Darkstalkers delves deeply into the delicious darkness of horror movie archetypal characterization and plot. Capcom twisted the mythological madness of our favorite collective scary stories until they became the hottest 2D fighting game on Earth.
Now Chris “Guglio” Guglielmelli is transforming them into a Vs. System subset masterpiece. All this week we will be previewing a terrifying theme of death and destruction, while grinning ear to ear about the serious strategy slap-down it can bring to a kitchen table near you. But that’s not all…
Next week we will unveil a totally different set by Silkmane!
Good times with gobs o’ gorgeous gore – Vs. System style.
I have always thought that Darkstalkers was deadly hot, and our first card sparks a blaze that exposes the underlying theme of Guglio’s set. Vs. System’s KO’d pile is the equivalent of a graveyard, and these characters thrive on the other side of death.
One thing to note: Guglio did an amazing job of finding art that completely stretches the Darkstalkers mythos into new territory. Burning Up not only introduces the basic strategy of the set, it also serves as a touchstone to the “normal” look of the characters in the video games. Then things get freaky.
Anita has always been my Number One Darkstalker, and her Vs. System version starts a fire that will be Burning Up your opponent until there ain’t none left. Filling the KO’d pile with characters has never been so cute, or so easy. It will also prove to be deadly, especially when you have a Little Red Riding Hood with a machine gun in her basket.
Grandma, what big beats you have! B. B. Hood is a legend. She even showed up in an issue of Alan Moore’s Promethea. Now she will be swinging with more might than any 2-drop in history. Pack some sandwiches and pray she doesn’t drop on the other side of YOUR table. Then listen closely for the sound of grinding gears.
Bigger and bigger, this bag of bolts gets. Huitzil is the first boss in the original Darkstalkers video game. His traditional image looks a whole lot like the robots in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Now he is swelling to outrageous sizes, thanks to Guglio’s Vs. System Darkstalkers set. Stay tuned to this station, add your own reviews in the comments, and rest your player’s thumb after busting all those special moves. We will preview a few more cards each day, until the whole set is spoiled properly.