Skullgirls Review On PS4

This week I finally got my hands on Skullgirls 2nd Encore Edition, and it’s awesome!  This is the physical edition published by Limited Run Games.  I haven’t been this excited for 2D fighter in ages.  It’s developed by Lab Zero Games, and the inpressive thing about Skullgirls is that it was all drawn by hand.   I can’t help, but admire the hard work that was put into this game.

Skullgirls plays exactly how you would expect a 2D fighter to behave, which is a good thing.  The controls aren’t anything fancy, but that doesn’t matter.  There are a few combos to remember, but you can pretty much just bash a bunch of buttons together and still win.  That’s not to say that this game is easy, because it’s not.  It’s actually very challenging.

Skullgirls has a ton of features for a indie budget title, or at least more than one might expect.  You have a few options for both single and multiplayer game modes that add a ton of value and replay ability.

Gameplay:

Skullgirls’ gameplay is pretty much what you expect in a 2D fighter.  The gameplay itself is a tag team style fighter and you can either choose one super strong fighter, two medium strength fighters or three regular strength fighters.  It just depends on your gameplay style and which way works best for you.  You can also expect your basic combo attacks and button bashing, like I said earlier,  but that’s about it as far as gameplay goes.

Multiplayer Modes:

First up, Skullgirls offers a Tournmament Mode.  I haven’t had the opportunity to play this mode, because it requires an arcade stick, which I don’t own. I have listed some compatible sticks at the end of this post.

Secondly, you get your standard Local Only couch co-op type of gameplay.  This is pretty self explanatory.  Grab a friend and smack each other around.

Next, there’s Quick Mode. This is your online multiplayer match.  You simply just pick your region and hit “Find Quick Match”.  This might just be to the lack of popularity or the time I was playing, but the game set me up against the same player three times in a row.  I really do hope that more than two people play this game, because it’s actually pretty good.

Lobby Play is how you play against your friends online.  First you have to create a Lobby, then you can go about inviting your friends to join.  The good thing is that Skullgirls works across multiple platforms, so you can play against your friends on PS4, PS3 and Vita.

Single Player Modes:

There’s a few single player game modes to choose from in Skullgirls.  You have your standard Story Mode, Arcade Mode, CPU Quick Match, and Survival Mode.  These modes can be played on Sleepwalk, Easy, Normal, Hard, Ridiculous, and Nightmare.

Story & Characters:

There’s 14 characters in total and each character has their own short story mode that will take about 30 minutes to complete.  So, depending on your skill level you should be able to complete the story in about 6 to 7 hours, and maybe quicker if you’re good. The good thing about this games is that you get unlimited tries, so if you die just try again until you succeed!  The great thing about having short story modes for every character is that you get 14 different endings and 14 different perspectives.  That being said, quite a few of the characters are based off of gods and myths, but not all.  That makes for an interesting play though.  We get to play as legends like Beowolf, Samson, a Leviathan and an ancient Egyptian goddess just to name a few.

Arcade Mode:

In this mode you will face a number of challengers until you’ve reached the end.  Besides that, there’s not much more to say about the Arcade Mode.

CPU Quick Match:

If you’re just looking for a quick one and done match then this is the match you want.  All you do is choose your character(s) and fight.  After the match is over you have the option to play again, change your character(s) or quit.

Survival Mode:

Another self explanatory mode in which you play until you get knocked out.

Training:

Training Room: 

This is an area where you can practice your combos on a defenseless opponents.

Tutorials:

This mode offers a variety of lessons on everything from basic defenses to advance combo chain moves.

Challenges:

Another self explanatory mode, where you choose a challenge and try to complete it.  There’s 26 challenges in total.

Trails:

You can learn how to do combos here with each character.

Extras and Leaderboards:

Extras is where you will find the Art Gallery.  You can unlock more images as you play the game, which includes 893 character images.  Extras is also where you’ll find the credits and contributors.  Lastly, there’s a extra mode on here where you can face a pretty much impossible version of Marie called Marie 300%.  Let me know if you can beat her, because I can’t.  There’s also a leaderboard, but I don’t need to tell anyone what that is.

Art and Character Design:  

Like I said earlier, the art is amazing and there was a lot of hard work that went into hand drawing each characters.  On top of that, there’s a ton of color in this game that really catches the eye.  You can get lost from just looking at the art; it’s really well done.  If you look at the credits, you will noticed that it took a huge team of animators to make everything come alive, so that shows you how much work a game like this takes.

Soundtrack:

I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting a good soundtrack, but I’m glad I was wrong!  Skullgirls has one of the best video game soundtracks that I’ve ever heard!  It’s not everyday that you get a good soundtrack from an indie game.  The game is full of great jazz music and it’s hard not to like it.  I don’t even particularly listen to jazz music, but I’m loving the music in this game.  It makes me want to go discover even more jazz music.  Limited Run Games sold the soundtrack with the game as a bundle, but unfortunately I missed the initial pre-order for this game.  So, I had to buy my physical copy for a premium.  The good news is that you can download the soundtrack from Amazon and iTunes.

Bottom Line:

Skullgirls gets a 4.5 out of 5 in my book.  I’m loving it and it has officially become my new favorite game published by Limited Run Games.   There’s a ton of great things that Skullgirls has going for it and the only con is there’s a limited amount of players online.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with your friends online or off, and of course you always have the Single Player Modes.

I recommend owning a physical copy, and there’s two options to do that.  You can either buy the Japanese version of the game, which has English subtitles according to Play-Asia or you can buy the Limited Run version from a third party seller.   I recommend that you join my Facebook group, Limited Run Games Fan Club and you might find someone willing to sell you a copy slightly below eBay prices.  I’m glad to report that this is a great community and I’ve had two great positive deals from sellers in this group.  So, that’s two out of two, not bad.

On Lab Zero Games website they have listed these Arcade Sticks as compatible.

  • Mad Catz
  • Hori
  • PDP
  • EightArc / Qanba

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Hori Arcade Stick (Great Reviews).  This is the arcade stick that I plan on buying.

Skullgirls Japanese Version.

Limited Run Games Fan Club

Aqua Kitty UDX Coming To The Nintendo Switch

YouTuber 8-Bit Eric has posted a video claiming that he has received a review copy of Aqua Kitty for the Nintendo Switch.  He has not confirmed if this is a digital review copy or physical copy, but it sounds like it’s a digital review copy.  That being said, my bet after watching his video is Aqua Kitty will eventually be published by Limited Run Games for a physical release on The Switch.  I just can’t see Limited Run passing this game up if it’s being ported over to The Switch.

Update: The developer responded to me saying, “Hi – its only digital at the moment, but if enough people are interested in a physical version we could then approach a publisher to try and do it :)”

Video Game Collecting Jargon For Beginners

Shovelware: Typically a game rushed through development with many flaws in the end.  Most of the time these games are unplayable and just end up sitting on a shelf.

Shmup or STG:  Shoot Em’ Up: A subgenre of the shooter, where typically a spaceship or airplane faces wave after wave of enemies.

Complete: All the original contents are included.

Incomplete:  Missing some of the original contents.

CIB / NIB:  Means Complete in Box and New in Box.

FMV (Fair Market Value):  This is the average selling price by third party sellers on eBay and other selling platforms.

CE (Collector’s Edition):  Pretty self explanatory, these are limited editions with special

Y-Yolds: A type of factory seal that are folded like the shape of the letter Y.

LRG: Limited Run Games

SLG: Strictly Limited Games

SRG: Special Reserve Games

Limited Run Stickers and Postcards:  These were giving away as a bonus with each game up to Deemo for the Vita.  The Bunker was the last postcard for the PS4 and Broken Age was the last sticker.

Limited Run Trading Cards:  These replaced the stickers and postcards.  The common trading cards are silver and the rare trading cards are gold. The first LRG trading card was for Furi.

AAA: A high budget game and typically a mainstream game with a ton of popularity.

ARPG: Action Role Playing Game

JRPG: Japanese RolePLaying Game

DMR:  Digital Rights Management

Publisher:  The company that finances, distributes and markets the game like Limited Run.

Developer:  The company that makes the game.

 

 

Limited Run Games Blind Boxes

 

A while back, Limited Run Games had their Blin Box sale, so here’s what I got.  Last year, a lot of people got multiple copies of Thomas Was Alone, but things were different this year.  As long as you bought all your blind boxes in one order you very unlikely to get any duplicates.  I’m glad to report that I received three different games that I didn’t already have, so that’s a win in my book.

Odds:
Common (8 out of 10 boxes): Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Night Trap, Asdivine Hearts, Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, Furi, Pang, Super GunWorld 2, The Flame in the Flood, Absolute Drift, Chariot, CRAWL, Nex Machina, Nova-111, Risk of Rain, RIVE, Stealth Inc., Dear Esther, Ys Origin, Read Only Memories, and Plague Road.
Uncommon (1.9 out of 10 boxes): Caladrius Blaze, The Bunker, N++, Drive! Drive! Drive!, NeuroVoider, Lili, Runner2, River City Melee, Double Dragon IV, Bard’s Gold, One Way Heroics, and Oceanhorn.
Rare (1 out of 100 boxes): The Swindle, Lone Survivor, Saturday Morning RPG, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, Futuridium, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Xeodrifter, Lost Sea, Firewatch, Oxenfree, and Breach & Clear: Deadline.

 

Here’s what some other people from the Limited Run Games Fan Club got in their Blind Boxes.

Top 10 Most Expensive Limited Run Games On The PlayStation Vita

This is a list of the top 10 most expensive Limited Run Games on the PlayStation Vita.  This list does not include Collector’s Editions, Kickstarter variants or soundtrack bundles.  Values change often, so if you see something that needs to be updated let us know.  As a disclaimer, these values were determined by calculating an average sold price on eBay.  Today’s date is February 12th, 2018.

Breach & Clear: $177

Oddworld New N’ Tasty: $135

Saturday Morning RPG: $75

Oceanhorn: $69

Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath: $60, Variant: $66

Mecho Tales Developer Edition: $63

Soldner X2: Final Prototype: $59

Xeodrifter: $58

Futuridium: $47

Dragon Fantasy: $45

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Thanks to Limited Run Games the PS Vita is still alive, but if you want to get into the Limited Run Vita action here’s a good deal on a New PS Vita System.

 

 

New Limited Run Games Coming To The Switch

It looks like Limited Run Games is going all out for their new Nintendo Switch titles in 2018.  It has just been confirmed to Limited Printed Games, that either Oddworld: New & Tasty or Shantae: And The Pirate’s Curse will make it to the Switch under the Limited Run banner.  For those of you who don’t know who Limited Run Games are, they take previously digital only games and give them a physical release.

My source would not confirm which game is locked down, but they did say that maybe both games will come.  But, for now only one is confirmed.  On the other hand, considering that Oddworld’s creator Lorne Lanning said last year that The Switch has “No Hope” I highly doubt that Oddworld will make it to The Switch.  That leaves only one option, which means that Shantae is the game in question.  After all, Shantae will feel at home on The Switch and platformers are a perfect fit for Nintendo.  I have also promised to keep this source anonymous, so please don’t ask.

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Those, two games are no brainers for the indie publisher, since Shantae and Oddworld were two of their biggest hits on the PS4.  We all should take this announcement with a grain of salt, but early last year this same person told me that Limited Run was publishing a ton of Switch games in the future.  As we all know that ended up being true. In the end I hope that both of these games make it to the Switch, but the real question which one will come first?

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If you don’t own a Switch yet, get ready for Limited Run Games’ Nintendo Switch releases by picking yourself up a Neon Blue and Red Switch.  It’s also worth noting that you will need a PlayStation Memory Card.

 

 

 

Top 10 Most Expensive Limited Run Games On PS4

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This is a list of the top 10 most expensive Limited Run Games on PS4 .  This list does not include Collector’s Editions, Kickstarter variants or soundtrack bundles.  Values change often, so if you see something that needs to be updated let us know.  As a disclaimer, these values were determined by calculating an average sold price on eBay.  Today’s date is February 12th, 2018.

Astebreed: $65

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Oceanhorn: $67

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DariusBurst: $72

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Skullgirls: 2nd Encore: $79

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Shadow Warrior 2: $89

Saturday Morning RPG: $93

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Shantae: Pirate’s Curse: $95

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Shantae Risky’s Reverage: $110

Firewatch: with Y-Folds $112, Shrink-wrap version: $73

Oddworld: New N’ Tasty: $124

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Saturday Morning RPG On The Switch

Saturday Morning RPG is a turn based role playing game with a call back to 1980’s nostalgia.  The game has a ton of references form classics, such as Back to the Future, Transformers, GI Joe and many more.  The graphics are in an 8-bit style, so it’s a perfect fit for game’s setting.  The bottom line is that Saturday Morning RPG is a fun ride that’s a bit of a challenge.  Oh, and I didn’t mean to make a pun there.  Haha, bit.

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As most of you know by now, Saturday Morning RPG is making its way to The Nintendo Switch later this year.  This was the game that put Limited Run on the map, but before it’s initial physical release Mighty Rabbit Studio was having a hard time selling the game on digital platforms.  So, in a last ditch effort they decided release Saturday Morning RPG and Bleach & Clear with a limited run of physical discs.   As we all know it was a hit!   That being said, Saturday Morning RPG was Limited Run’s second release, so many collectors who joined the hobby after that point may be missing it from their collections.  After asking around it looks like many of those who already own the game on PS4 or Vita won’t be buying the game again on The Switch.  On the other hand, this is a great opportunity for those who missed out on the PS4 and Vita versions.  As far as those who are buying the Switch version, many of them missed out on this physical release the first time around.  And, others say that they just want a complete LRG Switch collection.  What ever you’re reason for buying it or not, the one thing I can say is that this game will sell out quick.

Will you be picking up Saturday Morning RPG on The Switch?

 

The New Era Of Physical Games

We’re entering into a new era of how video games are released.  More content is being released digitally each year, but companies like Limited Run Games, Play-Asia and Strictly Limited Games are saying no to digital only releases.  Of course there’s more players in this game, but those are just a few making a difference in the physical video game industry.

For those of you who are new to these gaming companies, you may be asking yourself who are these guys?  Well, companies like Limited Run take previously digital only games and do a limited physical release. One of the greatest things about printing games physically is that it puts these games into so many more hands than before and preserves them for generations to come.

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There’s an entire market of gamers out there who still don’t buy digital games, so for those gamers owning a physical copy is the only way to play these games.  I’m sure you’re next question might be, what’s wrong with digital games.  It’s a combination of reasons why people don’t like digital games.  The biggest reason is that not everyone has the required high speed broadband internet capabilities to download these games, so a physical release might be their only option.  The other portion of physical game fans don’t like digital, because for two main reasons.

Firstly, it’s not a guarantee that those digital games will be in the cloud for ever.  What happens when you’re console breaks or you decide to upgrade to the newest version of that console? You could potentially lose all those games that you bought digitally.  It’s very easy for a company to lose the license for a game and if that happens you could lose the game for ever.

The second reason why we love physical releases is because it’s something tangible.  There’s nothing like scrolling through your game library deciding what to play.  Owning the physical game reminds us the emotions we felt playing the game for the first time. Scrolling through a digital library sadly does not feel the same.   That is why we love companies like Limited Run Games.  They remind us why we love video games.

That being said, two of Limited Run’s earlier releases were Oddworld: New N’ Tasty and Shantae: The Pirate’s Curse, which are in high demand now and both fetch a high price on the second market. Naturally, that has attracted a lot of attention to Limited Run.  It is this popularity that has grown the hobby by attracting more companies to release their own physical releases.  Only time will tell what other great digital games will make their way to a physical disc, but in the meantime it definitely feels like Limited Run Games has started a revolution.

Follow the links below if you like what we’re building here at Limited Printed Games, and as a disclaimer we are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  to order Oddworld New N’ Tasy ($124.99) and here’s a great deal for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero ($23.97)