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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Electronic Arts Buffy the Vampire Slayer
by Electronic Arts

Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Teen
ASIN: B00005V6BG

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• Third-person action-adventure based on the TV series
• You must eliminate vampires and other demonic creatures
• Fight a range of enemies including Spike, the Master, and Drusilla
• Richly detailed environments include Sunnydale High School and the Bronze nightclub
• Effects include morphing creatures and eldritch explosions Product Description: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the first third-person action-adventure game based on the international hit TV series. Players take on the role of Buffy Summers, a 17-year-old high-school student who must balance adolescent growing pains with the responsibility of being the Chosen One. As the slayer, Buffy eliminates vampires and other demonic creatures that threaten the world's existence. It's up to you to save the human race from being "drained" during this devilish time.

Fortunately, Buffy is not alone. Her friends help her solve mysteries and watch her back. Fans of the series will recognize the voices of favorite characters including Angel, Xander, Willow, Cordelia, Spike, the Master, and Giles.

Players fight a range of enemies including Spike, the Master, Drusilla, demons, zombies, and other supernatural creatures that threaten mankind. All of Buffy's favorite haunts are richly detailed: Sunnydale High School, the cemetery, the Bronze nightclub, and the library, which is the portal that sits atop the Hellmouth. Special supernatural effects such as morphing creatures, eldritch explosions, dynamic fogging, and arcane spell casting enhance the dark, mythical setting of the game. An intelligent combat system allows enemies to perform counterattacks and learn from character's fighting techniques.

From the Manufacturer: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a third-person action/adventure game based on the international hit television series. Players take on the role of Buffy Summers, a 17-year-old high school student who must balance adolescent growing pains with the responsibility of being the "Chosen One" to rid vampires and other demonic creatures that threaten the world's existence. It's up to Buffy to save the world from vampires and demons and to save the human race from being "drained" from this devilish plan.

Customer Reviews:
Welcome to Buffy's slayground., November 10, 2002
Reviewer: Timothy E. Jones from Phila., PA USA
For me, the game is thorroughly entertaining and follows many of the characters to a "T", including Angel and Cordelia as the were in Season Three of Buffy, with Angel being Buffy's lover, and Cordelia contstantly trying to underplay Buffy's heroics. The characters even look like the actual characters as played by SMG, Allison Hannigan and the others, in almost an earily realistic way. The characters lines are smooth and very realistic, making the characters the most realistic looking characters in video games to date.

What's the game about? Well, in assuning that you're somewhat vaguely familiar with Buffy, (and shame if you're not) two old enemies of Buffy's return; Spike (before he and Dru broke up, and before the leash was put on Spike) and the Master(who was killed in the season 1 finale). It seems as though the Master is using Spike to help him pick up right where the Master left off...on trying to bring Hell to Earth, and Buffy must go on a quest to stop the Master, and eventually saved the Earth from Hell...again.

Of course, all of the witty banter and insults that were popular in the series are in the game, and there are tons of weapons that Buffy can use, including a water gun that squirts both Holy Water and Hellfire, a razor-sharp blade that can be either a hand-held weapon or a boomerang, but nothing beats a good old stake through the heart. Of course you can just use the very elements around you to kill the demons, my favorite is kicking a vampire against an overturned table, or a oil drum that automatically explodes when broken.

Of course, Spike and the Master aren't the only vampires who are in the game. There is an endless army of vampires and demons, demon dogs, flesh eating spiders and other things that make Buffy say "gross".

I'm hoping that they put out a sequel to the game in time for next fall, maybe next time using characters from the later seasons, as I sadly missed Dawn and Anya in the game.

This game is fun., November 7, 2002
Reviewer: Sandi from Ontario Canada
I rented this game because I was bored and needed something to do. I'm not a fan of Buffy but there was nothing left at Blockbuster. Well, I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this game. On the downside, she has a number of sayings that she repeats constantly and that can get a little annoying. Other than that, the game was great. Don't be throw off by the 'Buffy' title. It's really a fun game.

really 4.5 stars, October 27, 2002
Reviewer: Denisha Young from Bear, DE United States
this game is pretty cool, i bought it at amazon because of the good price and it was well worth it. this game is full of action and adventure. i recommend it for everyone, even the non-buffy tv show watchers.

i admit i don't watch the show, but the game is cool. i must say that the dialogue from buffy is repetitive and corny. but overall the fighting system is great and you won't regret it.

Great game and now even better deal at $30!!!, October 24, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Appleton, WI United States
For starters, I was a little surprised that Buffy dropped to $30 so soon after release, that usually happens only to the overhyped games that "blow"...This is definately not the case with BTVS.

I bought it full priced on its release date and have gotten a lot of enjoyment out of playing it and still do (I'm currently really stuck in the "dreamlands") ... The most important point I want to make is that there is enough to this game that I haven't gotten bored and given up on it like I've done with certain other female action/adventure based games that resemble BTVS only in so far as they both have females who "Kick and Climb"...

BTVS has a secret 2-player arena mode that can be found at most gamecheat websites, as well as the not-so-secret option to go back to any level previously played if you just feel like kicking some vampire butt or playing a little "What would happen if .."

I recommend BTVS to anyone who can appreciate the humor of the series/genre.

I don't get the high marks., October 23, 2002
Reviewer: Dan Cramer from San Diego, CA USA
I know the show deserves its wild popularity. I'm a big fan. But, this game is dreadful. The graphics and fighting are based on old technology. I figure that the engine isn't even as sophisticated as the original Tomb Raider (how many years ago was that?) And, the game has absolutely no challenge. There is only one path to follow, so the whole thing amounts to walking down a straight line, pounding on some baddies and listening to the two or three quips "Buffy" has in her arsenal. The cut scenes where we see the other characters are incredibly droll because, again, the conversation is entirely linear. You go to any character, press the button, watch a dialogue. Repeat. There's no variance depending on the order you speak to the characters nor any options on what you say to them.

... AMAZING, October 20, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Goleta, CA USA
This game RULES!!! The graphics are fantastic. The action phenomanal...

Good adventure and lots of hidden secrets. The Master is tough but once conquered you actually feel like you have accomplished something.

I like that you can interrupt the movie because once you have seen it then you have seen it and all you really need is the action!

I cannot wait for the sequel!!!

Buffy Rocks, October 16, 2002
Reviewer: gauvaine from Carson City, Nv USA
This game rocked. The storyline was great, the graphics were fantastic and the gameplay was fast, fluid and unrelenting. Getting the combinations and moves was easy and didn't take any time at all and the Reaper is the ultimate weapon, especially with the Wing attached to it. I had some issues on the ability to save games in certain spots and not where it dictated. Often, you would get a long way through a level and end up dying and having to start all over again from the beginning. This got frustrating, especially in the Master's lair in the old Church and on the docks. I had to play through those 20 times to finally get through. That was my only quibble. It's never a dull moment and the fighting sequences were fantastic and the controls were easy to use. I highly recommend this game for anyone who likes Buffy or doesn't. It still is a great game.

excellent, October 15, 2002
Reviewer: Ginny Gragg from TX
This is the best game since Halo and Morrowind. The graphics are superb and the storyline is awesome. The actors/actresses all do a great job, it's just like watching an episode of Buffy. The fighting engine is great and the camera doesn't cause too much trouble. A must for all BtVS fans.

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