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Release Date: April 5th, 2016 Movie Release Year: 2016

Skullgirls: 2nd Encore

Overview -

The popular fighting IP 'Skullgirls' is the passion project of Lab Zero Games, formerly known as Reverge Labs. The '2nd Encore' release is a remastered remaster of the original game, which has survived several changes in publisher and legal status (not to mention crowdfunded DLC and developer shuffle). It is Vita and PS4 crossbuy, the PS4 version having been available since July of last year.

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Release Date:
April 5th, 2016

Video Review


The original 'Skullgirls' and especially the PS4 version look beautiful. It has an eccentric art design - a mishmash of art deco, anime, 'Felix the Cat', and unabashed upskirts. Much of that has been admirably translated here, but there is a noticeable drop in visual quality. The character models have lost their glossy comic appearance and look rougher, while the backgrounds seem muted and somewhat dull. Lighting on the whole is wanting. The good news is that performance is rarely an issue.

Audio Review


All of the campaign is now fully voiced, but it varies in quality - some of the actors sound much more experienced than others. The dark jazz soundtrack that comes with the art deco theme is lovely. As with many fighting games, the constant barks from the heroes can become repetitive over time, but the sound effects are generally quite good.

Final Thoughts

'Skullgirls' has been the subject of some great content additions, and is still an enjoyable brawler. Its odd yet enchanting art design and overall presentation make it stand out, not to mention the awesome training. Unfortunately, this port to the Vita has some control and visual issues, and '2nd Encore' is probably best played on the PS4.