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  • Summary: In challenges, players square off against opponents with a variety of unique battle conditions to test their mettle. Can you beat Big Band without jumping? Or defeat triple Doubles?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jul 29, 2015
    90
    For $25, you get a fine fighting game that plays great and looks pretty amazing. Players who own the first iteration and the DLC may need to think extra hard if they really want to double dip, but fighting game fans that are looking for a flashy, complex, and fun fighting game and haven’t tried this game out yet need to pick it up.
  2. Aug 6, 2015
    90
    Skullgirls offers the necessary depth and artistic images which make it a great game. The soundtrack is fantastic as well, and the game contains a great combat system. The game really stands its ground within the fighting game genre.
  3. Aug 19, 2015
    90
    The original Skullgirls was a great fighting game with poor contents. Skullgirls: 2nd Encore is finally a complete game with tons of modes, characters and extras. The original gameplay is still there, fresh and funny as usual, and the cross-buy and cross-play options are simply perfect for this awesome experience.
  4. Aug 6, 2015
    80
    Led by a neat gameplay, more weird but still appealing characters join the bizarre world of Skullgirls. A very good investment for all VS Fighting lovers.
  5. Aug 5, 2015
    79
    One nice try, bit definitely not the best beat'em up out there. Its lack of content and poor graphics are its downside.
  6. Jul 14, 2015
    78
    If you haven’t tried Skullgirls yet, this is this best place to start, but if you’ve already played it, there’s not much reason to switch to this version for now.
  7. 70
    It’s brutish welcome is certain to dissuade many newcomers with unrelenting AI and unnecessarily obscure move lists, but those that make it past the opening trials will be rewarded with one of the most unique and charming 2D fighters in a long time.

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  1. Oct 21, 2019
    10
    A stunning and exciting game, set in a rich Dark Deco filled world of skyscrapers and neon to coastal towns of fish-people, you can playA stunning and exciting game, set in a rich Dark Deco filled world of skyscrapers and neon to coastal towns of fish-people, you can play through multiple characters, from an undead opera singer with a song for justice, to a famed wrestler making his way back to the top in an unconventional way, you are treated to lore, stories, and histories that paint an expansive world. With a fighting system that encourages fast-paced action, you find yourself battling against anyone with a variety of wild movesets. If you like fighting games, give Skullgirls a try! Expand
  2. Aug 9, 2015
    10
    Simply put, it's the best value in fighting games. The in-depth tutorial and easy-to-understand systems made this the game that opened my eyesSimply put, it's the best value in fighting games. The in-depth tutorial and easy-to-understand systems made this the game that opened my eyes to how fun fighters *could* be. If you like MvC2 & Guilty Gear, you'll love Skullgirls.

    It's the game that got me into fighters, and it's the standard against which I judge all others.
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  3. Jul 26, 2017
    9
    Think of all the amazing things, that all of the best fighting games have done at one point or another... And then! Add a diverse list ofThink of all the amazing things, that all of the best fighting games have done at one point or another... And then! Add a diverse list of characters(with a tremendous amount of costume swatches), a rich story line, an incredibly in-depth tutorial for each character, and super fun, mid-to-fast paced combat system. That is Skullgirls.

    So you understand how good this game is... You can't accidentally hit the pause button. While you are playing, you have to hold the button down before it confirms and pulls up the menu. That is so simple and amazing that it seems ridiculous that it isn't in every fighting game ever. What that means: Pacing in the match is never shut down because someone panicked, started button mashing, and BLAM... Timing's ****

    Easy to pickup, difficult to master.

    Why a 9? There is room for improvement when it comes to online matchmaking. On the PS4 at least, it can be a bit buggy and crash the game every 1 out of 8 times or so.
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  4. Feb 17, 2016
    8
    Hard to learn, hard to master. Skullgirls' combo system is difficult to get into at first, but once you open it up, the sky's the limit. EachHard to learn, hard to master. Skullgirls' combo system is difficult to get into at first, but once you open it up, the sky's the limit. Each character's combos are quite different, and they are all (for the most part) very varied in their moves.

    The expanded roster also helps the game greatly, as its 3v3 fights could get a bit dull seeing the same characters over and over (I'm looking at you, Filia). The game also features the most unique and beautiful art style I've ever seen in a fighting game.

    It is far from flawless, though. For one, the characters are much too oversexualized. I understand the want to cater to a certain audience, but it can get old and tired even to the people in that niche. This is not to say that all the sexualization is bad, but it ends up coming off as awkward during certain moments.

    My second major gripe with the game is about the wildly different outcomes that occur when there's a small discrepancy in the skill between two players. The "get hit once and you're dead" complaint has been presented over and over, but it's still worth mentioning. The reason Street Fighter III is so compelling and fun to watch is because of the deep mind games and reads going on between the two players. In Skullgirls, a single read will deplete about 50% of your life. It's fun to match matches between beginners and people who are somewhat skilled, but it falls apart when you get into competitive play.

    Despite its flaws, Skullgirls is still a beautiful, captivating game, and is easily one of the best fighting games to have come out in recent years.
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  5. Aug 23, 2019
    8
    This is a really creative and super fun modern day fighter! SkullGirls takes cues from a variety of different series and does them in a wayThis is a really creative and super fun modern day fighter! SkullGirls takes cues from a variety of different series and does them in a way that feels like an homage rather than a jumbled mess. One feature that is new to me is the amount of characters on a team, and how it can affect your play style. King of FIghters and MvC have set team sizes, so SkullGirls really lets you take your play style to new creative heights. With an in-depth tutorial mode and lots of modes of play, this game has a hell of a lot of replayability. Expand