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Skullgirls 2nd Encore Review

We have reviewed Skullgirls in the past, over three years ago in fact, however with the release of 2nd Encore it's time for a little revisit to this game, because thanks to its arrival on PS4, a lot has changed.

If you love fighting games then you are sure to love Skullgirls. Sure it had its issues in the past, however the developer has worked hard to ensure that it has added plenty of new content and improvements, all of which enhance the experience and make for one of the most fun and challenging fighting games around.

2nd Encore offers improved visuals, loads of new voice acting, an 882 page virtual art book, new single player modes and new characters too, although If you own the title already and have the DLC, then perhaps 2nd Encore isn't as worth the price of admission, since many of these additions were already released.

The new gameplay comes via a new Survival and a new Challenge mode, which add to the new Trials mode, while the developer has also added the option for a Quick Match with the CPU mode, getting you straight into the fight agains your AI opponents without any of the hassle.

New characters include Robo-Fortune, who has been released previously as free DLC, but does enhance the gameplay a lot thanks to her move set and just the fact that she is a robot copy of a cat girl, but with a detachable head. She certainly has some interesting moves, although we'll leave you to find out all about them. 

The other DLC characters include Beowulf, Big Band, Eliza, Squigly, and Filia's semi-clone Fukua, and all are just as fun to play, although perhaps not quite as impressive as Robo-Fortune.

As you'd expect, the visuals in 2nd Encore looks much better than the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, with black bars removed and everything looking much more colourful and running smoother than before. Voice acting is also now included at cutscenes, something that was sadly missing before and which enhances the story no end.

If you are a fighting fan then there is no doubt that Skullgirls 2nd Encore is a game that should interest you. Even better is the fact that if you own a PS Vita then once the handheld version comes out later this year, it's cross-buy too. As we say, if you love fighters then add this to you list, because you won't regret it.

Words by Joe Anderson
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/XBLA: wotta

(Version Tested: PS4)


+ Lots of content
+ Great new characters
+ Highly polished and runs well


- May not be worth it for those who have previous versions and DLC

Edited On 02 Aug, 2015

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