The third installment of the monstrous fighting series has been announced by Capcom for a fourth quarter release for the PlayStation. This one- or two-player 2-D fighter will feature four new characters: Jedah (a Grim Reaper-type), Q-Bee (a giant queen bee), Lilith (a demon) and B.B. Hood (a mockery of Red Riding Hood who carries Uzis). Each fighter will have a new "Dark Force" power which lasts for a few quick moments and dishes out lots of damage.
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Capcom continues its recent streak of winning fighting-games for the PlayStation with Dark-stalkers 3, another derivative of the tried-and-true Street Fighter game engine. But DS3 is more than a regular arcade port: Not only does the game feature fast 2D sprite graphics (something the PlayStation hasn't been renowned for), but it also has three more fighters and several extra play modes not found in its arcade parent.
DS3 has the biggest lineup of any game in the series with 18 monster maulers. The characters are a creature-feature hodgepodge, including everything from a vicious vampire to a sexy succubus. Plus, several new faces have joined the lineup since the last PlayStation Darkstalkers game (the platform skipped the sequel NightWarriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge), including a Chinese ghost named Hsien-Ko, who seems to carry an entire cudery store inventory under her robe, and a previously unplayable boss character, a fiery demon known as Pyron.
The fights are fast, furious, easy to control, and loaded with both color and splashy visual effects.The various turbo speeds are particularly helpful, while the controls keep in sync with the blazing action. The graphics may not be arcade-perfect (some character animations have been trimmed), but they're not anywhere near as bad as the visual hack jobs done to other 2D conversions like Marvel Super Heroes and X-Men vs. Street Fighter.
In addition to the solid one- and two-player games, the Training mode ranks as another high-light, allowing you to perfect your special moves and combos against a practice dummy that reacts in a variety of ways. Plus, the title's Gallery showcases various pieces of Darkstalkers artwork that fans will enjoy seeing.
But despite its positive sides, DS3 can't disguise the feet that it's Street Fighter in a Halloween costume. Everyone's seen and played these fighters before. Each is imbued with the same half- and quarter-circle motions and charge moves that have been practically played to death.
Darkstalkera 3 shouldn't be relegated to the rehash bin or called a bad game--just don't expect innovative gameplay on the level of Soul Blade or Tekken 3. Despite its overly-friendly and familiar gameplay style, DS3 is very fun to play and is a good title for a fright-night fight.
- Hsien-Ko's Phantom Reverb isn't just an effective offensive attack-it can aiso bounce a projectile back at your opponent.
- To add insult and injury to your opponent, immediately simultaneously tap and any Kick button after you knock your opponent on the ground.
- To perform a weird move with Felicia, press when directly over your opponent's head during a jump.
The backgrounds and fighters all sport excellent details, and the various special and super moves provide some screen-filling fireworks.The only negatives are occasional slowdown and some choppy character animations.
All the characters are easy to control, but executing high-hitting combos and unleashing devastating super moves take some practice (and time in Training mode) to master.
The dynamite music features a fine selection of tunes, everything from hard rock to light jazz.The sound effects are almost as good, except for some garbled voices and other muted bytes.
Darkstalkers 3 is a welcome presence for fans of the series, delivering solid 2D fight-ing.Those looking for more diverse game-play. however, may want to stick with Tekken 3 or Soul Blade.
The Darkstalkers take to the night for a third round of supernatural fighting. Despite some new innovative fighting techniques, the preview version of Darkstalkers III suffers from the same problems that plagued other 2D Capcom fighting games (like X-Men vs. Street Fighter and Marvel Super Heroes) on the PlayStation: a flagging frame rate and choppy animation. The sound is arcade perfect, however, and the various fighting techniques are easy to pick up and master.
Darkstalkers III has more features than the arcade version, including Training and Collection modes (the latter is a gallery of Darkstalkers artwork), and adds three fighters to the lineup. But these extras might be for naught if the gameplay speed isn't fixed. Let's hope the final version isn't so frightfully slow.
I Don't let that score lead you into thinking I didn't like this game as much as I did. Darkstalkers 3 is one of the top 2D fighters to come out for the PlayStation, rectifying the horrid version of the original Darkstalkers that was dumped on us earlier. The action is fast and controls are as they should be. Darkstalkers is one of those games that needs outrageous animation, and although there is quite a bit intact, it loses much of its punch with the larger characters. That said, the overall colors are very rich and take full advantage of the large palette. The music is haunting and in line with what we've been accustomed to from the earlier installments of the series. There is a nice Training Mode that's not available on any other system too. Many characters are available for the choosing, including the ones from the Japan-only arcade "half-sequel" to Vampire Savior. Considering there hasn't been a great version of this classic series on the Sony console, it's hard to go wrong with Darkstalkers 3. Again, I should emphasize how much smoother this game plays when compared to the PS version of X-Men Vs. SF. The only people who should stay away are hardcore Capcom heads who demand absolute perfection, or those who just don't get 2D fighting games. For the rest of you, DS3 is worth checking out.
I've always liked the Darkstalkers series for its outrageous animation and cool character designs, but somehow, DS3 just doesn't do it for me. The port is very nicely done, with only subtle animation loss and some minor slowdown, but the game itself isn't all that spectacular. The new Dark Force options are cool, I admit, but the Original Character Mode is lame and the graphics aren't as impressive as Night Warriors. Wait for SFA3.
For such a sprite-intensive game (I'm talking about flashy, colorful ones...and lots of them), Darkstalkers runs pretty fast on the PlayStation, much faster than the disappointing X-Men vs. SF. The animation is still missing several frames, but it's fairly tolerable. The gameplay and controls are right on as well. In my opinion though, the series is getting a bit old. It doesn't have the same longevity as the SF series has.
As with previous Capcom games, the PS version of Darkstalkers 3 is a poor cousin to its arcade and Saturn counterparts. Although the game art is stunning throughout and the gameplay is blindingly fast, the animation is really choppy and can get so bad in places it makes things genuinely confusing As with other DS games, the character design is imaginative and different, but underneath it's just yet another SF-derived fighter.