Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower


REVIEWDarkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower is the sequel to the Dreamcast exclusive Vampire Chronicle For Matching Service. With the release of Darkstalkers Chronicle, Capcom presented its first ever 2D fighter for Sony's PlayStation Portable - which had already proven its power to produce impressive 3D graphics for a handheld system... but could it do 2D? Fans of the original Darkstalkers games will be happy to know that the PSP's wide screen nicely smoothes out the aged sprites, and somehow makes the amazing hand drawn backgrounds look even more intense and impressive. You also have the option to change the widescreen format and play the game with the original dimensions if you prefer.


Finally... the definitive character roster!


Darkstalkers Chronicle
is actually port of the Japan-only Dreamcast title: Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service - an updated a version of Vampire Savior which allows players to choose each character's fighting style from all five Darkstalkers arcade games (DarkStalkers, Night Warriors, Vampire Savior and the Japan-only Vampire Savior 2 and Vampire Hunter 2). Most importantly, Darkstalkers Chronicle contains all of the characters from prior installments of the series (unlike the arcade version of Darkstalkers 3, which omits several characters)! 

Another great new feature is being able to choose how the game is played. Players can choose Darkstalkers style (Matches split into rounds), Night Warriors style (Matches split into rounds, with different gauges), or Darkstalkers 3 style (Matches split into downs). These options, along with the great character selection and fighting style selection, already make Darkstalkers: Chronicle a must have for fans of the series.


Ascend the Chaos Tower with your best team.


even presents an entirely new mode, not found in any previous versions of Darkstalkers. The new "Tower Mode" allows players select 3 characters which they can alternate between fights to ascend up the Chaos Tower (unlocking cool content along the way). Surviving on one life bar alone, your 3 characters must climb the tower of matches and survive some tough challenges, for example: No punches, no kicks, no throws, no specials... say what?!? Indeed it can be quite a challenge at times, especially since the difficulty becomes progressively harder. Tower Mode also lets you build up your super meter much more than in regular battles, which comes in handy!

Finally, Chronicle Mode allows you to view your unlocked content. If you were ever a fan of the artwork of Darkstalkers, this is yet another reason to own the game. The high-res artwork also looks particularly good on the PSP's sharp screen. Along with character art, you can unlock character endings from all previous installments to the series, and all of the intros from previous games as well. Awesome!!!


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Page Updated: February 9th, 2024
Developer(s): Capcom Production Studio 5
Publisher(s): Capcom
Artwork by: Bengus,  Edayan,  Daigo Ikeno
Platform(s): PlayStation Portable
Release Date(s): Dec. 4th, 2004       
Mar. 24th, 2005     

Sept. 1st, 2005       
Characters Demitri, Talbain, Victor, Zabel, Morrigan, Anakaris, Felicia, Bishamon, Rikuo, Sasquatch, Donovan, Hsien-Ko, Huitzil, B. B. Hood, Q-Bee, Lilith, Pyron, Jedah, Dee

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Related Games: Vampire Chronicle For Matching Service, Darkstalkers, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge, Vampire Savior, Darkstalkers: Resurrection, Street Fighter Alpha 3: Max, Guilty Gear Judgment, Warzard, TEKKEN: Dark Resurrection, Samurai Shodown Anthology

Gameplay Engine  8.5 / 10
Story / Theme  8.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  8.5 / 10
Animation  7.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  8.5 / 10
Innovation  8.0 / 10
Art Direction  9.5 / 10
Customization  7.5 / 10
Options / Extras  9.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  9.5 / 10
Replayability / Fun  7.5 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  6.5 / 10
Characters  9.5 / 10

 9.1 / 10



Final Words: This portable package rekindled my love for the Darkstalkers series. No doubt, Darkstalkers is still one of the most artistic and influential 2D fighting games of all time. The PSP port is a beautiful game all around and was one of the best handheld fighting games to date upon its arrival! I had some good times with this game at my local coffee shops.

I thoroughly enjoyed the new Tower Mode... very innovative and interesting for a bonus fighting game mode, and quite a challenge. (I actually still haven't been able to beat it 100%!) All in all, some would say this title is one of the all time "best" versions of Darkstalkers to date (if you don't happen to own Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service, like most of us humans). Long live Darkstalkers!
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