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Can someone please tell me why, in God's name, was this not released in America? This terrific package combines all three Vampire Chronicle games (known as Darkstalkers in America) into one of wildest and most distinctive 2D fighters you'll ever lay eyes on.
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While it isn't as smooth or detailed as Marvel vs. Capcom 2 when it comes to graphics and sound, Vampire Chronicles is simply unmatched in the area of presentation. Each of the characters is utterly unique, possessing a host of well-animated attacks, specials, stances, taunts and funny win-poses. The moves are all extremely creative, and the way the characters interact on-screen is a visual feast. This is a stellar package from an artistic standpoint.
To be perfectly honest, I don't think the Vampire series is better than the Street Fighter Alpha series. However, its characters are highly unique and a pleasure to watch, especially most people's favorite, Morrigan. I would get Street Fighter Alpha 3 (Saturn / Dreamcast) before this game, but it's well worth it for fans of the series.
One of the rarest of game types, Vampire Chronicle successfully manages to take a lot of the old and mix it with a dash of the new for a wildly successful formula. Although we gaijin folk won't be able to play online with our buds in Japan, and the game's variety in modes leave something to be desired, it can't take away from the fact that this is an awesome 2D experience. Difficult to find even in the land of the Rising Sun (only 5000 copies were pressed, and they could only be ordered online directly from Sega), tracking down one of these beasties is going to be a task that proves harder than any final boss. So start hitting those trade mags, auction houses, and importers, and get this one while you can... you won't regret it!
Visually, Vampire Chronicles is perfect, and the only limitations present are those that the game inherited from the CPS II technology on which it was born. The series' character designs have widely been regarded as Capcom's most lively and thoughtful. Brought to life by countless, lovingly crafted elements present in their animations, the characters in motion are as terrific, at times, as they are amusing. For a bona fide fan of the series, Vampire Chronicles is a prudent import in terms of its value as a catalogue of visual art alone.