Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Developer: Mercury Steam
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
The PS3 has a number of exclusives and multi-platform games in store for gamers in 2014.
With the launch of the PS4 release in November, the line for the PS3’s life has been drawn in the sand. While there are some really great games for it, developers have started to slowly transition over to the new platforms. The good news is that the PS3 isn’t dead yet, far from it in fact. While the new consoles are available now, you’d be hard pressed to find more than a handful of games that you’re interested in, or that aren’t on multiple platforms and generations of hardware.
2014 isn’t going to be too different either. The PS3 is getting some really great games in the coming year. Even if you have a PS4 or an Xbox One, you’d be crazy to unhook the PS3, or just leave it sitting on your shelf, gathering dust. While the hardware may be aged and developers might be looking to make the truly next generation experiences on the new hardware, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some great games coming out in the coming year for the old legend that is the PlayStation 3.
Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2
Coming at the end of February is the next Castlevania game. This long running franchise has managed to maintain an ever growing fan base. Lord of Shadows 2 is the continuation of Gabriel Belmont’s story. He has been locked away for years, is in hiding and awakens to find that his arch enemies and even his own son seek his death. They’ve also moved in and taken over his castle, turning it against him. This game franchise has evolved from the classic 2D platformer, full of punishing enemies to a fully 3D environment, with enemies that are just as, if not more punishing than the classic games in the franchise.
Konami has a good thing going with this franchise and seems to have garnered even more followers in the last few years, and with good reason. With fast-paced combat, a massive amount of weapons, attacks and tactics there is some really nice looking gameplay coming. The game has the fast-paced energy and explosive attacks that you may expect to find in a game like Devil May Cry, however the monsters the player will come across seem to have more care taken with their designs and sometimes can be truly frightening.