Castlevania: Lords of Shadow PC demo released

Yes, the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow demo may have hit consoles almost three years ago, but look, the game's three years late in coming to PC so a demo is still jolly exciting to us. It's out now, ahead of the PC Ultimate Edition's long-overdue launch on August 27.

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Yes, the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow demo may have hit consoles almost three years ago, but look, the game's three years late in coming to PC so a demo is still jolly exciting to us. It's out now, ahead of the PC Ultimate Edition's long-overdue launch on August 27.

Download the 2GB demo through the sidebar on Lords of Shadow's Steam page, where you can also pre-order it with a 10% discount for $26.99.

The Ultimate Edition includes the two DLC chapters, Reverie and Resurrection. It also comes shinied-up for PC, with "enhanced high definition graphics," running at 60fps if you have the hardware for it, and supporting Steam's Cloud saves and Big Picture mode.

The sequel, Lords of Shadow 2, is also coming to PC. We won't have to wait nearly as long this time, though: it's due to launch this winter, same as the console editions.

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    July 31, 2013 6:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow PC demo released.

    Yes, the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow demo may have hit consoles almost three years ago, but look, the game's three years late in coming to PC so a demo is still jolly exciting to us. It's out now, ahead of the PC Ultimate Edition's long-overdue launch on August 27.

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      July 31, 2013 7:01 AM

      I played it on an i7 and a GTX 480 and the demo ran flawlessly with the details maxed out so it doesn't seem to need a modern video card to run at 60FPS with the details cranked. The demo limited itself to one CPU core but that didn't seem to hurt it and the cut scenes are 720p and 1080p videos.

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      July 31, 2013 12:35 PM

      After playing Rondo of Blood and Castlevania 3 recently, it really pisses me that they're calling this God of War ripoff "Castlevania". It would be like putting a mustache and overalls on your character in Call of Duty and calling it Mario Galaxy 3.

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        July 31, 2013 3:23 PM

        This style of game was around before God of War you know and hell there was even 3D Castlevania's before God of War.

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          July 31, 2013 3:50 PM

          Anybody remember the Castlevania game they were developing for Dreamcast? The screenshots were amazing.

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            August 5, 2013 9:01 AM

            Yeah, it looked phenomenal. I think it might have actually come out in Japan..?

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        July 31, 2013 3:34 PM

        That's funny. After playing the demo today I was thinking to myself, "How are there people that don't think this feels like Castelvania?" I've been a huge fan of the series since the NES days, and feel like this game fits right in. Going from a 2d to a 3d game, sure there's a lot that has changed -- that's inevitable. I can't think of a better way to bring this series into a 3d world, though. Did that have to be done? Maybe not, but it's the only 3d Castlevania game that has done it successfully.

        Also, calling it a God of War ripoff is silly. If you do that, why not call CoD a Doom ripoff? Sonic the Hedgehog a Mario ripoff? King of Fighters a Street Fighter ripoff? Did you really not see distinguishing elements as you played through Lords of Shadow?

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          July 31, 2013 4:07 PM

          I've played the demo twice now, once long ago on console and just the other day on PC. It's been so long I had forgotten what it was actually like. I don't see how it fits into anything. There's nothing in there that feels like Castlevania to me and absolutely nothing elevates it or even separates it from any other third person action game of this type.

          It's not offensively bad, but it wasn't interesting or engaging in the slightest, hard to say if it would grab me more if it weren't a Castlevania reboot and an original IP instead. Probably not. And just to clarify, I didn't care much for the 3D Castlevanias on the PS2, either. And those actually echoed Castlevania a lot more than this.

          I may bite when it's dirt cheap in a steam sale just because I do like Castlevania and need to see more of it before I can fully judge it. I have seen seen videos of the more advanced combat, some random boss fights, and the so called platforming and traversal (which apparently is nothing more than jumping from one glowing ledge to the next?) and none of it seems very good.

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            July 31, 2013 4:45 PM

            Oh, my post made it seem like I've only played the demo. I can see from only the demo how people don't get a good feel for it, but I've played through most of the game on console.

            Honestly, after playing the demo when it first came out on xbox, I didn't care for it at all. Then a couple of weeks later I was getting into the Halloween spirit and wanted to play through a game that had a dark tone. I ended up buying Castlevania and I quickly fell in love with it.

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            July 31, 2013 4:53 PM

            There's actually quite a bit to like. Definitely some weak bits, too, but they got a lot right.

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        July 31, 2013 4:50 PM

        Please. Have you actually played it? It's a reasonable interpretation of Castlevania, and actually has more in common with older entries like Castlevania 3 than some of the newer exploration based CVs do.