We purchased this on release day, brought it home and was almost immediately disappointed. Although the graphics are great the story is lacking and the characters aren't up to par. They have basically the same characters as previous games with very few additions. My favorite character is Kilik who (on the 360 version) is an unlockable character which I expected would mean he was great. Instead, they made him a "mimic" which means he DOES NOT use his own move set when you play as him. From stage to stage he takes on other characters move sets and weapons...this was very upsetting. They spent so much time making the extra stuff that they cut short on main characters. Right from the start it is extremely difficult which I normally appreciate but this was too difficult in "normal". Nightmare as the boss in arcade mode was very frustrating because he would spam me right off and I couldn't even get off the floor which let's be honest, should NOT be the case in any game. I did manage to beat him using most of the faster, longer reach characters. Lizardman character somehow gained these huge "angelic" wings that he uses and cannot be blocked against. This game more than it's previous versions had one major frustration... when you are destroying your CP apposition (say Nightmare), they will be at the brink of death and all of a sudden receive a power up which allows them to use a finishing move...basically crippling and in some cases completely killing you. The saving grace of this game is the character creation. They did a wonderful job here. They expanded SO much since SC4. They allow you to add patterns, stickers, tattoos, etc to any part of the body and even the clothing/armor! They are still lacking in the voices area but it can be overlooked. I did find an interesting glitch though. I built a male character with Ivy's move set and when I fought with him, in the middle of a grappling move her voice would break through for only a split second but it happened every time I hit that move. All in all, it's nothing special. Graphics are great, creation is great but game play was majorly lacking. I wish I had waited to buy it once the price went down because it was NOT worth $65. Save your money and rent it before you buy it.
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