Samurai Shodown NEOGEO Collection Reviews
All in all this is a solid collection of an excellent series of games.
If you’re a fan of the series then owning this collection is a necessity, even at the steep price. With seven incredible games, a ton of extra content and stable online play, this title will keep you busy for hours on end. However, if you’re new to the series and looking to explore what the NeoGeo fighters were like, then maybe give this one a miss.
Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection has most of what it takes to be a definitive collection of SNK's legendary fight game series, but just misses the mark in the end. All of the games thankfully play and feel as they should, and there's a tremendous wealth of quality bonus features included. Unfortunately, its basic approach to online versus means it'll be harder to find matches among the smaller playerbase. Still, for both older franchise fans, and fighting game players looking to finally dig into the series, this is probably the best Samurai Shodown collection we've ever gotten.
The Samurai Shodown games are among the best in the fighting genre: the seven games on offer here are perfect examples of this, and the exceptional Museum mode will keep you busy for hours. Its online may be a non-starter and it may have offered even more titles if it had lifted its self-imposed Neo Geo-only restrictions, but that doesn't take away from what's an otherwise strong collection of brilliant fighting games.
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Collection includes the six Samurai Shodown Neo Geo titles and one unreleased title that was meant to be the final game in the series for that console.
Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection is a good collection of the series, offering even an online mode with good netcode, the never before released Samurai Shodown V Perfect and a museum with good content. The downsides are the absence of a Training Mode, the museum could be better in certain aspects and the bad side of the online mode in every game: it is desert.
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I hadn't played Samurai Shodown in any form since a torrid weekend with the Super Nintendo port of the original sometime in the mid-90s, but I was always intrigued by the series from afar. To that end, I'm glad that the Samurai Shodown SNK Collection was a 10 in terms of my quest for knowledge and also has some good fighting action behind it—and by default it's less expensive than buying the games piecemeal in the Archives.
Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection is a prime example of how to create a video game compilation. With oodles of extras and 7 fantastic fighting games in one comprehensive package, this is a must-have for any fan of 2D fighters.
Within the collection package, there are so many back stories and contents that if you’re a true fan of the series, they surely are all worth checking out. The most interactive feature would be the graphical enhancement of HD scaling which allows some of the older Samurai Shodown games to feel like you’re playing them at a higher resolution. This game may not be the best Samurai Showdown or at least the fighting game experience you’ll get if this was your first ever interaction of the genre. There are no elements that would teach you the game to get good at when played against other fighting game players. So it’s best to be purchased if you’re a fan of this classic title. Sadly, the game only provides localizations of the menus, thus you would require a little knowledge in the foreign language game to perfectly understand the story elements of the 7 Samurai Shodown games in this package.
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Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection is a must-buy for anyone who is a fan of the franchise, the genre or who wants to know more about this important saga for fighting games. The scarcity of online matches can take some of the replay factor, but it is still very valid to go through each title in the collection, both in Arcade and in good old one on one with a friend.
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Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection is a great collection of some of the most iconic fighters released to date. However, it comes at the cost of probably playing single-player or local coop only given the limitation of the online features. Regardless, this was an awesome walk down memory lane and offers a way to share a series’ humble beginnings.
Online woes aside, Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection is an excellent addition to any fighting game fan’s library. Each of the games featured in the compilation is worth experiencing. And many of them are just as enjoyable to play now as they were in the series’ heyday. With seven great games and a treasure trove of bonus content, what’s not to love? If you’re a fan of SNK or retro fighters in general, don’t hesitate to take a stab at Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection.
The Samurai Shodown NEOGEO Collection is a really great package for fans of the series, and a good historic piece in regards to the many behind the scenes assets that it includes.
This is a good collection if you’re interested in owning the entirety of the Samurai Shodown catalogue originally released for the NeoGeo for a more affordable pricetag, but I feel like Digital Eclipse could (and should) have added some extra games and quality of life improvements in order to make this collection a true must-have for retro enthusiasts.
In conclusion, the Samurai Shodown Collection is a decent effort from Digital Eclipse, though it fails to live up to the heights of SNK 40th. The games all run fantastic offline, but the lack of some options from the MVS bios, the complete omission of captions from the museum, no Neo Geo CD music, and medicore online leaves this feeling a bit less impressive than the prior SNK loveletter. This is still an absolute blast for newcomers wanting an easy way to jump into the franchise, and I had tons of fun playing through IV-V Perfect, but the other games left a lot to be desired due to that classic arcade difficulty.