I love Skullgirls.
Skullgirls is an indie fighting game released last year, developed by Reverge Labs. Now, a brand-new fighting game franchise is a tricky thing to pull off… fans of the genre are always reluctant to embrace a newcomer, preferring to stick to Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and other long-running series. But Skullgirls succeeded in building a loyal fanbase, and rightfully so.
Skullgirls is an anime-styled fighter, not unlike Marvel vs. Capcom 2 or the Guilty Gear series. Therefore, the combat is fast-paced, combo-heavy, and frantic. You can choose your team size, from 1 to 3 characters, with damage scaling appropriately; a single character will be stronger, and in a team of 3 each character will be weaker.
The roster, while small, is varied. Each character plays completely differently, from the zoning Peacock to the close-ranged Cerebella. Every character feels completely fresh and interesting, setting Skullgirls apart from many other fighting games. I’m looking at you, Street Fighter IV. Every character has a wide range of color palettes, often referencing characters from other franchises.
Of course, it’s also necessary to mention the games unique style. The game features an exaggerated “Dark Deco” art style, giving everything a sort of 1940’s feel. The music is jazzy and, unlike Marvel vs. Capcom 2’s smooth jazz soundtrack, fits the game perfectly. Each stage is unique and pleasing to look at. The characters themselves are also beautifully rendered and animated.
Of course, following an incredibly successful crowdfunding campaign, Skullgirls will be receiving five new characters as DLC. The first of these characters, Squigly, has already been released for the PC version, and will be followed by Big Band, Eliza, Beowulf, and Robo-Fortune. I, for one, can’t wait.
So that’s Skullgirls. While a bit of an underdog as far as fighting games go, it more than holds its own against the competition. I’m a firm believer in supporting indie games, and this just might be one of the best… if you like fighting games, you should really give it a try. Skullgirls is available on Steam, Playstation Network, and XBox Live Arcade and is pretty cheap. So go buy it already!