Review: Castlevania Judgment

Discussion in 'GBAtemp Reviews & Guides' started by Kenshin Br, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. Kenshin Br

    Kenshin Br GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 6, 2008
    I like it. [​IMG]

    Castlevania: Judgment is a fighting game produced by Konami exclusively for the Nintendo Wii. It's a crossover game of the famous vampire franchise. You can choose between characters like Alucard, Simon Belmont or even Dracula to play against others figures of the Castlevania's universe.

    Graphics and sound

    Judgment shows some good visuals. Technicaly the title is competent, presenting good character models, detailed backgrounds and decent light effects. The frame rate is stable and efficient. The art style is also good, with the character design made by Takeshi Obata, the artist behind the mangas Death Note e Hikaru no Go.

    The sound has the same level of quality as the visuals. There are some good songs (especially the opening theme) and the dubbing that can be in english or japanese language.

    Gameplay and durability

    The gameplay is an interesting mix between PowerStone (from the Dreamcast) and more tradicional fighting titles. The handling through the arenas is in free style, like PowerStone, but the moves are like other fighting games. The controls are very simple and responsive. Perhaps the "ultra hardcore gamers" won't like it, but for those gamers who just want to have fun, the controls should be pretty enjoyable. In fact, Judgment offers a fun mechanics that works perfectly well.

    A goof thing about this game are the multiplayer modes. You can play offline or online, using the Nintendo Wi-Fi system, against strangers or friends using FCs. The singleplayer mode is also good but lacks variety. The game should have more playable characters (it has only 14) and a more elaborated Story mode. However, this Castlevania is still a interesting title for those who don't want to play on the multiplayer modes.


    Castlevania: Judgment is a simple but fun fighting game. If you apreciate games like PowerStone or Super Smash Bros., you should give a chance to Judgment because its gameplay is really enjoyable. The only problem is lack of content for the sigleplayer modes.


    + Good visuals and art style.
    + Fast and fun gameplay.
    + Online mode is a great feature.


    - Story mode is too simple.
    - Should have more characters to choose.

    Score: 8/10

  2. Anakir

    Anakir Project: Melee

    Dec 20, 2006
    Nice quick review. But with the fighters coming out/are already out, it's kind of hard to play this game when knowing that the others are better in many ways (depending on your taste in fighting games). I'm enjoying Capcom vs Tatsunoko quite a bit. I still play Melee (smash bros.) and I'm going to play Bleach when it comes out in english. But nonetheless, a good addition to the collection when I get bored of the other games.
  3. Kenshin Br

    Kenshin Br GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 6, 2008

    But for me Castlevania is better. In fact, I did not like Tatsunoko vs Capcom.

    I don't like Capcom fighting games. ;D
  4. rauthelegendary

    rauthelegendary GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    Would you recommend it to four guys that are doing a 24 hour Wii marathon who already have Tatsunoko vs Capcom, SSBB and Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and don't have a particular interest in fighting games? [​IMG]
  5. Waddle Dee

    Waddle Dee GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 2, 2007
    United States
    ... A computer desk?
    I heard this game was terrible... I really wanted it to be good, too. Since this reassures me, I could probably get it cheap and used at the local Gamestop.