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Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service

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Released: 2000

Genre: Beat-’em-up

Format reviewed: Dreamcast

Publisher: Capcom

Developer: Capcom

Submitted by: Gareth Chappell

The Vampire Chronicle series, otherwise known as Dark Stalkers, basically takes the Street Fighter template and puts zombies, were-wolves and vampires in the place of Ryu and his fellow fighters. The games may not have the same sort of appeal as the main Street Fighter series but they are undoubtedly good fun and well put together.

The long running franchise culminated in this little oddity on the Dreamcast. Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service is basically a compilation of all the versions of all the characters from the series. This means that if you like a character in his incarnation in the second game of the series then you can pick that version. This idea was later used by Capcom for the Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting Anthology on the PS2.

Originally, the game let you play online using the Dreamcast’s wonderfully innovative service. Obviously, that part of the game is now long gone but it remains a very special beat’em up in it’s own right.