Skullgirls, a combination of the unique art of Alex "o_8" Ahad and gameplay genius of renowned tournament champion Mike "Mike Z" Zaimont, gives players control of fierce female warriors in an extraordinary Dark Deco world. As a fully featured downloadable title, Skullgirls brings back the open ended combo system and fast pace of classic, 2D arcade fighters along with a single player story mode for its all new cast of characters. High resolution hand drawn sprites, unequaled frames of animation per character, the first real time lighting system for a 2D fighter, a comprehensive training mode, and GGPO netcode all challenge set expectations for the genre. Variable team size and the choose-your-own assist custom Ensemble improve upon the older, sometimes forgotten innovations of other games. For high-level players, Skullgirls attempts to solve some common fighting game "features" with an Infinite Prevention System and unblockable protection.
- Developer: Reverge Labs, LLC
- Publishers: Autumn Games, Konami
- Art Team: Alex Ahad (project lead, creative director), Mariel Kinuko Cartwright (animation lead), Jonathan "Persona" Kim
- Programming Team: Mike Zaimont (project lead, proprietary engine designer), Ian Cox, Ben Moise, Emil Dotchevski
- Development Team: Peter "Ravidath" Bartholow (community manager, producer, designer)
- Composer: Michiru Yamane
- Voice Director: Cristina Vee
- Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
- Release Date: April 11, 2012 (Xbox 360), April 10, 2012 (Playstation 3), Unknown (PC)
These non-playable characters appear in Story Mode only. Bosses provide a challenge for a single players against an overpowering AI opponent.
Confirmed DLC Characters
Before the game was signed to a publisher, Skullgirls had a proposed cast of 8 playable characters. While most are in the starting cast the remaining two have been promised as early DLC.
Several characters in the Skullgirl's universe have appeared in various forms as concept art, as background characters, or in forum posts and interviews from the game's designers. All of them could eventually appear as playable DLC characters, in story mode, or even as something never seen before in a fighting game.
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- Single Player: Select difficulty easy/normal/hard and beat up the computer.
- Story: Play a single character through regular matches, additional cut scenes, boss fights, and an ending.
- Arcade: Play a team of characters through regular matches, boss fights, and an ending.
- Versus: A 1v1 match between two players.
- Local: Versus mode between two players on one console.
- Online: Versus mode with an opponent from the PSN or Xbox Live network.
- Training: Learn to play here!
- Tutorials: Missions, types, difficulty.
- Practice Room: Play with infinite life and meter against a defenselessness practice dummy, adjust it's settings, practice combos with hit stun bars, and check out hit boxes.
Controls and Notation
Skullgirls uses directional inputs and 6 default attack buttons for gameplay. The six buttons are light punch, medium punch, heavy punch, light kick, medium kick, and heavy kick. All characters have standing, crouching, and jumping versions of their normal moves associated with the 6 buttons. Button and directional inputs combine for command normals, special moves, Blockbusters, and all other commands.
In character move lists, this guide will use the Shoryuken.com Wiki's default symbols to represent button commands. For written sections LP, MP, HP, LK, MK, and HK will abbreviate the buttons. Street Fighter series players may know these buttons as jab, strong, fierce, short, forward, and roundhouse, but those terms will not appear in this guide.
For directional inputs, this guide will use the default wiki symbols whenever possible. For written sections, unicode arrows will represent the 8 vertical, horizontal, and diagonal directions. Many Street Fighter, King of Fighters, and Tekken series players use f, b, d, and u to abbreviate forward, back, down, and up directional inputs. Many Guilty Gear, Blaz Blue, and Virtua Fighter players prefer a keypad based notation to represent all 8 directions and neutral. Both are shown here for new Skullgirls players with experience in other fighting games.
This guide will also use the Shoryuken.com Wiki symbols for directional motions required by special moves and Blockbusters. All of these commands are common to 2D fighters.
The following techniques, allowing basic movement, defense, and offense, are available to all characters.
- → and ← = Walk forward and back
- →→ OR PP and ←← OR ←+PP = Dash or run forward and back
- ↖ OR ↑ OR ↗ = Jump and double jump
- ↓ then ↑ = Super jump
- air →→ = Air dash
- LP+LK and air LP+LK = Normal throws
- Hold ← OR ↙ = Block
- While in blockstun, PP = Pushblock
- When knocked down, hold ← or → and press any button = Ground recovery
- While being thrown, LP+LK = Throw tech
- LP+MK OR LK+MP = Ensemble attack from the second-in-line character
- MP+HK OR MK+HP = Ensemble attack from the third-in-line character
- MP+MK = Tag out with a tag in attack from the second-in-line character
- HP+HK = Tag out with a tag in attack from the third-in-line character
- QCF + MP+MK OR QCF + HP+HK = Outtake
- While in blockstun, → + MP+MK or → + HP+HK = Stunt Double
- During a Blockbuster, perform any Blockbuster from the the next-in-line character = Blockbuster Sequel
- Character Select Screen: Team Size, Color Selection, Ensemble Selection, Stage Selection
- Gameplay Screen: Round Start, HUD, Combo Counter, Pause, End of Round, End of Match
- Life and Damage: Team Size, Recoverable Damage, Chip Damage, Damage Scaling
- Dramatic Tension: Gaining Dramatic Tension, Using Dramatic Tension