Sega CD SS1
Chuck The Usurper
Here's a game from a while back that still manages to thoroughly
entertain me even now. The first game in the Samurai Shodown
franchise from SNK, as ported to the Sega CD by JVC (huh?! JVC?
What happened to Takara?)
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Y'know, I bought this version of the game in the first place
because I figured it would be the best one out of the different
systems I had (Genesis, SNES, Sega CD), but alas, twas not to be.
First of all, for some unknown reason, Earthquake is missing form
this version, just like the Genesis version. So if you want to
play as Earthquake, you have to go with the SNES version. My
other complaint is that the loading times are a bit excessive,
although they won't make you tear your hair out.
Other than those gripes, this is a pretty faithful translation.
Considering that the development team had to cram this rather
large game onto a Sega CD disc, the results are pretty satisfying.
The graphics are about on a par with the SNES version, the sound is
great, and slowdown is nonexistent.
Overall, a solid conversion of a timelessly fun game. It's not
perfect, but you could do a lot worse.
Anyone who is interested in this game, and is trying to choose
between the Genesis & Sega CD versions would do well to get the
CD, but it's pretty hard to find nowadays, and Earthquake calls
the SNES home.
Final Score: 7 out of 10