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"As it stands, this very likely is the best PC fighting game available, period – and doubly so for the money. And not only that, but buying the game gives you access to the Skullgirls Beta, so you can test out changes in advance of their going live in the game proper." - Gamingtrend.com
"A sharp, snazzy and accessible fighting game, held back by the unnecessary sexualisation of its antagonists." - PCgamer.com
Skullgirls is a fast-paced 2-D fighting game that puts players in control of fierce warriors in an extraordinary Dark Deco world. Featuring all-new game systems which test the skills of veteran fighting game fans while also making the genre enjoyable and accessible to newcomers, Skullgirls is a modern take on classic arcade fighters with a hand-drawn high-definition twist. It’s a one-of-a-kind, action-packed competition complete with awesome combos and an intriguing backstory.
Classic six-button play gives each character a huge variety of attacks and special moves
Variable Tag Battle system allows players to pit different size teams of one, two or three characters against one another
Custom Assists let you outfit your team with a huge variety of attacks for nearly endless strategic possibilities
A Robust Anti-Infinite Combo system keeps competitive play free of abusive tactics
Superb entry-level fighter.Haymaker | Oct. 26, 2014 | See all Haymaker's reviews »
Quick Pros: Overall this is a pretty great game and totally worth the price you see (DLC should probably be nabbed while on sale though or in the other bundles to save the most cash). Quite honestly, I never really liked fighters until this game and it pretty much transformed me into a fan of the genre. It introduces so many basic mechanics from the genre in such an accessible form and all the tutorials are thorough enough to teach you what to do while still allowing for innovation.
Quick Cons: Online play is kind of scarce depending on region occasionally. It's honestly a huge downside but it's still a great game to play with friends (offline or online). DLC is free for a set period of time to persons who own the game but then becomes paid (usually at the price of $4.99 per). While this may not seem too horrible it becomes much more so when 3 of the current 4 DLC are all characters and 2 more characters are going to be released. They go on sale as time goes on though and if it's a character you think you'd fancy then it can be picked up then. Otherwise, the longer you go without owning the game, the more it'll cost for a complete version.
Artistic Direction: The setting is where this game really shines for me art-wise. The Dark Deco world with the music paired to it is actually kind of incredible and the menus, intro/outro overlays, and special move overlays all add to this feeling.
Story and/or lore: The story? Why are you even playing a fighting game for story? Get out of here already.
Characterization: Nearly perfect in my opinion. Each character feels unique and well-defined while also spicing up traditional fighting game staple character styles (except one or two, they're pretty basic).
Final Verdict: If you're skeptical then you should absolutely check out some gameplay videos and do some research on the characters. Odds are, you're bound to find a character whose fighting style you'll fall in love with if you take some time and check it out. If you still are reluctant then I absolutely recommend you catch it on a sale. As long as you catch this game on a sale and put a bit of effort into learning the basics then you'll probably find it's worth it.
Was skeptical, but turned out to be amazing.IPaidForWinrar | Oct. 25, 2014 | See all IPaidForWinrar's reviews »
I was initially really hesitant about getting this game, just because it seemed like a lot of fan service. The game turned out to be really fun, with very in depth strategical fighting that reminds me a lot of MvC. If you're a fan of fighting games, I would definitely recommend this game.
Fun and complex.TigerWolfe | Oct. 19, 2014 | See all TigerWolfe's reviews »
Played this since the beta. It's got good animation and mechanics. Doesn't seem to be very conducive to button mashing, but would really work for a high skill fighting game player (which is I believe one of their goals). I'd recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of fighting games, especially 2d fighters.
I love thisATA47 | Oct. 8, 2014 | See all ATA47's reviews »
This game really fits in well with my childhood. Since the good old times with street fighter i loved these kind of games, then mortal kombat took over me, but this game is outstanding. If you love 2D fighter games, this is for you. It has a good fighting system and no character seems to be imba( over powered). The graphics (visuals) are just perfect, the animation is swift and it really has good combos! Every character is unique. A controller is a perfect combination with this game, but that doesn't mean that you wont do anything with a keyboard ^^. What else to say? If you like these kinds of indie games then this one is totally for you. Also there are bunch of DLC's which i approve of. there is a free one, but the reason that i approve of its because I am an artist myself and i know how it is to sit infront of your monitor and draw effects and characters.
Okay, You Got Meemptyhaven | Sept. 30, 2014 | See all emptyhaven's reviews »
I will admit it: this game got me good. The fighting game experience is amazing. Fighting games have evolved well, and this game is one among others at the helm of it all, punching and kicking its way through the new age of gaming.
Okay, it's not as revolutionary as I just made it sound, but for a game I was initially apprehensive about, I could say a lot about it now after it changed my mind.
Sure, there may be a lot of pandering, what with the sexualized characters and all. This game makes up for it though somehow, with its smooth combat and engaging storyline, that I'm almost willing to look past their scantily clad bodies bouncing around the stages and appreciate the game for what it is.
And while I'm not distracted by other things bouncing around cough, I'm most certainly mashing my way past evil opponents with gusto. And I mean, REALLY evil opponents. I always try to stay away from cheap moves, but some fights were won with a little less skill than I would expect from myself. that's the kind of challenge it was.
Regardless, this is a fun game that fighting game fanatics should definitely try.