Guilty Gear: Judgment


:  A week has passed without any word from the small Eastern European kingdom of Villtania. However, as refugees are found, the United Nations becomes aware of devastation and ungodly experiments conducted by Villtania's leading sorcerer and scientist, Raimond. As a result, the United Nations declares an international emergency and promptly offers a reward to anyone who can stop Raimond and bring order back to Villtania. A large gathering of warriors attracted to earning the bounty soon fight to decide who will challenge Raimond.

Guilty Gear Judgment character selection screen.

REVIEW:  In Guilty Gear Judgment, players can re-experience the fast paced action of Guilty Gear X2 #Reload on the go with Sony's PlayStation Portable. To accompany the classic arcade title, players will delve into an all new Guilty Gear gameplay experience called "Guilty Gear Judgment" - a beat-em-up style, side-scrolling action game.
Similar to the Boost mode found in Guilty Gear Isuka, players can take any of their favorite Guilty Gear personas through a variety of levels, taking out hordes of enemies on the way. This mode supports both 1-player and 2-player (via the PSP's wireless connectivity).


These ugly beasties have an ass-kicking comin' to them.


So how does Guilty Gear fare as a side-scroller? ...not too bad actually. You can perform most of each character's special and super moves to mow down hordes of evil creatures. Unfortunately there's not much of a story in this mode... you pretty much just kill everything that moves (similar to your everyday FPS). The sprites in Judgment are noticeably smaller than those found in the other game in this package (Guilty Gear X2 #Reload), but still animate smoothly and look great for the most part. It's a fun playthrough (especially with 2 players), though definitely a bit repetitive.




As far as the portable version of GGX2 #Reload goes, the sprites and backgrounds look nearly just as good on PSP as they do on PS2. While a lot of presentation elements like artwork and backgrounds are reused from earlier installments, graphically, the game still manages to impress... especially on a handheld system. It might not be 100% arcade perfect, but it's a very solid port of one of the best versions of Guilty Gear to date. On that note, Guilty Gear Judgment is definitely the best portable version of the series to date.

The beat-em-up mode is a bit repetitive... but worth a look.



Page Updated: March 6th, 2023
Developer(s): Arc System Works
Publisher(s): Sammy Corporation
Designer(s): Daisuke Ishiwatari
Platform(s): PlayStation Portable
Release Date(s): Aug. 22nd, 2006     
Sept. 5th, 2006
Characters Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske, Millia, Chipp, May, Jam, Johnny, Baiken, Potemkin, Dr. Baldhead, Axl, Anji, Venom, Dizzy, Testament, Zato-1, Justice, Kliff, Slayer, Bridget, I-no, Zappa, Robo Ky

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Related Games: Guilty Gear X2 #Reload, Guilty Gear, Guilty Gear X, Guilty Gear X Advance Edition, Guilty Gear XX, Guilty Gear XX Slash, Guilty Gear Isuka, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-, Blazblue, Hokuto No Ken, Sengoku Basara X, Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower, Street Fighter Alpha 3: MAX, Tekken: Dark Resurrection

Gameplay Engine  8.5 / 10
Story / Theme  8.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  9.0 / 10
Animation  8.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  8.5 / 10
Innovation  8.0 / 10
Art Direction  7.0 / 10
Customization  8.0 / 10
Options / Extras  8.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  8.5 / 10
Replayability / Fun  7.5 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  7.5 / 10
Characters  8.5 / 10

 8.5 / 10



Final Words:

Guilty Gear Judgment gave fans the BEST handheld version of Arc System Works' trademark series to date. The slick PSP screen manages to conveniently show off the artistry and beauty of Guilty Gear's stylized graphics and 2D sprites, and won't fail to impress any bystanders looking over your shoulder.

For "retired" or even non-Guilty Gear fans, this portable package just might rekindle your excitement for the long-running XX series.

~TFG Webmaster | @Fighters_Gen  

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