Castlevania Judgment came out of left field. Not only is the game the only fighter in the franchise's 20+ year history, but the manga art direction puts a new spin on classic characters. But after the initial shock, a sufficient Wii fighter lays waiting. There are highs and lows: Respectable visuals, a nostalgic musical score and an intriguing Castle mode serve as the solid underscore.
Sadly, the camera cannot top it all off. Instead, it is the steepest low of the title and makes multiplayer significantly flawed. The game is a mixed-bag, for sure, but the highs slightly outweigh the fighting genre side effects.