Thief and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Review Scores Not So Hot

After a very successful year in 2013, and the release of two brand new home consoles, many would expect 2014 to kick off with a bang, and showcase those beautiful new machines that fans may have gotten on launch day or Christmas.

Swinging in to kick off the new year are two franchises that have a substantial amount of success behind them. Today, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, and the reboot of Thief were released and unfortunately the reviews for both have been less than stellar. With Thief averaging about a 69 on Metacritic, and Castlevania not doing much better and averaging about a 71 Metacritic score, it beacons us to wonder if these two franchises were rushed to the market. Keep in mind that Thief was the only one of the two games that was released to a next gen console, where Castlevania stuck to the XBox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Predicting 2014: Gaming’s Biggest Stories and Trends

Every year seems to have a narrative to it.  Sometimes, it’s the games; other times, it’s the controversies or the emergence of something new that attempts to add new wrinkles to the medium. Call of Duty. DLC. Micro-transactions. These were some of the most influential game-changers of the last generation of consoles. With 2013 already becoming a hazy memory, the games industry is turning its eyes to what the future might hold. This is the year where next-generation consoles are the prime focus for the industry and with that, the biggest players will attempt new strategies to win big.

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