|System: X360 (XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: SNK Playmore||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Xseed Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 30, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
You actually can learn to do otherwise. You'll probably want to, as this is one of those arcade type fighters that taunts you with the option to 'CONTINUE?' in giant letters while your fighter bleeds on the ground under a 10 second timer. But the time you would spend in practice mode or getting your head, torso, or whatever other decapitated limb handed to you in Samurai Showdown could be far better spent in a game like Street Fighter.
On the subject of fighters in general, why do we still have ticking countdown clocks in our games? Why isn't there just a simple continue option that doesn't require me to make a mad dash for the start button like I'm digging for the last few quarters my mom fished out of her purse? I know it's a relic from the arcade days, but I for one am not a fan of losing to an opponent and having to automatically return to character select just so I sit through five more load screens and fight the same enemy at the same location again. If Samurai Showdown was thinking clearly, I bet it would have made that transition much quicker and easier. The last thing this game needs is to give me time to wonder if I really want to keep doing this to myself.
I have a theory; if gameplay is this inaccesible, someone doesn't want your business. It's nature, folks. Circle of life. Skunks spray to warn and defend themselves. Video games make you want to snap their disks in half. The final and cruel irony is if you got your copy from Gamefly you would have to pay for breaking it. Before you do something rash, ask yourself; could you live with knowing that you purchased this game? So put down your copy, close the shutters on the fireplace, and take it back to Gamestop for your seven day refund. And thank your deity that you aren't those unlucky fans of this franchise who actually kept this and believe their friends are going to want to play. Poor kids.
You may have read this review and wondered, where's the cool stuff? Good question.
Leon Hendrix III
CCC Freelance Writer