Review For Skullgirls PC
Review by : Panda Waifu
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- Great animations
- Incredible artstyle
- Lovely music
- Very good value for the money
- Mechanically impressive
- Weak keyboard controls (Gamepad recommended)
- Multiplayer is unforgiving for newcomers
- Really hard to master
Skullgirls is a game full of things to love, which can all be appreciated on their own, which all come together to make a unique experience.
First, the visuals:
Skullgirls is easily one of the most visually impressive games you'll ever play. Every single animation is drawn in incredible detail, everything looking extremely smooth and natural. It is worth playing almost for the visuals alone.
Next, the controls: Keyboard controls are done well, but a controller is highly recommended for anyone who wants to fully explore this game, and the abundant movelists, combos, and other features. The tutorials are also far better suited for preparing a player using a controller, rather than a keyboard.
If you're a veteran at fighting games, you'll be pleased at how 'technically' impressive Skullgirls is, allowing for a ton of ways to chain attacks, get massive combos and feel in control. Players who are newer to fighters don't have to worry, there is a tutorial covering a massive amount of game mechanics, and the movelists are easy to understand. As always with fighter games, it can be quite relentless to try and get to high skill levels and pull off every move and mechanic with ease, it does take a lot of practice.
For casual players and veterans alike, there's a ton to enjoy. Story mode covers a pretty cool plot, each character's story really helps to flesh them out and make them feel a bit more alive. You fight your way through a series of matches, a few adding a bit to the story through pre-fight dialog, until you reach a pretty challening final boss where you conclude that character's story. There is a variety of difficulty options available, making it accessible to both beginner and hardcore players.
The character roster is relatively limited, with 8 Fighters being available in the base game, and 4 added DLC fighters (and a Hidden one) available through DLC. It is worth mentioning that if you own the base game upon a DLC's release, it is available for free for a significantly long time. Otherwise, you have to buy the DLCs separately. This can be quite a turn-off for some players, but given the depth of each character it is more than enough to get a ton of enjoyment out of Skullgirls.
Gameplay wise, every character has a variety of moves. There are light, medium and heavy punches and kicks (varying in range, damage, speed, etc on each character) as well as specials, crouched attacks, jumping attacks, and all the other things common to all fighters. Every character has varying difficulties, making them better or worse for less skilled players. A newcomer can likely buttonmash their way through a few PVP matches or the story mode, but on higher difficulties or vs someone who is skilled at fighters will be a brick wall to that strategy.
For many players, the multiplayer is the most important part. From a technical standpoint, the multiplayer was done well and can provide a lag-free environment to anyone who wants to get into it. The community isn't HUGE, but there's always players to face, but as a word of warning, most players you encounter online are very skilled. It can be near impossible to get into as a newcomer to fighters or to Skullgirls. For this reason I do recommend playing this game locally if possible.
In conclusion :
Every moment is enjoyable with the beautiful animation and artstyle, there's a challenge to be found if you're looking for one, and there's a casual, enjoyable experience for those who just want to appreciate the art, voice acting and story.
And for those reaons I'm giving this game a recommendation!
Platforms : PC, Xbox360, Playstation 3.
Developer: Lab Zero Games.
Genre: Action, Indie
Release Date: 22 Aug, 2013.
Website : http://skullgirls.com/
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