The original Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, by most accounts, was a really well made action/adventure/slasher. Some people legitimately loved it. Which is why it's so bizarre that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 has flown so expertly under the radar.
I haven't heard many folks talking about it, or getting excited for it, and it's coming out in February.
I had the chance to play the first hour or so and well, the combat is actually quite great. Really weighty, precise, clever. It moves seamlessly into platforming sections and it all feels very well produced. I remember really not liking the platforming in the first game, but this time the whole package feels a little smoother. I'll have longer impressions, hopefully next week, but for now why not watch this developer diary to get an idea of what the team is shooting for with this sequel.