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Looking for a Neo∙Geo portover with some power to it? Keep looking. Although this Sega CD version of Samurai Shodown is enjoyable, it isn't as polished or good looking as it should be.
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Based on the arcade smash from more than two years ago, Samurai Shodown is yet another Japanese two-player fighting game. You play as one of eleven fighters (the twelfth original fighter, Earthquake, was removed) in a fight-to-the-death battle.
You have a unique mix of fighters, too, from a foil- wielding female fencer to a dog-wielding American ninja. Each fighter is armed with razor-sharp weaponry and some fancy, screen-bursting special moves.
The graphics are eye catching but flawed at times. Crisp, dean, colorful animation is often interrupted by slowdown, missing frames of animation, and clunky moves. Also missing is the SNK trademark of scaling in and out of the background.
The game also suffers from long load times. The game accesses the disc between rounds, after a win, and when you're waiting for a friend to join. You'll see the "Disc Access" symbol more than any actual fighting.
The sound and music are disappointing. The eerie Japanese-sounding music is everywhere, but the effects sound like nasal reproductions from the arcade game.
Game control is a breeze if you have a six-button controller. Three buttons for fierce, medium, and light slashes and three more for fierce, medium, and light kicks make guiding your fighters a snap.
- Kyoshiro's Fire Attack can be deadly, but with the correct timing, you can jump over it and hit him.
- Air attacks cause more damage to your foe.
- The Medium Punch button produces some low-blow slashing. Use it if you miss a dose opponent with an attack.
Shodown at the So-So Corral
Ultimately, one major oversight enhances this game's faults: It's nearly three years old! Samurai Shodown II has already been in the arcades for a year and this portover has missed the boat.
There are better fighting games out there. You just have to wave your sword a bit to find them.
- When fighting as Gen-An, get close and press Fierce Punch for this devastating corkscrew attack.
- Your kicks and punches seem to have more power when you're unarmed.
- The basics work well here. Throw a projectile, and then follow it in with a blistering special attack.
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