Samurai Shodown


Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 5

Sound: 3

Gameplay: 8

Overall: 5

What happened here? We have a more powerful console, the magical CD format, and this pales in comparison to the standard AES/MVS cart?? It plays accurately, but there is no excuse (or logical explanation) for everything else wrong with this port.

There's no need to discuss how this game plays. You'll get all the info you need by looking over the review of the Neo Geo version. Rest assured, this is still a great game and the second best fighter available for the system (right behind Super SFII), with everything in place. Aesthetically, everything falls apart.

First and foremost, there is no reason NOT include support for a 6-button controller for those of us who own one. In order to perform a kick, you must press and hold the right trigger, then press the appropriate face button. No, it's not a terrible control scheme for those with a 3-button, but at least give players an option.

All the animation, nauseating scaling effect, and backgrounds have been included, but something happened along the way. Mainly, the frame rate took a major hit. It might not be all that noticeable to those who have never played the Geo version (or any other version for that matter), but it's simply not comprehendible as to why this doesn't rum smoothly like it's counterparts. Even the Genesis version ran perfectly! It can be enjoyed even with this flaw, but you have to consider the hardware capabilities with things like this.

If this wasn't bad enough, the voices and sound effects have been tortured. Imagine talking through a paper bag, lined with a thin layer of metal, all the while having water in your mouth. Yeah, it's that bad. The music has been faithfully ported (exactly, no noticeable improvements here), but is there any logical reason as to why the voices and sound effects were butchered like this?

If this is your only choice, then go for it. The game still plays like a dream, and they might not be noticeable to anyone who never played the "real" version. Anyone else, stay away.... at least turn down the volume or maybe hit the mute button. Yeah, definitely the mute button.


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