Skullgirls Encore is a 2D fighting game from Reverge Labs and Lab Zero Games. The game is a re-release of the 2012 original “Skullgirls” and is available for the PS3, Xbox 360, as well as the PC. The game is set in the the whimsical land of Canopy Kingdom where a group of girls are on a quest to defeat the Skull Girl, obtain the Skull Heart and have their hopes and dreams to come true. There are 6 different characters (and one more with DLC) to choose from and each are very unique with no copy cats in sight. In SGE each fighter has their own personality. moveset, skills and abilities.
The combat is akin to the Marvel Vs Capcom Series which the is a 8:4 ratio meaning all four face buttons are use and all 8 directions perform different combos.What makes SkullGirls Encore unique from other fighters is that you can choose from either three normal powered characters, two super powered characters and one fully powered up character to play in each match. This makes for tons of different match-ups in each bout, you can have one player using one player and the other using up to three, a two on two bout or a good old fashion one on one bout. This makes the game very accessible for newcomers and as well as fighting game veterans alike. The game plays flawlessly once you get the controls down and never feels cheap even with lopsided match ups. If you couple the flawless controls with the perfectly balance characters you in for a romping good time once the game starts.
The story mode in SGE are told through illustrated cutscenes that gives a little insight on to each character before and after you hit the battlefield. Since each and every character has a choice whether or not to keep the Skull Stone the outcome of each girl story is different. The only downside to the story mode is that the characters have no voice over during the cutscene but have it during the fights. The other downside is that the Story mode and the Arcade mode other than the cutscenes are exactly the same with nothing to separate the two modes from each other.The online mode is arguably the best in any fighting game. There is no lag or frame rate issues while online and gameplay feels the same as it does in the offline modes. There are ranked and unranked matches as well as tournament play for your to choose from and all are a blast to play against friends and rivals alike.
The graphics in Skullgirls are amazing. The hand drawn characters and the active 2D backgrounds really make the game stand out against the competition. Canopy Kingdom is a whimsical world that is an ode to 1940s hollywood and will charm players at any age that see it. The menus, fight screen even the announcers add to this theme that will make feel you are in a movie. The voice acting during the bouts give life to the otherwise silent characters and the joyful soundtrack will undoubtedly be stuck in your head when you put down the controller.
Skullgirls Encore brings back everything from the original title. Love it or Hate it SGE is a grand yet charming 2D fighter and will give you a break from other fighters on the market. The barebones structure of some of the games modes may be a drag but the game is still fun to play as is for this to be too big of a problem If you are a fighting game fan you owe to yourself to add this game to your collection.
Overall Score: 8.0 / 10
RGN Rating : Silver Game
Developers: Reverge Labs and Lab Zero Games
Publisher: Autumn Games
Available On: Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC
Played On: Playstation 3
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.
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