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Friday, February 20, 2004

Interested to work for NOAH?

Hey yo.
To find out what pissed me off this week in the pro-wrestling world, check out the latest edition of my Spoiling The Illusion column.
I've also got information on how you can stand a chance of working for Pro-Wrestling NOAH in Japan!

I've also posted a my review of the NOAH Di Colosseo 4/13/03. Good show featuring Kenta Kobashi's V1 GHC World Title defence Vs Tamon Honda.

GAME REVIEW: Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
The prelude to the whole Castlevania series and one of the best Castlevania games in a long time according to many sources. I bought this game last November but only got around to playing it last week! And would you believe it only took me a couple of days to complete it?!? From the start, the game is easy to get into.
You play as Leon Belmont, out to rescue his girlfriend who was kidnapped by the evil vampire, Walter. As the game begins, Leon runs into Rinaldo, an old man who also has a score to settle against Walter, but is now too old to battle the evil one. He instead awards his special whip made with alchemy to Leon to use to battle the evil of the night.
You than enter Walter's castle and must battle through five different chambers before you can gain access to Walter's final chamber. Each chamber takes on a different environment, a theatre, a sewer, a lab etc. Most of the rooms require lots of running around and clearing a room of enemies to unlock to next room. And some rooms require certain keys to gain access too that you have to search out for in other chambers, as well as the usual puzzles to solve to advance.
Gameplay is your standard weak attack, strong attack, jump and secondar weapon attack. You also get a magic relic attack, which works when you acquire relics. And as you defeat bosses, you gain orbs that power up your secondary weapon attack.
Playing the game, the only complaints I have are that some areas require precision jumping, but having no control over the camera can some times make this an annoying task. Another matter is all the running back and forth between chambers you are required to do just to either complete a certain chamber, or just to unlock a hidden item.
The game can be quite easy since I finished it within a week. Just about all the bosses have an all too easy to decipher attack pattern. The only bosses I truly had trouble fighting were the hidden boss, Forgotten One (You gotta see this guy to believe it!) and the final boss in the game (It's NOT Walter!). A little patience is usually all thats required to beat the bosses.
So I've finished the game. Is there any reason to replay it? Yes! There are two hidden characters you can play as. When you beat the game, it will give you the code required to unlock them. One of them is Jochim, the cool vampire boss of the Castle of Dark Waterfalls chamber. The other I have yet to unlock, but from the net, have found out he's called Pumpkin (!?). I also got a code for the Crazy Mode.
Overall, Castlevania: Lament Of Innocence is a fun, though sometimes repeatative and easy game. Highly recommended if your a fan of the Castlevania series, otherwise, rent or borrow it off someone who has it. If you play long enough, you can have it back to them by the end of the week! My official finish time was just under 11 hours!
Graphics - 7
Music - 8
Gameplay - 7
Lifespan - 7
Overall - 7


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