SAMURAI SHODOWN II



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SAMURAI SHODOWN II's review

by Peter Warrior

The original Neo Geo fighting game

8.4
  • Playing SS2 on your mobile? Heck, yes!
  • Characters and landscapes
  • Smooth gameplay
  • Over-priced

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"Ippon!"

Samurai Shodown (or Samurai Spirits) was one of the most popular 2D fighting franchises at the time, and there are still discussions on which was the best, if the second or the fourth part of the series. It moved away from other coetaneous thanks to its brutality (you could be defeated by two hits and bleed to death on screen), the pinpoint accuracy and timing needed to master the game and the fact that characters wielded weapons and could be disarmed under specific circumstances. It was a fighting game for pro-gamers, where there was no place for noobs smashing buttons at random.

Nearly twenty years later it lands in the store with a striking price tag while being, over all, the same game from head to toe. The same characters, the same scenarios and the same charismatic foes. A few moves from subsequent Samurai Shodown games have been added, namely those to move around dodging fireballs, and there's an easy control mode to perform super-attacks.

The most relevant feature is the chance to play against a friend via Bluetooth (hey, this is what we were looking for!); however, its price is a big flaw, especially if we take into account that there are several emulators around and it's been released for some seventh generation consoles.

There was a way to fight against the referee back in Neo Geo times. If someone gets it on mobile, would you be as kind as to reach us and tell us how?

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Jul 12, 2013

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