Tuesday, November 21, 2000

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence | 8.0

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence is the best of the 2D Castlevania games done in 3D. Anyone that thought that a 3D Castlevania couldn't be done right think again. This game is pure Castlevania. Fantastic graphics and sound, and the most important, awesome gameplay. Everything is in this game: whip, hearts, knives, axes, holy waters, and the classic enemies awesomely done in 3D, like flea man, skeleton, golden knight, peeping eye, etc. Like in Symphony of the Night, you can walk in the Castle as you wish, and have relics that enable magic powers. You also collect money to buy items, and can sell them as well. It is very nice to see this fantastic game series that started on the MSX (and got popular on the NES) so well done today, that's why i cant await for Ninja Gadein on Xbox. Don't be a fool, buy Castlevania: Lament of Innocence right now. Those who enjoy the side-scrolling elements of SOTN or the follow on GBA games will find only a few places where platforming makes much of an appearance. While it may not have the RPG depth that other games in the series have, it's not meant to. The M rating seems a little extreme; though there are some areas where it gets bloody, It's hardly in the range of Silent Hill or Resident Evil. If you let your kids play the other 2D Castlevania games, chances are there's nothing in here that will freak them out. For those hoping this would be a 3D version of SOTN, well, it isn't, and frankly, it wasn't meant to be. As a 3D action/adventure game in its own right, however, it stands up very well and should be considered a worthy installment.

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