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In-depth Review: Darkstalkers Resurrection - Electronic Theatre

Whether fans of the modern beat-‘em-up genre acknowledge it or not, they have a lot to thank the Darkstalkers franchise for. While Street Fighter maintained its status as Capcom’s cash cow, it was Darkstalkers that allowed the company to experiment, to address alternatives and gauge the audience’s reaction. It was arguably the welcome reception that Darkstalkers received that eventually led to the likes of BlazBlue and Arcana Heart finding their way to European markets – helping to build publisher confidence – and the likes of Skull Girls may never have existed without Darkstalkers’ unique brand of offbeat fighting mechanics. Surely then, this high-definition (HD) ‘resurrection’ is long overdue.

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Slapshot822153d ago

I think I get what you're saying: "It was arguably the welcome reception that Darkstalkers received that eventually led to the likes of BlazBlue and Arcana Heart finding their way to European markets – helping to build publisher confidence...",but both "BlazBlue and Arcarna Hearts are developed by Arc System Works and published by Akysys Games. These games are also lead to the market by it's own predecessor: Guilty Gear.

Darkstalkers did release around four years before the original Guilty Gear, so if that's what you're alluding to, I'm with you.

CrescentFang2153d ago

Actually Arcana Heart is developed by Examu Inc!

wishingW3L2153d ago (Edited 2153d ago )

beat-‘em-up genre... lol

beat-‘em-up are games like Street of Rage, Final Fight, Ninja Turtle IV: Turtles in Time, etc. Completely different kind of games to 2D fighting games.

mathsman2153d ago

They are scrolling beat-'em-ups, of which games like Devil May Cry and God of War are modernisations.

Traditional beat-'em-ups evolved from titles such as International Karate into the likes of Street Fighter and Soul Calibur.