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|A.P.I Review:||Darkstalkers 3|
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|Game Type:||Beat-em-up||Memory Card|
|Review Date:||January 1999||Dual Shock/Analog Compatible|
Setting the Scene
Jedah, one of the three largest noblemen in the Dark World was resurrected. "I shall be the one to unite every dispirited soul" he boasted. For perfect salvation of all souls he summoned the owners of 'valuable souls' to his Dark Dimension to unite them all to himself.
Darkstalkers 3 is yet another in the long line of Capcom 2D beat-em-ups. A continuation of Darkstalkers Night Warriors and similar to the Street Fighter series. Lets just see what they've got in store for us now...
There isn't a whole lot to say about the graphics. Everything works very well with the game and looks great. The background scenes are what you would expect to see for a good 2D fighting game. Some of them are more involved than others but you can simplify those screens by turning on the short cut option. This allows for faster load times and more ass kickin' game action. There are 18 total warriors to choose from, each with their own weird and unique characteristics. All of them look great and they move well too. I didn't notice any problems between the character movements and the backgrounds either. No complaints here.
Sounds and Effects
Not the most fantastic sounds and effects I've ever heard but then it is a fighting game. Punching and kicking noises are what you would expect while the special DarkForce (DF) moves have neat sound effects too. The background music is decent and adds a nice Dark Dimension feel to the scenes. Basically, the sounds and effects befit the game and suit their purpose.
Darkstalkers 3 starts out with numerous modes of play to choose from. First there's Arcade mode. This is a one-player mode that is pretty obvious. You fight the CPU opponents at different levels and scenes and when you beat eight warriors you win. This is basic beat-em-up philosophy and is fun to play. Next there is the Versus mode. This is obviously a two-player mode. As you would think, you and a friend each choose from the available characters and fight each other. The good part about this mode is that you can set handicaps before each match to make things a bit fairer. But this is WAR, so who cares about being fair! There is also an available training mode that allows you to beat up on a defenseless opponent while honing your skills in preparation for the real battles. I personally enjoy this mode because I usually get my ass beat in the real fights. Training mode is great for taking out frustrations too. Original mode allows you to customize the name and color of your character. You can increase your character's status and abilities by beating others and depending on how well you fought the previous fight you can gain attacking power, impact gauges and increase your Special Stock gauges. The Special Stock gauge allows you to use a characters special move to inflict major, irreversible damage to your opponent. When used properly they are a tremendous tool of combat. There are two Dark Force types that are used with these special moves, DF Change and DF Power. With DF Change you use characters from the original arcade version as well as some original Playstation characters, and with DF Power you can use characters from Vampire Savior, Vampire Savior 2, and Vampire Hunter 2. Before starting play you must also choose a game setting. There is normal, which means no special settings, Turbo which is accelerated game speed, Auto, which means automatic blocking (for you losers out there), and Auto & Turbo which combines the two settings. Beware of automatic blocking. You will lose small amounts of energy from a normal attack when in this mode. You are better off having some guts and toughing it out on your own. No pain, no gain. Actual battles and moves are pretty good. There are a ton of moves that you can execute but the basic moves aren't too difficult allowing you to jump right in and start playing. The characters move around well and execute the moves the way they should. Even a first time fighter can win some early matches before sharpening the complicated moves in training mode. I enjoyed playing Darkstalkers 3.
Value for Money
Darkstalkers 3 is not a bad little 2D beat-em-up. Decent graphics and lots of combo moves and characters will provide you with long hours of continuous playtime. The only problem is that it doesn't really stand out from the crowd. It will provide you with a lot of fun and entertainment but you might like one of the many other 2D beat-em-ups better. I recommend renting several of them, including Darkstalkers 3, and comparing for yourself.
|GRAPHICS:||14/20||I enjoyed playing Darkstalkers 3 and found it very entertaining. There are lots of combo moves to learn and lots of characters to choose from without a whole lot of difficulty. It is a fun game and if you like this genre I'm sure you'll like Darkstalkers 3. But, like I mentioned earlier, it's not the best 2D fighting game I've ever played.|