Darkstalkers Resurrection launched on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network on the 13th of March. Many of you unfamiliar with the series, Darkstalkers is a classic Mortal Combat style fighting game that has a rather cartoon-like appearance. It maintains everything a typical one on one brawler contains such as wicked combo’s and fantastic finishing moves and for only 1200 MS Points both Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3 can be yours..
As soon as you load into this game you’re presented with Darksiders 2, or Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge as it’s called. Personally I’m not a huge fan of this version, though the characters remain the same as does the game play, there’s something about the way it presents itself that makes it a little hard to play. If you press back (or select) button non the menu screen then you can instantly switch to Darkstalkers 3 – which I prefer.
The pretty cool thing about this video game reboot is that if you want that classic arcade cabinet feel then you can choose to have just that, along with various other screen modes such as Widescreen, Stretched, Retro, and Over the Shoulder – there’s also the option to turn scan lines on and off to give it an even more tube TV feel.
To bring these games into the 21st century players have the option to learn the ropes for each character in a unique training mode complete with dummy opponent! For those that want a more challenging progressive game try the challenge mode with a host of different challenges for each of the characters which will also help you during the main game. During each fight there’s also a sidebar with challenges such as “Beat Arcade Mode without continuing in Darkstalkers 3″ and “Perform an EX Move” which upon completion players are awarded XP which in turn enables them to unlock a few extra’s like concept art.
The game retains the traditional six button controls with different Jabs and Kicks being assigned to X, A, Y, B, RB and RT – LT and LB can be used as well if you prefer. Unlike some other fighting games there isn’t a huge library of combo commands, but those that are available will take a lot of learning but it can be just as fun mashing the buttons.
Unlike traditional arcade cabinets Darkstalkers Ressurection has an online mode where you can enter a tournament between 8 other players, I’m still trying to get to grips with the gameplay so I haven’t ventured over this side of things too much, but for the few games I have played it goes without a hitch and I get embarrassingly pummelled to death. For those of you who know how to play this game (or any beat ’em up for that matter) there’s the option to set up your YouTube account so you can show off your incredible fighting skills. I would have given this a go, but it’s too embarrassing. There’s also a local multiplayer too so you and a friend can take to the ring and have a few bouts.
Overall Darkstalkers Resurrection is one of those games you bring out every so often when you’ve got company, or if you’re after a quick game or two without having to open a huge campaign. I’m sure fans of the Darkstalkers series are impressed with this game because it looks like a true to the original reboot and I can appreciate that. If you’re a fan of old school 2D beat ’em ups like Mortal Combat or Tekken, I’d say give it a go!
Darkstalkers Ressurection is available on Xbox Live Arcade (1200 MS Points) and the PlayStation Network (£11.99) right now!