Jedah, one of the high nobles of Makai, is resurrected after a premature death
long ago. Seeing the state of the demon world, he decides that the only way to
save the world is to recreate it. To this end, he conjures a dimension known as
Majigen, to which he summons worthy souls to feed his new world. As luck would
have it, those souls belong to the characters from the first two games, in
addition to three newcomers.
badass new boss of
Darkstalkers. Don't argue with him.
The third installment of the Darkstalkers series,
Darkstalkers 3 (known as Vampire Savior
presents the biggest and
most colorful cast yet. Four brand new characters
join the roster: Jedah, Q-Bee, B.B. Hood, & Lilith. Unfortunately, Pyron, Donovan &
Huitzil were cut from the original arcade version of the game (but do make an
appearance in the console versions of the game). There were actually
two simultaneously released
"updated versions" of Vampire Savior that debuted in Japanese arcades only a few months after the original
release... Vampire Hunter 2 - Darkstalkers' Revenge and Vampire Savior 2
- The Lord of Vampire.
The key difference between the two upgrades and the
original Vampire Savior is in the character roster. Vampire Hunter 2
features the same character roster and soundtrack as Night Warriors
(known as Vampire Hunter in Japan), omitting the characters introduced in
Vampire Savior, while Vampire Savior 2 features the Vampire
Savior cast along with Donovan, Huitzil & Pyron, omitting J. Talbain (as
well as Dark Talbain), Rikuo & Sasquatch. But thankfully, all
characters appeared in the console ports of Darkstalkers 3 / Vampire
3's selection screen is particularly catchy.
"Damage Gauge System". Battles take place during a period of one
round, with each fighter having two "life markers" (by default) which
diminish after one character runs out of vitality. Basically, this enables
faster bouts than the typical "best 2 out of 3" round system
previously used. The player can also regain a
portion of their life during battle if they manage to avoid taking further hits.
Darkstalkers 3 also introduces the "Dark Force System" which allows players
to perform special abilities unique to each character for a limited time period.
Fighting on the side of a
Following suit with previous
installments, the music, artwork,
and character animation of Darkstalkers all stand out as 100% original. The
new stages are intricately designed, creepy, and are really effective at getting
you into the unique setting of Darkstalkers. Following suit with past
installments, the interesting new Darkstalkers character designs offer
diversity and present some awesome new play styles. No doubt a 2D fighting game
player of any level can find a character in Darkstalkers 3 that they
enjoy using (if they take the time to properly learn the character, that is).
Even if the gameplay doesn't suit your fancy, any artwork enthusiast can
appreciate the amazing art direction of Darkstalkers (thanks to Capcom's
team of master artists).
Overall, Darkstalkers 3
was a superb-looking game at the arcades and on consoles at
the time of its debut, and was the definitive version of Darkstalkers (until
Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower). The Playstation version of Darkstalkers
3 also included a cool Color Edit Mode where you can customize each character's
color scheme to your liking. I believe this was the first Color Edit Mode to
ever appear in a console fighting game, and for the time was a fun and innovative fighting game
Darkstalkers 3 offers a stylish presentation all around. The original
intro movie of the game is still one of my all time favorites. The gameplay of
the series has evolved significantly, with Darkstalkers 3 being the
fastest and most frantic installment to date.
Considering the time period in which Darkstalkers 3
was released, I think the gameplay system was starting to show its age a bit.
However, the colorful character designs and unique art style still managed to
stand out in the genre. While Darkstalkers 3 is a great game, I was actually
more excited to see many of the series characters cross over to other fighting
game titles over the years, such as: Capcom VS SNK, SNK VS Capcom Chaos,
Capcom Fighting Evolution, Match of the Millennium, and the Marvel
VS Capcom series. ~TFG