With the release of Darkstalkers Chronicle, Capcom
presented its first ever 2D fighter for Sony's Playstation Portable - which had
already proven its power to produce impressive 3D graphics for a handheld
system... but could it do 2D? Fans of the original Darkstalkers games will be happy to know that the PSP's wide screen nicely smoothes out
the aged sprites, and somehow makes the amazing hand drawn backgrounds look even more
intense and impressive. You also have the option to change the widescreen format and play
the game with the original dimensions if you prefer.
Finally, the definitive
is actually port
of the Japan-only Dreamcast title: Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service - an
updated a version of Vampire Savior which allows players to choose each
character's fighting style from all five Darkstalkers arcade games (DarkStalkers,
Night Warriors, Vampire Savior and the Japan-only Vampire
Savior 2 and Vampire Hunter 2). Most importantly, Darkstalkers
Chronicle contains all of the characters from
prior installments of the series (unlike the arcade version of Darkstalkers 3,
which omits several characters)!
Another great new feature is being able to choose how the game
is played. Players can choose Darkstalkers style (Matches split into rounds),
Night Warriors style (Matches split into rounds, with different gauges), or
3 style (Matches split into downs). These options, along with the great character
selection and fighting style selection, already make Darkstalkers: Chronicle
a must have for fans of the series.
Ascend the Chaos Tower
with your best team of Darkstalkers.
even presents an entirely new mode, not found in any previous versions of Darkstalkers. The new
"Tower Mode" allows players select 3 characters which they can alternate between fights
to ascend up the Chaos Tower (unlocking cool content along the way).
Surviving on one life bar alone, your 3 characters must climb the tower
of matches and survive some tough challenges, for example: No punches, no kicks, no throws,
no specials... say what?!?
Indeed it can be quite a challenge at times, especially since the difficulty
becomes progressively harder. Tower Mode also lets you build up your super meter
much more than in regular battles, which comes in handy!
Finally, Chronicle Mode allows you to view your unlocked content. If you were ever a
fan of the artwork of Darkstalkers, this is yet another reason to own the
game. The high-res artwork also looks particularly good on the PSP's sharp
screen. Along with character art, you can unlock character endings from all
previous installments to the series, and all of the intros from previous games as well.
This portable package rekindled my love for the Darkstalkers series...
it's a beautiful game all around and at its debut, was one of the best
handheld fighting games to date. I had some good times with this game.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Tower Mode... very innovative, and quite a
challenge. (I actually still
haven't been able to beat it 100%!) All in all, some would say this is the best
version of Darkstalkers to date (if you don't own Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service,
like most of us). Long live Darkstalkers!