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Darkstalkers 3 (PSone Classics) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . You might not know it from the title, but Darkstalkers 3 is a surprisingly deep fighting game experience. The two expansion packs are a nice touch and the gameplay holds up well all these years later. The characters are big and goofy, which will certainly appeal to fans of the genre who have grown tired of Street Fighter's sameness! Rating: 78%
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What Is It? Darkstalkers was always the more interesting fighting game. While Ryu and Ken swapped fireballs, this trilogy allowed Capcom the chance to wow us with their creativity. The result was a chaotic mix of one-on-one fighting and monsters from classic horror movies. You have vampires, werewolves, aliens, mummies and just about any other creepy crawly you can think of. Sure the whole thing is an incoherent mess, but there's something about pitting a gun-toting Little Red Riding Hood up against merman that never gets old. Ignore the name, because this 1998 PlayStation game is more than Darkstalkers 3. This is actually a comprehensive collection of the arcade game and its two expansions (Darkstalkers' Revenge and The Lord of Vampire), adding a number of new characters and moves to the mix.

Does It Still Hold Up? Capcom had a mixed record when it came to porting their fighting games to the Sony PlayStation. Most purists prefer the Sega Saturn fighters, mostly because of the 4 mb RAM cartridge. But Darkstalkers 3 comes off looking pretty good on the PSone. The hardcore fan of the arcade original will certainly notice a drop in animation frames and some of the sounds aren't quite right, but it comes off better than most of Capcom's other beat-em-ups. The addition of the expansions make this a genuinely strong package all around.

Is It Worth The Money? You might not know it from the title, but Darkstalkers 3 is a surprisingly deep fighting game experience. The two expansion packs are a nice touch and the gameplay holds up well all these years later. The characters are big and goofy, which will certainly appeal to fans of the genre who have grown tired of Street Fighter's sameness. On the other hand, PSP owners should think about picking Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower. Still, the six dollar asking price is about right for the first PSone Classic to be released in three months.
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