The whole soundtrack is honestly just superb all around, paying appropriate fanfare to the franchise and fitting the tone of this action-oriented installment in the series. Now, bear in mind that I’ve been a fan of the franchise for the majority of my life, and that I do have a sort of attachment to the world and the characters that Castlevania has spawned. Death’s redesign makes him out to look like  a forgettable sort of shinigami that you’d have seen in the background of one shot in the anime or something, and the lack of iconic cloak is honestly confounding. A brief cut-scene will illustrate the damage done to your opponent. Not only did Judgment need to defy expectations to have a fighting chance; it needed to shatter them, drive a stake through their heart, and burn the whole castle down alongside it. The revelation of the game was beyond shocking. Battles can last one or multiple rounds. Object Action: Repels the object at the opponent. Not only did Judgment need to defy expectations to have a fighting chance; it needed to shatter them, drive a stake through their heart, and burn the whole castle down alongside it. In a bold move given this reputation for musical excellence, recording duties were entrusted to an external games music production studio, Noisycroak (rather than being handled by in-house composers). As for Carmilla… look y’all, I’m gonna be real honest with you here: I am incredibly gay for demonic-lookin’ gals. Furthermore, with the inclusion of the cast of Dracula’s Curse comes a “love triangle” subplot, where Grant’s story has him coming to terms with the fact that he wishes he was in a relationship with Sypha. Responsible for summoning these warriors is the mysterious Aeon, who seems to hold a power over the flow of time itself. A miserable pile, indeed. Did that work for Soulcalibur Legends? For this version of the game, for the artwork, we got a famous Japanese artist to help with the artwork.” ~ Koji Igarashi, Konami. In a review which acknowledges poor showings of the game at trade shows and low expectations going in, reviewer Mark Bozon admits his pleasant surprise at the game being passable: “After going the distance with Castlevania Judgment on Wii, I want more, and I’m surprised to say it.”[11] It also ends on an adorably optimistic note, with the reviewer hoping that “the formula can be refined in the future” in service of some future installment that – as was pretty obvious almost immediately – was never gonna happen. For this title, we’re keeping the production team that made Portrait of Ruin, so it will definitely be a game of high quality.”[1]. Yeah, that definitely works well enough for me. Hey, speaking of paying homage to the history of Castlevania: I promised earlier I’d reveal who the final boss is, didn’t I? But enough talk: Let’s have at the gameplay itself. Ut sollicitudin, nibh quis tristique interdum, velit orci convallis tellus, vitae aliquet odio ipsum ut velit. You know, there’s probably one thing the game could’ve done that might have justified the overly-simple combat mechanics and the often oversized arenas: It could’ve gone full-on Power Stone and included some four-player battle modes. As Destructoid’s Jonathan Holmes pondered: “So, the game will be an imprecise waggle-fest? July 1st brought us Konami’s official announcement of Castlevania Judgment being a fighting game fitted for the Nintendo Wii, and slated for a Fall ‘08 release date. I’m not gonna sit here and pretend like I was particularly attached to Grant or his sort of generic Dracula’s Curse design, but seeing him transform into some retrofitted design from a completely unrelated manga character just leaves me thinking that Obata wasn’t putting much real passion into this whole project. Versus battles can be taken online for further challenge. Even if you’re not a fan of the character designs, they still largely gel together well with one another, and they manage to make every fighter feel unique / easy to differentiate from one another. Hell, I don’t even think folk got nearly as mad about those “erotic” pachinko machines! You see, I’ve never actually played Castlevania Judgment for myself. This really shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise to anyone, though: The Wii had quickly grown to be the best-selling home console of the seventh generation, and it only made sense that Konami would be looking to deliver titles on the platform. “I will give you the greatest of pleasures.” Delightfully devilish art by Neesh. Like, if you fancy yourself a “fighting game aficionado,” you’re more likely than not gonna get nothing out of playing Judgment: The controls are basic as can be with only a few combos to go around per character, there are some clear character imbalances across the roster, and the presence of unpredictable stage hazards and item drops is probably enough on its own for some folk to write the game off. But it never got too much in the way for me in playing the game the way I think it was meant to be played — keeping in close with your opponent, and letting the momentum of your attacks be what moves you across the arenas. This leads to him and Trevor fighting for who has “the right” to have her, as well as him taking advantage of the timeline Sypha is pulled from in order to try and convince her that she’s his wife. Brief in-game cut-scenes will take place before and after every fight. As it would transpire, the Wii would see only one other original Castlevania title released for it: 2009’s The Adventure ReBirth. Castlevania does not translate well to the 3D fighting genre, the motion controls are horrible, the camera is too erratic, and the character design lies … What I can criticize in terms of disrupting game flow and making you lose your sense of place are the Hyper Attack animations. It also provides a novel set-up for a story mode where Dracula isn’t the final boss waiting for you at the end, as you would expect from your typical Castlevania title. Which brings us back to Judgment, and the handling of some female characters in the Story mode. In what may seem like a strange decision, the States would receive the game two months in advance of Japan (who would see the game come out in January of next year), indicating North America as the target market for the title. Castlevania Judgment is a lot better than it should be given its brief time in development and small budget, but still not half as good as it could have been. And while Judgment’s take on this style of challenge-driven content is a bit uneven in spots (if I never have to fight another “Iron Gladiator” again in my lifetime, it’ll be too soon), it definitely wound up being the mode I derived the most entertainment from playing. Well let me hold your hand and we'll go through this abyss of unoriginality and horrid controls in Castlevania Judgment. The controls are orginal. If you want to deliberately test the camera, or if your playstyle centers around running around the perimeter of the map and letting your opponent chase you, of course you’ll end up with some frustrating angles on the action. A miserable pile, indeed. Object Action: Converts objects into traps that shoot lighting when enemies come near. But the fact of the matter was, in the time leading up to the eventual details of Judgment making their way out, fans had already created their own expectations as to what a new console Castlevania would bring: Visions of elaborate 3D adventures iterating on the formula established by PlayStation 2 titles Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness, or perhaps even a return to the platforming form that first made the series great. I would attribute this to his willingness to take creative risks, and a desire to move the series in new directions. So, a Castlevania fighting game, huh? Genuine cowpoke. In example: That series’ Misa obviously served as something of a template for his redesign of Rondo of Blood’s Maria, sporting the same hair and similar fashion sensibilities. [1] However, Galamoth's name is only mentioned when the Time Reaper is killed, "Lord Galamoth". After a year of searching, in 1797, Dracula's Castle reappeared as if to show her the way. […] Due to magic forces, a variety of characters from different eras are brought together. Object Action: Grabs objects with whip to be thrown at the opponent. But the way I see it, when life gives me lemons like Castlevania: The Adventure and Haunted Castle? Wii Controls [] (This game requires the Nunchuk attachment to be connected to the Wii Remote.) On top of that, these animations tend to last around twenty seconds apiece: Twenty uninterruptible seconds that you’ll likely have to watch multiple times over and over again. Object Action: Throws objects at the opponent with telekinesis. Through examining their history, reviewing their contents, and measuring their impact, we hope to bring about a better understanding of these oft-dismissed releases. A fight in Castlevania Judgment. Maybe that won’t be to everyone’s taste, but hey, I really dig what they do with it here. Anyway, Judgment isn't a traditional adventure game, so maybe someone figured that waggling would work in small doses. The game lacks anything like a lock-on function where your character will track and consistently face toward your opponent, requiring you to try and line yourself up manually before launching into any attack. Not an entirely fair comparison, admittedly, but still a telling one to be sure. Very constructive. While moving and fighting your opponent, destructible crates and crystals will drop into the level at random. Super Finishing Move: "Group Cooperation". For as clearly superior as some playable characters seem to be over others (Maria’s aerial maneuvering can make her the most difficult target), it’s at least on account of how differently they all feel and play from one another, and it can make your multiple runs through the Story mode feel at least a tad bit less repetitive. Additional accessories will be unlocked as well. Strong Attack/Combos: Hold the B Trigger and waggle in any direction to perform stronger melee attacks, which can be strung together with Sub-Weapon & Aerial Attack combos. But if I had to single out one character as being, just, particularly egregious? This whole game is ridiculous, and at some point, you just need to appreciate it for what it is: Fan service of the most gratuitous degree. It's more like Power Stone than a typical 3d fighter. Castlevania: Judgment for the Nintendo Wii takes us out of the 2D plane and into a 3D fighting game that just doesn’t do the series justice. Having been with the company since 1990 and dabbled in roles as a programmer, writer, and assistant director, he was certainly well-qualified for the position, and his vision for the historic series would see it rebuilt almost from the ground up: Between retconning past installments, reinterpreting the timeline, and fully realizing the change in creative direction that Symphony of the Night had started, he left his indelible mark on the legacy of Konami’s premier line of vampire-killing adventures. Basic Attack/Combos: Waggle the Wii Remote for … We’ll discuss the reasons for this in just a minute, but let’s address the third concern for now: Was anyone asking for a game like this? Assuming your set-up for this attack lands on your opponent, you’ll promptly be transported to a surreal plane of existence where your attack animation proceeds to play out. Downward Aerial Attack: Perform a Double Jump, and while in the air hold the B Trigger and waggle in any direction. After you collect all thirteen Soul Keys you unlock True Story mode. Which begs the question: Was his involvement motivated by his own fondness for the Castlevania series, or was he completely unfamiliar with the franchise prior to being offered the job? Now, if you can get past all that, there’s plenty to appreciate: Stages and backgrounds all have interesting visual themes to them, incorporating elements of the gothic architecture and gloomy atmospheres you’d come to expect of the franchise. These are standard gameplay modes in most fighters. From what I can gather [not being able to test the online for myself], it seemed to be a bit more stable than the likes of a Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but almost assuredly lacking the sort of dedicated playerbase that such a game would have. This is practically the only way to get any projectile-based attacks to hit their mark, and even still it gives your opponent plenty of time to move or guard. Also, I just really can’t think of any good ideas. Due to magic forces, a variety of characters from different eras are brought together"[2]. Now, I know I already briefly talked about this WiiWare release in our previous article covering the original Adventure on Game Boy, and how it practically has nothing to do with its namesake. Why you gotta be so mean, ma’am? Beating story with each character awards "Soul Keys". Maria immediately set out to find her guardian and friend with no idea of where to start. If you can time and position yourself correctly, you can hit them again with the attack as soon as they recover, locking them into a cycle for as long as you have the hearts to do so. Additionally, dodges are performed by shaking the Nunchuck, which is sensitive enough that I would trigger it without intending to a couple of times as my hand naturally sort of moved with my motions in-game. It’s no visual tour de force by any stretch, but it’s certainly far from “ugly.”. Jump/Double Jump: Tap the C button to jump, double tap to perform a Double Jump. But if, on the other hand, you’re using a Wiimote and accompanying Nunchuck? I would guess that such highly complicated design concepts like “balancing” weren’t much of a priority here, and the whole game sort of feels like an all-times free-for-all. Super Specials: When the blue meter at the bottom of the screen is a fully charged, tap down on the D-pad perform a powerful Special/Finnishing move. But Castlevania Judgment was never given so much as the benefit of the doubt that it would turn out to be anything other than awful. I mention these systems and mechanics up-front because they indicate that Judgment isn’t a particularly deep fighting game. Needless to say, it was not long before I ditched the cumbersome combo of loosely-connected controllers in favor of a proper gamepad. 24. Object Action: Destroys objects causing shrapnel to fly towards the opponent. In 2007, Konami filed for a pair of patents for two upcoming Castlevania titles, bearing the subtitles “Order of Ecclesia” and “Judgment.” But of course, there’s only so much that you can ascertain about a Castlevania game from its subtitle alone. ), she is gifted the legendary “Bloody Tears,” now with ripping guitar solo. I don’t think there’s a definitive answer to this question, but my gut tells me that his familiarity with the source material was “fleeting” at best. It also allows for a style of play where a player may prefer to spend the bulk of the battle running away from any and all attacks, breaking open containers, and refilling their health to negate any damage they make take over the course of a fight, until such time as the time limit expires. Charged Attack: Hold Z and waggle the Wii Remote to perform a unblockable Charged Attack. There’s certainly a large enough roster of established characters to pull from; spanning dozens of entries in the series, across multiple centuries of convoluted canon. It’s a cruel irony that the whole concept would go on to be so poorly-received by franchise loyalists. But it bears being mentioned again here as it shows how quick Konami was to backpedal on this whole endeavor; by releasing the safest, most traditional Castlevania game in years. In this scenario, your attacks are performed by swinging the Wii Remote, where you’re probably meant to feel like you’re swinging a whip or something. And so, while it may be accessible to even the likes of me,*** it’s also too shallow to make me feel like I can really engage with it in any meaningful way. This immediately lead to speculation that Judgment would be a title for Nintendo’s home console offering of the period — speculation which ended up being right on the money. Is it all incredibly ridiculous? Object Action: Instantly moves an object and drops it on the opponent. [4], (This game also supports use of the Classic Controller. Needless to say, its strength was not enough to carry the day. My thought is that a Castlevania game doesn’t fit very well with it unfortunately. But it doesn’t take an industry analyst to figure out that it was churned out on the sort of quick and cheap, and that Konami were desperate to get back on their fans’ good graces with it. This is a list of released video games for the Wii video game consoles which allow use of Classic Controller/Classic Controller Pro and/or GameCube controller.This list does not include games released on Nintendo's Virtual Console as the Classic Controller and GameCube controller can also be used for all Virtual Console games, with the exception of some TurboGrafx-16 games. Glad we finally have the definitive answer as to whether or not people are allowed to enjoy this video game, from the official ‘Arbiter of Taste’ themselves. We’re talking about the same game that drudged up Cornell as a playable character — the protagonist of the second Nintendo 64 installment in the series, which Iga had previously gone out of his way to say wasn’t even canon. Grant is given a jaunty take on “Clockwork” which suits the noble thief well. Object Action: Drains power from objects to increase attack power. Granted, I’m also not generally big into fighting games to begin with, and tend towards titles that offer more a more “party style” approach to gameplay rather than competitive. I just didn’t expect it. Still want to buy it?” ~ EastonReviews. Demonstrating Simon Belmont, Alucard Ţepeş, and Maria Renard in action, it was almost impossible to recognize any member of the trio without the added assistance of their names appearing under their health bars. Not only that, but several of these unlockable characters further require finishing a True Story playthrough in order to actually make them available in any other game modes! In particular, handheld titles he helped produce across the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS (plus The Dracula X Chronicles on PlayStation Portable) comprise some of the best entries in the series. stages have edges that can be fallen off of resulting in ring outs, and some go as far as to feature stage hazards that threaten to harm combatants as well as do damage to the arenas themselves. That said as a fan of fighting games, especially poverty fighters/kusoge fighters, I appreciated the attempt and wish Konami would do the same with other properties like Metal Gear or Goemon. And with the added elements of mid-match healing items, the variety of alternate weapons, and arenas laden with traps, there’s always gonna be more to a match than just mashing. Judgment certainly had a lot of neat ideas but too many of them were overshadowed by bad ones. With that description in Symphony clearly meant to pay homage to Galamoth’s antagonist status in Kid Dracula, and with Galamoth having a Death-esque assistant (“Shinigami-San”) in those games, you can interpret this all as meaning that Time Reaper is Galamoth’s right-hand man, sent back in time to execute on this convoluted plan! It’s doubtful that anyone had been hoping for a fighting game, of all things. Just about the only outlet to give the game an outright positive review was IGN, who awarded the game what I feel to be a fair 7.5. Koji “Iga” Igarashi rose to the role of Lead Producer for Konami’s Castlevania franchise in 1999. Whether you interpret that as "a hall of fame dedicated to bad video games" or as "a sub-par hall of fame for video games" is entirely up to you. At some point, I wonder if that was the worry Konami had with Castlevania — that even with its myriad innovations on the platforming premise, players would eventually grow tired of it. For each character who completes the story mode, Aeon collects a “Soul Key,” with thirteen in total being necessary to open the gate to the final boss in the “True Story Mode.”. Now, of course, I wouldn’t have minded having maybe one more whipholder; perhaps Legends’ Sonia, representing as a female associate for the Belmont Clan? Aeon will be available in every mode except story. You know, it’s really not all that terrible an idea on paper, if you ask me. And if not that, I would also settle for “goth hunk barbarian” Simon from Castlevania Chronicles, who sports the same sort of red hair and dark clothes look — albeit in what at least feels like a more “lore-appropriate” fashion. Sure, this definitely isn’t the grossest storyline that could’ve been written here, but it sure is a trite one even with the added time-travelling element. In designing a fighting game almost explicitly for folk not accustomed to the genre, they neglected to include many of the sort of nuances and complexities that give a fighting game any real sense of depth. [12] For comparison: Order of Ecclesia is listed as managing roughly 370K worldwide sales, with a Japanese launch week moving roughly 20,000 purchases. I’d categorize the bulk of the reactions as falling under three general concerns; the first of which being that the Wii was not known for having particularly “precise” control in the Wii Remote. However, unlike most fighters, it allows players to freely explore a small 3D environment, with interactive dangers that vary depending the level. Thanks to the injection of some good ideas and heaping piles of love for the For one, nothing about targeting and attacking your opponent feels intuitive or accurate. That being said, my overall feeling on the new designs is… “Yeah, those are mostly fine.” As a member of a fan community that largely seems to loathe the character models as featured in Judgment, I find it a bit difficult to muster up too much rage myself. Sad to say, but the core of the gameplay just isn’t compelling enough to warrant the investment. Simply, we wanted to get all the characters from past Castlevania titles into one game. Cassidy is the curator of a bad video game hall of fame. Also working to support the game’s overall presentation is the soundtrack; which, do I even need to tell you that it’s excellent? I know it’s become something like the major sticking point that most critics single out, with some going as far as to say it makes the game “unplayable” or what have you. Aeon has summoned various Vampire Hunters from throughout the ages to defeat the Time Reaper, who has been sent from 10,000 years in the future by Galamoth. Yes, Time Reaper mentioning that he comes from “ten thousand years hence” is an explicit reference to Kid Dracula antagonist Galamoth; who appears as a boss in Symphony of the Night, where his bestiary description [in the Japanese version of the game] hints at his “ten thousand year plan” to take over the Netherworld. I’m a big fan of gameplay modes like this, and I believe I’ve talked about before how I wish more fighting games would implement them…. To be totally truthful, the fact that I was able to commission art of her – and I must say, it is some awesome art – was a major motivating factor in me even writing this article. In doing so, Judgment’s soundtrack largely serves as a sort of “arrange album,” dealing in classic Castlevania melodies and giving them what composer Yasushi Asada defines as a “neo-classical styled heavy metal” treatment. And in a different context, I wouldn’t even harp on how Carmilla flirts with everyone she meets and dresses like a dominatrix, since you can at least justify that as being a sort of “vampire servant” thing to do. But Iga’s weird distaste for that game and for the very concept of a female protagonist would’ve likely put the kibosh on that one. 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Most (if not all?) Your basic controls are as follows: Your normal attack, a modifier button to be used in conjunction with your attack input in order to do some special attacks, separate buttons for subweapons, guarding, and your all-powerful “Hyper Attacks” — as well as inputs for moving, evading, and jumping. (This game requires the Nunchuk attachment to be connected to the Wii Remote.). But for all I’ve said so far about the gameplay shortcomings, it’s honestly not all terrible! I’ve had the means and the want to, but I just never wound up getting around to it. But the fact that this all comes courtesy of a creative director who literally laughed off the idea of the series’ first female protagonist having any actual place in the series chronology? Arenas also vary greatly in size a… Object Action: Converts objects into traps that lower an enemies defense when they draw near. 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