Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (PlayStation 2)

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Castlevania: Lament of Innocence is the prequel to all Castlevania games previously released, explaining the connection and never-ending war between the Belmont family and Dracula.

You play Leon Belmont, who was once a Baron for the King. After his betrothed, Sara, was kidnapped and taken to a large castle, Leon asked the Church for permission to command his underlings to attack the castle. Because of the Crusades going on in the East, he is denied such. But because of his love for Sara, he denounces his title and leaves, going with no weapon or clue to the castle. He is stopped by an alchemist named Rinaldo, who was once a vampire-hunter himself. He gives Leon the Whip of Alchemy, offers to help him further in his quest, and sends him on his way.

The gameplay mixes a style of hack-and-slash with a sense of strategy. In order to gain new abilities, you must first master the previous ones. This also includes relics and orbs, which will greatly help you in your quest to rescue Sara. Relics allow you to do special abilities necessary to solving certain puzzles, while orbs combine with power-ups you pick up and can create massive offensive or defensive power. The game contains many secrets, including five hidden bosses, who yield rewards (whip power-ups, orbs, relics, etc.) to the player upon defeat.


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Castlevania: Lament of Innocence PlayStation 2 Leon standing in a save room.
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence PlayStation 2 The main menu.
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence PlayStation 2 Like most of Castlevania games, Dracula's Castle is shown before entering the main menu.
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence PlayStation 2 Status screen. You can access your equipment and bestiary here.

Alternate Titles

  • "恶魔城:无罪的哀悼" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "CV: LoI" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "Castlevania" -- Japanese/European title
  • "キャッスルヴァニア" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

GameZone Oct 27, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Game Over Online Oct 22, 2003 87 out of 100 87
WomenGamers.com Jul 19, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Apr 22, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) Apr 13, 2004 8 out of 10 80
The Next Level Nov 20, 2003 B 75
Diehard GameFan Oct 28, 2003 7 out of 10 70
games xtreme Feb 07, 2004 6.8 out of 10 68
Gamesdog Feb 16, 2004 6 out of 10 60

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Rufus Shinra (20) added Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (PlayStation 2) on Dec 31, 2003