Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2002 video game)
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
|Developer(s)||The Collective, Inc.|
|Composer(s)||Steven von Kampen
|Genre(s)||Horror/beat 'em up|
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 2002 Xbox video game addition to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise. It is the second video game of the franchise to be released, though the earliest in terms of setting and the first for a console. The novella and dialogue of the game were written by Christopher Golden and Thomas Sniegoski, with additional dialogue provided by Richard Hare.
Set in the third season between "Revelations" and "Lovers Walk." The ancient demon Lybach comes up with a plan to build a bridge between Hell and Earth to lead a demon army to destroy the world. In order to do so, the demon possesses Drusilla and forces Spike to do everything he plans. As part of the plan, Lybach has Spike resurrect The Master as a phantom to build the bridge from the Earth side with the aid of three demons known as the Dreamers. Buffy and her friends try to stop this, but fail in preventing the resurrection of the Master though they succeed in killing one of the Dreamers. However, this does not dissuade the Master who possesses Angel and enacts a plan to use the remaining Dreamers' powers to build the bridge. Fed up with being used, Spike switches sides to Buffy and her friends, explains the plan to them and leads them to the Master/Angel. Buffy and Willow manage to exorcise the Master from Angel while Xander and Giles exorcise Lybach from Drusilla. However, the Master is not destroyed and escapes with a mystical artefact needed to complete the plan and Spike and Drusilla flee. Needing to stop the Master once and for all, Buffy assaults the Master's church and is thrown into another dimension where she battles through a maze to the Dreamers. Buffy kills the Dreamers, foiling the plan and is returned to the church where she faces off against the Master for a final time. Giles, Angel, Cordelia, Willow and Xander cast a spell that makes the Master corporeal for periods of time and Buffy kills him again, destroying his spirit this time. The group escapes the collapsing church and celebrate at the Bronze before Buffy must head out to slay another vampire, her work never done.
There are 13 levels in the game.
- Spanish Mission
- Sunnydale High
- The Bronze
- Sunnydale Cemetery
- The Mausoleum
- The Sunken Church
- Angel's Mansion
- Sunnydale Docks
- Return to Sunnydale High
- The Foundry
- Return to the Sunken Church
- The Dreamer's Realm
- The Apse
In addition, between missions Buffy and her friends meet in the Sunnydale High School library. During these meetings, Buffy can learn more of the story, get new weapons from Xander, learn new fighting moves from Giles and gain increased health and 'Slayer Power' from Willow.
- David Boreanaz: Angel
- Nicholas Brendon: Xander Harris
- Charisma Carpenter: Cordelia Chase
- D. C. Douglas: The Master
- Alyson Hannigan: Willow Rosenberg
- Anthony Stewart Head: Rupert Giles
- Giselle Loren: Buffy Summers
- James Marsters: Spike
- Tony Menke: Brent
- Scott L. Schwartz: Biker Vamp
- Vladimir Tevlovski: Other Voices
Production and release
The game was re-released as part of the Xbox Classics series.
- While Buffy the Vampire Slayer was advertised as a single-player game, it has a hidden multiplayer mode, apparently for debugging purposes.
- The game starts with a variation of the expository narrative that was featured in the early Buffy episodes, as well as a variation on the opening titles sequence. However, both of these are made up of game footage.
Reception and Sales
The game received generally positive reviews. GameRankings gave it a score of 80.55%, while Metacritic gave it 79 out of 100. Ryan MacDonald, writing for GameSpot, gave the game a score of 8.3 out of 10 concluding that it "is a terrific action game that has a great mix of multiple gameplay types and a great story."
The Cincinnati Enquirer gave it a score of four stars out of five and stated that "Video games based on TV franchises don't always live up to the shows that inspired them. Fortunately, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an exception." Entertainment Weekly gave it a B and said that "as vampire videogames go, Slayer doesn't suck." However, Maxim gave it seven out of ten and called it "eye-popping".
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