Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Mar 26, 2013
    Graphics are recreated to perfection.
  2. Mar 21, 2013
    If you’re a fan of Darkstalkers at all, waste no time in picking this up. If you haven’t played the series before, but have any interest in fighting games, you’d do well to consider this as well - this is the definitive Darkstalkers, and you may just find that something special that’s gripped the series’ cult of fans.
  3. Mar 20, 2013
    Darkstalkers Resurrection is a great compilation of two of the most unique fighting games that have ever been made by Capcom.
  4. Apr 10, 2013
    DarkStalkers Resurrection is yet another high-quality fighting game collection from Capcom, a company that has gotten real good at this sort of thing. With an online mode and plenty of goodies to unlock, this DarkStalkers compilation is easy to embrace with open arms. Don't be intimidated by the chaotic action, the two games found in DarkStalkers Resurrection are well worth the asking price.
  5. May 10, 2013
    In fact, this is such a solid package that I don't have any outright criticisms, although it would have been nice if they'd thrown in the original Darkstalkers for completion's sake.
  6. Mar 29, 2013
    Ultimately, it's the memorable cast of misfit monsters that makes Resurrection so enjoyable, whether you grew up in the arcades with them or not.
  7. Games Master UK
    May 9, 2013
    You can even upload your most violent successes to YouTube. [June 2013, p.77]
  8. Play UK
    Apr 23, 2013
    A nostalgic blast for fans and a fun discovery for gamers who missed them the first time around. [Issue#230, p.78]
  9. Mar 13, 2013
    If you enjoyed Darkstalkers in the past, you will absolutely love Resurrection. If you didn’t, Resurrection isn’t going to convert you. And if you never played Darkstalkers in the past, what’s the matter with you? Sign on to PSN or XBLA and get this game. You owe it to yourself to experience one of the most important titles in fighting game history.
  10. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jul 12, 2013
    Darkstalkers Resurrection is a well preserved piece of history of which no fighting game fan should be unaware. Go check it out. [July 2013, p80]
  11. Apr 21, 2013
    Iron Galaxy Studios resurrects two of the most beautifully crafted 2D fighting games ever, and does so with grace. Night Warriors and Darkstalkers 3 are still unforgiving and difficult to learn, but well worth the time investment. Solid netcode and lots of extras sets the bar high for HD conversions.
  12. Apr 11, 2013
    Darkstalkers Resurrection is a great collection of some classic games. I really liked playing Darkstalkers 3, and the unusual round system and art style made the game seem like more than just another solid fighting game. Iron Galaxy did a great job updating the game in terms of visuals, tutorials, and online play. Night Warriors is by far the weaker of the two games, but Darkstalkers 3 is worth the price of admission. It’s not the best fighting game ever made, but it’s a lot of fun and the price point is right.
  13. Apr 1, 2013
    Darkstalkers Resurrection is a solid package, shining a well-deserved spotlight on the dusty franchise, and allowing old fans and newcomers alike to spend quality time with the unforgettable cast.
  14. Apr 1, 2013
    Iron Galaxy has done no wrong with this beautifully cared for port of the two Darkstalkers games. The only negative is that the use of the arcade version means that Darkstalkers 3 is missing a few characters that appeared in the console version, but apart from that, this is a port full of love and care for the franchise.
  15. Mar 25, 2013
    Darkstalkers Resurrection remains a solid alternative to the classic Super Street Fighter II, Marvel vs Capcom and Street Fighter III Online Edition.
  16. Mar 24, 2013
    For those who loved the originals, the $15 investment is well spent. For those who've never experienced the franchise before but love their fighting games, this nostalgic trip is well worth the money to see how one of the greats did it earlier.
  17. Mar 22, 2013
    Resurrection is great and just one of the many little treasures buried deep in Capcom's lair of gaming classics.
  18. A faithful replication of the old arcade series. Iron Galaxy Studios — known for developing online HD releases of arcade games — did their best to ensure the game’s aesthetic carried over to a larger screen.
  19. Mar 20, 2013
    It may not look the best these days, but this revamped Darkstalkers collection plays like a dream and boasts excellent netcode to boot. Throw in a great tutorial system and it's a winner, particularly at arcade title prices.
  20. Mar 18, 2013
    Darkstalkers: Resurrection is one of the best two-dimensional fighting game ever, thanks to the exceptional and well balanced gameplay.
  21. Mar 15, 2013
    Though the games themselves may be a little too obscure or esoteric for some fighting-game fanatics, Capcom’s under-appreciated Darkstalkers series has been brought back in fantastic fashion in Darkstalkers Resurrection.
  22. Mar 15, 2013
    Darkstalkers Resurrection offers a nice opportunity for the lovers of hardcore fighting games to jump into something else, with all sorts of modern comforts that we’ve come to expect. It also offers a lot for the rookie fighter who wants to improve but can’t find himself in the current offerings of street fighters, iron fists and comic book characters. The learning curve could’ve been evened out a bit more, but it is tough to actually get caught up in it. It’s just too awesome for that to happen.
  23. Mar 13, 2013
    With Darkstalkers Resurrection Capcom has done a great job, creating an appealing collection at the right price. Both Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge and Darkstalkers 3 are deep and entertaining, with tons of interesting options to play with.
  24. Mar 12, 2013
    A welcome return for a significant but sadly overlooked part of Capcom’s fighting game heritage, and one of the best HD updates of a 2D game ever seen.
  25. Mar 12, 2013
    In terms of creating a stable online environment where you can adjust the GGPO delay and see your opponent's ping rating before a match begins, Resurrection is hard to fault.
  26. Mar 19, 2013
    If you like your 2D-beat-em-up with a big helping of retro pixel charm, then Darkstalkers Resurrection is for you, even though you don’t get the complete package, but just the highlights in the form of Night Warriors and Darkstalkers 3.
  27. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Apr 22, 2013
    Unfortunately Darkstalkers is not a new game, it is a collection of the second and third game in the franchise, previously released on the PSone during the mid 90s. Officially it is an HD-collection, but it is the multiplayer that adds the real value to this re-release. [April 2013, p.91]
  28. Mar 12, 2013
    A must-have game for fans of the 2D fighting genre in the same way as Marvel Vs Capcom Origins was before it.
  29. Mar 15, 2013
    Darkstalkers Resurrection might be just a gauge for future releases of the series, but the effort put into it from Iron Galaxy and Capcom certainly says otherwise. The HD upgrade mixed with the extras and online play make this a solid package that any Darkstalkers' fan will want to snag.
  30. Mar 13, 2013
    Capcom knows how to profit from their former glories. With Darkstalkers Resurrection, we will get two games for the price of one, at a very affordable 14.99€. Its main feature is the GGPO system, which ensures a quality online experience, even giving us the chance to upload our best matches to YouTube. Other than that, there are no more novelties, at least regarding the solo campaign.
  31. Apr 21, 2013
    As enjoyable as Darkstalkers may have been in the past, the series has been eclipsed and nothing about its revival can make that fact untrue.
  32. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Apr 23, 2013
    It plays like Street Fighter, but can't look it square in the eye. [May 2013, p.114]
  33. Mar 12, 2013
    Not much to do in the single player modes, but online these special fighting games by Capcom really shine.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. Mar 13, 2013
    This is an amazing port of an amazing pair of games. Night Warriors and Darkstalkers 3 are as different as night and day. The first is a lotThis is an amazing port of an amazing pair of games. Night Warriors and Darkstalkers 3 are as different as night and day. The first is a lot closer to the Street Fighter Alpha games, but with Chain Combos, which are the predecessor to the combo systems of Guilty Gear and games of it's style. Techniques that would also make it's way into other fighting games are the ES moves, which became EX moves in Street Fighter III. There's some others bod oh boy there's almost too much to list.

    The other game, Darkstalkers 3, has a non-traditional knockout system... which is to say you have 2+ Life Bars, and the fight resumes immediately after one is deplete without the prior round winner recovering As a result this is one of the fastest fighting games in memory. Your damaged health also regenerates fairly fast... within limits of course, so any issues this system causes are swiftly negated. Both games are considered to be amazing games, but are different enough that they warranted being a double pack. Now, there is an issue where there's slightly less in terms of framerate than the arcade originals, but make no mistake, this is probably one of the best ports Capcom has put out yet. There's also a few imbalances, but these are hard to fault since they were in the original games too, and it's not worth throwing a fit over. Go and buy this game immediately if you are a fighting game, fan, you won't be disappointed, whether you started on Street Fighter or are a fan of later games.
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  2. Mar 23, 2013
    As a newcomer to the series, I must say this was a perfect introduction to the series. Although it may have a few downsides, that shouldn'tAs a newcomer to the series, I must say this was a perfect introduction to the series. Although it may have a few downsides, that shouldn't distract one from picking this up. It plays well and what's not to like about that? Full Review »
  3. Mar 16, 2013
    characters that were removed for no reason, poorly executed screen, and high price earns 0/10 for me. Sadly Capcom once again shows it's cheapcharacters that were removed for no reason, poorly executed screen, and high price earns 0/10 for me. Sadly Capcom once again shows it's cheap side and wants more money for less quality. Full Review »