Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, known in Japan and Europe as simply Castlevania (キャッスルヴァニア Kyassuruvania) s an action-adventure video game developed by Konami for the PlayStation 2 console. Belonging to Konami's Castlevania video game series, it is the first installment of the series on the PlayStation 2 and the third to make use of a 3D style of gameplay. It was released in Japan and North America in late 2003 and Europe and Australia in early 2004. It is the first installment in the series to feature the franchise's modern logo, as well as the first to receive an M rating from the ESRB.
Lament of Innocence is chronologically the first game in the Castlevania series. Set in 1094, it focuses on the origins of the series' premise—the eternal conflict between the vampire hunters of the Belmont clan and the immortal vampire Dracula. Lament of Innocence follows Leon Belmont as he searches a vampire's castle in search of his kidnapped betrothed.
Lament of Innocence received generally positive reaction from reviewers, who praised it as an enjoyable, though not complex video game.