Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Sacrifice
Although the brilliant series created by
Joss Whedon has ended on TV, a new series has been created for the comic
world that once again lets fans enjoy this remarkable universe and best
of all, it follows from where the TV series left.
Unfortunately the gaming world has been quiet in terms of Buffy games... until now and Buffy the
Vampire Slayer returns on the Nintendo DS in the latest installment
So what exactly is Buffy the Vampire
Slayer Sacrifice? Well my dear readers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
Sacrifice is a 3D adventure/fighting game for this console and
allows players to be transformed into Buffy, the ultimate vampire
slayer. Best of all, the story is written by one of the original writers
of the TV series, Robert Deshotel which ensures the continuity of the
mythology flows into the game and with that said, the game is set before
the destruction of Sunnydale. Combing both third person views and first
person, this breaks up the gameplay, ensuring that it does not become
- Play as Buffy the Vampire Slayer
through 24 levels using a third person camera.
- Unlock and use more than 20 types
of unique Slayer weapons.
- Fight more than 12 different level
bosses and sub-bosses, including First Evil, the boss of all bosses.
- Play “Challenge Mode” in
first-person for fast-paced action and an increased difficulty
- Solve puzzle missions to unlock new
- Collect spells to increase Buffy’s
supernatural and physical abilities.
- Explore 12 dynamic environments and
search for up to four hidden ones.
Use breakable objects located within in all environments to battle
demons and vampires.
- Unique story set after the
climactic seventh season of the TV series, written by Rob Deshotel,
one of the original writers of the TV series.
- Explore locations from the TV show,
including Sunnydale High, the Bronze and the Hellmouth.
I'm always a little apprehensive when I
see a small development company take a popular franchise and attempt to
create something unique. Even worse is that I'm a huge fan of the
original TV series and to some extend the comics but needless to say, I
was excited to get the chance to visit a variety of Buffy locales
and meet a variety of Buffy characters.
Putting the cartridge into my DS, I was
expecting to be greeted to that familiar Buffy Theme and to my shock, it
was a generic musical score that attempted to mimic the TV series
opening. Of course, I could put this aside as it's all about good
gameplay... or is it?
Of course, I was wrong and the gameplay
of this current Buffy game was a tad horrendous and generic, made worse by the 3D
graphics of the Nintendo DS. The basic premise behind the game is to
explore and fight the nasties of the Buffy universe which uses a
combination of the DS controls and the Nintendo stylus.
The top screen
displays the gaming environment map/details with the touch screen used for fighting
and magic that actually does work. Unfortunately the control system of moving
your characters around the game doesn't. It is reminiscent of those old
games that lacked realistic movements and of course interaction with the
gaming environment and once again, Buffy the Vampire
Slayer: Sacrifice joins this long line.
The saving grace of the game are of
course the Buffy references and this game is oozing with them. You'll
meet all of the Scooby gang that include Willow, Spike and even Angel
plus you get to explore familiar locales such as Sunnydale High and even
the Bronze. With the inclusion of familiar faces and places,
the game does have a strong Buffy link to it, however the repetitive and
becomes old and frustrating as you progress as you die quiet a bit and
it uses a checkpoint system of saves.
As previously mentioned, the graphics
are quite tame and at some places quite bad in the game and to make
matters worse, I know that the DS is capable of far more impressive
things. Interesting enough, the first person view is a lot more
impressive than the 3rd person view.
With no Buffy the Vampire theme or voice
over's, the sound and
music is a little depressing, especially for a fan. Match that with no
movies in the game, just still "painted" frames of the characters and
that's the best you'll get in terms of cutscenes which is a shame.
I honestly tried to like this game...
however the up and down graphics, limited gameplay and and awkward combat made
this a very frustrating experience and considering how cool the franchise
is, there really is no excuse. If you're a fan of the game and desperate
for a game on the DS, than maybe so, however for the majority, best to
stake this game early.