Bummer you didn't like Order of Ecclesia. It's probably my favorite game since Symphony. But then again, I actually like Lament of Innocence so what do I know.
Never played any of the PS2 releases, primarily because the reception to them has been rather tepid at best. What styles of games are they anyway? Are they hack n slash DMC-like affairs?
They are basically DMC and Metroidvania light. They combat system isn't terrible complex, and there's not a ton of exploring, but Lament of Innocence nails the feel of Castlevania the best of any of the 3D games. Curse of Darkness is better in both the combat and exploration, but it doesn't feel as Castlevania-ey. The reception on them were mixed because they don't scratch either itch quite like you want them. Lament of Innocence may have my favorite sound track of the series though.
Y'know, you had inspired me to at least give a quick browse on amazon to see what they're going for, and... Well, for as much as you yourself enjoy them, I can't say I feel comfortable gambling with the prices both Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness are going for unfortunately.
@slag: I'll be sure to make a note for Guacamelee! Though I think I'll let it stew for a little longer until I have a PS4 and get that version.
Nope, haven't played any of the OG pre-SoTN Castlevania games.