History YMMV / CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow

14th Jun '16 7:38:38 PM Etheru
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: After a certain point, it becomes hard to care about Gabriel's journey due to some morally reprehensible actions on his part (his quest to resurrect his beloved Marie doesn't quite excuse them), the CrapsackWorld the characters live in that might actually become ''worse'' if Gabriel continues to defeat the Lords of Shadow, and the fact in the end, [[spoiler:Gabriel's goals are doomed, due to the Brotherhood's manipulations being to make Gabriel into something that could destroy Satan, which [[StartOfDarkness causes Gabriel to become Dracula]].]]
31st May '16 10:27:13 AM GunarmDyne
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* ThatOneSidequest: Most of the trials are funny to do. Timed trials, with special mention to the titans's ones and Olrox's one, however, ''are not''.

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* ThatOneSidequest: Most of the trials are funny fun to do. Timed trials, with special mention to the titans's ones and Olrox's one, however, ''are not''.
12th May '16 5:12:13 AM thebug
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** Skeleton Warriors are also a pain, being surprisingly fast enemies who are very difficult to stagger. When defeated they explode into a pile of bones, which recombine if you don't destroy them with a fully charged earthquake punch. Unfortunately they nearly always come in groups of three and charging the punch takes just long enough for one of the others to run over and hit you out of it, resulting in an endless battle of attrition.

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** Skeleton Warriors are also a pain, being surprisingly fast enemies who are very difficult to stagger. When defeated they explode into a pile of bones, which recombine if you don't destroy them with a fully charged earthquake punch. strong, floor striking attack (all of which need some wind up and thus leave you open being interrupted). Unfortunately they nearly always come in groups of three and charging the punch attack takes just long enough for one of the others to run over and hit you out of it, resulting in an endless battle of attrition.



** As you'd most likely guess from his name and the fact that he's described in story to be extremely powerful, Forgotten One is a hard boss, but most of it unfortunately relies on FakeDifficulty: the segments between the 2 fights are supremely annoying timed platforming gauntlets not suited for the game's physics or controls, any weak points beyond the first one require you to jump to hit him, where you're unable to dodge anything, none of his attacks can be blocked, most of them have very similar tells and getting your Focus Gauge high enough to get any Neutral Orbs off him beyond the first weak point is an exercise in futility, very few of his attacks leave him open long enough to hit him at all and only a select few leave him open long enough for you to actually hit him and back off before the next attack, every time you take off enough of his health to trigger a QTE and the next checkpoint involves a different minigame where you need to figure out what you're supposed to do on the fly or risk losing all of your hard-earned progress, neither of the stages you fight him in have any Neutral Orb fountains or Health Fonts, and to rub the constant dying in even further, the game uses yet another ill-timed ShoutOut ([[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland "Avoid fighting like a dairy farmer."]]) as one of the "tips" you see when you die.

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** As you'd most likely guess from his name and the fact that he's described in story to be extremely powerful, Forgotten One is a hard boss, but most of it unfortunately relies on FakeDifficulty: the segments between the 2 fights are supremely annoying timed platforming gauntlets not suited for the game's physics or controls, any weak points beyond the first one require you to jump to hit him, where you're unable to dodge anything, none of his attacks can be blocked, most of them have very similar tells tells, most of them produce shock-waves or debris making their range larger than they look and getting your Focus Gauge high enough to get any Neutral Orbs off him beyond the first weak point is an exercise in futility, very few of his attacks leave him open long enough to hit him at all and only a select few leave him open long enough for you to actually hit him and back off before the next attack, every time you take off enough of his health to trigger a QTE and the next checkpoint involves a different minigame where you need to figure out what you're supposed to do on the fly or risk losing all of your hard-earned progress, neither of the stages you fight him in have any Neutral Orb fountains or Health Fonts, and to rub the constant dying in even further, the game uses yet another ill-timed ShoutOut ([[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland "Avoid fighting like a dairy farmer."]]) as one of the "tips" you see when you die.
5th Apr '16 3:02:58 PM Aliya
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* BreatherBoss: [[spoiler:Pan's is not a really difficult boss, considering that he's a PhysicalGod. However, it should be noted that he was out of his "area", which weakens him, and his objective was not to kill Gabriel, but to teach him how to fight against Satan.]]

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[[spoiler:Pan's is not a really difficult boss, considering that he's a PhysicalGod. However, it should be noted that he was out of his "area", which weakens him, and his objective was not to kill Gabriel, but to teach him how to fight against Satan.]]


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* BaseBreaker: Gabriel. He's either praised for being the first Belmont in the franchise who isn't a downplayed VanillaProtagonist, or scorned for [[spoiler: becoming ''the'' villain of the games.]]


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* {{Fanon}}: It is pretty much universally agreed that Gabriel's eye color during the events of ''Resurrection'' is red. [[note]] Yet, in the game itself, his character model doesn't change.[[/note]]


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* PolishedPort: The 2013 ''Ultimate Edition'' for the [=PC=] bundles the original game up with both of its ''Reverie'' and ''Resurrection'' [=DLCs=], sharpens the textures, improves the frame rate, as well as rectifies other miniscule problems that were present in the 2010 console release.


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* UncannyValley: The artwork present in the both DLC add-ons can be this to some. It's not the style itself that can come off as eerie, but the way the artists decided to handle certain details. For example, the fact that they chose to ''completely'' omit Gabriel's ''eyes'' in majority of the cutscenes, thus leaving two hollow black sockets in their place. He does... “acquire” proper eyes in the end, but it doesn't help. Gaping monochromatic eyes with a demented glint in them? Yeah.
4th Apr '16 11:48:57 PM luisedgarf
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen or InNameOnly (it depends on who you ask, hence it's presence here): Prior to the game's release Konami announced the game as simply "Lords of Shadow,"[[note]]Which was originally going to be an original IP[[/note]] so as not to compete with Castlevania Judgement.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen or InNameOnly (it depends on who you ask, hence it's presence here): Prior to the game's release Konami announced the game as simply "Lords of Shadow,"[[note]]Which was originally going to be an original IP[[/note]] game[[/note]] so as not to compete with Castlevania Judgement.
23rd Feb '16 8:41:21 PM Etheru
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* ItWasHisSled: Due to the followup games heavily advertising or [[LateArrivalSpoiler casually revealing it]], [[spoiler:Gabriel becoming this series' incarnation of Dracula]] is fairly well-known.
11th May '15 6:46:08 PM EldritchFox
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** Although the music is also a huge BaseBreaker, as many of the series' long-time fans lament the lack of classic tunes and mostly orchestral, atyhmospheric music, as compared to the more modern, jazz and rock-heavy classic soundtracks.
21st Jan '15 8:09:35 PM flamemario12
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* AwesomeYetPractical: The Combat Cross. Is there anything this weapon CAN'T do once fully upgraded? It has more reach than most spears, it can be swung around for massive Area attacks, it doubles as a grappling hook, you can put a stake on the other end for ye olde vampire killing, you put spikes on its chain for dominating huge monsters so you can control them, you can ''catch objects thrown at you and throw them right back at the enemy'' with it.
3rd Jan '15 1:04:19 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: {{Satan}} is a ManipulativeBastard, operates as TheChessmaster once he appears, and is TheManBehindTheMan to the Lords of Shadow themselves. Satan arranged every atrocity in the game, from Gabriel Belmont's wife's death [[spoiler: at Gabriel's own hands]] and the deaths of countless innocents, so he could set everything up to return to Heaven and take it over to [[RageAgainstTheHeavens complete his revenge on God.]] When he appears, Satan attempts to eliminate his [[YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness final pawn]] [[spoiler: [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Zobek]]]], and keeps the souls lost on the way [[AndIMustScream trapped in Limbo.]] Satan corrupted [[FallenHero The Lords of Shadow]] in to the monsters they had become, also making him responsible for all the innocents the werewolves and vampires had devoured. Using Zobek as a proxy and pawn, he manipulated the entire events of the game to gain access to Heaven, with only Gabriel to stand against him at the end. When he faces off with Gabriel, he attempts to paint himself as justified, but Gabriel sees through it, declaring Satan to be the egomaniac he is who seeks domination and hatred over all things.

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* CompleteMonster: {{Satan}} is a ManipulativeBastard, operates as TheChessmaster once he appears, and is TheManBehindTheMan to the Lords of Shadow themselves. Satan [[BigBad arranged every atrocity in the game, game]], from Gabriel Belmont's wife's death [[spoiler: at Gabriel's own hands]] hands and the deaths of countless innocents, so he could set everything up to return to Heaven and take it over to [[RageAgainstTheHeavens complete his revenge on God.]] God]]. When he appears, Satan attempts to eliminate his [[YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness final pawn]] [[spoiler: [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Zobek]]]], pawn, Zobek, and keeps the souls lost on the way [[AndIMustScream trapped in Limbo.]] Limbo]]. Satan corrupted [[TheCorrupter corrupted]] the [[FallenHero The Lords of Shadow]] in to into becoming the monsters they had become, also making him responsible for all the innocents the werewolves and vampires had devoured. Using Zobek as a proxy and pawn, he manipulated the entire events of the game to gain access to Heaven, with only Gabriel to stand against him at the end. When he faces off with Gabriel, he attempts to paint himself as justified, but Gabriel sees through it, declaring Satan to be the egomaniac he is who seeks domination and hatred over all things.
22nd Dec '14 2:54:10 AM rembrandt112
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** Skeleton Warriors are also a pain, being surprisingly fast enemies who are very difficult to stagger. When defeated they explode into a pile of bones, which recombine if you don't destroy them with a fully charged earthquake punch. Unfortunately they nearly always come in groups of three and charging the punch takes just long enough for one of the others to run over and hit you out of it, resulting in an endless battle of attrition.
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