“Buffy” Xbox game worth taking a stab at

Matt Trapani

“In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.” What started off in 1992 as a bombed movie, and was then reborn in 1997 as a number one TV show, has now been made into a videogame for Microsoft’s Xbox videogame system. Fans of the show will not be disappointed; their beloved character is perfectly portrayed.

For those unfamiliar with the show on which the game is based, here is a quick rundown: The player takes on the role of Buffy Summers, a California high school girl who happens to be this generation’s slayer. She, along with her watcher Rupert Giles and her friends, conquers any evil that occurs in her town of Sunnydale.

One of the great things about this game is that it fits into the continuity of the show. Fans of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” will notice that the game takes place around the middle of the show’s third season. The actors from the show lend their voices to the game. Buffy herself is the only exception; though the voice of the actress used to portray Buffy has an uncanny resemblance to Sarah Michelle Gellar.

The fighting style in the game flows flawlessly. Gellar’s stunt double provided references for the fighting in the game, which is why the fighting seems so realistic. Fans of fighting games such as “Mortal Kombat” and “Street Fighter” will feel right at home with the controls, though by pressing certain button combinations, Buffy can perform special moves.

There is an extremely large arsenal of weapons Buffy can choose from to use in her battle against the demons. Chairs and tables can be broken to produce stakes, plus Buffy uses shovels, rakes, pool cues and holy water. The slayer even has a specially designed Super Soaker that she can equip with either holy water or hell fire. Since various objects in the game can be broken to produce weapons, Buffy is hardly ever left unarmed. This is extremely important since Buffy is often fighting three or more enemies at once.

The game-play in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is also very impressive. Players must fight their way through various levels while also solving some simple puzzles. The game is fairly linear, so it is almost impossible to get lost. The puzzles in the game only really consist of finding certain objects and placing them somewhere else.

The only thing negative about the game is that some of the bosses are difficult to defeat. Villains such as Spike can be taken down easily. However, some of the other bosses do not have obvious ways to be defeated. The enemy’s life force is almost always defeated; yet occasionally some “finishing moves” are needed to permanently kill the boss. Other than this one small flaw, the game is perfect. Fans of the show, as well as people who have never seen an “Buffy” episode, will greatly enjoy this game.