It's been four years since the last Lords of Shadow game was released, and today marks the European launch of the long-awaited sequel. If you felt the previous game was just a little too claustrophobic, you'll be pleased to know that the new one has a much more open feel to it - so much so, in fact, that we've created a walkthrough to help you take in every last bit of it.
Before you explore the different parts of this walkthrough, there are a few things worth keeping in mind. As you play the game, you'll encounter gates that appear to guard some precious loot. You'll be able to get your hands on these items, but only after you've acquired the Mist Power ability from completing the Blood Curse mission.
If an area seems frustratingly out of reach, you simply need to come back after getting the Demonic Wings from the Hooded Man mission. Finally, the Dungeon Keys you'll need from time to time only occasionally drop. None of these limitations will stop you from completing the game - you'll just need to go back and revisit these old haunts a little later on.
Lords of Shadow 2 - Castle Siege walkthrough, Titan climb, Paladin fight
Once you've made your way past the combat tutorial, Dracula's journey gets off to a meaty start thanks to a set-piece that has you crawling up the arms of a titanic walking weapon. We'll help you negotiate this vertigo-inducing climb, see off the enemies standing in your way, and finish off the do-gooding Paladin who's been trying his best to scupper your ascent.
Lords of Shadow 2 - Awakening walkthrough, Stone Golem fight, possessing guards
Pick up enough Void Gems and you'll be rewarded with a handy boost to Dracula's health. Our walkthrough for the Awakening section of Lords of Shadow 2 will ensure you pick up every last one of these precious items, and leave you in great shape for the Stone Golem boss fight. If you're struggling to take down this impressive opponent, we've got all the tactics you need to finish the fight.
Lords of Shadow 2 - Bernhard's Wing walkthrough, protecting Trevor, Raisa Volkova guide
The third part of Lords of Shadow 2 culminates with a fun but frenzied fight against Raisa Volkova. Before you get there though, you'll have to scale frozen waterfalls, take on some tricky platforming sections, and even chew through electrical cables like a total lunatic. We'll take you right through this chapter of the game, and give you some essential tips for emerging from the Raisa fight relatively unscathed.
Lords of Shadow 2 - Three Gorgons walkthrough, Chupacabras cage guide, Gorgon guide
We hope you've been paying attention up until now, because the battle against the mighty Gorgon is arguably the toughest in the game so far. A few helpful tips go an awfully long way in this fight though, and we'll also make sure you pick up every last Void Gem on your journey towards this epic showdown.
Lords of Shadow 2 - Downtown walkthrough, kill the Riot Police, guard patrols
If you love exploring every last nook and cranny of a level for the sake of it, you'll love the next chapter of Lords of Shadow 2. If, on the other hand, you'd rather get such things out of the way as quickly as possible, our Downtown walkthrough will get you back into the game's meatier content before you know it.
Lords of Shadow 2 - Next Stop: Castlevania walkthrough, Satan's Soldier, Zobok's Lieutenant
It won't take you too long to get through the next section of Lords of Shadow 2, but there are sill plenty of opportunities to come a cropper along the way. From riding the outside of the train safely, to working with a new partner in crime, we'll get you safely to the end of this brief chapter in the game.
Lords of Shadow 2 - Blood Curse walkthrough, kill Carmilla, offering blood
Before you get stuck into the real battle against Carmilla, you'll have to dance around her as you offer blood around an enclosed area. Our guide to this chapter contains some handy tricks to avoiding her attentions, before showing you exactly how to finish her off in the final showdown.
Lords of Shadow 2 - Find the Antidote walkthrough, Raisa Volkova tactics, Brotherhood fights
Raisa returns in the next part of Lords of Shadow 2, and it's a considerably tougher fight than your first encounter with Satan's daughter. We'll help you beat this tricky boss fight, as well as the new Brotherhood enemies that populate this stage of the game.
Lords of Shadow 2 - Avoid Agreus, theatre puzzle, kill the Toy Maker
Expect trouble with the Toy Maker at the end of this stage, but first you'll have to artfully dodge the grasp of Agreus. This is a frustrating section of the game, but we've got a few tricks that should help you avoid him - right up until the point where you smash him in the face, that is.
Lords of Shadow 2 - Defeat the Hooded Man walkthrough, kill Abaddon, kill Inner Dracula
There are some tricky boss fights to deal with in the Hooded Man section of Lords of Shadow 2. We've rounded up some useful tactics to help you come out on top, and we'll make sure you grab all of those lovely Pain Box gems along the way as well.
Lords of Shadow 2 - Find The Second Acolyte walkthrough, kill the Riders of the Storm
The next chapter of Lords of Shadow 2 makes great use of the Demonic Wings skill discovered in the last section. We'll show you how to use this skill in some of the trickier platform sections, then kill the Riders of the Storm without breaking a sweat.
Lords of Shadow 2 - Find the Mirror of Fate walkthrough, puzzle, Lieutenant fight
The penultimate part of Dracula's journey isn't the longest part of the game by any means, but you might need a handy finishing the Mirror of Fate puzzle nice and quickly. We've got a step-by-step guide to placing each piece in the right position, followed by a guide to dealing with the Lieutenant once and for all.
Lords of Shadow 2 - Discover the Revelations Behind Satan walkthrough, kill Alucard
It's the end of the road for our Lords of Shadow 2 walkhrough, and there are two boss fights to get stuck into before you can say you've finished the game. We've got a guide to negotiating the sprawling environment of the final chapter, and killing every last thing you'll find in it.
We'll be updating our Lords of Shadow 2 walkthrough with plenty more content over the coming days.