Samurai Shodown
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Sega Saturn SSRPG

Reviewed by C.K. Gan

It has been over a year since I first got this game. Frankly speaking, this could be the worst RPG I've ever played. Well, don't get me wrong, this is not a bad RPG at all. It's just that among the list of super famous RPGs I have played(final fantasy series, Grandia, Arc the Lad and so on), SSRPG just happen to be the worst RPG for the overall presentation. Even though I think this is not as good of a RPG compare to others, well the irony is I replayed this game the most(3 times already).

As I said, this could not be a great RPG, but it's fairly fun and enjoyable. I remember the time before this game was out, I was dreaming about the game all the time, I mean I actually dreamt about the game. You know, dreaming about walking around in some medieval Japan, with Japanese stlye lamppost and cherry blossom everywhere. For one thing, this RPG has a different settings than other RPG for a change. When I first got the game, it didn't turn out to be what I had expected, but it's not a dissapointment, it's very satisfying indeed. I actually like the game a lot.

The only biggest flaw in the game is the loading time, going thru houses or castles take 3-5 seconds to load, and every battle takes about 7-8 seconds.

Other than the bad loading time, everything is good in the game. The musics here are great, all of those japanese tune are very nice to hear and easy listening(no annoying tunes in this game). The graphics and artwork in the game are nice, especially in the battle. I was surprised that every different moves or spells that the character does in the battle, the animation for the moves have so many frames. Well, this is the only 2D RPG I've ever seen that has so many animation for the moves and slashing in the battle.

As you may have already known, the game is based on the fighting game, Samurai Shodown 1 & 2. For a fighting game, the Samurai Shodown series consider to have a very deep and involving story lines in the game. Nevertheless, as for a RPG, it seems rather dull & plain in the story development. Well, if you are a Samurai Shodown fans, the characters in the game will be very familiar to you. Even if you are not a fan, the cast of Samurai Shodown characters could be rather interesting and 'cool' to you.

Although you need a fair understanding of Japanese in order to play this game. But hey, if you are a Samurai Shodown fans, this is a 'must-buy' game! Overall, I would give this game an 8.0 out of 10.

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