Do you like brooding, CGI, and even more brooding? Then you're in luck, because the newly-released Story Trailer for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 delivers in spades.
How generous of Konami to issue this new Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 trailer prior to the madness of next week's E3 rush! And to craft a vignette that clocks in at over six minutes long? It's like the publisher knows exactly what we want from a trailer - assuming what you want from this game is more of what its predecessor delivered.
You'll notice that the vast majority of footage in that trailer seems drawn from pre-rendered cutscenes, or at the very least those quick-time events that the original Lords of Shadow was so fond of. This is probably a solid indicator that Lords of Shadow 2 will play very much like its predecessor, only with new weapons, bosses and presumably some new powers based on the whole "our protagonist is a vampire now too" thing.
As much as I'd like to rebel against developer Mercurysteam taking the safe route and simply rehashing a lot of the ideas in its earlier game, I can't. Truth is, I really liked Lords of Shadow. It may not have been the Castlevania game I was hoping for or expecting, but in its own little niche it's a pretty great action-adventure game. If Lords of Shadow 2 lives up to the same level of quality, I'll be happy - especially if that Alucard appearance wasn't something I imagined.
If this trailer works for you as well, you can expect to see Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows platforms later this year. We'll bring you word just as soon as Konami opts to offer up an official release date.