|Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
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Castlevania: Lament Of Innocence brings the legendary series to its roots with classic gameplay and next-generation graphics -- plus a mesmerizing all-new story!
- Incredibly detailed 3D gameplay and haunting orchestral soundtrack immerse in the origin stories of Dracula and the Belmont family
- Enhanced new attack system for exciting new combos and super-moves
- Unparelleled graphics combine with the classic Castlevania gameplay for the thrilling introduction of this legendary saga!
- Worth the effort.
There are several reviews that complain about the camera, several that complain about controls, and still more that complain about the real time menu, and all I have to say is, are you playing the same game? This is a brilliant addition to the Castlevania line of games. The difficulty is spot on, not too tough and not too easy, the camera behaves in a predictable fashion and the real time menu is fine as long as you plan accordingly.
I think that gamers have become complacent and lazy. There are enough creatures roaming around to create the mood of the original Castlevania series and then some. Massive knights hurl maces from across the screen, red skeletons swing clubs, die and are reborn as you watch, screen filling blades slash from the ceiling, and the whole time orchestrated music surges from your speakers.
In my 24 years of playing video games I have seen some crappy, unfinished, beta-like games hit the market, and this is NOT one of them. The graphics are very polished, the moves that Leon can bust out with are smooth and well animated, and the weapons ROCK! Don't worry about the dinosaurs that complain about the game in 3-D, these are the same people that complain whenever a DJ samples a song. Rent it or buy it, but do not miss it! Let the blood lust begin, Castlevania LOI is the heat!...more info
Woot Konami! Lament of Innocence rocks!
However, it's not perfect for instance, lose the real-time item selection, i mean, come on I hate a really easy game, such as Devil May Cry, but i found it a bit difficult to use items in battle and not die. I don't like that. And i have a really old tv, that has a bad picture, and i couldn't read the gothic writing, such as the names of the 5 parts of the castel.
Other than that, i didn't have much of a problem.I loved the sub weapons, the A/V, and the enemies were neat(except for Red Skeletons, grrr).
Over all, it's a great game, although i wouldn't recomend it to a beginer, it's pretty challenging....more info
- KONAMI HAS DONE IT AGAIN
THIS IS THE BEST CASTLEVANIA I HAVE PLAYED IN A LONG TIME. I'M A BIG FAN OF THE SERIES. AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK KONAMI FOR A WONDERFUL JOB THAT WAS DONE ON THIS ONE. AND PERSONALY I CAN NOT BELEIVE THE INTERVIEWS I'VE READ CONCERNING THIS CLASSIC TITLE. EVERYONE SHUOLD HAVE GAVE THIS GAME 5 STARS. I HEAR A LOT OF TALKING ABOUT SYMPHONY OF THE NIGHT, WHICH WAS A GREAT GAME. BUT IT CANNOT BE COMPARED TO LAMENT. ALUCARD WAS COOL, BUT HE'S NO MACTH FOR LEON BELMONT. THE DIFFICULTY IS NICE, THE CONTROLS ARE GOOD, AND YOU KNOW THE MUSIC IS THE GREATEST TOU HAVE HEARD IN A VIDEO GAME IN A LONG TIME. I LOVE THE SKILLS LEON LEARN AND THE RELICS , SUB WEAPONS WITH THE DIFFERENT ORBS, I MEAN THERE SO MUCH THAT I CAN SAY THATS GOOD ABOUT THIS GAME. LOOK AT THE STORY LINE THE MUSIC AND THE STORY TELLER, COME ON, IT GETS NO BETTER THAN THAT. AND FOR THE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THE VOICES, THERE NOT THAT BAD, STOP COMPLAINING. I CAN TELL FROM THE INTERVIEWS, THAT THESE ARE WEAK PLAYERS,LOOKING FOR THE EASY MODE. YOU HAVE TO BE A TRUE VAMPIRE HUNTER. THIS IS THE BEST GAME I HAVE PLAYED IN A LONG TIME, AS A MATTER OF FACT I HAVE NEVER PLAYED A GAME LIKE CASTLEVANIA, SO FACE IT, KONAMI DID IT AGAIN AND THE CASTLEVIAN LAGACY LIVES ON 1986-2003 AND FOREVER, THE CASTLEVIA TRUE FAN HAVE SPOKEN. I SHALL RETURN....more info
- Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
Video Game was very entertaining.
Video Game arrived in a very timely fashion.
Video Game arrived in excellent condition....more info
I LOVED Symphony Of The Night and Castlevania 64 and am currently enjoying Aria Of Sorrow, but this just isn't Castlevania to me.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a die hard old school fan who hates 3D games, I LOVED Castlevania 64. And despite that games camera problems and occasional fustrations, it was a lot more enjoyable than Lament Of Innocence.
Granted, I haven't played much of it, but what I have played is repetitive and boring. Entire bland room. The only door out locks and you can't move on until you kill the enemies in the room. Rinse and repeat.
The graphics are gorgeous, yes, but do graphics always make the game? The floors in particular were STUNNING.
Some of the sound effects got on my nerves, namely the sound that would play when you'd pick up hearts. The music was great, as it always is in any Castlevania game, but it's not Symphony Of The Night quality.
Overall I found the game to be more fun to look at and listen to than to play. The story is pitiful, the action and environments repetitive, it's too linear, and the castle just isn't the way castlevania should be. And there's just not enough places to see and explore.
3D Castlevania worked once, hopefully they can make it enjoyable again....more info
I've been playing Castlevania games for over ten years and I can say this is a fantastic installment. I will admit I was a bit skeptical of Lament Of Innocence due to the 3D aspect (grant it, I do enjoy the Nintendo 64 games) as I thought it may take away from the beautiful game-play that is Castlevania. Fortunately, I was dead wrong. Excuse me ... DEAD WRONG. This game is absolutely amazing! From the second I put it into my Playstation 2 I knew great things were going to come from this game. Anyhow, I think it's obvious that I love the game so let me continue with my review.
You play the role of Leon Belmont ... a man lusting for vengeance. Why? The lead antagonist, Walter Bernhard, has kidnapped Leon's fiancee Sara Trantoul. Wandering to Walter's domain (Castlevania), Leon enters and so our adventure begins.
Graphically, this game is flawless. This is definitely the most beautiful and majestic incarnation of Castlevania yet. The soft glow of the candles, the immaculate designs etched throughout ... need I go on? The atmosphere is simply incredible. Screenshots of Lament Of Innocence really don't do it justice. Visually, this is the most enthralling game I've played yet ... perfection.
As for the game-play itself, I also think it's brilliant :-) Leon is easy to move around and the controlling is very responsive. Using the whip is a pleasure to say the least; especially when you begin to advance in the game and learn new combos ... wonderful fun!
Musically, well, you can expect greatness. No other video game soundtrack has excited me so much as Castlevania (in general). I especially enjoy the music to The House Of Sacred Remains, The Dark Palace Of Waterfalls, Pagoda Of The Misty Moon and the Ghostly Theater. There is something very powerful and special in the music of Castlevania. For one, it represents the atmosphere of the game perfectly while adding to it as well. Secondly, the melodies and overall composition of the music is fantastic. A video game has never sounded so good; well, other than Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night ;-)
Overall, if you're a Castlevania fan and decide not to play Lament Of Innocence you are really missing out. On the other hand, if you're new to Castlevania and are uncertain where to start ... this is a great place. I've said it once (well, maybe more :-) ) but I'll say it again ... BRILLIANCE!...more info
- Best Castlvania of Recent yrs.
All in all, this was a great game. the graphics are appealing to the eye, lots of secrets to accomplish in order to get 100%, and items tie well together. My only complaints would be how you must use items during actual gameplay, when fighting a boss (such as the final hidden one) it becomes a chore to find a safe spot to scroll and select your item,completing some of the puzzles can cause repeated swearing,MOST BOSSES ARE WAY TO EASY, and backtracking can be annoying. Other than these, i enjoyed the game very much so and beating some of the ladder enemies does give you a sense of accomplishment. Just hope the next installment on PS2 is more challenging....more info
- A Whip for All Seasons
In a sense this game is old hat. The beautiful fianc¨¦e of Leon Belmont, a knight crusader, is captured by Walter Bernhard, a master vampire. Leon deserts the crusades and flies off to the castle of the aforementioned vampire. There, after being handed a mystical whip, he penetrates layer after layer of horrible badness until he faces, and hopefully destroys, his true enemy. Which is about all the plot a good third person hack-and-slash really needs.
However, to create such a game with sufficient workmanship to make it compelling visually and challenging mentally and physically is no small feat. And that is what sets Lament of Innocence apart from many of its competitors. For one thing, developers are always tempted to substitute extreme difficulty for interesting challenges. Lament, on the other hand, is just doable enough to keep the player from throwing the controller at the monitor in disgust. And its puzzles can be resolved by keeping in mind that anything can be a tool.
Castlevania isn't perfect. I found that motion control and camera angle are both a little too loose. To some degree this is intentional, but I prefer controls that send objects where they are suppose to go. Especially when you are leaping from stone to stone in a frantic effort to scale a wall and there is one, and only one, spot from which to leap.
One of the problems in rating a game like Lament of Innocence is that it is very good, but falls slightly short of some other, very similar games. In this case I'm thinking of Devil May Cry. This is a case where 5 stars are too many, but 4 are too few. I would recommend both as great examples of their genre that can be played repeatedly....more info
- good game
to make this simple, i'll say that you have to enjoy other castlevania games to have any fun with this one. to be fair with konami, i'd say that this is exactly what castlevania is when put into a 3-d enviroment...it doesn't get much better. i have vey few complaints with the game. most of the bosses in this game are too easy. sure it may take me a few tries, but i figured out a strategy fast. another is the realtime menu. konami probably thought that this would be how they would make the game realistic, but they didn't think that it could cause frustration during gameplay from feeling like a pansy having to run away from a boss as you're trying to find your potions. the game stands well with graphics and sound. If you liked other castlevanias, then this one won't disappoint. but if you never liked them before or are just catching on, then you should probably think of another game to get. This game can be easily compared to devil may cry though....more info
- A beautiful 3D Castlevania
I am a newbie in Castlevania world (better late than never;).So I dont have a big experience to judge upon, my collection consists of 3 games so far : Symphony of the night, Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness.
Strangely, the last 3D Castlevania games are just so different in many ways!And my voice goes to LoI.Why? I will explain.
First of all, LoI athmosphere reminds me a lot of SotN (of course, nothing can compare to SotN we all know it:). There is no upgrade system, like in CoD- running around the same locations to get a new level and upgrade an Innocent devil, making weapons and armors. LoI is simply a walk-around-find-HP up potion and other nice things game.Your success in fighting bosses doesnt depend on your characters level (as in CoD).
Second thing, LoI has a simply beautiful athmosphere, I love the whole castle! A darkish gothic touch, level design is nicely made, lots of details (not like in CoD- boring endless levels). Music also reminds me of SotN somehow.
Third. There are a lot of hidden locations, and quests, which require specific skills from the main character, such as :double jumb, using whip, which we dont have in CoD game. But well, Leon is a Belmont, so duh, he can do a lot of cool things ;)
As for the storyline - I think it makes much more sense than CoD story (who the hell came up with that idea?). I know it may sound that I hate CoD, but I dont, I just like it a little bit less.
I cant really point out any minuses in this beautiful, dark romantic game. Except for one - its short, not cathosrophically short, but could be longer.
If you enjoyed SotN, I would suggest to try LoI, as a taste of it in 3D....more info
- SHAME ON YOU KONAMI... your better than this!!!!
CASTLEVANIA IN 3-D????? ahhhhh, 2-D is what castlevania was born to be... look how amazing the contra for ps2 was... WHY??? ... it was 2-D!!!!! just imagine if you would have made this game in 2-D !!!! ... using the same 2-D models as in contra, and the stlye gameplay as "symphony of the night" or "aria of sorrow" oh my this game would have been flawless!!! just imagine it, another classic!! not this junky mess... didn't you learn from the N-64 versions????? why fix what aint broken????? next time you guys are creating a "CASTLEVANIA" game, close your eyes and think 2-D, 2-D, 2-D !!! focus... and also keep the style of contra for ps2 in your mind ... PERFECT!!!! now thats the way it should be done! also put it on a NINTENDO console... it was born there and shall die there !!!...more info
- Overall Very Enjoyable
People, for the love of video-games, I cannot BELIEVE some of the critical reviews in here!
Oh, the whip-jumps are too hard!
Oh, the combo-system is too difficult!
Oh, the controls take 5 whole minutes to learn!
Oh, I get into a battle and forget which door to go through!
Give me a BREAK. This sounds like a bunch of people who are stuck in the 2D world of previous great Castlevania games and who are somewhat unwilling to enjoy where the franchise is going.
This is a great game overall, and is quite enjoyable... if you let it be! Let's break this down a little:
Graphics: I don't believe anyone complained about this and they certainly wouldn't have had a right to if they did! Great graphics.
Gameplay: The gameplay is awesome. Very crisp and responsive. SOMETIMES the camera angle of a given room may make a jump or two a little awkward, but these instances are few and far apart. Things like whip-jumps are very easy with about 2 minutes of practice and add a little diversity to levels. Are whip-jumps unrealistic? Well, considering Leon's in a castle filled with vampires and other undead monsters........
Combat System: Combos are a GOOD THING. Who wants 12+ hours of gameplay with just one basic whip-attack? Not me. The combos look great and are very useful against the stronger baddies. I for one would not want to tackle a room full of phantoms or dullahans without some advanced combos. I won't even get into the bosses!
Sound Track: The music is good. Not superb, but good enough in my opinion. I was hoping for slightly better, but I won't complain too much. The SFX are amazing, however.
The only two problems I had with the game were the lenght and story. The game was a little short for my liking and the ending was a little lame. I know it was just supposed to set us up for the rest of the Castlevania but I was left wanting more when I finished the game.
Anyway, to sum it all up: Great game. If you're willing to enjoy the evolution of a franchise series then get this title. It will not displease you.
- use the map often. You won't get muddled up with which door to take once you get used to it.
- practice your combos. You'll be much more effective in combat.
- explore. You'll find alot of good power-ups with a little exploring. Get map completion on each level.
- keep an open mind!!!...more info
- Better than the first!!!
When i got the game i wasnt really sure what i was in for. I played the first Castlevania: SOTN on PS1 and truly loved it as it brought back really good memories for me. Then so many years later, this game came out and i went..WOW!. The Graphics are sweet and fighting is good, but, can be a pain. The camera angles kinda stinks and it could be a bit better, but, other than that i can truly see that this game will be on the top ten list of games for X-Mas this year. Well worth your time and money....more info
- A great addition to the Castlevania library
I have been a huge fan of the Castlevania series ever since the release of the original Castlevania for the Nes. After a failed attempt on the N64 and years of waiting, those clamoring for a fully 3-D Castlevania game that is worth playing have had their wish granted. First and foremost, in the gameplay department Castlevania LOI(Lament of Innocence) does not dissappoint. The action is fast, with little to absolutely no slow down. I think the developers from Konami borrowed from the Devil May Cry series and implemented the gameplay from that game for a successful formula. Although most might be annoyed by having to use curative and status items in real time, I believe it adds to the challenge and realism of the game and makes it more fun.
Graphically, the game is pretty good, but will not blow anyone away. A lot of the scenery throughout looks very similar and the castle itself is pretty standard throughout. What does make the game standout is the killer soundtrack, which rivals the great soundtrack offered in Castlevania Symphoney of the Night. Moreover, the voice acting and storyline are excellent, which makes the cutscenes more of a treat. Finally, there are many hidden items and once you beat the game there are several secret modes and characters you can play as, which gives the game some solid replay value. Although this game is not as deep as Symphoney of the Night was, it is still very fun and very enjoyable. Castlevania has made it's triumphant return, and it has done so in 3-D. Let's just hope the developers can build upon this success and release another
3-D title that will improve on this one, and really blow everyone away....more info
- Great game but not perfect.
To me this game is very similar to Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance. Like HoD this game is fun and all but not perfect.
The graphics and gameplay are superb. As is the music. When youre exploring the castle, the awesome graphics and organ heavy music really sets the mood. The main chracter Leon controls smoothly and his whip strikes look and feel powerful. Plus the boss battles are tough but not overly difficult. And the camera doesnt seem to blind me as much as in Devil May Cry.
Though Lament of Innocence has plenty of short comings.
1) The enemies and level design are reused way too much. Too many of the corridors and enemies look and act exactly the same.
2) The magic system is 'dumbed' down. This games magic system is based around your subweapons, much like Harmony of Dissonance. Why they couldnt have implemented the awesome magic of Symphony of the Night or Dawn of Sorrow, i dont know.
3) Too many things are overly simplified like the combos and armors. There are no 'secret' armors or combos. You get them all as you gradually progress through the game.
In the end this is a great game and i enjoyed it much more than Devil May Cry. But when it stands next to some of the other Castlevania games it is far from perfect. ...more info
- Stress Release
There is a great deal about graphics , game play, and max up's. The fact that after a stress filled day you can come home and pick up a paddle and go for broke. The whole whip thing is awesome.
The puzzle is what grabbed my attention. It is filled with one puzzle after another. I found the game to be a short one, but nonetheless an enjoyable game to waste time with.
I am no professional on graphics, but I found it easy to follow. The only thing I am professional at is having fun and button mashing! Just grab the game and enjoy it is well worth the price. The storyline is great as well....more info
- It's a fair addition to the castlevania seris
This game has great graphic, good story, and some weird but cool music. The levels look to alike so it's easy to get lost, but they are detailed. Voice acting is just awful. Awsome spcial effect and atmosphere. Game is somewhat short and repetative. I like the combat system a lot. It is a good game....more info