Sunday, October 16, 2016

Skullgirls 2nd Encore Review (Playstation Vita)

Written by JM Nuqui


Game Title: Skullgirls 2nd Encore
Genre: Fighting
Developer: Lab Zero Games
Publisher: Autumn Games
Also available on: PS4, PS3, XB360 and Steam



Skullgirls 2nd Encore is an upgraded version of Skull Girls Encore, a 2D fighting game, released exclusively for Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita. The PS4 and Vita version has exclusive features such as Full Voiced Story mode, Challenges, Trials, Survival Mode, Cross Play and More.

If many cares for the story, it's about a Skull Heart which grants the wishes of women. Those who have impure heart will transform into a Skull Girl, a girl in a monstrous form. With its very poor story telling guys, I don’t know if you'd even care for the story.


Not a Good Start Experience.

This review is for the PS Vita version by the way, It’s a direct port of the PS4 version which means, this one is less beautiful and load times take much longer than the PS4 version. The art is scaled down and you see a lot of pixels for the vita version. Since this fighting game is not of my genre, I went to the training section. There I was welcomed by tons and tons of loading times per training, it took me only less than a minute to finish the training and it took more for the loading times to finish. The text for trainings are too small to be read. It seems that everything was not considered for the Vita port and focused more on the PS4 counterpart.

I jumped to story mode afterwards, and then fell asleep while on story mode. Who cares, about the story anyway? Well, a lot do care if your game is about women turning to monsters. We need a story that people will remember. Like Street Fighters Ryu and Ken, We know that they used to be rivals right and became the one of the people not into fighting games know.




Fighting System

It's pretty much your typical fighting game. I don’t see innovations on this game to make it unique on its own. You will feel at home with the combo system if you are familiar how it works with Marvel Vs Capcom. How the combo system is built is kinda unique though and if you are fan of juggles you will enjoy that here. If you are a bit lazy like me on reading the tiny command list text. I think most characters are like parody version of fighting game characters. You can see characters that are resemblance to Wolverine, Hulk and Iron man with similar moves as well.




3v3, 2v2, and 1v1

So there are 3 fighting mode for this game, very much how you'd remember how it works with Marvel Vs Capcom and Tekken, there's a tag system. It's pretty deep and cool if you can master the combo's. The thing about the Vita version of skull girls is that you'll feel lazy to learn the skills of every character. Aside from the weird name of moves, the text is tiny and you'll never really bother reading it. You can assign a unique tag for your partners. So if you know a great move to launch an enemy upwards, you can set after choosing your fighter.

There's really not much to say about this game aside from the characters which shines in game. There are lots of dips and it’s a pretty meh game. Well I can only say for the Vita version. I don’t know how it goes for the PS4. But for PSVita, Good thing that this game is cross buy. So you can play it on your PS4 if you have one.



Pros
  • Cross Buy
  • Character Easter Eggs
  • Great graphics

Cons
  • Long loading times. 
  • In game text are tiny. 

Score: 3/5