Buffy the Vampire Slayer video games, ranked from best to worst
Buffy the Vampire Slayer may have spawned several types of additional world-building media, but for some reason the series only got a few video game spin-offs before its reign had officially ended. The games made their homes everywhere from the Game Boy Color to the original Xbox, and there hasn't been a new Buffy game since 2009, when the last licensed Buffy title was sent out to store shelves.
No doubt if you're a Buffy fan you're still going to want to dig into all of what's out there, but where to start? Here are all the Buffy video games, ranked for your convenience from best to worst.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds (2003)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds released across several platforms: Xbox, PlayStation 2 and GameCube, though it was widely agreed that the GameCube version was the best of the three. Taking place during the fifth season of the show, it followed Buffy's discovery that Ethan Rayne has been struggling against the First, or the first incarnation of evil. Buffy and the Scooby Gang have to kill off a whole bunch of zombies, vampires, demons and other supernatural ne'er-do-wells to keep things from going awry in the real world. This game focuses heavily on alternate realities, which was an interesting twist for fans of the show who wanted to see certain enemies and characters again. The single-player mode was robust and exciting, and it also featured several multiplayer and special game modes as well. If you're looking to play a Buffy-related video game, Chaos Bleeds is your best bet.
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2002, Xbox)
This Xbox-only offering was the second Buffy game to be released, and it came out to mostly positive reviews from critics. It's not on the level of Chaos Bleeds but it's still very much an interesting adventure for Buffy fans. It follows Buffy as she goes out for some Slayer training with Giles and ends up having a nightmare about the Master. It's pretty paint-by-numbers as far as Buffy stories go, and by the end Buffy is tasked with taking out the Master via a mere 13 richly-detailed levels. You can also involve most of the Scooby Gang while playing and obtain additional weapons and skills as you play. The only real caveat is it's only for the original Xbox.
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Sacrifice (2009, Nintendo DS)
This Nintendo DS release never got a North American release, but lucky European gamers got a chance to play this handheld game that combines both first-person shooter and action platform elements. One of the Buffy writers, Rob Deshotel, penned the story for the game, which ended up taking place after the show's seventh season. 505 Games was able to create a decent follow-up to the show, featuring over 20 weapons for Buffy to wield across 24 levels and 12 locations. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on it you're in for a real treat, especially if you're the type of person who wonders what happens to your favorite characters after their time on TV ends.
4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wrath of the Darkhul King (2003, Game Boy Advance)
This Game Boy Advance game was set in the fourth season (like the next game on this list) and follows Buffy on patrol in the cemetery. While performing this task she happens upon a couple of henchmen who work for the Gentlemen and ends up having to tussle with them. It's a fairly uninspired platform action/adventure game, though it does feature an expressive Buffy and believable character models. It also features 16 levels to fight through, starting during Buffy's patrol through the cemetery and ending in the Temple of Shadows. Familiar faces abound, but this isn't that great of a game, especially if you're looking for deep characterization or uniquely Buffy content (save for some of the dialogue).
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2000, Game Boy Color)
As you might have already guessed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer for Game Boy Color isn't the cream of the crop, but it's better than the next game on the list. Not only was it released on Game Boy Color, but it only features eight levels set in the fourth season as Buffy is trying to relax and take a week off from classes. When a bunch of annoying vampires and demons come out from hiding, Buffy's got to get to work. It's essentially a side-scrolling platformer where you have to kill off all the vampires that descend upon Buffy. It's fairly uninspired, but if you happen to want a blast from the past, it's serviceable. You might be better served with the updated Game Boy Advance release, though.
6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Quest for Oz (2004, Mobile)
This is, objectively, the worst Buffy game out there, but not only because it was released on mobile devices before smartphones took over. It's just not very well-made, despite having an interesting premise with Buffy on a mission to rescue Oz from the evil Drusilla. You had to navigate Buffy through five levels of Drusilla's mansion, which didn't look anything like a property Drusilla would own. Terrible graphics, irritating controls and a swath of other issues made this one Buffy game to avoid.