Legend tells of an ancient artifact that can grant a women’s wish…THE SKULL HEART
However, if she is impure of heart her wish will be corrupted and she will be turned into an immensely powerful, twisted being of destruction…THE SKULL GIRL
A new Skullgirl has risen; who will defeat her and claim the Skull Heart?
A game that was Developed by Lab Zero Games and published by Autumn Games and Marvelous AQL.
Skullgirls is a fast-paced, 2D fighting game which was first released in North America through digital release on the Playstation Network but was released a day later on Xbox Live Arcade. It was also released later on PC for Steam and later on again for the PS4 under the name 2nd Encore.
Skullgirls was designed to be a tournament fighter while remaining approachable for the casual fighting game player. It also features the most frames of animation per character of any fighting game while being hand drawn and enhanced by a powerful 3D engine.
Skullgirls features a six button fighting style that gives a huge variety of attacks and special moves. It also features a Variable Tag Battle system that let’s players pit mismatched teams of 1, 2 or 3 characters against one another. Your also able to have custom assists to outfit your team for endless strategic possiblities
But enough on that! Let’s hit the character list and find out who is who amongst the competitors
Let’s start with…
Double is a monstrous transforming creature that has a stoic demeanor but is known to have bouts of pure rage and hatred. As an ally to the Skullgirl, so comes her powers of transformation which she uses to ensure the creation of new Skullgirls. She is capable of transforming into that of any person but she often takes on an appearance of a smiling nun(pictured above) known as Sister Agatha.
At the ripe age of 16, Filia was a normal school girl until one night, her hair was possessed by the Parasite known as Samson which resulted in Amnesia. She has been named the “protagonist/main character” of Skullgirls which is possibly because she has been the most used in most of the game’s advertisements and cover art. She’s known to be kind and friendly young lady who gives people the benefit of the doubt unfortunately this makes her extremely naive as well. Her design was inspired by Millia Rage from the Guilty Gear series who also fights with her magic hair.
Formerly a Human Girl named Patricia Watson who was turned into an Anti-Skullgirl biomechanical weapon by Dr. Avian, her gang which is also her arsenal consists of the Avery Unit who are Andy Anvil, Tommy Ten-Tons, George Bomb and Lonesome Lenny.
Not only is she one of the original eight characters but she also has the most unique assist characters. She is also one of the youngest characters on the roster at the age of 13, though she is capable of aging.
The Princess of the Renoir family, the rulers of the Canopy Kingdom, and the Older Sister of Umbrella. She is the daughter of King Franz and Queen Nancy(the previous Skullgirl). She wields the Living Weapon Krieg in battle and commands the group known as the Black Egrets. Parasoul is known to be firm, fair, wise and diligent leader who has vowed to protect her kingdom with the Black Egrets at her side. While she is known to have a solemn demeanor, she tends to become furious when people put her loved ones in danger but she is also known to show sorrow towards those who are suffering showing that she is also a very caring leader and a kind ruler.
Also referred to by her full name Nadia Fortune is a feline feral who was rendered undead by the Life Gem that she swallowed although she is still capable of feeling pain. She likes to make friends but is known to be a wise cracking trouble maker that loves puns as well. She is a sharp fighter with even sharper claws but her true power comes from the Life Gem she swallowed because it gave her Unlimited Regenerative Abilities!
Once known as a sweet, caring school girl named Carol she was kidnapped by Valentine and Brain Drain and transformed into the monster that she is now. Her personality tends to be mistaken at first glance, she has the appearance of a monster however she was able to keep control of her mind over Brain Drain and was able to think and act for herself. She has an ability called Hatred Install where Painwheel can power herself up with Immense Rage which boosts her in game abilities.
The last surviving member of The Last Hope and currently working with Double and Marie(the Current Skullgirl). She was responsible for Painwheel’s transformation under the direction of Brain Drain. There is actually little known about Valentine other than she was a Last Hope operative and serves the Skullgirl out of self-preservation but also in the hopes of researching the powers that control the Skull Heart behind enemy lines.
The first of many DLC Characters, Sienna Contiello or more commonly known as Squigly is an undead girl, kept sentient thanks to her family’s parasite, Leviathan. She is graceful, calm and well-mannered, but tough and determined to complete her mission. She is essentially a zombie but unlike most undead, being host to Leviathan allowed her to retain her own thoughts and personality. Her movements in-game even reference the Jiangshi, the Chinese “hopping” zombie/vampire.
also known as Ben Birdland, was once a policeman in New Meridian, before being turned into a cybernetic weapon by Dr. Avian of Lab 8. Another DLC character and the first male character in Skullgirls, he is an observant detective who is committed to using his abilities to stop Skullgirls. He maintains himself to be calm and collected and prefers to talk things out but he will not hesitate to fight back when he has to.
Fukua is a physical clone of Filia(with her Parasite Shamone being a clone of Samson) who contains two souls: one who was the strongest at close combat and the other being the strongest at ranged attacks. She was created by Brain Drain but however she is a joke character and her existence is non-canonical. Unlike the others she is known to smile when she finishes with her Blockbuster move, suggesting she has some masochistic inclinations.
She is the Celebrity Diva of New Meridian’s premiere nightclub, Bastet’s Den. She is the mistress of Albus and Horace, and the host to the skeletal Parasite Sekhmet for untold years. She is yet another DLC character for the game, being created shortly after Squigly and Big Band. She is known as a diva who loves to be the center of attention, despite running a charity blood drive she also has a greedy side. She is also known to be ruthless to those who oppose her.
Beowulf is a professional wrestler who retired at the height of his professional wrestling career, defeating the seemingly unbeatable Grendel as well as his frenzied Gigan mom. Years later, he became restless and wondered if that was his limit? He soon announced his plans to fight again but what he didn’t mention was that it wouldn’t be in the ring since there was no telling when his greatest opponent would show up.
next and final…
Robo-Fortune is a robot created by Brain Drain in the likeness of Nadia Fortune. As a robot she has a variety of utilities that are used to eliminate her opponents, they range from laser cannons, extendable and rotatable limbs from her body, giant chainsaws and much more.
and that my friends is the cast of Skullgirls!
What about the music you may ask? The music in the game is a mix of Haunting Gothic Themes, Jazz and Rock that lends itself perfectly to the Skullgirls ‘Dark Deco’ style.
Below is a video with the music of Skullgirls for your listening pleasure!
And the story?
Each character has their own individual story line leading up to each of their own original endings. Every story though does lead up to a final battle with the Skullgirl known as Marie.
With fun gameplay, a fun cast of character, a kicking soundtrack and each individual story line being really well written and put together.
Skullgirls gets an 9.0/10 from me!
Well this has been my review of Skullgirls, I hope you guys enjoyed it and hopefully this review has inspired you to play this game!
This is Pervy Fatman,
See you on the other side!