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Blood Is Everything
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Published: March 12, 2014
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Man, I love Castlevania. The thoughtful, deliberate pacing and punishing difficulty of the classic NES games? Super Castlevania 4? Bloodlines for the Genesis? Don't even get me started. Shit is INCREDIBLE. And of course I also appreciated the brisk exploration and freeform character customization of the post-SoTN games. Hell, I even liked Lords of Shadow. It was derivative, sure, but god DAMN was it ever pretty.
So imagine my excitement when I found out that Lords of Shadow 2 was actually going to let you play as Dracula. Like, they weren't copping out and having you play some other Belmont, or Alucard or whoever. Dracula. Final Boss. Fireballs and monologues and bats and shit. 

And then THIS happened. 
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Yeah, I didn't like Lords of Shadow 2 either, the 1st Lords of Shadow was mixed for me, 1 Pro for Kojima, for good graphics, and voice acting and an impressive story, but underwhelming gameplay and boss fights, and mediocre characters, Lords of Shadow 2 never had those, everything about it just sucks.
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And for the record, I can't wait for Bloodstained, on how Koji Igarashi is going to play the game out, and it's almost released.
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Looks like Dracula tried some of my brother's ex-wife's cooking.Sweating a little... 
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himegirl15Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stay in school  and  don't do blood  kids. 
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FuninightmareHobbyist Traditional Artist
There was other funny shit as well. Like that time he exploded a whole army, but we only saw from space and then at the end were he was about to kill Alucard possessed by the Devil and he made that slow motion yell.
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What is a man... but a 7 litres of hemoglobin
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BobombDomHobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, fan service is always a thing. My bet is they only included it for the trailer. Still didn't detract from how awesomely fun the game was.

Now the stealth portions, those detracted from the enjoyment. That, I will say for sure.
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...yeah I don't even know why they wanted to make the quote here.  I mean, by now many of the old fans of the previous Castlevanias have probably moved on by now or if not probably aren't the greatest fans (not saying they don't like any of the Lords of Shadow games, but just that they probably have other Castlevanias they liked such as Castlevania IV or SOTN) of the series.  I don't even know why they bothered to make this reference and pretty much have very little other references of the old games beyond having Trevor, Simon, Alucard, and I think Christopher Belmont.  It just felt very forced.
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Mirria1Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree.
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TricksyWizardProfessional Digital Artist
Exactly! It just felt odd for a pseudo-reboot that's trying to forge its own identity to resort to base pandering like that.
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YgvantheShaperStudent Traditional Artist
"You want me to destroy a farm...?"
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Fist-of-doomHobbyist Digital Artist
I found it funny that his go to solution to defeating that giant robot was to barf blood lol. They missed some good "Fish out of water" moments with him in the modern world. He is told to attack some pharmaceutical company and he's just like "whatever" if I was him I would try and figure out what the hell that even was first
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Ryley-KainStudent General Artist
Am I the only one who was happy he turned out to be dracula?
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GlassCatfishProfessional Digital Artist
Yeah.. As much as I love the guy, this part was weird. 
TricksyWizard's avatar
TricksyWizardProfessional Digital Artist
Blood. Not even once.
Cow-Butt's avatar
That is a women, clearly. 
But her period is coming out the wrong place. 
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GamerLENHobbyist Artist
I've gotta admit it was an interesting thing to do.

I'm guessing his blood is charged with shadow energies (him being Dracula and all) and the crystal was charged with light energy. The quickest way to disable the golem was to corrupt the crystal, turning it's energies to shadow, and make the machine go haywire. He needed to use blood to do that and the only way to get enough was the old 'finger in the throat' trick.
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I found that scene some what amusing, really great game and story behind it.
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Space-Out-ScoutProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you for doing this :highfive:
Best way to disable a giant war-engine.
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