Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
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  1. Whilst Castlevania is by no means a poor game, it's a world away from the franchise it's supposed to be representing and instead will be seen as yet another above average "Devil May Cry" clone. Oh, how the mighty have fallen...
  2. Hardcore Castlevania fans may be disappointed with Lament because of its emphasis on action and Konami's decision to break up the castle into levels instead of keeping it whole.
  3. netjak
    70
    A game that has “only above average” written all over it.
  4. It lacks depth, and could not be considered a truly involving challenge. Nor does Castlevania have the instant appeal and playability of other titles.
  5. Although we're very impressed with the superb quality of the things which the game does well, the multitude of things it doesn't even attempt do smack of a missed opportunity.
  6. It represents somewhat of a mixed bag, a mass of good and bad ideas that vie for dominance as the experience alternates between genuine fun and genuine tedium.
  7. Playboy
    63
    The huge levels and tough foes are a welcome challenge, but clumsy camera angles and controls can be a nightmare. [Dec 2003, p.44]
  8. games(TM)
    60
    The biggest complaint is the size of the game - despite the 3D stylings making everything seem bigger, the game is just too darn small to last that long for any but the most inexperienced Castlevania player. [Jan 2004, p.110]
  9. 60
    Has excellent mechanics and ideas, but they don't come together into the cohesive, enjoyable whole that we've come to expect from the series. Drive a stake through this one's heart and keep your garlic handy for the next one.
  10. 55
    If you want to walk around a large repetitive castle, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence will do the job for you.
  11. 50
    Seeing Konami’s premier Horror franchise rendered in such bland brushstrokes leaves a sour taste in the mouth, which is intensified by the fact that the game engine and combat mechanics are so well-tuned.
  12. This game plods, frustrates and bores in equal measure - stick a stake in it.

Awards & Rankings

#36 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#34 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Mar 27, 2012
    10
    Probably my favorite game of all time. Maybe it's just the nostalgic value, but I am still madly in love with this game. I've memorized allProbably my favorite game of all time. Maybe it's just the nostalgic value, but I am still madly in love with this game. I've memorized all the cutscenes and can recite them by heart (and have been for years). The character development is wonderful, the storyline is great (I loved the fact it showed how the Belmont clan began), the soundtrack is SPECTACULAR, and the gameplay was incredibly addicting. I love playing as both Leon and Joachim, but the Pumpkin was incredibly silly and fun. It was the first attempt at a 3D Castlvania game since Castlevania 64 (another great one) and Konami did not fail to deliver a great game. The Forgotten One is the most grotesque and most difficult boss in the game, but the black orb received after beating it is quite worth it in my opinion. It's an amazing game that I reccommend to everyone. Full Review »
  2. Apr 6, 2016
    5
    It got closer to a real castlevania than the n64 game, but it still has many flaws. For example the camera angles are just a pain, especiallyIt got closer to a real castlevania than the n64 game, but it still has many flaws. For example the camera angles are just a pain, especially when it comes to platforming, and don't get me started about the bad jumping mechanics. Even the fighting sucks, because of the camera angles. The camera angles literally destroy the whole game. If it would have a freecam, I would give it 9/10 points because the game itself is actually not that bad but the camera angles ruined it. Play Symphony of the Night instead. Full Review »
  3. Oct 21, 2014
    10
    had lots of fun although the game is quite outdated still well planned nice. the story the graphics and the adventure excitingg
    however many
    had lots of fun although the game is quite outdated still well planned nice. the story the graphics and the adventure excitingg
    however many story lapses but stil gr8 action
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