|System: Xbox 360, PS3*|
|Dev: Iron Galaxy|
|Release: March 12, 2013|
|Players: 1 (2+ Online)|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, Violence, Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB|
Of course, not everyone has played the series before, so allow me to give you a quick rundown: Darkstalkers is kind of an intermediary game between the slow technical combat of Street Fighter and the fast and frantic combat of the vs. series. In fact, many staples of the vs. series, like Morrigan and Felicia, came from Darkstalkers first.
The franchise introduced several mechanics that we now consider to be fairly standard in other fighting games. For example, Darkstalkers was one of the first games to introduce the Magic Series, i.e. the ability to combo from weaker attacks into stronger attacks. It was also one of the first games to introduce OTGs or “on the ground” attacks, though they did so with specific pursuit-style attacks in every character’s arsenal. The Dark Force mechanic is essentially a type of “proto-install” allowing your characters to go into a super mode by burning meter. It’s a delight to play the games that so many of these mechanics came from.
Supposedly, Capcom was split up on its decision to remake either Night Warriors (Darkstalkers 2) or Darkstalkers 3, so they just decided to remake both games. You can choose to play either one, much as you could choose between Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom in Marvel vs. Capcom Origins. To be completely honest, you will likely be playing Darkstalkers 3 most of the time. It’s the game that feels more “complete” of the two and is certainly the game that more people are playing. Heck, Capcom itself is even producing tutorials for the game, and it was Darkstalkers 3 that was more prominently featured in Resurrection’s launch trailer.
As I said before, we all know exactly what Darkstalkers Resurrection has to offer. If you enjoyed Darkstalkers in the past, you will absolutely love Resurrection. If you didn’t, Resurrection isn’t going to convert you. And if you never played Darkstalkers in the past, what’s the matter with you? Sign on to PSN or XBLA and get this game. You owe it to yourself to experience one of the most important titles in fighting game history.
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Date: March 13, 2013