Skullgirls Xbox 360

Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Apr 11, 2012
    90
    Full of personality with a lot to offer beat 'em up newcomers and veterans alike.
  2. May 5, 2012
    85
    Skullgirls is a fun and surprisingly deep fighter with cute audiovisuals and great gameplay. Its only flaw is the lack of a command-list.
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    85
    Skullgirls offers just as much as other current downloadable fighters and should not to be missed by 2-D fighting fans!
  4. Apr 18, 2012
    85
    This game was made with tournament play in mind. It may be difficult for new fighting game players to get into, but once you do, it is a very rewarding experience. You get a really impressive fighting game all for 15 bucks. If you're a fighting game fan, you really should pick this game up.
  5. Apr 16, 2012
    85
    It's a superb fighting experience that's just as hardcore as anything Capcom or the Mortal Kombat team have to offer.
  6. Apr 9, 2012
    85
    While light on content, the core play in Skullgirls works beautifully on numerous levels. Astounding animation dresses up its solid basics and the roster provides plenty of possibilities for strategies and play styles.
  7. May 16, 2012
    84
    If you are a fighting fan, Skullgirls stands as a terrific homage to classic fighters, and should already be on your harddrive.
  8. Apr 10, 2012
    83
    Skullgirls uses its personality and a masterful execution of the genre to punch well above its weight as a $15 downloadable upstart. Even if it isn't quite pound-for-pound on par with the giants of the genre, it's bold enough to aim for the top and accomplished enough to put up one heck of a fight.
  9. May 9, 2012
    82
    Watch out Capcom, SNK and Namco: A new challenger has entered the ring. Although you could reduce it to tits and ass at first glance, you'd make a terrible mistake. Skullgirls offers not only outer but also inner values.
  10. Hyper Magazine
    Jul 8, 2012
    80
    Amazing design, solid mechanics and gorgeous presentation. An impressive effort from newcomers Revenge. [July 2012, p.74]
  11. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Jun 5, 2012
    80
    A great range of moves and some pleasantly diverse characters. [Issue#85, p.103]
  12. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    May 30, 2012
    80
    A fantastical, forward-thinking fighter. [June 2012, p.102]
  13. May 10, 2012
    80
    It's certainly gorgeous for the eyes with stellar anime-inspired graphics and a first-rate capturing of old-school 2-D fighting game charisma. But a short single-player adventure and some overly frustrating controls reveal some of Skullgirls' warts. However, as a budget-priced fighter, those imperfections don't detract too much from what is a solid 2-D fighter with smooth and lag-free online gameplay.
  14. Apr 30, 2012
    80
    The best thing Skullgirls, a moderately demanding fighting game, has going for a fighting game dilettante like me is the character design, which focuses its considerably creativity and love on a few characters.
  15. Apr 30, 2012
    80
    Although a bit difficult at first, the game is quite addictive and it has a very attractive visual design, made by and for gamers. Its online mode is great and has plenty of options.
  16. Apr 30, 2012
    80
    Skullgirls is a joy to play, and the price tag of 1200 is amazing, seeing as it contains just as much as its full-priced counterparts.The only negative point is the lack of characters, which shortens the games longevity, but that doesn't stop it from being amazingly fun. Skullgirls are here to stay.
  17. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    I have to give props to Reverge Labs for making Skullgirls a really solid fighter that has the potential to rival the bigger fighting franchises. The gameplay is tough, but with the proper willpower, strategy, and in my case a good arcade fightstick, you can have a lot of fun with Skullgirls. The characters are interesting as is the music and atmosphere of the game. If you're looking for a fighter that is truly unique then I definitely recommend downloading Skullgirls for Xbox LIVE Arcade today.
  18. Apr 23, 2012
    80
    Anyone who has an itch for some 'girl-on-girl' action, fan or not of the genre, should give Skullgirls a shot, it's a bucket load of fun.
  19. Apr 22, 2012
    80
    Skullgirls has an awesome fighting system and crazy visual style. No movelist? Poor training mode? Who cares, when you're back in '90s at your favourite old arcade!
  20. Apr 19, 2012
    80
    There is a lot of positives to take from Skullgirls, everything from the art direction, to the game play itself. The game seems to have been made from the ground up by a team who love the genre and wanted to make a game that everyone could share. It is a great title and a wonderful addition to the library, but to get the most out of it, you need to spend out on that fight stick.
  21. Apr 17, 2012
    80
    A fighting game brimming with passion and care, that every fighting game fan will definitely love, but doesn't have much to offer for everyone else. With more time and resources on their hands the Reverge Labs developers could have created a true masterpiece. We sincerely hope they get there in the future.
  22. Apr 16, 2012
    80
    The game's focus is on refining classic gameplay that worked rather than attempting something different to attract new fans, and some may be put off by the limited roster. At $15, however, Skullgirls is still a quality experience that deserves time in the spotlight.
  23. Apr 14, 2012
    80
    What Reverge Labs has done with Skullgirls is prove that even an independent developer can make a slick, fun, and unique fighting game amongst the eight-figure budgets seen in the rest of the genre.
  24. Apr 14, 2012
    80
    In a genre consistently flooded with sequels and rehashes, Skullgirls is definitely a breath of fresh air. Reverge Labs has listened closely to fans of the game as well as the fighting game community, and has been noticeably meticulous of the development of this game.
  25. Apr 13, 2012
    80
    Skullgirls is a risque fighter that wraps sex appeal and smooth jazz skintight around a smartly crafted fighting system.
  26. Apr 13, 2012
    80
    While there aren't a lot of characters or other modes, it's a very deep fighting game that will keep even old hands pleased and occupied. If you don't mind spending more than your share of time in practice mode, Skullgirls could just become one of the better fighters you've played in a while.
  27. Apr 9, 2012
    80
    As a downloadable title featuring the bells and whistles that many retail fighters are lacking, Skullgirls is an impressive feat.
  28. 80
    When you consider what you do get for your $15 - a beautiful, darkly humorous game with one of the most well-made, finely tested fighting engines around, plus great online play - fighting-game aficionados have plenty of reasons to hang out with these dysfunctional damsels.
  29. May 24, 2012
    78
    If you are a hardcore fighting fan, or someone who wants to learn all of the nuances to become better at fighting games, then at least give Skullgirls a look.
  30. Apr 11, 2012
    78
    Skullgirls is a solid fighting game with a good gameplay full of influences from big names in the genre. Beautiful graphics and elegant BSO. Lack of content.
  31. Apr 18, 2012
    77
    Skullgirls is an inspired and entertaining fighter game. The problem is that the control isn't always perfect. Overall, it's an excellent combat game for this price range.
  32. May 9, 2012
    75
    Skullgirls is definitely worth a look, even if you're feeling a bit burned out by the fighting game revival.
  33. games(TM)
    May 17, 2012
    70
    A storming opener. [Issue#122, p.102]
  34. Apr 23, 2012
    70
    It's a great stepping stone if you're looking to really improve on your overall fighting game skills, and it's a meticulously well-made effort in its own right. Just like the dominatrixes flaunting and frolicking about on the screen, though, it's just a little too weird and demanding to fall in love with.
  35. Apr 20, 2012
    70
    Despite these reservations, Skullgirls is a welcome addition to the genre's bustling roster. While Street Fighter 4 has acted as the catalyst of a fighting game revival, for the most part Japan has led that charge, with few Western studios chancing their hand at the genre and next to none of their games featuring on the tournament circuit. So an American-made game that not only understands the fundamentals but is able to build upon them in interesting ways is a welcome sight, even when the execution around the core is lacking.
  36. Apr 19, 2012
    70
    What this game does really well is appeal to those nostalgic fans of old-school fighters, whilst providing a new, refreshing aesthetic.
  37. Apr 11, 2012
    70
    The art and character design is likely to put off as many as it attracts, but underneath is one of the most forwarding-thinking new fighting games of the generation.
  38. Apr 16, 2012
    60
    To conclude, were there even the slightest concessions to moderation in Skullgirls' aesthetics, and a few small but fundamental UI changes, it would be a superb entry-level fighting game which allows a player new to the genre to leap in and through practice become a master. But as it stands, the relentless sexuality on display is ineffective as parody and serves only to reinforce the belief that games are designed for young men who read FHM.
  39. Apr 13, 2012
    60
    Skullgirls should have spent another year in development. What we got is good for what it is and will adequately fill a very niche void for serious fighters pining after a non-Blazblue Guilty Gear methadone, but it could have been so much more.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Apr 15, 2012
    6
    Skullgirls is a very one dimensional and over all weak release. While there is a mediocre, combo dependent game hiding at its core, theSkullgirls is a very one dimensional and over all weak release. While there is a mediocre, combo dependent game hiding at its core, the barrier to entry in this game is far too steep, and the tutorial gives you none of the help you need to reach its potential.

    While this game, and this studio, has tons of potential, the game isn't anything remarkable in its present state (at release). While it is solidly constructed, technically, many of the decisions seem shallow or poorly thought out. There are only 8 characters at launch, and each of those characters has only a handful of skills available to them, causing them to feel far too much alike. Yet, somehow, these characters manage to be unbalanced. A few of the characters have extremely limited mobility, and a few of them, like Parasoul, relentlessly keep you at range. No matter who you choose, you're either going to be frustrated or be frustrating someone.

    What confuses me the most, however, is how this game has been toted as a beginner friendly game, when I've never seen a fighter that's been harder to get into. The tutorial teaches you how to play fighting games, but it doesn't teach you how to play THIS fighting game. After you're done learning concepts like poking, comboing, and so on, the game leaves you completely on your own to figure out each character. Because of the lack of skills, you're supposed to chain regular attacks in combos that are frustrating to use and to have used on you. However, the game does not give you any indication what skills are available to you. Instead, the game directs you back to your computer to look up all of their special skills online. Even the character guide that is provided online gives no indication what regular attacks (which are the backbone of the gameplay) are available to use, nor how they interact with each other, leaving new players far more lost than they deserve to be.

    The only people whom I would recommend this game to are people who are huge fans of combo heavy gameplay, and fighting fans who are on a budget. Hopefully this studio will have better luck with its future releases and DLC.
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  2. Apr 13, 2012
    9
    I fell in love with Skullgirls on my first playthrough. It's charm is infectious. It's art style beautiful. It's fighting mechanics accessibleI fell in love with Skullgirls on my first playthrough. It's charm is infectious. It's art style beautiful. It's fighting mechanics accessible yet infinitely explorable with intense depth. The passion and creativity behind the making of this game just oozes out onto the screen whether in the form of slick easy to navigate menu screens, it's uncanny attention to detail from gorgeous stages to an fighting announcer that has the potential to be as "iconic" as the NBA Jam guy. Seriously, if you're not in love with the announcer then you have no heartbeat. As for the characters, wow. I don't think an 8 roster fighting game has ever had so much depth before. This gets said alot nowadays but EVERY character in Skullgirls is genuinely unique. And they each have a plethora of tools at their disposal to stand a fighting chance against any matchup even 1 against 3! Ive been playing fighting games for a looooong time I promise you I haven't had this much fun learning combos and set ups in a fighting game since mastering Orchid, Sabrewulf, and Glacius in the original Killer Instinct. The game is so addictive, so well made (clearly this was made by a bunch of guys who love the fighting game genre and actually PLAY IT extensively themselves) you can tell by every inch of the product. This game is well worth the $15 spent. I dare say it may just be worth 20 to 30 if not more. The only gripe I have about the game is the lack of a in game movelist. Some will say, its not relevant but seriously this is a glaring omission. I shouldn't have to download the pdf file to get my characters special moves. It's not a gamechanger by any stretch of the word just a minor annoyance. I also think the METER should be located at the bottom of the screen. I hate having to look up at my life bar to see my meter mid fight. In my fighting game experience it's waaaay more convinient to have the meter at the bottom directly in your line of sight during the match. And it should be noticeable not small. The number of bars you have should glow or pulsate and change color or something the more bars you get. But other than that Skullgirls is perfect. Valentine is a masterpiece of character design and in estimation the crowning achievement of this game. She is instantly a classic fighting game character for the history books. But don't mistake this as a one woman show. The entire game is full of characters that can and most likely will win your hearts. It certainly won mine at first sight. Skullgirls is without question one of the best fighting games this generation. Hell to me it's sitting comfortably in second place only behind Super Street Fighter 4 as the best. With a roster at about 20, a robust training mode, a endless battle lobby, a replay channel, and a character movelist this game will undoubtedly become one of the best fighting games ever made. And definitely my fighting game of choice. The possibilities are boundless for this incredible for this incredible labour of love. Major fighting game publishers have been called out. How can a game with less than a 10th of the budget as other games have better visuals, better fighting mechanics, and a better announcer than games made by billion dollar companies for 1/4th of the retail price? Because they makers of the game care, that's why. And it's evident as soon as a you pick your character for battle and the announcer says, "Ladies and Gentlemen (?) [hehe nice touch with the question mark on gentlemen btw].....IT'S SHOWTIME!!!". You damn right it is, off I go to enjoy more of the show. BUY THIS GAME!!! Full Review »
  3. Apr 12, 2012
    8
    "SkullGirls" is a 2D Fighting game for XBLA, which costs 1200ms points, developed by Reverge Lab, in partnership with Konami. The story is"SkullGirls" is a 2D Fighting game for XBLA, which costs 1200ms points, developed by Reverge Lab, in partnership with Konami. The story is about the search by the protagonist girls (Skullgirls) for an ancient artifact, the Skull Heart, who is able to realize their dreams and that is (obviously) with the final boss of the game. The game displays graphics with a Noir subject, reminding the decades of 40-50 (like Bioshock for comparison), with hand drawn graphics, which mocks the styles of female characters from the old, in the 30s to the latest anime and modern cartoons, each one with his particular style (in physical aspect and gameplay). In the game, the graphics are good, with a style reminiscent of Darksiders and Blazblue, with good color variations, but I missed an outline better and better detail of the characters. The backgrounds are highlighted by the colors and detail - the special moves, and indicators as well, but without many special effects. The Story mode is presented in a comic style way, with animations. Very nice work in the graphic part, in a whole. The songs play a lot of pianos and saxophones, as well as singing in some parts, remembering the songs of the decades I have mentioned - many are very good, if you like the style, but I do not know if most players today will like it, they would prefer something more upbeat and modern. Presenters voices and announces also have an Old style, as well as phrases written during the game. This game presents five difficulties, and in two basic gameplay modes (Story and Arcade), besides having a Training and Versus mode. It also has 08 characters, and depending on the mode of play, you can choose more 2 characters beside yours, to assistance. It seems that more characters will come later with DLC. Overall, the features and gameplay style remind me of Darksiders / Blazblue - the detail is that the AI Ã Full Review »