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Vampire Saviour - January 30, '01 by Dorsola
Game:Vampire SaviourCompany:Capcom
Type:FightingPlayers:1/2

Following up on the Vampire series is the THIRD (and reportedly final) sequel: Vampire Savior. This game brings back the cast of Vampire/Darkstalkers and adds a bunch of new characters, including Lei-Lei/Hsien-Ko, Lilith (Morrigan's sister), and Jadeh, the Demon of the Dark. (I probably don't have that title right, but oh well...) Vampire Savior enhances the gameplay of the original Vampire and includes a number of new features - such as positive reinforcement for multiple-hit combos, surround sound, graphic fades and more highly developed stories for each of the characters.
As we've come to expect from Capcom, Vampire Savior is just chock full of incredibly detailed graphics, wonderful presentations and high-quality sound. Every frame, every animation and every little detail in the backgrounds teems with life and proudly shows off the talents of the artists working for this company. Several of the original soundtracks from the first Vampire game make it back into this one, enhanced by a techno soundtrack. And we're introduced to some new characters, such as B.B. Hood, the cute little girl turned serial killer, Queen Bee (whose colony is dying and seeking a new home), Lilith - the evil twin of Morrigan, and Hsien-Ko (also called Lei-Lei), a Chinese ghost who fights to redeem her mother's soul. (I must give credit to the Women of Darkstalkers website for this information - since the game is in Japanese, I couldn't read the various monologues, etc.)
By beating a cast of characters, you can see the "final" endings for each of these characters - how they meet their fates, or how they fulfill their destinies. It all depends on which character you play. Of course, the two-player element is always great - giving you the ability to compete with your friends using any combination of characters you choose. In true Capcom fashion, the multiplayer element of this game will keep you coming back for more, as you hone your skills to become the champion in your neighborhood. ;-)
About the only thing that gets marked down in this game is its challenge level. At its default settings, Savior is a pretty easy single-player game - I was able to beat it with half the characters on only two credits each. The battles go by pretty quickly, too - instead of distinct rounds, each character can be "knocked down" once, and the battle continues from there - which can sometimes seem unfair to one character or the other. If playing against the computer and you lose, the next time you face that character on a continue is definitely much easier - in one case, I went from having my butt kicked to coming very close to scoring a perfect round on the same opponent. This brings the challenge and replay value factor down a bit.
However, don't let that dissuade you from checking out this fine game! Final Burn emulates Vampire Savior perfectly, despite its great size, and with plenty of speed to go around. =) Have fun!
Graphics
10
10
Sound
Play Control
10
7
Challenge
Replay Value
9
10
Performance

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