|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Konami||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Konami||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 18, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Castlevania Judgment also has a non friend-locked online mode, which works startlingly well. Although there is the normal lag and occasional framerate drop that occurs in fast-paced online games, the matchmaking system is quite speedy, and you are able to keep track of online friends and rivals through a liberal roster system. Castlevania Judgment definitely excels in the online department, and it is too bad that most of the actual gameplay elements are what hinder its great online capacity.
The graphics in Castlevania Judgment are poor, even by Wii standards. As Ive said before, the character design is just terrible, but there are numerous technical issues that just exacerbate the sub-standard look of this game. The different character animations look very bad, especially during battles, and cinema scenes are full of jagged edges. Although the different characters sport a fair amount of detail, the different stages are incredibly bland and feature few interactive elements. Animations are very repetitive as well, adding to Castlevania Judgments stoic look.
Sound in Castlevania is hit or miss. The score is nice to listen to in parts, but it can be annoying after too many playthroughs. The voiceover on the other hand, is poorly done and very repetitive, both in English and Japanese. Each character only has a handful of stock phrases that are used before and after a battle, and these will try your nerves very quickly. Even the dialogue in the story mode is repetitive and of very poor quality.
Although most didnt expect great things from Castlevania Judgment, this game really had some potential. The castle mode as well as the online functionality proves that this title could have been really fun. However, the simplistic combat as well as the shoddy graphics sink this title to a near-unplayable status. Sure, Castlevania Judgment sounds great on paper, but in practice it just doesnt measure up to what it could be. It ends up being a failed experiment, not worthy of rising from Draculas crypt.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor