Conclusion: If you want to be scared, play Resident Evil 4 or Silent Hill 4! If you want chills up your spine with a romantic twist of plot play Castlevania: Lament of Innocence. It may not be top notch with the graphics and all, but it provides some good hours of fun gameplay and well-dosed action. It's not the best installment in the series, but it's certainly one of the top 3 titles. Fans will love it, the curios gamers will embrace it without having too much to criticize.
Excerpt: There's something about beating the snot out of monsters with a whip while you explore a creepy castle that makes for a fun gaming experience. Since the 1980s, the Castlevania series has been one of the most successful game franchises ever, with more than 20 games released worldwide. Most of the games in the Castlevania series have been 2-D, while the last attempts at a transition into 3-D, Castlevania 64 and Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness , were mediocre at best.
Excerpt: A good piece of music should elicit a strong emotional response, whether it be positive or negative. It should interest and excite the listener, and should never truly feel like background filler. The musical scores to which you have the strongest responses will be the ones you remember, whether you love them or hate them. A "bad" piece of music, on the other hand, will invariably be the one that generates the least response.
Excerpt: For almost two decades now, Konami's seminal Castlevania series has been a vivid example of just how far the Dracula mythos can be stretched. Their "anything goes" motto in regards to expanding on the original source material has been a staple ever since the series first emerged in 1986 (then called Vampire Killer but later retitled for its released on the Nintendo Entertainment System [NES].
Excerpt: According to ESRB , this game contains: Blood, Violence Parents may or may not want their kids playing Castlevania: Lament of Innocence . Although it is heavily stylized, it is also incredibly bloody though it should be noted that none of the graphic violence is directed towards human beings. Fans of the Castlevania series might like Lament because of its return to classic gameplay concepts, yet those looking for any substantial innovation might be disappointed.
Excerpt: It's been years and most of an entire console generation since one of the great franchises in videogame history has seen the light of day on a major console. The Castlevania franchise's undead second life on the Game Boy Advance (GBA) was successful enough that it is surprising to see Konami try to leave the comfortable crypt of handheld gaming.
Excerpt: I did not have high hopes for Lament of Innocence. For one thing, I was growing tired of Konami’s penchant for using ridiculously dramatic and pretentious subtitles for their games, all seemingly born of the same formula (Aria of Sorrow, Harmony of Dissonance, etc). For another, those same games were annoyingly similar to the masterpiece Symphony of the Night, the last magical Castlevania game. While they mimicked expertly, they lacked their own soul.
Excerpt: Castlevania - a series steeped in history and tradition where the most successful and popular titles have remained a two dimensional adventures. Fans will go to great lengths to tell you how great Symphony of the Night , Bloodlines , Circle of the Moon and Harmony of Dissonance all are. But, if you mention the series moving into 3D, most will shun you or remind you of the N64 games, which weren't well received to most of the gaming community.
Pros: Great Castlevania action in 3D, Excellent music, Lots of secrets to find
Cons: Repetitive backgrounds, Lots of backtracking, Not as deep as previous titles