Vampire Savior - The Lord Of Vampires (A B) / Darkstalkers 3
CP System II
AU$295.00 (inc. GST)
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Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire (alternatively called Darkstalkers 3) was released in arcades in 1997. Vampire Savior is the third installment in the Darkstalkers' series and featured four new characters. The game also spawned two updated titles, Vampire Hunter 2 and Vampire Savior 2, with both being released several months after the Vampire Savior. Originally, Capcom had planned to release the game as Darkstalkers: Jedah's Damnation outside of Japan.
The game retains the character roster of Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors, omitting Donovan, Huitzil and Pyron from the lineup. Taking their place were four new characters: Jedah, Lilith, Q-Bee and B. B. Hood. It also features a secret character/mode, Shadow, where the player assumes the identity of the defeated character for the next fight (e.g. if Morrigan is defeated, the next fight the player will play as Morrigan).
Vampire Savior eschews the traditional round-based system in favor of what is dubbed the "Damage Gauge System": battles take place during a single round, with each fighter having two life bars and corresponding life markers. When one fighter loses a life marker after the life bar is emptied, the fighters reset their positions as if starting a new round but in contrast to a traditional fighting game where the life bar resets after each round, the victorious fighter retains their remaining life bar. When the player is attacked, some of the health lost is displayed in white, which can be recovered if the player doesn't take damage. The game also introduces the "Dark Force System" which uses a bar of super meter to allow players to perform special abilities unique to each character for a limited period. The PlayStation version separates Dark Force into 2 modes from which the player chooses before each match: "Dark Force Change" is the same as the traditional Dark Force mode, whereas "Dark Force Power" is an enhanced mode that takes 2 bars of super meter and the player can inflict damage that is not recoverable (but will also take non-recoverable damage). In Dark Force Power, the player can still activate their special enhancement but they have to press a unique button combination rather than it being tied to whether or not the player is in Dark Force mode.
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