I think SS4 is almost like everyone's favorite, even SS64 is out for
a while, people are still talking about SS4 this, SS4 that. And
sometimes even when people are asking question like 'Do you know any
good Haohmaru's combos' in the message board, we all have this
assumption that guy was talking SS4 Haohmaru's combo. Even SS64
is a later game than SS4 but SS4 is still the game people prefer to play
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I think this is the most beautiful game on the Neo Geo MVS, even
the special effects(such as lightning effect on moves) may not be as
well done as KOF97, but in terms of characters' artwork and frames
of animation, this is nicest looking piece of art on Neo Geo.
And also color coordination is very well done(SS2 is a bit too
colorful and SS3 is a bit dark).
The gameplay is almost as same as SS3, except it has more features in the game. One of the more creative
feature is the 'Rage Explosion', by pressing ABC, you'll then have the
option to use either ABC combo or BCD fatal slash. To me,
the 'Rage explosion' is one of the highlight features in the game,
in other hands, the 14-slash combo is just a dull creation. Button
pressing combos may seem boring in the first place, but after realizing
that you can do a special moves during the 14-slash combos made it
a lot more interesting than it seems.
It's a good thing that in SS4 they have more characters than SS3.
But the thing is they have about same amount of special moves as SS3.
(Geez, in KOF, almost every character has a new move every year)
Also one of the thing I don't like about the game is the bad
AI system they have, for example, you can jump from a short distance
from Genjuro and lure him to do a uppercut and you counter him right
after he does the uppercut. Well, this is only the computer AI,
when you play with human players, you'll certainly get more fun
out of this game.
Now SS4 is the kind of fighting game that provides good musics,
well, other than the same good old Nakoruru, Rimururu and Galford
theme, I think they compossed they best and the coolest boss, the
Amakusa's theme(Zankuro's theme is pretty good too). I think the
Amakusa's theme is the coolest theme among all the SNK games,
actually, among all the fighting games.
Although it may be almost everyone's favorite, but it doesn't mean
this is the best Samurai Shodown or the other way around. It has
flaws, however this game has proven that SS series is one
of the best fighting game series .