We review this game in anticipation of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, releasing this week.
“He who fights monsters should beware, lest he become a monster
himself.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
I believe this is a fitting quote for the journey of a man, a
man named Gabriel Belmont. He sets out on a quest for revenge, killing every
dark being in his path, but in the end it was all for nothing, and he becomes
what he always fought against. That is the tragic tale of Gabriel Belmont, the
originator of the Belmont clan, in this alternate Castlevania universe of the
Lords of Shadow.
Gabriel Belmont is a warrior of the Brotherhood of Light, an
organization of holy knights whose purpose it is to defeat evil and protect
humanity. But, they’ve screwed up along the way, and Marie, Gabriel’s wife was
murdered. Shortly after, the Heavens were cut off from the Earth, and the
people began to believe God abandoned them. The Brotherhood knew better than
that, and sent Gabriel on a journey to put
an end to the titular Lords of Shadow, beings that threaten humanity, and
reconnect the Heavens with the Earth, so that the souls of the deceased can
ascend to heaven again. It is not a religious duty that drives Gabriel, but the
love for his dead wife, and love can blind you to many things, as Gabriel finds
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