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Vampire Series
ヴァンパイア シリーズ
 
 
Released shortly after Super Street Fighter II X (March 1994) during the peak of the Street Fighter II boom, Vampire (July) and X-Men Children of the Atom (Dec 1994) were Capcom's first 2D fighting games not to be a part of their all-conquering Street Fighter series.
Perhaps inspired by the sheer variety and success of SNK's multiple brands (Samurai Spirits in particular) Capcom went to work and delivered two completely unique titles, each with their own visual style and play structure.
With X-Men a speedy all-out combo-fest aimed toward the US market, Vampire presents a comparatively slower pace but more tactical approach with a heavy emphasis of offence.
Above all it's the character designs that made the game stand out: Capcom's extraordinary art team (Bengus, Akiman) were given free reign, and they let rip on every mythical monster and gothic stereotype, often with hilarious results. Frankenstein, Dracula, the Mummy, Zombies... they're all here.
Following the success of the original game the improved game mechanics of Vampire Hunter (1995) shifted the series into high gear; and shortly after a hugely successful Sega Saturn port of Hunter the arcade Vampire Savior (1997) sealed the series' name in history.
With its lightning fast gameplay, complex chain combos and unique 'Damage Gauge' round system, Vampire Savior quickly became an arcade favourite. The game is flawlessly made and remarkably balanced, and the music and design work are second to none: each character is bursting with life and energy, beautifully complementing the action.
Though extremely popular in Japan and reasonably successful in Europe, the series never really took off in the US, where in turn the X-Men / Marvel vs Capcom series enjoys a bigger audience than anywhere else.
The recent release of Vampire Resurrection has given the series a well needed shot in the arm, and is bound to bring in a whole new generation of players - so let the games begin!
Leady... Fight!
 

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Vampire Chronicle (10 Aug 2000)
The Vampire Hunter 2 / Vampire Savior 2 arcade games and the Sega Saturn / PlayStation versions of Vampire Savior all offer their own different set of extras.
Released exclusively on the Dreamcast, the all-inclusive 'Vampire Chronicle' brings everything together. The idea is the same as Hyper Street Fighter II (2003): select from three different play modes ('Vampire', 'Hunter' and 'Savior') and pick any version of any character.
 



 
 
Vampire Chronicle The Chaos Tower (12 Dec 2004)
Available on launch day with the PSP, 'The Chaos Tower' is a direct port of the Dreamcast Vampire Chronicle with the added bonus of a story-driven 'Tower Mode'.
This mode is very welcome since the PSP's controls are utterly useless for fighting games. So this one's recommended only to die-hard fans of the series with some travel time to burn: there's a ton of background story and unlockable extras in here, including the complete soundtracks and stages for all three games of the series.
 



 
 
Vampire Darkstalkers Collection (13 May 2005)
The PlayStation 2 'Darkstalkers Collection' cuts straight to the chase and features all 5 arcade games:
- Vampire (1994)
- Vampire Hunter (1995)
- Vampire Savior (1997)
- Vampire Hunter 2 (1997)
- Vampire Savior 2 (1997)
The in-game presentation is exactly the same as Street Fighter Zero Fighter's Generation (19 May 2006) and features similar unlockable material: complete all 5 games for bonus game modes, 'Art Gallery' content, 'Secret Options', extra characters (Another Donovan and Another Phobos) etc.
 



 


 
Vampire Resurrection (14 Mar 2013)
We've all put up with a lot of irresponsible behaviour from Capcom USA over the past year, from straight-up lies and red herrings (about a potential new game) to direct threats and blackmail (if you don't Tweet we won't do anything).
Finally it's a Vampire Hunter (1995) & Vampire Savior (1997) double pack that sees the light of day. Nothing worthy of all the fuss, but hey - it's better than nothing.
So there you have it: Capcom USA are at it again, relentlessly milking their back catalogue without really understanding what got them there in the first place.
All we have now is a nasty cabal of spotty-faced PR nerds posing as Capcom 'staff' whose plan, seemingly, is just to re-hash GGPO content (3rd Strike, Marvel, Vampire) then bullshit their core user base every week.
Basing decisions on internet surveys and 'fan feedback' is a lamentable cop-out from responsibility, not to mention a scary prospect: are all decisions now based on the whims of internet geeks only? The mind reels in horror.
It doesn't seem that long ago that Capcom would produce and release a completely new game whether you liked it or not, and let their creative flair take care of the rest. Vampire Savior is a wonderful reminder of that bygone era, and how tragic the situation has become.
Don't panic, the series is in good hands.
 


 
Capcom Selection Maleficarum - Mami Itoh
カプコン・セレクション マレフィカールム - 伊藤真美

GAMEST COMICS 132
DETAILS
Format Manga
Released 10 Dec 1997
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-412-3
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.4 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.36
PRICE
STATUS
Dark and moody Capcom comic book from Itoh Mami featuring 9 short stories based on the Vampire series and Warzard (1996).
An excellent book, whose eerie tone and art style complements the source material perfectly.
Part of the Gamest Comics collection.

198 pages (black & white), Japanese.

Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service
ヴァンパイア クロニクル フォー マッチングサービス

DREAMCAST
DETAILS
Format Dreamcast
Released 10 Aug 2000
Publisher Capcom
Product ID T-1235M
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Celebratory remix of all three Vampire games, originally sold exclusively through the 'Dreamcast Direct' mail order service.
Based on the Hunter 2 / Savior 2 engine, the game features the entire cast from all three games and four different fighting modes.
A great package, and still a very popular release for the Dreamcast!

CD case, Dreamcast GD-ROM disc, colour booklet, spine card.

Vampire Chronicle The Chaos Tower
ヴァンパイア クロニクル ザ カオス タワー

PSP
DETAILS
Format PSP
Released 12 Dec 2004
Publisher Capcom
Product ID ULJM-05005
Size (cm) 17.7 x 10.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
Near-direct port of the Dreamcast Vampire Chronicle, released on launch day with the PSP.
Includes an all-new single-player 'Chaos Tower' quest mode.

Standard UMD case, PSP UMD disk, colour booklet.

Vampire Darkstalkers Collection
ヴァンパイア ダークストーカーズ コレクション

PLAYSTATION 2
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 13 May 2005
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-65998
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.14
PRICE
STATUS
All-inclusive Vampire collection for the PS2 that includes all three arcade games and the two 'Arrange' versions:
- Vampire (1994)
- Vampire Hunter (1995)
- Vampire Savior (1997)
- Vampire Hunter 2 (1997)
- Vampire Savior 2 (1997)
Each game comes presented with options and bonus features.

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour manual.

Vampire Chronicle The Chaos Tower [Best] (1)
ヴァンパイア クロニクル ザ カオス タワー
[ベスト] (1)
PSP
DETAILS
Format PSP
Released 17 Nov 2005
Publisher Capcom
Product ID ULJM-08002
Size (cm) 17.7 x 10.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
'PSP the Best' re-issue of the PSP Vampire Chronicle.

Standard UMD case, PSP UMD disk, colour booklet.

Vampire Darkstalkers Collection [Capcore]
ヴァンパイア ダークストーカーズ コレクション [カプコレ]

PLAYSTATION 2
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 14 Dec 2006
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-66637
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.14
PRICE
STATUS
'Capcom Collection' re-release of the PS2 Vampire collection:
- Vampire (1994)
- Vampire Hunter (1995)
- Vampire Savior (1997)
- Vampire Hunter 2 (1997)
- Vampire Savior 2 (1997)

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour manual.

Vampire Graphic File
ヴァンパイア グラフィック ファイル

CAPCOM OFFICIAL BOOKS
DETAILS
Format Art Book
Released March 2007
Publisher Capcom
ISBN-10 4862331246
Size (cm) 29.7 x 21 x 1.5 (A4)
Weight (kg) 0.57
PRICE
STATUS
Luxury official art book from Capcom.
Features 143 pages of artworks and designs from the entire series!

143 pages, full colour, japanese.

Vampire Chronicle The Chaos Tower [Best] (2)
ヴァンパイア クロニクル ザ カオス タワー
[ベスト] (2)
PSP
DETAILS
Format PSP
Released 24 Apr 2008
Publisher Capcom
Product ID ULJM-08018
Size (cm) 17.7 x 10.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
Second 'PSP the Best' edition of the PSP Vampire Chronicle.

Standard UMD case, PSP UMD disk, colour booklet.

Hyper Street Fighter II Anniversary Edition
Vampire Darkstalkers Collection Value Pack

ハイパーストリートファイターII アニバーサリー エディション
ヴァンパイア ダークストーカーズ コレクション バリューパック
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 18 Sep 2008
Publisher Capcom
Product ID CPCS-01039
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.30
PRICE
STATUS
Capcom Box Set re-release bundle.

Includes:
- Hyper Street Fighter II
'Capcore' edition [SLPM-66636]
- Vampire Darkstalkers Collection
'Capcore' edition [SLPM-66637]

Street Fighter Zero 3 Double Upper
Vampire Chronicle The Chaos Tower Value Pack
ストリートファイターZERO3 ダブルアッパー
ヴァンパイア クロニクル ザ カオス タワー バリューパック
DETAILS
Format PSP
Released 29 Jan 2009
Publisher Capcom
Product ID CPCS-01043
Size (cm) 17.7 x 10.5 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.21
PRICE
STATUS
Capcom Box Set re-issue bundle.

Includes:
- Street Fighter Zero 3 Double Upper
'Capcore' edition [ULJM-05225]
- Vampire Chronicle The Chaos Tower
'PSP the Best' edition [ULJM-08018]

Vampire Resurrection
ヴァンパイア リザレクション

XBOX 360
DETAILS
Format Xbox 360
Released 14 Mar 2013
Publisher Capcom
Product ID JES1-00280
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.14
PRICE
STATUS
2-in-1 re-issue pack featuring:
- Vampire Hunter (1995)
- Vampire Savior (1997)
Includes online play, practice mode, trials and all that jazz!

Xbox 360 case, Xbox 360 DVD-ROM, colour booklet.

Vampire Resurrection
ヴァンパイア リザレクション

PLAYSTATION 3
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 3
Released 14 Mar 2013
Publisher Capcom
Product ID BLJM-60567
Size (cm) 17 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.14
PRICE
STATUS
PS3 ver of the Vampire re-issue pack:
- Vampire Hunter (1995)
- Vampire Savior (1997)
As good a reason as any to get back into one of the best 2D fighting series out there!

Standard PlayStation 3 case, Blu-Ray disc, colour booklet.

Vampire Artworks
ヴァンパイア アートワークス

CAPCOM OFFICIAL BOOKS
DETAILS
Format Art Book
Released 14 Mar 2013
Publisher Capcom
ISBN-10 4862333893
Size (cm) 29.7 x 21 x 2 (A4)
Weight (kg) 0.79
PRICE
STATUS
Luxury art book released on the same day as Vampire Resurrection.
An update of the 'Graphic File' listed above, with all new materials from The Chaos Tower and Resurrection.

224 pages, full colour, japanese.

 



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