Rated 7.5 out of 10 by 2
Rated 7 out of 10 by TrilleDiabolo Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
I love the game, personally. I suppose the layout of the arena's are a bit repetitive and tend to confuse you, but otherwise, I think it was a great game. The soundtrack for the game is simply marvelous and the characters are gorgeous. If you're thinking of buying this game, try finding the game guide or an online walkthrough. I meant, you can probably play it on your own without help, but it might prove to be tricky. The storyline it is a bit dull compared to the newer games and the older story lines, but it does its title and legacy good, providing a reason as to why the Belmonts became vampire hunters. For those of us that haven't played the oldest game of Castlevania. To those that have, you'll find it a bit boring. But I really do recommend buying this game, just to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Rated 8 out of 10 by PostMortemCarousel Lovely Design and Incredible Music
Believe it or not, this is my introduction to the Castlevania series. Well, I'd be lying if I said this is the first time I've heard of it, but this is the first time I played through a Castlevania game and completed it. I played it once then I played it once more. This is an addictive game. You just want to play through it all in one sitting. Unfortunately, if you do, you are rewarded with a headache (or migraine depending on how sensitive you are), but it's a well worthy feeling.The music is phenomenal there're no words for it. The music itself amplifies the adrenaline and the gameplay. It suits the sweet Gothic architecture (which I'm a fan of). This is simply a fantastic game. Your skills get better as you play. Trust me, I was terrible in my tactic judgments initially. Once you complete the game, Crazy mode is available which is a lot of fun and makes the gameplay so much better than the normal difficulty. I love being challenged and your skills put to the test and this is what Crazy Mode provides. I even watched a walkthrough because I had trouble finding all the keys and uncovering hidden rooms (there're not necessary to move forward in the game). Another mission you'll probably grant yourself is to tread 100% of the area you've seen. Each room adds to the percentage of the level you've seen collectively. I completed the game once without the walkthrough and only saw 91% of the whole game. Thanks to the walkthrough, I was able to obtain 100% on Crazy Mode. That part I'm lying, but if I can defeat a certain boss on Crazy Mode I will be on my merry way toward 100%. What else can I say. There're other unlockables and even cheat codes to duplicate items, which is no fun, because it takes the challenge away from the game. Oh, I almost forgot: dialogue. You can listen to the game in either English or Japanese. I didn't like the voice acting much on English, it felt more dramatic but less authentic. Japanese, however, sounded more natural, but the drawback in hindsight is the dialogue is forgettable. Leon Belmont, the main protagonist, sounds like Kakashi from Naruto (English). The cutscenes and plot might not be of complete grandeur, but gameplay, music, graphics, design more than make up for it. And hey, the first time someone described this game to me-it was akin to Mario rescuing Princess Peach from Bowser from the big scary castle, but unlike those traditional Mario games, Lament of Innocence has a twist. And no it's not a message saying "...the Princess is another castle". If that were the case in "Castlevania: LoI", that'd be a huge pain.