Reviews and Problems with Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
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Castlevania: Lament of Innocence review (PS2)
26 January 2005
Excerpt: There are hidden bosses galore, including The Forgotten One, a boss that has to be seen to be believed. The abominable creature has been locked far, far beneath the castle, hidden down and around swirling castle steps streaked fearfully with the scent of doom--the ultimate embodiment of that which should not be.
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
Excerpt: “Welcome, dear readers! Please allow me to introduce myself - I’m a man of wealth and taste, Walter Bernhard, I hope you’ve already guessed my name. I am by all means a, what you would call, bad person – a master of the eternal night, a vampire, an arrogant aristocrat who is very fond of dark castles and cruel, admittedly sadistic, hunting games.
Excerpt: The good and bad can basically be divided into two areas, with the latter being the level design and the former being everything else. In terms of the attack setup Lament certainly doesn’t stumble, with a nicely done combo-based attack system that has all sorts of sub weapons and magical relics to truly deepen the assault possibilities.
Excerpt: Try not to stare as you walk through a chapel and see some benches upright, some tossed to their sides, and still others draped by cobwebs. Everything looks so tremendously organic. There's also a lot of color variation. Even though textures are reused throughout, they're all so good that it doesn't really impact anything in a negative way. Even better, there's good variety from one locale to the next.
Conclusion: In summary, the game is very good. It is really enjoyable to play through, the enemies are fantastic and are very satisfying to kill. There are some neat puzzles that are challenging but not frustrating, and the platform sections are great too, with only the occasional issue from the previously mentioned camera system to dent the armour. This is a great addition to the long running series, and another release worthy of your game collection.
Pros: Very faithful to previous games., Great fun to play., Lovely presentation., Solid action.
Cons: Although the camera is usually good, it could have been improved slightly in some sections., The PAL version seems to be missing the Japanese language option, which is disappointing...
Conclusion: Pour sa première apparition sur PS2, Castlevania s’en sort finalement plutôt bien. Proposant une esthétique raffinée et une ambiance sonore divine, le jeu pêche par de légers défauts de jouabilité mais aussi et surtout par une durée de vie beaucoup trop courte, la faute à une difficulté mal dosée et un nombre de donjons peu suffisant. Néanmoins, après le ratage des épisodes parus sur Nintendo 64, ce Castlevania fait figure de sympathique jeu d’action.