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  • Summary: Step into the shoes of Buffy Summers, Sunnydale's hottest vampire slayer. Fight against fierce vampires using cool moves and awesome slayer weaponry. With advice from your watcher Giles, you'll destroy the most fearsome creatures of the night.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. I'd say there are about 15-20 hours of play here, but I'd probably double that just for me as I kept replaying so many of the boards due to the fights I got in (and that next to last mission that I so vehemently despise).
  2. Official Xbox Magazine
    90
    Buffy is exceptionally well balanced and designed. The control is nicely responsive, it looks absolutely fabulous, and there's a tremendous amount of gameplay variety. [Sept 2002, p.84]
  3. For gamers who dig various deadly weaponry, Buffy: the Vampire Slayer is packed with a diversity of vampire-icing thingies, most of which have to be handled with care or they can be quite deadly to you as well.
  4. The combat system of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is just brilliant.
  5. While the fact that the game can be completed in 7-10 hours may turn off some tastes, it is still an enjoyable 7-10 hours.
  6. 70
    Buffyphiles will be pleased; Willow, Cordelia, Giles, Spike, Xander, and Angel are all voiced by the actual actors from the show, and the actress voicing Buffy does a fantastic Sarah Michelle Gellar impression.
  7. A great visual stunner and full of action packed fighting sequences that will keep you going even if the pitfalls kill you more than your enemies do. Great for rental.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. CazFone
    Jan 3, 2004
    10
    I watch the show,and to have made a game such as this is brilliant.It just puts the player in the shoes of being a slayer, lets hope a sequel I watch the show,and to have made a game such as this is brilliant.It just puts the player in the shoes of being a slayer, lets hope a sequel comes out soon! Expand
  2. LizA.
    Jan 8, 2003
    10
    I know that this game is gonna be FANTASTIC!!! I watched someone playin it at the shops and thought it was brill and I can't wait to get I know that this game is gonna be FANTASTIC!!! I watched someone playin it at the shops and thought it was brill and I can't wait to get it on Xbox!!! Angel and Buff rocks!!! Expand
  3. TimL.
    Aug 18, 2002
    10
    I knew this game was gonna rock before it came out. I bought it today and...MY GOD!! Its truly one of the best games i've ever played! I knew this game was gonna rock before it came out. I bought it today and...MY GOD!! Its truly one of the best games i've ever played! This is a must buy for XBOXers! Expand
  4. Jan 21, 2013
    10
    I missed Buffy. Every day, I watched the series on DVD and one of my favorite Buffy episodes was the pilot episode "Welcome to the Hellmouth."I missed Buffy. Every day, I watched the series on DVD and one of my favorite Buffy episodes was the pilot episode "Welcome to the Hellmouth." Reminds me of the good ol' days of the WB network. The XBOX version of the same name as the TV show or movie is incredible. Even though I don't have an XBOX for a long time, but it's like a hack and slash game where Buffy kicks, stakes, and slays demon after demon. It's one of the best TV adapted video games of all time. Expand
  5. BobT.
    Aug 23, 2002
    9
    This games rocks! FHM, EGM, & Games Radar don't know what they're talking about.
  6. [Anonymous]
    Jan 22, 2005
    9
    Fun fighting game, sometimes frustrating. I wish there was a little something more to the puzzles. The dreamer's realm (the only puzzle Fun fighting game, sometimes frustrating. I wish there was a little something more to the puzzles. The dreamer's realm (the only puzzle based level) reminded me of a cross between Super Mario 64 and Alice. Expand
  7. Apr 7, 2018
    0
    This game is pure trash.I have no idea why people say this is one game that holds up even today, and that its a fantastic buffy game, (notThis game is pure trash.I have no idea why people say this is one game that holds up even today, and that its a fantastic buffy game, (not just here by the way) they say it everywhere.Where do i start?The combat is garbage, absolute garbage. 1) Every time you get hit you lose your stake so you have to go pick it up and you need your stake to finish of the vampires for most of the game.But in order to pick it up it takes time, and by that time the enemy will be hitting you again and again knocking you down and knocking your stake out of your hands (frustrating as sh@t).Plus the character (buffy) is slow her time of reaction after you hit is so s-------l-----o------w that they hit you back before you can react.2)The platforming is **** as well, because you can't see sometimes where to go and how to judge the distance for a jump or if you can jump there or not.So some places that you think you can't go you can actually go, while other places that you are sure 100% you can go,,, well you cant.What this brings in, is CONFUSION where you can and can't go.This wouldn't mater much if you died and then came back to the same place..But guess what?It hasn't got a save point, more like a check point system every 10 15 or 20 minutes or so..If you come close to a check point and you die.You have to re-do all the sh@t you just done for 20 minutes.And if you don't know where to go then your basically F&%$ed and have to check up online.i know its a 2002 game but still they should have done better.So here is the verdict....Crap platforming, crap combat,it's frustrating as sh@t and no replay value at all.If your a buffy fanatic and i do mean FANATIC, then i guess you might like it i don't know.But if your not then look else where for a better game then this hunk of junk.I know the game is cheap now, but its still not worth your time.Ohh yeh i forgot about the story..I guess its OK nothing special, it is in the buffy type universe so thats the only thing good about it.And it has most of the cast from original buffy tv show.But other then that? like i said stay away from this garbage.If you wanted a full blown out buffy story just go watch the tv shows they are better. Expand

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#11 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
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#46 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002