Buffy The Vampire Slayer Chaos Bleeds
|a game by||Eurocom Developments Ltd|
|Platforms:||GameCube, XBox, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||6/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 8 votes|
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|See also:||Vampire Games, Horror Games|
It's 2003, and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' is one of the most wildly popular television shows. It's coming to the end of its tenure. The franchise must be milked for all it's worth. There are stationary, apparel, linen, service themes - there has to be room for a video game. Yep, you'll find that in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds.
The narrative of the show translates very well into an immersive game world. Young women known as slayers gear up to battle the legions of foes that dwell in the darkness. That's why this isn't the first game in the franchise - but one of the last ones to be on console, and the final one in parallel with the aired TV show.
Honey, those Vampires are Back Again
Making a video game out of a popular franchise has become as common as sliced bread. There's never any wild expectations about them - but fans jump at the chance to be able to dive into their worlds with an interactive element behind them. In this case, you take on the persona of Buffy for the fourth time. Her vampire slayer pals Willow, Spike, and Xander are along for the ride as well.
The story runs roughly in line with the events of Season 5. Without giving anything away, you can guess that there are a lot of vampires and demons involved. The setting is perfect for the 'beat-em-up' genre that is adopted in an inadequate style. The visuals are dark and dreary, and those vampires will keep coming at you. You will be expected to take on those enemies with every technique and weapon at your disposal.
The game does feel made for fans, with every character model and voice matching up to the TV show. The world is considerably matched to the real setting to its merit. All the voice actors apart from a couple are the same for some credibility. The gameplay does make an effort to embrace their longtime fans, even if the mechanics are a little stale. The enemies are diverse, and there are plenty of weapons and techniques to choose from. The combat of the game simply doesn't feel polished, however. At times 'Chaos Bleeds' becomes more of a drag than entertaining, trying to complete levels with stiff animations and a story that just doesn't really capture a general audience.
Chaos Doesn't Really Bleed
That being said, parts of the game can be quite entertaining. The little quips the characters divulge do make interactions quite humorous. The little mini-games such as survival mode and bunny-catching are actually fun. If it weren't for the clunky combat, it could attract a sizeable audience. The arthritic style of the game, however, detracts from it being genre-busting. When you expect Chaos to Bleed, one aligns that concept with hordes of demons and vampires gushing through the barriers of the underworld in the most relentless fashion. Chaos certainly does not bleed, as the title suggests. More like Chaos takes its sweet time and will be an annoyance when it gets around to it.
The story, universe, and characters are very faithful to the TV show. Fans of the franchise will take solace in that notion and are likely to enjoy the game based on this principle alone. Anyone approaching out of curiosity will likely find it exceptionally average.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds feels like a fan person's version of Onimusha. However, it's numbed to the point where it is accessible to fans who have never played a video game in their life. That leaves the simple premise to underline this installment in the franchise - if you're a Buffy enthusiast, you'll like it. If you aren't - well, probably not.
- Faithful to the Buffy universe
- Mini-games are fun
- Characters generally well-fleshed out for the game
- Combat can be very stiff
- Doesn't feel particularly urgent for a beat-em-up
- Mechanics feel tried and tested