Platforms: XBLA, PSN
Release Date: 13/03/13
Darkstalkers Resurrection Review
Darkstalkers – the much loved fighter from Capcom has not been seen for many years, lying asleep like the proverbial sleeping giant. Now though it has returned, stirring once more from its slumber, set to start the fight afresh on XBLA and PSN. Yet will its return, in the form of Darkstalkers Resurrection, be any more than a luke warm kick in the groin?
The Darkstalkers franchise has always been the more imaginative fighter, with a roster of characters based more on fantasy and folklore. Vampires, Red Riding Hood and Mummies are all here, allowing for some off the wall moves combined with the traditional Capcom mechanics for the 2D fighter, giving an almost perfect balance to the overall package.
Within the package itself you’ll find two of the famous titles vying for your attention; Nightwalkers: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3. You can switch between the two by pressing the select button – doing this takes just a matter of seconds.
The characters themselves help build one of the most imaginative rosters in the fighting genre, allowing for some great, artistic moves. The fights are fluid and frantic, with each character interacting beautifully with the others, causing each fight look and feel like an intricate dance. With Capcom’s fighter mechanics and the standard six button configuration everyone has grown up with, newcomers who are used to Street Fighter will pick up the basics quickly. In no time at all you’ll fall in love with the larger than life characters, including Felicia and Lord Raptor.
Graphically the beauty of the original games remains intact. There are a few graphical filters added, including classy scan lines and different screen views. Alas, this the weakest part of the overall package; the games retain their old school fighter look, but for me there could have been so much more added. A few more touches to upgrade the overall look would have gone a long way. You can also tell the difference between the two games, with Darkstalkers 3 having bigger, more vibrant character models. If you were looking for totally redrawn art to bring it into the land of HD then I’m afraid you’ll be sorely disappointed.
Moving on though, Iron Galaxy Studios have added a few little extras. Little pieces that make this title gain an upper hand with similar games in this genre. First up are the little challenges shown on the left hand side of the screen as the fight rages on. These vary from throw opponent X amount of times, to pulling off certain combos. Once completed you can then level up and unlock extras including concept art. It’s a great way to help you learn a bit more about the characters you’re playing as, to mix up your strategy a little… forcing you to learn the more intricate details that lay beneath the surface of this fighter.
They haven’t stopped there though, for Iron Galaxy have added character specific trials and challenges. This allows newcomers to learn the more advanced combos and strategies. Some of the moves you can pull off can be tricky and a fighting stick is definitely recommended if you want to get the best out of this game. These challenges add more depth and longevity to the single player game.
Then we have the multiplayer; with eight player lobbies the fights are fun fast and fluid. It works well and once more there are a few more surprises in store. You can link the game to your Youtube account and the game records your last ten fights. You can upload your videos, arrange to discuss them with friends, talk through tactics and of course blow your own trumpet! The system works well and proves to be quite the novel addition. This mechanic would definitely be welcomed in more games, taking the social aspect to another level.
Darkstalkers Resurrection is a great fighter that has held up against the test of time. With the added challenges and social aspects, this proves to be a contender! The graphics could have definitely been improved that little bit more and it’s a shame that Darkstalkers 3 only has the roster from the original arcade game. None of the extra characters found in the original ports on consoles are made available. If you like your fighting games then definitely check this one out.
- Fast fluid fights
- Good social aspect
- Extra challenges to sink your teeth into.
- None of the extra characters in Darstalkers 3 console ports present