enric Alvarez has blasted critics for scoring the game 'unfairly', stating that you have to "be blind or stupid to give [Lords of Shadow 2] a 4/10".

Referring to EDGE's 4/10 review in an interview with Eurogamer Spain (picked up by VG247), Alvarez stated that "there are a few publications that set trends and from here there are other publications that follow and dare not deviate much. The first LOS, which has a 85 on Metacritic, also got bad marks major sites, yet the game was high. It is true that the Edge liked the first and this dislike."

However, Alvarez took particular issue with the magazine's score.

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"But I also find that this has happened is totally unfair," he said. "One must be blind or stupid to give it a 4/10 for a game of this quality. With a 4/10 people interpret it is a crappy game, badly done, it breaks, with mechanics that do not work with some awful graphics, and if I were an analyst would know this, which I do not think los2 a score of crappy game deserves."

He also accused some reviewers of "infinite arrogance".

"Any game is a very complex work and I sometimes I find that in specialized gaming press lack professionalism to judge things for what they are and not what they wanted it to be about," he said earlier in the interview. "I agree that in the end it is an opinion, and opinion is totally respectable, but do not confuse a review and analysis. The analysis will mainly review the object and the subject will primarily reviewer.Can you say, 'I do really like the rock but I hate the opera', this is an opinion, not an analysis.

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"If I had to do an analysis of 'Don Giovanni' would not even know where to start and this year lack of honesty in the gaming press. Lots of people analyze games and is not up for the game you analyzed. This is a problem because after this influences the decision to buy from people, and then also have an influence at the level of their opportunities for developers, because we are in a world in which the simplification of information is the order of day and if you can classify a developer according to the note on Metacritic for what you do.

"Do not misunderstand me," he continued. "There are very good people writing about video games, have the opinion they have. I speak very good people, for example, destroyed the first LOS. It is not about being right or wrong, it's a matter of talking about what you have to talk. When you say in a review that the textures or the engine of a video game are not high, or that the gameplay is not up to you to know what you say. You can not just say 'I did not like, and as I do not like is bad', that is an infinite arrogance."

EDGE's review was one of the first published reviews of Lords of Shadow 2, criticising it for being "clunky, ugly and deeply misguided". We scored it 6/10.

The reviews may have also gone some way to determining the game's placement in this week's charts, where it just about managed to scrape inside the top 10.

The game currently holds a Metacritic score of 70 on Xbox 360, 62 on PS3 and 62 on PC.


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hermitgamer's Avatar


4/10... what game were that playing, surely not los2. Maybe it was to difficult for the testers or maybe they were still playing the 16 min demo... los2 has its flaws naming a few the stealth now why in the world dracula has to sneak around lesser man is beyond me even in his so called weakened state, the attacks got repetitiveafter aa while but that's to be expected.. my review would be a weak 7/10
Posted 23:44 on 05 March 2014
Bretty's Avatar


I think this is a bit of poetic justice as many have said they came out and said they would only speak to Edge.

A lot of games get marked (both higher or lower). In my opinion marking a game 4/10 is saying the game is broken and not worth your time, which I doubt is the case with LoS2 but for whatever reason the reviewer did not enjoy it. Reading the review may help you understand why and a lot of the time in those situations I've noticed that things just didn't click with the reviewer the same way they did with another.

End of the day reviews are opinions. The best way to get people hyped is to make sure lots of people can give their opinions on the game (unless the game is genuinely awful) and the team made the bold move of only trying to talk to the big dogs, who decided to bite them.
Posted 08:04 on 04 March 2014
smackybumbum's Avatar


LOS2 is a great game. Great atmosphere and great music. A bit better than the six ye gave it. I do agree that edges 4/10 is more than unfair. Pretentious in fact.
They gave skyward sword 10/10. I'm a Zelda fan boy and that game is weak.
Posted 20:04 on 03 March 2014

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Release Date: 28/02/2014
Developer: Mercury Steam
Publisher: Konami
Genre: Action
Rating: TBC
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