Yes, it's Castlevania: Lord Of Shadows 2. Why? How? These are the questions I ask myself as I watch this trailer. Not only did the last Lord Of Shadows completely rip off PS2 titles, God Of War and Shadow Of The Collossus, but it also is referenced as just a mediocre game overall. I've played it myself - it's nothing even remotely like Castlevania. Don't kid yourself.
First of all, we're still playing as Dracula. Still. Maybe that's good, but Soma Cruz was Dracula enough for me. I don't actually want to play as Dracula with a whip. That destroys the whole concept of the series. The vampire killer was the whip used to kill Dracula, so why in the hell is he using it? All right, perhaps it's not "the" vampire killer, but it certainly works the same.
And since you're Dracula, who are you going to battle again? The devil? Seriously, that pissed me off when I found out that the devil was the enemy. I knew that the Metal Gear guy was going to fuck this up. These days all franchises are worn out and need to be scrapped I guess. Megaman got the fucking boot, Castlevania got turned into money making trash, and Metal Gear is now Ninja Gaiden.
Just wait, a fun kiddie-based Mario FPS will soon release. He'll shoot stars or something out of the gun, but it will be the same thing. I never thought in all my days that gaming would go down the tubes and become so fucking corporate. Even when they do bring back an old franchise, they manage to further fuck it up. I am glad the Xenosaga stopped at 3, and Xenoblade needs to be the final for that. Chrono Break? No fucking way, not now. Unless some indie group is on it, I wouldn't even hold my breath for it.
Final Fantasy has already proved to me that RPG's are going down the shitter, unless you want to lose your life into an MMO with people that should be out enjoying themselves with their families, not forgetting to eat and sleep because of a game. I remember the old days, when we'd play a lot - but I never heard of anyone skipping a meal; and if it happened, it was because that game was good.
Marriages even falter because of... GAMES! Yeah, can you believe that people are too busy playing games to even enjoy marriage? That's why porn is up so high these days, because even married people don't seem to like what they've got, or would rather play games.
But back to my subject. I really never thought that in all my years of gaming, that the franchises we grew up with would turn into shit like this. It's all about milking your franchise instead of adding to it. It's all about taking from other games, instead of introducing your own gameplay mechanics. I've been a fan of Castlevania for a very long time and just wish they'd throwback it like Megaman, Mario, Donkey Kong (even though it didn't work) and Kirby. The throwback games here worked. People enjoyed them.
Nobody needed another 3D Castlevania. Do you know that there are people that still play the Online Co-Op Castlevania because they still love that style of gaming? years after it's release, people still play. But I've even still found a great number of people playing the original Neverwinter Nights game. Believe it or not. I'm currently playing Baldur's Gate (Yes, the first one) and am enjoying it thus far.
They aim to make a BG3, but I think, just as everything else (Dungeon Siege 3, Diablo III) they'll FUCK IT UP AGAIN. Dragon Age Origins was great. Dragon Age 2 became a mindless and boring hack and slash. X-Men Generations looked like it could bring back the X-Men Legends style of gameplay, they even managed to fuck it up again.
I'm gonna be honest with you, folks. This is one of the only games I'm looking forward to:
And anything that shows up here: http://www.nintendocfc.com/ (Should be in October.)
But as for next year, it's this:
Please don't fuck this one up too.