System: PlayStation Network (XBLA)
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 4.0 stars (out of 5)
Way back before the abysmal "Twilight" series ruined the idea of vampires fighting against werewolves, Capcom actually made this concept fun. The unusual title, "Darkstalkers," threw a dark mix of supernatural creatures together in their own pugilistic fighting game that was fast and furious! Now fans can rejoice as the series has been brought back to life in the form of "Darkstalkers Resurrection."
This title offers both the second and third "Darkstalkers" games in one handy package that retains their original glory. Fortunately, none of the fighting mechanics have been altered, which should please fans of the series. However, there are many new additions that add more enjoyment to the package, with the most prolific being online multiplayer combat.
Due to the fast nature of this series, it's crucial to have seamless online game play. Thankfully, the online experience is not only free of lag, but it also lets players filter the region, latency and even the skill level of opponents. Players can also create groups of up to eight players to fight each other, and those who aren't fighting can spectate. Lastly, players can now create and run their own tournaments to see who is the true master of the night.
Also new to the series is a useful tutorial mode in the form of character trials. In addition to teaching maneuvers, these trials also provide reasons why certain moves are vital for survival. Veteran and new players alike will surely benefit from completing the trials for every character.
I find it very nostalgic to play classic games like this in their original form, but a cool array of visual filters is also available to customize the experience. For instance, players can "smooth" the look to make it less pixelated and/or stretch the visuals to fit wide-screen TVs.
"Darkstalkers Resurrection" may frustrate newcomers, but this is the game that fans of the series have been waiting for.