Vanguard Princess is a new 2D fighting game developed by Suge9, rumored to be a former Capcom employee. With a unique system and vibrant graphics, it challenges the shackles of restraint imposed upon it by Fighter Maker, blazing a higher standard for doujin fighting games everywhere!
Government experiments on a young girl triggered a cosmic shock wave that gifted many young girls with mystical powers. She re-emerges into the world and vows to destroy all of mankind in an act of revenge. A brave group of girls who embraced their powers head to the battlefield to confront her; not just for the sake of the world, but to pursue their own personal motives and dreams.
Windows 2000/XP/Vista (with DirectX 7.0)
Pentium III 400MHz, 128MB RAM
Graphics card with 32MB video RAM
400MB hard disk space
4-button game controller (Optional)
If I’m honest i was looking forward to this game, a lot. I donâ€™t generally like these sort of games, TBH i donâ€™t really like brawlers in general. Games like Tekken, Street fighter, DOA have never really appealed to me.
Yet this one had something about it that frankly grabbed me, sure itâ€™s â€˜anime styledâ€™ which is certainly a big plus. But itâ€™s also got a Skullgirls vibe coming from it which really did make me want to play it. So when i was asked to review it i was like a kid in a candy store told he could have whatever he wanted.
Sadly, right from the outset i had concerns about the game, and not with itâ€™s play style or graphics. When you download the game your given a link to download site, which is only valid for 24hours, this makes me worry about recovering the game if your computer dies or something.
Itâ€™s a small download, but size isnâ€™t relevant when it comes it games TBH. The problem however comes from the DRM used. Your given a code to install the game, but for whatever reason the DRM just wouldnâ€™t work on my machine. It was stuck in a loop of authorising then asking for the code. Tried running it in compatibility mode, safe mode, UAC off, Firewall and VC off, everything i could think off and still a no go.
TBH this is why indie dev.’s should never use DRM on their release, especially with the number of options available as a distribution method are growing. For example, getting onto Steam these days is hard (unless youâ€™ve published there before). However sites like Gamers Gate, Green Man Gaming and Gamefly offer alternatives to DRM. They all use a mild form of DRM in the form of a downloader or client which removes the need for Dev.â€™s to use annoying flaky DRM.
As things stand I’ve not been able to get the game to launch, I will keep trying and if i ever do get it to run I’ll revisit the review. Since i do think this is a game i could really get into and enjoy.
The game is currently on sale on the EManga website for $5 which is a steal. Given the price point I’d say itâ€™s worth the gamble if you like this style of game. I know some people who use the same OS as me that have had no issues running the game, and others who run into the same problem as me. Itâ€™s most likely a software clash, but since I’ve no idea which progy I’ve got installed thatâ€™s causing it I canâ€™t really fix it.
However at this price, itâ€™s worth the risk, itâ€™s the price of a coffee and will give you more hours of enjoyment
Edit: Okay quick edit, the version of the game being offered on EManga is 1.1, however according to the eigoMANGA twitter:
@amoirsp It’s our own version localized from 1.08. Hilda is a playable character and bugs from 1.08 were fixed
â€” eigoMANGA (@eigoMANGA) May 20, 2013
The game has advanced a lot, which most likely means bug fixes to the authorisation issue. Hopefully EManga release the updated version of the game soon
Edit2: DMP already got back to me saying theyâ€™re looking into it, so expect a proper review as soon as I’m able to