Review – Samurai Shodown is a journey through time

by Nathan Dutil

Marcelo Jabulas @mjabulas – In the early 90s, fighting games invaded arcades. Titles like Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat have established themselves as the legitimate successors of pinball machines. The Japanese SNK competed with Capcom in the arcade market. At that time, Fatal Fury was their big franchise. However, the company saw that it could expand its title base, with one element that had yet to appear in games: Blades. Amourai Shodown arrived in 1993 and quickly became a hit. A fighting game with Japanese warriors equipped with swords was something very different from the punches and kicks of Ken Masters, Terry Bogard, or Johnny Cage. The bet paid off so well that around twenty games in the franchise were released, including an RPG. I remember that a neighbor, who had traveled to Rio de Janeiro, arrived with the news. I first played the Super Nintendo version and found the game to be sensational. The use of swords allowed greater distance to opponents, a strategic advantage for those who always took a fleeing Shoryuken. I had a rare opportunity to play on Neo Geo, which was the PS5 at the time. This gigantic joystick, which reproduced the controls of the machines, is something that I would like to have in my hands to play this new game.

All new

Last year SNK released a new edition for PS4 and later on Switch, Google Arcadia and, of course, arcade. Now the game appears in the Epic Games Store catalog, in the PC version, for R $ 95. Samurai Shodown also adopted the graphics of the Cel shading pattern, which is a 3D style with a cartoon aesthetic. Games like Borderlands and Street Fighter IV adopt this style. The look is very cool and very faithful to the old games which use pixel art in their composition.

Parcel

Today every fighting game has a story. In fact, he always has. It turns out that before it was just a short text that no one was ready to read. Today the game has a story mode, which takes place between the original game and the fifth episode. The plot takes place in Japan (obviously), at the end of the 18th century. The warriors unite against a dark force in the region. The game appropriates elements of rich Japanese folklore and mythology.

Game

Leaving aside the stories, the game offers the classic gameplay of the series. Combos, special moves, power bar follow the playbook of fighting games, which have evolved over the past 30 years. As this is a PC version, it is possible to play on the keyboard, but the ideal is to have a joystick.

in line

Playing online has never been my strong suit. The point is, I never find someone my level to play with and it’s frustrating. Whether in Street, Mortal or Injustice it’s always the same. With Samurai Shodown it was no different, I was beaten like a dog in most fights. I only won three. The percentage is a shame that I will not share.

requirements

To run the game you don’t need a very powerful machine, but it is recommended at least an Intel Core i5 processor, 2 GB of RAM and only 12 GB of storage and Windows 7. However, it is essential that you have a good graphics card, such as an NVidia GTX 560. But to extract maximum performance, the ideal is to have a high-end card like a GeForce RTX, which will guarantee maximum performance. But if your friend doesn’t have all that firepower, know that SNK has also just released a collection, with older games in the series, which runs smoothly even on the most modest machines. I will tell you more about this collection later in another article.

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