• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2008
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 50
  2. Negative: 16 out of 50

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  1. Mar 27, 2014
    I regret buying this piece of **** it has to be the number 1 worst game in the Castlevania series its even worst then Castlevania 64 and Simon's Quest combined into one it is that bad. Lets start off it is a fighting game with characters from Castlevania series which is a cool idea you think till you get into the gameplay which sucks majorly. Plus all the characters in the game are on the case spoiler for you no hidden characters in the game what so ever. Character designs look like **** and are extremely embarrassing and laughable for the. Example Simon Belmont looks like a emo twink teenager, Maria Renard looks even more wimpier, Shanoa looks like a freaking nun, they made Eric Lecarde into a child literately, Grant Danasty kinda weird also sounds like James Woods (Seriously I am not even kidding he actually does), and Death looks like an animatronic puppet with a hook for his left hand and his jaw moves like a puppet. Only good looking character designs has to be Alucard, Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades, Carmilla, Cornell, the Golem, and of course Dracula. But the designs are not the thing that make a game its the gameplay mechanics that does for example lets get into the game controls. Ok they are very awkward for the remote so its better you use a controller for the game otherwise your stuck thining it to attack. If you get hit with any attack in the game you get knocked down even by light attacks or the weakest sub weapon in the game.

    But wait it gets even worse the levels are alittle huge for only two fighters which means they could have added up to 4 players on the arena to make the game play more intense and fun. The characters are not balanced at all specially Cornell who is the most over powered character in the game if you use his regular special he can't be knocked down, takes less damage, deals more damage to enemies, doesn't flinch when hit, and can **** warp slash an opponent. Seriously Cornell is ungodly balanced character he is more powerful then any of the others and is even more powerful then Dracula who can't be knocked down. Seriously did they even play test this game? Plus there are accessories which don't help your character at all they just make him/her look more ridiculous looking. I mean why wouldn't they use an rpg element in this like weapons, armor, items, and actual you know equipment that benefits and helps the character in combat and shows on the character?

    You think it doesn't get any worse well it does the story for each of the characters is a blooming joke specially Maria's story about her insecurity for bigger breasts. I mean really people actually liked that story? Well anyways the story mode is complete crap and is not memorable at all and shows they put no effort what so ever in the character's stories or any animations or expressions to react. The adventure mode is even more poor and pathetic they are not even an adventure in the castle they are just challenges. That is all they are just **** challenges nothing else and they are a waste of time all you get is accessories which don't do **** for you at all as I said. They are just a waste of time and not worth it for you.

    The game uses 4 recycled monsters from the ps2 which isn't a big deal, but there are only 4 monsters that are actual enemies in the game to fight. The only actual boss in the game is called the Time Reaper which looks more like Death and is better designed then the Death in the game pretty sad to be honest. I mean come on they too lazy to put in more monsters to fight really? They could have added more playable characters like you know Richter Belmont, Nathan Graves, Albus, Sonia Belmont, Reinhardt Schneider, Christopher Belmont, Juste Belmont, Leon Belmont, Julius Belmont, John Morris, Johnathan Morris, Carrie Fernandez, Maxim Kischine, Soma Cruz, Stella Lecarde, Loretta Lecarde, Joachim Armster, Henry Oldrey, Yoko Belnades, Succubus, the little Pumpkin guy, Shaft, Hector, Frankenstein's Creature, the Werewolf, the Minotaur, Skeleton Warrior, Dullahan, Slogra and Gaibon, Old Axe Armor, Isaac, Graham Jones, Dmitrii, Dario Bossi, Ortega, Walter Bernhard, Rinaldo Gandolfi, Medusa, Saint Germain, the Skeleton, Doppelganger, Angela, Abaddon, the Necromancer, Mathias Cronqvist, Brauner, Olrox, Hugh Baldwin, Morris Baldwin, Actrise, Barlowe, Renon, Hammer, and I could keep going. But i think you get the picture overall worst game which unbalanced characters and so forth could have been better hope I never see something like this again.
  2. Dec 20, 2011
    Not a bad game, the controls are great, the character selection is good and the moves and attacks can't be more epic. As a single-player game it's great and it's also great fun having a friend over and playing to death.
  3. Nov 14, 2011
    This isn't Castlevania, it's not a 'pleasent surprise' IGN, and it's not cool. It's a obsurd little game with a revealing cover forcing teenage girls to buy it. Now that's just sick, the graphics suck, the gameplay is dissapointing, and the game itself is the equivilant to horse dung. Still want to buy it?
  4. Jul 26, 2011
    THE GOOD: An enjoyable, easy to learn, fighter that features great stages, nice graphics (wii), and an incredible score. THE BAD: The camera CAN BE problematic.No adventure mode in a "Castlevania" game? THE UGLY: Zomg, why did they drag the Belmont's into this title? The character design and story really do not fit in the Castlevania series. This is annoying and cheap marketing that probably hurts perception of this game more than helps. Expand
  5. Jun 26, 2011
    Haters gonna hate. This game rocks. This is the Final Fantasy Dissia of the Castlevania franchise. The controls are simple and smart, as long as you're using the Classic Controller. Each move has a counter, and it becomes a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Who said that's a bad thing, though?

    Many gripe about the camera, but it's whatever. I haven't had any problems with the camera. Anyone
    who has a problem with it needs to get something called hand-eye coordination. The special attacks are cool, not too short, not too long. The voice acting is satisfactory, however mouths move often when nothing is even being said.

    In addition to the story mode, there's a Dracula's Castle mode, where you explore different rooms, accomplishing different objectives. The pull here is to earn custom equipment to decorate your characters with.

    Wifi is fine as long as your partner has a good connection.

    I love this game, for the price I paid for it, it's a steal. Thanks for all the nay-sayers rating this game down, making it cheap.

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 33
  2. Negative: 16 out of 33
  1. 75
    In the list of games I'm dying to play in the Castlevania series, a 3D fighter was about as far from the top as possible, but Judgment was a pleasant surprise.
  2. 16
    As a fighter, Castlevania Judgment employs too many design ideas that are neither well planned nor well executed. It's a strange misstep for the beloved series, one that Konami hopefully learns from.
  3. If you forgo your expectations of what a Castlevania game should be--or are simply looking for a respectable 3-D fighting game--you should have a good time with Judgment. [Holiday 2008, p.77]