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A good concept, strengthened by great graphics and good gameplay is what makes Darkstalkers one of the better fighting games on the Playstation. Not as deep as Street Fighter Alpha, but just as fun, Darkstalkers is a welcome addition to the Playstation library. File it after MK 3 and Alpha, but in front of everything else.
If you’re a fan of any of the SF games then Darkstalkers should satisfy your bloodlust for a few months, with crazy cartoon characters and a challenge level that’s truly monstrous.
Mit Darkstalkers erweitert Capcom die Zahl der 2D-Prügler auf der PlayStation um einen weiteren Titel. Das Spiel kann sich gegenüber altbekannten Kellereien wie Street Fighter Zero oder X-Men auf jedenfall behaupten. Wie von Capcom gewohnt, wird auch hier erfolgreich der altbewährte Comic-Strip-Stil verwendet. Zum einen begeistert das breite Spektrum an unterschiedlichen skurrilen Figuren, zum anderen sorgen die schaurig-lustigen Hintergrundbilder für die entsprechende Prügelatmosphäre. Die Vielfalt an Schlag-, Tritt- und Verteidigungskombinationen lassen jedem Beat‘ em Up Fan das Herz höher schlagen. Während der Klopferei wirken sich die komplex dargestellten und impulsiven Special-Moves teilweise unerfreulich aus, da der Kampfplatz unüberschaubar wird. Aber was soll‘s: Darkstalkers ist ein Beat‘ em Up alter Schule, das sich jeder Freak des Genres ohne Bedenken zulegen kann.
Lens of Truth
Darkstalkers is easily one of the most under appreciated fighting games of its time, and quite possibly even today. The fighters are unique and interesting, and the challenge presented in the game can cater to just about anyone. Even with a lack of unlockables and back stories, the gameplay is solid through and through. If you are one of the many who missed this title and happen to enjoy classic fighting games, Darkstalkers is now available on the PSN store under PS One classics for everyone to enjoy.
But as classic as the game may be, Dark Stalkers really is showing the age of its engine. Street Fighter (which is what Darkstalkers essentially is) was once the state of the art in fighting games. But in this era of Virtua Fighter 2 and Battle Arena Toshinden, Darkstalkers barely holds on. I eagerly wait the day that Capcom rises to the challenge and enters the next dimension.
All Game Guide
Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors is one of Capcom's best Arcade to PlayStation conversions yet. Any fans of the original version or 2D fighting games in general would do well by picking up a copy of this beautiful game.
Unfortunately, Dark Stalkers pales in comparison to the bigger 3D monsters that have been released for the Playstation, namely Tekken and Toshinden. But as far as 2D fighters go, Dark Stalkers is still one of the best.
The Video Game Critic
Darkstalkers is rather shallow, and the shape-shifting moves are hard to follow and encourage button mashing. The action gets particularly confusing with faster characters like the hyperactive werewolf. The load times are a bit extreme, and the title sequence is idiotic. Still, if 2D fighters are your thing, Darkstalkers should keep you entertained for a while. It's only an average fighter, but at least there's plenty of eye candy.