Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PSP)
- Eighteen blood-sucking brawlers from all five classic Darkstalkers games
- Up to four players in wireless tournaments
- Unique single-player mode will push your endurance to the limits
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- Platform: Sony PSP
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
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Carry the fight to hell and back with DarkStalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower on the PSP, the ultimate monstrous beat-'em-up for the ultimate handheld machine.
Jedah, lord of one of the three hells, has gathered the Darkstalkers. They must fight to save their demonic world...they must fight to save their souls. DarkStalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower possesses a compelling cast of monstrous warriors, each possessing their own unique fighting skills and abilities. This fierce brawler not only encompasses all eighteen menacing characters from the previous five critically acclaimed installments of the franchise, but it is also re-mastered to include additional content, game modes and wireless content especially for the PSP.
The game features various modes of play including arcade, training and network, all with their own demonic challenges to face. The real challenge though lies in the new tower mode; select three characters from the extensive roster and ascend to the pinnacle of a mysterious tower where many opponents await players. Each fight is a one-on-one battle and your energy does not replenish after each fight. Pitting the right competitor against an opponent will be the key to success to rise up the Tower as far as possible.
With it's full line-up of monsters, various modes of play and wireless gaming for two-player action, DarkStalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower is set to redefine hand held fighting by delivering the quintessential arcade game to the PSP handheld system.
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The graphics on the PSP are really vibrant and colourful with some great animation and decent backgrounds. Sound is also good; about par for the course for this type of game with plenty of mad grunts and taunts and decent sound effects overall.
The game modes on offer are:
Arcade - the usual stuff here; pick a character and get through the 6 rounds to see the ending movie
Network - a wireless head to head battle mode (unfortunately I've not been able to try this with anyone as yet)
Tower - pick any three fighters and try and ascend the 'tower'(all 200+ rounds of it!) switching characters as you go to allow the injured to recouperate and unlock some really awesome game design stills to view in the galley.
Chronicle - view any stills you've unlocked in tower mode. You can zoom in on them and they are of very high resolution and are of very high quality overall. You can also listen to the in game sound effects and view any ending movies you've unlocked.
Training - hone your moves against a passive opponent.
Moves are pulled off in the familiar SF2 ways, quarter rolls on the D-pad and so forth and there is a simple mode available to simplify the buttons needed to pull super specials.
There are also different moves systems that are available, based on the various incarnations of the Darkstalkers games, and these invariably alter the way special moves are performed and what exactly constitutes a 'round' in a fight. This is a nice addition as it adds longevity and it can be fun to try and find which moves system suits your fighting style. Various turbo modes can be selected to alter the speed of play and also you can choose to play in widescreen or normal aspect ratios.
About the only downside really is the load times; they're not hugely over-long but can be a little bit of a pain. I suppose that and the fact that we're not really seeing anything new here lead me to award it 4 stars. All in all a very decent effort and it will definitely have your mates amazed at watching a PS2 quality 2D fighter on a screen not much over 4 inches across!
This review is based on the US version of the games played on an imported Japanese PSP.
It has the funniest moves I've ever seen, the brightest and colourfull charecters (and many of them), a well balanced difficulty level. The game's also quite long as it has plenty of game modes, and many rewards to be gained for the matches won.
One of the best looking graphics I've seen on the PSP. People complain at the controls design, but worry not, you'll get used to it, they are not that hard (to throw fire-ball, just press =>, <=, then kick or puch).
An outstanding title for the PSP.
The graphics and sound are near arcade perfect and look beautiful on the PSP (which gives the option of 4:3 or 16:9 screen size), pulling off dark force attacks leave the player with amazing animations that can take up the whole screen.
All the Darkstalkers characters (18 and 2 hidden) are included in the game, and Capcom have included the option of switching character types, so you can play as Original Darkstalkers (with limited moves) or Darkstalkers 3 (with more moves). Also included is the options for Auto and Turbo, which allows you to speed up your character and allow for the PSP to auto guard attacks for you.
Modes of play include Arcade (pick 1 fighter and take on 6 others), Tower (pick 3 fighters and fight round after round, unlocking new gallery pics), Wireless (one on one with a friend) and Chronicle (allowing the player to view pics, movies and listen to sounds from the game).
Being a big fan of Capcom 2D fighters I really looked forward to this title, sadly there is one thing that lets it down.
Controls - 3 buttons for kicks, 3 for punches - works great. D-Pad controls movement, and this is where it falls apart. Moving forward/back is okay but jumping forward/back is nigh impossible to pull off. This really complicates pulling of fireball attacks and combos, which can get frustrating.
Fans of the Darkstalker series (or Capcom fighters in general) should get some fun out of seeing a true portable Capcom fighter, but the controls may put a few people off.
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