Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire (alternatively called Darkstalkers 3) was released in arcades in 1997. Vampire Savior is the third installment in the Darkstalkers' series and featured four new characters. The game also spawned two updated titles, Vampire Hunter 2 and Vampire Savior 2, with both being released several months after the Vampire Savior. Originally, Capcom had planned to release the game as Darkstalkers: Jedah's Damnation outside of Japan.
For home console releases outside of Japan, the series was titled Darkstalkers 3. The game would later be bundled with Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge as Darkstalkers Resurrection on Playstation Network and XBox Live.
Jedah, one of the high nobles of Makai, is resurrected after a premature death long ago. Seeing the state of the demon world, he decides that the only way to save the world is to recreate it. To this end, he conjures a dimension known as Majigen, to which he summons worthy souls to feed his new world. As luck would have it, those souls belong to the Night Warriors from the first two games, in addition to three newcomers.
The game retains the character roster of Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge, though omitting Donovan, Huitzil and Pyron from the lineup. Taking their place are four new characters; Jedah Dohma, Lilith, Q-Bee and Baby Bonnie Hood. Vampire Savior eschews the traditional round-based system in favor of what is dubbed Damage Gauge System; battles take place during a period of one round with each fighter having two "life markers" (by default) which are diminished after one's life bar is completely emptied (similar to Rare's Killer Instinct). The player can also regain a portion of their life during battle if they avoid taking any further damage. The game also introduces the Dark Force System which allows players to activate special abilities unique to each character for a limited period of time and deal permanent, irrevocable damage.
Console ports of the game feature the original Dark Force, titled Dark Force Change and the ability to select Dark Force Power from Vampire Hunter 2 and Vampire Savior 2. Dark Force Power requires two levels of the characters' super bar, damage done during Dark Force Power cannot to be healed and certain EX attacks become slightly more powerful. Many of the console ports restore Donovan, Huitzil and Pyron, who were left out of the original arcade release, presumably due to memory storage constraints. A character customization mode "Original Character" enabled the player to unlock features of additional art gallery or additional options, such as the EX options which allows for the Vampire Savior gameplay style with elements from Vampire Savor 2 or Vampire Hunter 2 in terms of music, design, and match-ups in both Original Character and Arcade Modes to use the same style as the mode it is currently set on.
The English version also includes a full translation of the ending used in Vampire Savior 2 and Vampire Hunter 2 for Arcade Mode which switched to this version in EX Options.
- Demitri Maximoff
- Hsien-Ko (Lei-Lei in Japan)
- Jon Talbain (Gallon in Japan)
- Lord Raptor (Zabel Zarock in Japan)
- Morrigan Aensland
- Rikuo (Aulbath in Japan)
- Victor von Gerdenheim
Console port characters
This game was ported to the Sega Saturn and to the Sony PlayStation (as Darkstalkers 3 in USA, Europe. Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire Ex Edition in Japan). These home ports retained Donovan, Huitzil and Pyron in the roster, and included the special "what-ifs" revisions of the game, Vampire Hunter 2 and Vampire Savior 2, with proper localizations. Originally the series was to be ported as Darkstalkers: Jedah's Damnation outside of Japanese arcades. The title screen is present in the original arcade ROM but only available when hacking the game.
On March 12, 2013, Capcom and Iron Galaxy released Darkstalkers Resurrection. Resurrection featured HD filters and additional content. The game bundled the original Night Warriors and Vampire Savior. Both games remained more true to their original arcade releases, with Vampire Savior lacking Pyron, Huitzil and Donovan and Marionette.
- Vampire Savior may be the only game so far to use the game's Japanese title for a global release, but it is not the only one by Capcom to have done so, albeit with caveats.
- In Southeast Asian and Hispanic regions, the Street Fighter Alpha series uses the Japanese title of the series, Street Fighter Zero, yet its language is set in English (or Spanish, in Hispanic releases).
- Unlike the first two games, Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors and Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge, which displayed the names of the winning fighters onscreen at the end of a match, Vampire Savior reverted to the more traditional "You Win" and "You Lose" messages that are used in the Street Fighter series.
- In home releases, it is evident Pyron and Donovan's character and victory portraits came from a single artwork source, whereas other characters (particularly, Huitzil, who remained in development and had artworks allocated until being excised in the arcade build) used unique artworks for each. Even the elusive Dee, upon release, used distinct artwork for character and victory portraits.
- Some of the endings are only "What If" scenarios rather than true endings that are official parts of the story while others currently remain unknown. The only thing that has truly been confirmed to be canon at the end of Vampire Savior is that Morrigan and Lilith fused with each other, it hasn't been confirmed who won the match but only that they merged back into one.
- In the Audio Drama CD of the game, there's an audio track of Jedah and Demitri engaged in combat, with the ending heavily implying Demitri's defeat and demise in the hands of Jedah. It is currently unknown if this event is canon.
- Other characters that have no definitive canon outcome in the story include Pyron, Donovan (and by extension, Dee), and Huitzil.
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