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->''"[[BagOfSpilling Once I was strong]]. [[PhysicalGod Powerful beyond measure, beyond imagining]]. It has been an age since I last fed... but [[HesBack I will return]]. I will [[BackFromTheDead live again]]. I will have my [[{{Revenge}} vengeance]]. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Nothing will stand in my way]]. They will pay. [[RevengeBeforeReason Even if it takes an eternity, they will pay]]... For [[IAmTheNoun I am the dragon]], [[{{Dracula}} Dracul]]! I am the [[GodOfEvil Prince of Darkness]]! That... is my vengeance."''
-->-- '''Dracula'''

'''''Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2''''' is an action adventure game developed by [[VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho Mercury Steam]] published by {{Konami}} for PS3, XBox360 and PC, and the sequel to the 2010 ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' ContinuityReboot OriginsEpisode ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' (aka [[VideoGame/GodofWar God of War]] in Europe with friggin' werewolves). It was released in North America on February 25, 2014; Europe on February 27; and the UK on February 28; a demo was included for free with the download of ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadowMirrorOfFate Mirror of Fate HD]]''.

At the end of ''Lords of Shadow'', Gabriel Belmont gave up his humanity and became the vampire lord {{Dracula}}. But after a millennium of [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge war with those who betrayed him]], even he yearns for [[WhoWantsToLiveForever release from his immortal bonds]]. In the [[TimeSkip modern day]], a [[BagOfSpilling weakened]] Dracula's only hope lies in a final task: fight through the forces of Hell and Earth to face a powerful enemy from his past one last time. But to do so, the [[MonsterLord vampire lord]] must reacquire his old powers and only his castle holds the key.

The first, and only, batch of DLC, titled "Revelations", released on March 25th, and follows Alucard.

Previews: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GAIoXPMBPM trailer 1]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuWQo3ti96g trailer 2]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7Ujh-8iqiY trailer 3]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOfMim_7jww trailer 4]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83ro6JoqBBQ trailer 5]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgtztYmjVxg trailer 6]].

Due to the TwistEnding in the first ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow Lords of Shadow]]'', '''expect unmarked spoilers'''.
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!!''Lords of Shadow 2'' provides examples of:
* ActionCommands[=/=]PressXToNotDie: Quick-time events return in this game, though you can turn them off from the menu.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Of an odd sort, [[spoiler: with Zobek/Death. Granted, Death was always a villain but he was also a close ally and even friend of Dracula, with the games often referring to him as Dracula's confidante. In this game he's more of an EnemyMine to Dracula who cares nothing for anyone and is pretty clearly manipulating Dracula for his own personal gain. Death does occasionally refer to Dracula as friend, but in a way that is practically dripping with sarcasm.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: Some scrolls found in-game imply that 400 years pass between Mirror of Fate and Lords of Shadow 2's prologue, during which Dracula ran rampant. The scrolls also seem to indicate that the year the game takes place in is 2057.
** Producer Dave Cox has clarified a few story points on his Twitter account, such as [[spoiler: the fact that Satan was [[CessationOfExistence killed off for good]], that Gabriel saw his destiny in the Mirror before shattering it, and that he is now the master of the Earth]].
* AlternateHistory: Based on the City Memorials, ''Lords of Shadows 2'' takes place in a world where the centuries-long struggle between Dracula and the Brotherhood of Light is considered to be historical fact. This makes sense, considering that the game's prologue has Dracula wiping out an ''entire army'' by way of a gigantic explosion that could be seen from space. Something like that would be hard to keep secret.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: The DLC is an add-on story campaign that focuses on what Alucard was doing before and during the main game.
* AntiHero: What Dracula is. A very dark type IV.
* BackFromTheDead: Although the original Carmilla is quite dead, [[spoiler:Inner Dracula]] revives a version of her from Dracula's memories during Dracula's sojourns into the castle. [[spoiler:Marie is also revived the same way, though whether she's simply a personification of Dracula's memories or her soul sent back from Heaven is unclear.]]
* BadassBoast: Dracula is fond of these.
-->'''Dracula:''' I am the only one who lives forever!
** Even Satan gets one.
-->'''Satan:''' If I cannot rule the world of men... THEN NO ONE WILL!
** BlasphemousBoast:
--->'''Paladin:''' {{God}} is with me, monster!\\
'''Dracula:''' That will be your ruin.
** Another appropriate one from the daughter of Satan to both Gabriel and Zobek; considering God's continual absence from the apocalyptic equation.
--->'''Raisa Volkova:''' We killed Him and His precious son! And you two are next!
* BagOfSpilling: Dracula wakes up having lost most of his powers, and has to return to his castle to regain them. In a strange sense, since he's obtaining his powers from a place made from his own memories, he technically did not lose them at all, but has to reacquire their use.
* BatmanGambit[=/=]MemoryGambit: The entire plot of ''Lords of Shadow 2'' is based on one of these. [[spoiler:Alucard convinces Dracula to fake his own death because he knows that it will cause both Zobek and Satan to come out into the open, allowing Dracula to destroy them both.]]
* BellyMouth: Raisa Volkova gets one when she goes OneWingedAngel.
* BigBadEnsemble: The game split the difference between {{Satan}} and [[EnemyWithin the blood of Bernhard Castle]], with the former being the actual objective for Dracula to achieve his death, and the latter being the primary factor keeping him from doing so. [[spoiler:Zobek]] also becomes an important antagonist, but is not given the same focus as the other two.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: The hero of this game is a ruthless vampire lord... but he fights against Satan, who is even ''worse''.
* BloodFromTheMouth[=/=]VomitIndiscretionShot:
** Dracula destroys the Siege Titan by vomiting ''gallons'' of corrupted blood on its power crystal.
** After being defeated by Dracula, the [[spoiler:Toy Maker]] pukes up the corrupted blood of Dracula's castle, returning to normal in the process.
* BloodMagic:
** Dracula's mystical Void Sword and Chaos Claws are powered by consuming the blood of his enemies.
** Dracula's living castle is similarly powered by the blood of all those Dracula has killed.
* BloodSplatteredWarrior: Dracula regularly gets covered in blood after eviscerating his opponents.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:Dracula walks out of a church after the prologue, and the game ends with him walking back into it.]]
* CessationOfExistence: [[spoiler: This happens to Satan after Gabriel kills him]].
* ChaosIsEvil: After his FaceHeelTurn, Dracula replaces his Shadow Magic with a pair of "Chaos Claws".
* TheChosenOne: Gabriel is ''still'' God's chosen champion, even after becoming the [[GodOfEvil Prince of Darkness]]. This is why holy objects don't harm him like they would other monsters.
-->'''Gabriel:''' The power of your God cannot destroy me... Because ''[[WhamLine I am His chosen one!]]''
* CigaretteBurns: While they have her in captivity, Zobek puts his cigarette out in Volkova's ''eye''.
* ColossusClimb:
** Dracula fights a massive Siege Titan in the tutorial.
** [[spoiler:The final battle begins with another, much shorter climb up the Leviathan.]]
* ContinuityNod:
** A stone statue of Satan can be seen in Dracula's keep at Bernhard castle.
** Dracula awakens in the very same church seen in the epilogue of ''Lords of Shadow'' 1.
** The sprawling metropolis that serves as the game's setting is none other than Wygol, the snowy mountain village that you visited in chapter V of ''Lords of Shadow'' 1000 years earlier. In the modern day, it has been renamed "Castlevania City".
** At the end of the tutorial level, Dracula matches the crusader's prayers word for word, referencing him being a member of the Brotherhood of Light in the first game.
** Victor Belmont uses many moves Gabriel had in Lords of Shadow during your fight with him.
** In Castlevania City, there is a local business called Bernhard Metals, Ltd.
* ControllableHelplessness: Shortly after Dracula reawakens, he slowly walks down a city street, then ends up in a fight against a monster; in his weakened state, all he can do is barely fight.
* CrapsackWorld: This game takes place in a world where wars against a vampire lord are historical ''fact'', Satan's followers are unleashing a plague that turns people into monsters, and the riot police of the city are described by in-game text as being unscrupulous. The world of the ''Lords of Shadow'' saga is ''not'' a nice place to live.
* CreepyCathedral: The old stone church Dracula wakes up in is covered in demonic looking statues.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Darker than the already dark first game in this trilogy. The game doesn't hide the fact that Dracula is an utter monster.
* DemonicPossession:
** It's one of Dracula's powers, and it allows him to possess beings around him by turning himself into blood and entering in their bodies. However, this doesn't last long, because Dracula's blood deteriorates the body quickly, making it stagger and move slowly, and it eventually explodes into [[LudicrousGibs LudicrousGibs]].
** [[spoiler:Satan possesses Alucard for the final battle.]]
* TheDreaded: Invoked by Dracula.
-->'''Dracula:''' All shall come to fear me.
** In case you had any doubts, Dracula is so feared that Zobek and even ''Satan'' are scared of him. [[spoiler:Dracula has to fake his own death to bring them out into the open.]]
* DungeonPunk: The Brotherhood of Light's aesthetic. Of particular note is the Siege Titan powered by a magical crystal.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:Leviathan, an ancient, godlike beast imprisoned by Satan for thousands of years. He plans to destroy the world with it. You might remember its spawn swimming through the depths of the castle in the first game's ''Reverie'' DLC.]]
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The game opens on the night of the Apocalypse, with Satan returning to bring Hell on Earth.
* EvilVersusEvil: It's Dracula, the self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness, versus Satan himself.
* {{Familiar}}: Dracula has a wide range of monsters bound to him.
** Dracula's bats will find wall outcrops for him to grab onto.
* FanDisservice: When fought, [[DarkActionGirl Raisa Volkova]] makes sexually suggestive remarks to Dracula... after showing her [[NightmareFace hellish]] GameFace.
* FemmeFatalons: Dracula has pointy claws for fingernails.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Dracula is unable to die by any means except the Vampire Killer Combat Cross. However, it is possible to die in combat.
** Although Dracula is a virtual demigod who can go toe-to-toe with Satan himself, he is incapable of defeating Golgoth guards in straight up combat and must always sneak past them.
* GasMaskMook: The [[BadassNormal Riot Police]] wear gas masks and PoweredArmor.
* GeniusLoci: Dracula's castle is alive, and [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters would rather not]] [[InvertedTrope have the vampire lord leave]].
* GodOfEvil: Dracula intends to be the one and only "prince of darkness", as a screw you to God, Satan, the Brotherhood of Light, and just about everyone else who manipulated him and ruined his life.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Latin mostly, although we also have Demonic Speech and [[spoiler: THE LANGUAGE OF SATAN!]]
-->'''Dracula:''' Ubi fuerint haec nomina, et digna dei! Praecipimus vobis atque, ligamus vos ut non habeatis! Utus potestatem per pesten nec per aliquod! Quodeumque maleficium nocere ei incantationem neque! In anima nec in corpore!
* GrandFinale: For the ''Lords of Shadow'' series.
* GuideDangit: Trying to get past some of the stealth missions can be frustrating without knowing exactly what to do, and getting through the greenhouse maze can be an exercise in madness itself.
* HauntedCastle: Bernard Castle, an centuries old keep filled with a FantasyKitchenSink of monsters and spirits.
* HeroAntagonist: The Belmonts, a clan of heroes who are sworn to destroy you. They are also [[AntagonisticOffspring your descendants]].
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: A continuing theme from the [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow first game]].
** The once heroic Dracula has become a monstrous GodOfEvil.
** The Belmonts have become so obsessed with restoring their honor that they're willing to doom the world as long as it means killing Dracula.
** Friedrich Nietzsche's TropeNamer quote is also invoked.
--->'''Friedrich Nietzsche:''' He who fights monsters should beware, lest he become a monster himself.
* HideYourChildren: Averted. One of Dracula's first acts upon waking up in the 21st century is to butcher a young girl and her family to revive himself.
* HopelessBossFight: Inverted in the prologue; Dracula can't take damage from ''anything'' (because he's Dracula, and Dracula is ''that'' powerful), so while the Golden Paladin can juggle you a bit, there's absolutely no chance he can actually kill you.
** Played straight in the scene after; Dracula wakes up in the present day and stumbles upon a demon. At this point Dracula is blood-starved from being asleep for several centuries and can barely attack or dodge. Zobek's bodyguard winds up bailing you out right before it delivers the finishing blow.
* HowWeGotHere: The game opens with a weakened Dracula waking up after centuries of sleep in modern day, and then flashes back to centuries earlier to show how he got there.
* IAmTheNoun:
-->'''Dracula:''' I am the dragon.
* AnIcePerson: The Primal Void Gem allows Dracula's Void Sword to shoot clouds of ice that freeze enemies on contact.
* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: From easiest to hardest, the skill levels are named Twilight Knight, Creature of the Night, Lord of Shadow, and Prince of Darkness.
* ImmediateSequel: The game starts at the end of Lords of Shadow's epilogue. Played with, however, in that the sequel game to the main plot of the first game, "Mirror of Fate", is a long time before this one. This serves as an immediate sequel to the DistantFinale of the first game, but not to the gameplay.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
** Dracula impales a monster through the head with his sword after it grabs his son.
** When Dracula performs a finishing move on a harpy, he will often impale her with her own spear.
** The ways in which [[spoiler:Past!Carmilla, Zobek, and Satan]] die.
* KillTheGod: [[spoiler: Gabriel ''[[CessationOfExistence kills Satan]]'' at the end of the game]].
* KonamiCode: Shows up both as a code and in-universe.
** As a code, it allows accessing the Cheat Menu.
** In-universe, one of the knights attacking Dracula's castle went insane and was going over a ritual that involved all of the steps, with "grab the air" for B and "jump" for A. [[TooDumbToLive He fell to his death while attempting it.]]
* LaserBlade: Dracula's mystical Void Sword has a blade made of pure energy, rather than sharpened metal, though it looks metal enough.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Dracula can't even remember his name when he first wakes up.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Every trailer and piece of advertising will instantly give away TheReveal from the first game that [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie Gabriel Belmont became Dracula]].
** Somewhat averted with Zobek. From the trailers and first couple of hours of gameplay, it's clear he's a much darker character than the noble knight he initially presented himself as, but it's not outright shown that he's in fact [[spoiler: the 3rd Lord of Shadow]], which was arguably the first game's big Reveal.
* LimitBreak: The Dragon Amulet: When you have five dragon scales, using it causes Dracula to go into a cutscene where he turns into a dragon made of shadows and chaos, before crashing down and doing damage that will kill just about everything in the game short of boss in one hit. It also makes Dracula invincible and locks him into stronger than normal chaos claws for about half a minute after.
* LoveRedeems: A major theme. [[spoiler:Dracula's love for Marie and Trevor causes him to slowly rediscover his humanity over the course of the game, which ultimately results in a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* MeleeATrois: Corporate and Demonic enemies will fight each other, but there aren't a lot of areas where the two are encountered at the same time.
* MentalWorld: Bernhard Castle could count as this, as it's constructed from Dracula's own memory. This explains how characters long dead can show up there (including some whom Dracula never actually met at that point in their lives, like Child!Trevor and Human!Carmilla).
* MookHorrorShow: The first time you fight the Riot Police is a great example of this. Try to put yourself in one of those men's shoes. You and two of your buddies are tasked with putting down possessed civilians and after a while, you come across a man in a red coat who seems to be immune to the demonic virus that's turning everyone else into mindless monsters. You ask him to come with you, but he tells you to get out of his way, so you decide to take him in by force. Then you find out the hard way that this is no ordinary man you're dealing with when he starts attacking you with some kind of whip that looks like it's made out of solid blood, occasionally swapping them out for a glowing sword that seems to suck the energy out of you with every hit and a pair of flaming gauntlets that completely leave your brand new jetpack useless. The next thing you know, he's ripping out one guy's throat with his mouth and DRINKING HIS BLOOD, then he kills your other friend and sends you flying. You get back up, and realize you're the only one left. But the man in the red coat is nowhere to be seen. You look around wildly, already knowing how completely and utterly fucked you are seconds before the man's hand plunges through your chest. You look down, and the last thing you see before you die is your still beating heart clutched in his hand.
* MundaneUtility:
** As soon as you begin the first real level of the main story, Dracula uses his blood magic to harden a large amount of his blood to create his BadassLongcoat.
** Dracula's bats can distract enemies, but they're used more often to find footholds for Dracula to leap to.
* MythologyGag:
** Dracula uses a derivative of the classic HumansAreTheRealMonsters line from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'':
--->'''Dracula''': What is a man... but a miserable pile of secrets?
** One of the Brotherhood of Light bosses uses Richter's ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' line, "Die Monster! You don't belong in this world!" too.
** The Belmont encountered in this game is Victor, one of the main characters from the cancelled ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaResurrection''.
** The Toymaker says, "Heh heh heh, thank you!" much like the shopkeeper from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''.
** Alucard's sword is named the Crissaegrim, after the InfinityPlusOneSword in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''.
** One of the preorder bonuses is an "Armored Dracula" skin, which gives him black armor and clothing reminiscent of ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight SoTN's]] Dracula, it even grows out his beard a bit more to make the resemblance more apparent.
** in Castlevania City, there is a local business called Bernhard Metals, Ltd.
** The prologue starts with [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight holy warriors taking Dracula's castle by storm, and breaking into his throne room to find him drinking a glass of wine.]] Only this time, [[VillainProtagonist you're Dracula.]]
* NonStandardGameOver: Besides failing the [=QTEs=], there are a handful of circumstances that give a lengthy cutscene before going to the game over screen:
** During Carmilla's chapter, Dracula's being corrupted by her blood; if your real health falls below the black bar that's at the start of your health meter, you get a cutscene where Dracula is fully charmed and follows Carmilla into the darkness with a lovestruck look on his face.
** When you first encounter Nergal Meslamstia, he begins subjecting Dracula to [[AgonyBeam electric torture]]. If you don't limp away from him [[spoiler: and lure him to Castlevania where he's weak enough to even the odds]], you get a cutscene where Dracula is set on fire as Nergal opens a portal to Hell for Satan to capture him.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: See WhamEpisode.
* OneManArmy: Dracula is shown wiping out entire armies of knights by himself.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: In the opening siege, Dracula doesn't bother getting off his CoolChair until the invaders actually breech all the way into his throne room.
* PowerOfTheVoid: One of Dracula's new weapons is the powerful "Void Sword".
* PoweredArmor: Some of the enemies wear such armor, with medieval design touches.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Dracula is willing to take the rest of time to get revenge on his enemies, even though it means never seeing his loved ones again.
* RipVanWinkle: After an encounter with Alucard in the Middle Ages, Dracula is comatose for centuries until 21st century comes around. As a result, he loses much of his memories and powers, and has to retrieve them.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Dracula, against Satan, the Brotherhood of Light, and anyone else who's crossed him.
-->'''Dracula:''' I will have my vengeance. Nothing will stand in my way. They will pay. Even if it takes an eternity, they will pay.
* ShoutOut: Dracula's rat transformation is very similar to a scene from ''Film/BramStokersDracula''.
** Another similarity to a scene from that movie is the cutscene [[spoiler: after Carmilla is defeated]], where Dracula pets the white wolf that transports him between the city and castle while Marie watches.
** When Dracula and Victor have to jump out a window to get a momentary respite from Abbadon, the way Victor jumps, combined with his white hooded ensemble makes him very closely resemble [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed an assassin.]]
*** Additionally, when leading Dracula up to the back entrance into the underground catacombs where the survivors are living, Victor uses Parkour after double jumping up a series of beams. More specifically, He uses the [[Franchise/PrinceofPersia Prince's]] wall run before diving onto balcony.
** The third acolyte, a Satan-worshiping cleric named Guido Szandor, is almost certainly named for Anton Szandor [=LaVey=], founder of the real-life Church of Satan.
** In the Revelations DLC, while scouring the Toy Maker's quarters, you come across a dead knight identified as "Angry Sir Rolfe", who complains that the solution to the Toy Maker's trap is so complicated that he'd almost wish for it to be just having to wait until being picked up by a magical tornado. This is a shout out to ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'', James Rolfe, who started his online career by reviewing ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest'', where such an event actually happens. There, this doubles as a MythologyGag.
** Nowhere outside of the ''Lords of Shadow'' series is Alucard's wolf form ever stated to be white. ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' even explicitly shows it to have gray-blue fur. ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadowMirrorOfFate'' changes the fur's color to silver, and this game makes a big deal of repeatedly referring to Alucard as "The White Wolf." Why is this significant? Because of the game company Creator/WhiteWolf, producers of many popular GothicPunk {{Tabletop RPG}}s, most notably ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''.
* TheSiege: The Brotherhood of Light laid siege to Dracula's castle in the past, only for Dracula to wipe them out single-handedly.
* SpiritualSuccessor: With the RPG and exploration elements, this game could be considered a spiritual successor to ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''.
* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: You can summon swords, whips and other weapons on the fly.
* SpotTheImposter: [[spoiler: Towards the end of Carmilla's chapter, Dracula is put into a Spot the Imposter scenario with his wife Marie and Carmilla pretending to be Marie. It's fairly obvious which one is the fake, since Carmilla still talks like TheVamp.]]
* StealthBasedMission: Various stealth-based elements, which involve the use of Dracula's Plague of Rats power and others.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Vampire Killer Combat Cross is the only thing that can kill Dracula, and by implication of his bloodline, Alucard. The weapon serves to be the end goal of Dracula's journey [[spoiler:until Alucard reminds him of their plan. Then it is still very important, but is to be used on the vampires ''after'' Satan and Zobek are defeated, and is ultimately not used on them at all]].
* {{Tagline}}: "Blood is [[BigScrewedUpFamily Family]]. Blood is [[ThePowerOfBlood Power]]. Blood is Everything."
* ATasteOfPower: You get to see a full powered Dracula destroying entire armies through opening flashbacks, but then have to reacquire all those abilities as a weakened Dracula in modern day.
* TeleportSpam: Dracula's new dodge move has him blink from place to place by transforming into a cloud of bats.
* ThatManIsDead: A sentiment echoed by many of the monsters in the game.
** Such as Alucard
--->'''Alucard:''' Trevor died a long time ago, father. I am Alucard.
** And Dracula.
--->'''Dracula''': I am no longer Gabriel, woman! I am the dragon, Dracul! I am the prince of darkness!
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The Book of Dracul.
* TooDumbToLive: The Brotherhood of Light in their scrolls and memorials get bopped on the head with this every now and again ([[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow not the first]] [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadowMirrorOfFate time either]]). Despite rooting out evil, they seem completely under the masquerade of the creatures of the night. One of the memorials even has a building christened in Zobek's honor... while also pointing out that he's 112 years old (and this was in 1903, the game presumably takes place in the 2000s) and impossibly healthy, they just attribute it to being in good standing with God due to his altruism.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: The stealth sections are new, compared to LoS1. Zobek explains that, due to your current weakness, any encounters with the Golgothan guards will be best approached with stealth rather than combat, until you've regained your powers, but that just is applied to ''every'' section. Presumably even with all of his power intact, Dracula still doesn't have the necessary strength and experience recalled to face them [[spoiler:until just before the FinalBoss, when no more Golgoth guards appear]].
* UnexplainedRecovery:
** It's never really explained how Zobek survived [[spoiler: seemingly being killed by Satan]] at the end of the first game.
** Likewise, Dracula recovering from his apparent death at the end of ''Mirror Of Fate'' is never elaborated on, though the fact that his dissolution at the end of the battle was different from that of other vampires indicates that he [[FakingTheDead hadn't really died at all]], and Alucard was waiting for when he would come up again.
* TheUnfought: [[spoiler:You don't fight Guido Szandor, the final acolyte. First Alucard stops you from attacking him, then Satan kills him after being summoned.]]
* UrbanFantasy: Much of the game involves you playing as an immortal vampire in modern day.
* VampireBitesSuck:
** When Dracula chomps into an opponent, he not only turns them into a dehydrated husk, but his entire face gets cover in bloody spatter.
** After feeding upon an opponent, Dracula can also dismember his victim with his bare hands.
** Averted when Dracula feeds on [[spoiler:Marie and Carmilla]], making this more of a KissOfTheVampire.
* VampiricDraining: Dracula can bite into opponents to drain their blood and even draw blood lost in battle into himself.
* VideoGameDashing: You can propel yourself in any direction, even while in the air, with the dodge button.
* VillainProtagonist: You play as the EvilOverlord {{Dracula}}, and the game doesn't even try to hide that he's a monster by now. In fact, [[EstablishingCharacterMoment the first thing he does]] after being saved by a family of {{muggles}} after being beaten not long after going out to Castlevania City without [[ThePowerOfBlood a drink]] in a long time is [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished draining them all]]. [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted. See AntiAntiChrist.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: Just getting a good look at Dracula or hearing him speak gives away TheReveal from the first game that Gabriel Belmont became the vampire lord.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Castlevania City is somewhere in Middle to Eastern Europe, except the city itself looks like Budapest, Madrid and London had a child together and left it up in the mountains somewhere.
** Cars and Trucks in the city have American, European and Japanese influences.
** Elevators are referred to as lifts and the elevator buttons are in Japanese.
** Castlevania City's architecture is predominantly Gothic, but there are Romanesque and Baroque influences as well, along with various modern architectural styles including High-Tech, which is seen in some of the skyscrapers and high-rises. The part of the city right outside of the church where Dracula woke up, looks like a mix between Times Square and Piccadilly Circus.
** The Riot Police are wearing UsefulNotes/WW1-UsefulNotes/WW2 era gas masks, and their assault rifles look like they're [=PPSh=]-41 submachineguns with extra furniture on them.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Dracula's RageAgainstTheHeavens is driven by the horrors inflicted upon him and his bloodline in the past.
-->'''Dracula:''' ...And did they tell you of your own death at my hands? Did they tell you what would happen to our ''child''? Did they?! Did they tell you that blood would fight against blood, for ''all eternity''!? [...] Tell me, is this God's reward for the devoted and the foolish?\\
'''Marie:''' You are no fool, Gabriel.\\
'''Dracula:''' ''I am no longer Gabriel, woman!'' I am the dragon, Dracul! I am the ''prince of darkness''! I am, and will be, forever, a ''thorn in [[{{God}} His]] side''! That is my vengeance!
* WhamEpisode: The last flashback sequence, in which Dracula learns [[spoiler:the MemoryGambit he made with his son, and fully cements his HeelFaceTurn]].
* WhamLine:
-->'''Dracula:''' That is why the power of your God cannot destroy me... ''Because I am His chosen one!''
* WouldHurtAChild: One of Dracula's first acts in the modern day is to drain dry a family down to their young daughter. Though when he looks into the other room and actually sees them, the twinge on his face implies he's ''very'' unhappy with what Zobek fed him while he was in a blood-starved frenzy.
* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler:Satan [[TearOffYourFace murders]] [[OffingTheOffspring Guido]] for failing to kill Dracula before his return.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Satan]]:''' I despise incompetence.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Brother]]: Agreus, brother of Pan, is after Dracula for this very reason.
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