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Review

Darkstalkers Resurrection Review

  • Game release: March 12, 2013
  • Reviewed:
  • X360

Darkstalkers Resurrection combines two fantastic games with an abundance of useful features to make one outstanding collection.

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The Darkstalkers series has been silent for far too long. While other fighters have found new life on modern consoles through rerelease compilations and HD updates, Darkstalkers' night warriors have found themselves stuck on the sidelines. Darkstalkers Resurrection finally rights this wrong by granting this venerable series the recognition it deserves. This collection, which includes Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge and Darkstalkers 3, comes packed with additional features that set a new standard for this subgenre of fighting game rereleases.

Compared to its sister series, Street Fighter, Darkstalkers has always been more outrageous. While both series adhere to developer Capcom's standard of excellence within the fighting genre, Street Fighter is more grounded, drawing inspiration from actual martial arts forms. Darkstalkers, on the other hand, draws inspiration from the realms of fantasy and folklore. Mummies. Zombies. Frankenstein's monster. Little Red Riding Hood. These characters and others are the stars of the Darkstalkers universe.

These fantastical fighters make up one of the most creative rosters the genre has ever seen. The characters are crafted with such exaggerated style that each one feels distinct from conventional archetypes, such as Hsien-Ko, a take on the Chinese hopping vampire with an arsenal of exotic weapons up her sleeves, and Anakaris, a mummy who can detach his limbs and even separate at the waist.

The interaction between such disparate combatants is part of what makes these games so enjoyable. The outlandish attacks, beautiful sprite animations, and solid fighting mechanics that built upon Street Fighter's fundamentals are still as enjoyable today as they were during the series' initial release. Both games easily stand the test of time and can stride alongside the genre's current contenders.

Anakaris has had a rough day. Lilth is here to send him on his way.

Of course, this collection is more than just a simple repackaging of two outstanding games. Developer Iron Galaxy has included several useful additions. For newer players, the character-specific trials in Darkstalkers 3 are a good place to start. These lessons break down basic offensive and defensive strategies, and offer context about why these techniques are important. More-advanced techniques can be found in Revenge, making these two sets of trials useful for any player familiar with the fighting genre.

Resurrection's online modes are equally excellent. Powered by the tried-and-true GGPO technology, online play for both games feels smooth and seamless. Additional filtering options let you adjust the region, latency, and skill level of players you will encounter. When you're playing with a group, players not in the fight can spectate the match--a handy feature for studying the competition.

When you're done playing online, you can review your performance by checking the replays. The game automatically saves your 10 most recent online matches, and individual matches can be permanently saved after the fight is over. You can also sort through the replays uploaded by other players, with filtering options for specific characters or match quality.

Studying replays is a great way to learn new play styles and strategies for specific characters. Having proper filtering options makes this process easier. Resurrection takes it a step further by letting you tag your replays as well. If this feature is used by the community, you could potentially filter for specific circumstances or combos, transforming a simple replay collection into a virtual library of skills and techniques.

There's a helpful glossary of fighting game terms in the How to Play menu.

The list of extras in Resurrection goes on and on. Matches can be uploaded to YouTube, an entire gallery of concept art is available to unlock, and a variety of interesting viewing options--including a classic arcade cabinet. In addition to bringing two outstanding games back into the spotlight, Darkstalkers Resurrection boasts a host of practical content that enhances the experience. One only hopes that all classic fighters can one day receive such loving treatment.

The Good
Combat mechanics still fun today
Smooth and stable online play
Replay sharing with useful filtering options
Good tutorial modes for newer players.
The Bad
The version of Darkstalkers 3 used does not include the series' full roster.
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andiang
andiang

This game is a piece of $#!T.

I paid USD 35 for the game and feel cheated by Capcom. They recycle PSX games with new cover for PS3. I got terrible graphics instead of the quality of a PS3.

Wrong way to squeeze your fans' pocket, Capcom.

I want my money back.

chyng85
chyng85

My favorite fighting game series~

xbelmontx
xbelmontx

 hmmm....8 is not right....i would say a 5 is fair for this game...nothing new, but blurry graphics.

Hawkeye-71
Hawkeye-71

An 8.0....Really.  This fossil gets way more accolades for a throw back as other get punished for emulating the past! Bad Form!

DanieltheDead
DanieltheDead

If my name was  Maxwell McGee I would wear sunglasses ALL the time.

lionheartssj1
lionheartssj1

Parts of the roster is missing because Capcom is going to come back later and sell those characters as DLC.  Along with color changes to their outfits.

NaturallyEvil
NaturallyEvil

Another 6 months, another new Capcom fighter that is a step backward gameplay-wise from their peak, which was Capcom Vs. SNK 2.  The games have all been pretty good, but I think I'm done with them until they do something as interesting as the options they had in CVS2.  There was so much you could customize about how your particular team fought that all these new ones still feel limited to this day.

keech
keech

If you want a brand new Darkstalkers game buy this one up.  This is basically Capcom testing the waters for a return to the series.

CKeenan07
CKeenan07

I always passed Darkstalkers up for Street Fighter, but I'm loving these arcade style re-releases and I think it's about time I gave this one a shot. I'm liking the character models.

majere613
majere613

Ok, I've read the review a couple of times now. Which character(s) is/are missing from Darkstalkers 3? It's mentioned in 'The Bad' but not the review. Black mark, Max.

Adroa
Adroa

I've played this game before.  Actually I've played this game like... 4 times before.  I'm not going to buy it again, and if you use that to justify not creating an actual sequel with any significant updates to the series beyond where it was a decade ago in the playstation era then fine, screw you too.

Jyakotu
Jyakotu

Capcom is basically dangling this product in front of the fans this series has in order to get their hopes up for a sequel. But when sales aren't what they want, Capcom will release a statement saying something like, "Interest in the Darkstalkers franchise was not high enough to warrant another title." Oh Capcom.

AceOfCrimson
AceOfCrimson

Hey Crapcom how about a brand new Dark Stalkers game? Actually on second thought don't make a new one you'll just end up making dozens of dlc and different versions of it milking the franchise until there's nothing left of it. (Cough Cough) Marvel Vs Capcom, Resident Evil.

IndianaPwns39
IndianaPwns39

I'm thinking about buying this, although I'd probably play it rarely. I loved these games as a kid and I'd love to see a new one, so I might support this just for that.

Then again, Capcom seems to enjoy screwing over supporting fans so hmmmm... 

Kaz32
Kaz32

Never played Darkstalkers ever but I played the characters in MVC, like that little red crazy hood, so I'm guessing it's going to be a great game. Might suck at it online like Street Fighter though.

Hm, I have to create my own ratings for games now I guess cause the scoring system in general is just not a good indication of how fun a game is:

 1. So bad I immediately trade the game away after playing it (consoles only cause PC stucks to Steam forever)

2. Finished it and I don't want to touch it again

3. Good game but it's too boring so I skipped it at least until I want to play it again

4. Finished it and during playing I like it so much that I purposely prolong the gameplay but in the end I'm satisfied and can't wait for the sequel

5. Finished it and because it's so awesome I'm still playing it again and again. 


Darkstalkers might fall into number 5, if I'm good at it. Otherwise it's just 4. So which of these will be your rating for Darkstalkers resurrection guys?

Dragon-Power
Dragon-Power

I really love Darkstalkers , Capcom please make a new series ?

saosebastiao
saosebastiao

I still have my copy of Darkstalkers 3 for the Ps1, so I'll be passing on this one. I mean, c'mon Capcom, you could have made this A LOT better, like Real HD graphics, new characters, etc. Sure, it's good, but to me, Capcom's milking their old franchises again. Seems to me they're testing the market for 3D Darkstalkers, hoping a lot of us chew on the hook.  Just make your games like ou used to, enough with the poor rehashing of old games so you can make another buck out of it.

ryogapower
ryogapower

Played the demo and was surprised how well the gameplay holds up after all these years. Nice.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

The Matching Service version of Darkstalkers on Dreamcast was a pitch perfect representation of all the games. Only in Japan though, and the DC controller eats. This version is pretty faithful though, and even if the extra characters cost $10+ each, it would be a better than buying the Matching Service import that probably sells for an obscene amount of money these days.

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

i bought it the day it came out.  It was exactly how i remember it in the arcade

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

Ah Dalkstalkers the unappreciated beat em' up. This is definitely on my 'must buy' list! Two of the most challenging and rewarding fighters I have ever played, looking forward to revisiting this :)

ahpuck
ahpuck

Shame I never had time to really get into this game. The little time I spend playing was a lot of fun.

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

Sounds like a pretty good game but I dont like the fact they took characters ( no doubt to resell as DLC) out.

fester420
fester420

Which characters are left out?

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

It annoys me when these people act like they know everything. They don't know Sony's plan of attack. They don't know what Sony is doing. They are being cocky and that is ok. Its always great to see cocky people get punched in the face for their words.

megakick
megakick

Wait a few months the release of DARK STALKERS HD...

Fartman7998
Fartman7998

Why would they take characters off the roster?  More characters is better dammit! 

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

I love Darkstalkers. But looking at this port? Seriously, Chaos Tower is >>>>>>>>than this. I would advise to pick it instead of this crap if only you're buying ti for online. 

DeathMetalPizza
DeathMetalPizza

I'd never played Darkstalkers anywhere but the arcade at Panchos Buffet until yesterday. It's sooo much better on the xbox.


jedstuhr
jedstuhr

@majere613  The characters missing are Huitzil, Pyron, and Donovon, all of which were just direct ports of their Night Warriors iteration.  Vampire Savior (Arcade/Japan title) originally didn't have these "extra characters".  The Vampire Savior release for (Japanese) Sega Saturn had these characters as part of the ready to go roster.  

DeadManRollin
DeadManRollin

@Jyakotu `Don't go so pessimistic on Capcom. They are doing a better job in resurrecting old series like MVC, Street Fighter and the SF X Tekken was great, too. 

accesdenied
accesdenied

@IndianaPwns39 they did i got the darstalkers 3 on the psn had i know this shit was on the way i would have waited instead of getting that version ps games look like shit on an hd tv if they are not upscaled. its better to use the old console and play the originals that way.

HADES2001
HADES2001

@Kaz32 might be No. 1 Might be No. 2 might be No. 3 might be No. 4 might be No. 5

how the hell are we supossed to know what you like or not like ?

liolouco
liolouco

@saosebastiao Well, i still have my copy of Darkstalkers 3 in PS1 and i´ve been playing it a lot in those last weeks. I also have a japanese disk of Darkstalkers, Vampire Collection for PS2, wich has all versions of all games released in an arcade faithfull carbon copy.

Somehow, even with the lost grafics, i still find it better the PS1 version of the game than the PS2 but somehow it didn´t happened in this version for XBLA/PSN.

Even if the HD grafics are a busted (only the fonts and the character image at the selection screen are really HD) i´ve never seen this game so beautifully done. 

The online game is awesome (i´ve problems to reach people ´cause i live in Brazil) and the replays and challenges are fantastic.

I´ve already finished the game with half the characters in each game, and it still fells fresh and rewarding in a way i havent felt before, except playing the PS1 version.

The PS1 has it´s qualitys whose put it on the top fighting games on the console and a top 5 on all times, close to Street Fighter Alpha 3 (the best of the best for me) but i´m quite impressed with how this versions make me really like Darkstalkers again.

I still thinks that Crapcom should have put the Chronicles version (The Chaos Tower) or at least the PS1 revised version (with the extra characters) but for anyone who someday liked the series, i recommend it without a doubt.

It´s one of the best XBLA Capcom made, with Jojo´s and Final Fight coming close. 




jedstuhr
jedstuhr

@DinoBuster now see Vampire Chronicle (the game you're referring to) is what they SHOULD'VE released (be it HD or not).  After YEARS of telling myself i'd buy that (imported) game, i managed to get me an (inexpensive) used copy.  Yes, despite the fact the Dreamcast was LOADED w/ fighting games, it's controller was less than average for such games.  I bought a converter that let me used the Saturn Arcade stick by Ascii which to me is BY THE the BEST arcade stick to date (despite it's clickity clacky sounds).

Rokon37
Rokon37

@fester420 The Darkstalkers 3 included in game only has characters from the original version (aka Vampire Savior) and not the expanded roster from the PSP release (Darkstalkers Chronicle), so no Pyron, Huitzil, or Donovan. They're only playable in the 2nd game, Nightwarriors: Darkstalker's Revenge.

liolouco
liolouco

@Fartman7998 The extra characters just came out in the consoles versions at the time because actually there´s 4 diferent versions of Vampire in the Japan.

Each version has a character in/out relation. The PS1/Dreamcast/PSP mix all the games in one, so they have 3 extra characters (Donovan/Pyron/Huitzil) coming directly from Vampire Hunter 2 (an arcade mod who took out the 4 new characters to the series and included them making it a direct sequel to Vampire Hunter/Night Warriors).

The version from this package is the original Arcade, based on Vampire Savior, so no extra characters for us...

loominus
loominus

@jedstuhr @majere613  

i still have my sega saturn and my import of vampire savior (darkStalkers 3). fantastic game then. with characters missing, i have to say this is a disappointment. back then capCom was at its best. now. they just bite w/ their DLC antics.

liolouco
liolouco

@jedstuhr @majere613 The Playstation version also has the characters missing in this one. I fell more the missing of the first game. It could be done without problem, i guess...

Kaz32
Kaz32

@HADES2001 @Kaz32 Depends on how you enjoy the game. 3-5 is considered good. Pretty accurate rating if I said so myself. Let's say for example you bought a game like Crysis 3. The game got 90 out of 100 or whatever, but when you actually played it, it's boring. So it falls to number 3. Like I said, scores means shit if you don't enjoy it, so a 90 scored game could feel like a 70 game when you actually played it. So ratings doesn't make a game enjoyable, it's all based on personal preferences.

alenth
alenth

@megakick @Fartman7998 

Lol....

Maybe because we FG fans want the original arcade port instead of the PS version, adding extra characters will ruin the existing balance that everyone wants on vampire savior. 

nate1222
nate1222

@megakick @Fartman7998 And Darkstalkers Resurrection probably won't run on PS4. Just so Capcom can resell it as an 'HD' remake on PS4.

Darkstalkers Resurrection More Info

First Release on Mar 12, 2013
  • PlayStation 3
  • Xbox 360
Darkstalkers Resurrection is a fighting game featuring a unique and colorful cast of characters blended with fast-paced fighting action.
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