Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is only about a month away from release and yet there has been a little bit of a controversy after some journalists were able to play the game for themselves for awhile at a recent event. A journalist named Kat Bailey from US Gamer spoke out to say that she felt the game went way too far in one scene, to the point where she felt uncomfortable due to what she calls rape allusions.
The scene she speaks of is said to be where Dracula is very weak and looking for life force when he comes upon a family, which is shown in first-person point of view. She says that Dracula kills the father outright and then moves onto the mother, whom he sinks his fangs into and drain her life energy. She went on further to say:
Sexualized imagery is nothing new in vampire fiction, but this scene is kind of stunning for how blatant it is with its allusions to rape. It’s a scene that forcibly reminds me of the boxart from RapeLay, down to the woman protecting her child and the disembodied arms (your arms) reaching out from the camera. Regardless of the intentions in constructing the scene, the imagery is ghastly.
Bailey also says that the producer Dave Cox asked her if it made her uncomfortable, in which she said “Yes, I told Cox. That scene did in fact make me uncomfortable. His reply is so swift that I can barely even get the word ‘yes’ out of my mouth: ‘That’s what we wanted. That’s exactly what we wanted.'”
Other hands-on previews say that Dracula fed upon all three family members, but Bailey says she only saw him feed on the woman, leading to the rape allusions she spoke of in her article. In the article she says she hopes that this scene will be removed from the final cut of the game. However, producer Dave Cox already dismissed that idea, after being asked on Twitter if the game would be censored, by saying “We won’t, don’t worry…It’s an adult game for adults…”
PaulaJanuary 15, 2014 at 2:08 AM
There’s already a word for killing people, and it ain’t rape. I wish they would have laughed her out of the room.
VengeanceJanuary 15, 2014 at 5:27 AM
I wholeheartedly agree.They better NOT CENSOR this game! not like GOW Ascention, or Bioshock Infinite. I will end whoever even attempts!!!
DavidJanuary 15, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Why censor it? It’s just Dracula killing a family. For games to grow as a medium this should be allowed. Other media can do this and no one blinks. Suddenly a game does it and someone goes insane about it. It’s no difference from horror movies where you see entire families killed only this doesn’t actually show anything in gruesome detail and is simply there for the psychological aspect and to show you that Dracula is evil.
banger1988January 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM
im sorry but how is that anywhere the ilusion of rape? fuck sake if dracula rips her clothes off then fair enough, but all that happens is he nits into her neck?! thats ridiculous