Gamespot: "When we played Judgment at E3, there were only four announced characters: Simon Belmont, Maria Renard, Alucard, and Dracula. This time around there was a new playable character on the roster, as well as a number of familiar faces showcased in a dramatic trailer. Death was the new playable character, a skeletal fellow who danced on pointed bony legs and attacked with a formidable staff. A series regular, Death has eschewed the Grim Reaper's cloak for a sleeker, more battle-ready look that still managed to give us the heebie-jeebies. Other characters that were featured in the trailer but not in the game proper include Shanoa (heroine of the upcoming DS game Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia), Eric Lecarde (who has appeared in both human and ghost form in previous games), and Aeon (a new character who plays a similar role to Shang Tsung from Mortal Kombat, summoning all the fighters to compete in battle). This accounts for eight of the purported 14 characters in the game."