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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Udon Entertainment (January 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897376049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897376041
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They have suggested character designs and realistic portraits of all the characters, and their backstories included.
T. Hueston
If you are a fan of the Darkstalkers series,this book will be a worthy purchase.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jason Adams on January 20, 2009
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I was hoping this would have more concept sketches and other "raw" materials from the series' development. Instead there is quite a bit of (I think useless) stuff like character win quotes and move lists.

"Graphic file" must not mean "art book" though. It's more like a record of the series.

Since most of the appeal of the Darkstalkers series is the characters themselves, and the detailed and creative animation of those characters and backgrounds, I thought it would include more of that kind of material.

It does have more early concepts for the characters than what I've seen in strategy guides or other Capcom art books, but they are mostly around to 1 x 1 inch on the page.

Most of the screenshots of the unique special moves or other animations that you barely see while playing the game are tiny and often blurry. Having a frame-by-frame sequence of some (not all) of the moves would have been more interesting.

The people interested in this kind of book know it's an old series and that the graphics are low resolution, so I hope they didn't try to smooth or blur the screenshots thinking they would look better that way.

I also was hoping to see sketches showing how some moves were developed and animated, and maybe examples of the amount of detail they may have lost when converting it to a lower resolution sprite - or how they managed to keep a lot of that detail.

There is a lot of info in the book and it's organized well, but didn't have a lot of content I was expecting.

So I still would recommend it to fans of the series artwork, mainly because there probably won't be another book for Darkstalkers anyway. I thought it would be more like the Okami art book or some of the older Metal Gear art books though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 27, 2009
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Darkstalkers probably has the most unique character designs in 1-on-1 fighting games. Maybe it's because the characters aren't human and there's more leeway for designs. I only knew of Darkstalkers because several characters appeared in Super Puzzle Fighter 2, which I use to play.

Darkstalkers Graphic File is an art book and game guide thrown into one. There are three chapters, the art gallery, the character profiles and other miscellaneous stuff.

The art gallery section is quite thin with only 24 pages. These are the fully coloured splash pages and character portraits. The style of work will be familiar as they are done by the usual Capcom artists, Ikeno, CRMK, Arnold Tsang, Shinkiro and Kinu Nishimura among other artists.

In the character profile section, additional individual character concept illustrations and sketches are presented. This includes the various designs created for the different game series. Also included is the story of each character, from the first Darkstalker game to the later Vampire Hunter 2. There are command lists, screenshots, ending gallery and victory dialogues. Unfortunately, the screenshots are too small and details in it are hard to make out.

And in the last retrospective section, there's the Darkstalkers timeline, promotional materials like toys and goods, soundtracks, books, etc. There are even command list printouts, those that pasted on the arcade machines.

There's just enough art for it to be considered an art book, and overall is a pretty interesting book I'll recommend.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Hueston on January 8, 2009
This book has all kinds of artwork both from the game, and from the production of all three of them. They have suggested character designs and realistic portraits of all the characters, and their backstories included. The only drawnback I could see was that the text was in japanese.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Video Game History on January 20, 2009
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Here is a great book with lots of art, info, and fan stuff. If you are a fan of fighting games, and/or Darkstalkers, then you NEED this book! I was impressed by how much info was presented!

I did not expect the rundown of the games, so that was a great and awesome bonus/surprise! The quality of the presentation and the printing materials is TOP NOTCH!! A value at this price....

If you are/aren't a fan, get this now!

5 stars, my highest recommendation!
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