Castlevania: Lament of Innocence - PS2 - Preview
E3 2003 - Hands On
Konami’s newest game in the Castlevania series is making its debut on the Playstation 2 in November. It has been created from the ground up in full 3D, and it looks and plays great. If you’re a fan of Castlevania, there is no reason to miss this one at all.
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence takes place before all of the other Castlevanias. The team from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, which has been considered the best Castlevania to date, has returned to make this prequel. You play as the very first Belmont out to destroy the evil growing within a castle. Equipped with your trusty whip, you battle through classic Castlevania enemies while exploring the castle.
The controls are great. It’s very easy to target enemies, even though there isn’t a lock-on system. You can perform moves like double jumps and flips to avoid attacks or reach higher places. There’s two attack buttons, and different combos are created depending on which order you hit the two buttons. You can do anywhere from a 3-hit combo to a 6-hit combo and more, and the game keeps track of your combos and displays them on the screen. Classic sub-weapons are there, and you use hearts to use them. There are even some new ones.
Castlevania fans will recognize a lot of the enemies. They all look great and are animated well. The main character’s animations are great, and bit reminiscent of Devil May Cry. Lament of Innocence’s hero is very cool, and his trench coat flies around as he flips and whips the enemy.
For anyone who is skeptical about a 3D Castlevania, and I have to tell you that I was too. After playing it, though, I am very excited. They have done a great job at bringing a 2D franchise to a 3D world. Castlevania: Lament of Innocence is scheduled to come out in November this year – just in time for Christmas.