A 2D fighter classic returns on the PlayStation 3 and XBox
360 that not only comes packed with classic gameplay but contains
Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge and Darkstalkers 3
plus a whole wealth of features that once again brings this
franchise back into the limelight in faux HD.
The series itself is reminiscent of Street Fighter, however
Darkstalkers boasts a much more bizarre cast of characters which is
linked to myth and folklore of yesteryear. For example, some of the
characters included in Darkstalkers are Baby Bonnie Hood (Little Red
Riding Hood), Donovan Baine (Vampire Hunter) and Morrigan Aensland,
my favourite character for obvious reasons... her assets!
soon as the game boots, you immediately know that you are in for
some classic gaming love from the retro type menu which easily
allows you to swap between both games. The best part of this release
is that Darkstalkers Resurrection still contains the classic
gameplay that made this title so popular and best of all, it has
been flawlessly converted to the XBox 360 controller as you perform
a variety of attacks and special attacks on your opponents. In terms
of dynamics, there are three kicks and three punches which can then
be stringed for those whacky combos. A classic fighting stick would
help but the 360 controller works wonders.
Unlike Street Fighter, the combat in Darkstalkers is way over the
top and this almost comedic element truly adds to the enjoyment of
this title. If you are unfamiliar with these games, the developers
ensure that the newbie is trained to become a deadly fighter in no
time and although it may look like another button masher, there is
actually quite a bit of strategy and tactics involved with the
various fighters at your beckon call. The single-player game does
help in fine tuning your skills and the retro graphics only helps
with the immersion experience.
Although you can play the games via single player, where it does
shine is through the multiplayer element of the title which
automatically finds the best connection and even the ability to
watch matches as you wait for your turn. It definitely takes the
meaning of arcade to a new level with this feature. The game even
allows you to save your matches which can then be viewed later or
uploaded for others to enjoy. Once again ,it recreates the
traditional arcade experience by promoting the game online, creating
this great Darkstalkers community. Another new aspect are the
challenge levels and tutorials which actually give you quite a few
tactics for your 2D fighter arsenal.
As you fight your way to victory, whether online or offline,
developers Iron Galaxy should be commended on a flawless conversion
to the XBox 360. Even though the graphics may be dated, the gameplay
actually dates quite well and I'm hoping that this release will see
a new game soon. Add in additional unlockable content and
Darkstalkers is worth every penny!
Check it out!