Now now, Mercury Steam design team did a good job with this game. It looks great, sounds great (thanks to voice tallent they got) and plays like any action game should. They just needed a better game director.
Whoever directed lords of shadow:
1. doesn't have a clue what castlevania games are like, their appeal, and their story/origins
2. doesn't have a single original gameplay idea in his head
If they got Iga to direct the next game with mercury steam doing the production, I think results would be glorious as these guys are more than capable of making a good looking, playing and sounding game...if someone tells them what to do.