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This will be a short review because there isn’t much to say about the games in the Samurai Shodown Anthology that hasn’t been said already. I feel like this series will always be overlooked and underrated by fighting game fans. Other franchises do what Samurai Shodown does, and some do it better. But there’s no denying that these games are a blast. Anyone will find something worth playing whether you’re new to the series or a long-time fan.
As the title suggests, Samurai Shodown Anthology is
a collection of six games. Starting with Samurai Shodown and going all the way
to Samurai Shodown VI, this collection really offers something for everyone. If
you’re new to the series, it’s easy to hop right in and start with the first
game. If you prefer something more modern, then consider Samurai Shodown V.
Samurai Shodown VI’s roster consists of every fighter since the franchise’s
beginning. It might be intimidating to hop into something so vast. Of all the
games available, I have Samurai Shodown II and Samurai Shodown III tied as my
favorites. Samurai Shodown II has aged marvelously through the years. Samurai
Shodown III, on the other hand, is often considered a black sheep of the
franchise. What I like about it is that it introduces my three favorite
characters in the franchise: Rimururu, Shizumaru Hisame, and Basara Kubikiri.
It doesn’t feel as polished as other entries, but it’s still a classic.
Still, no matter what you do, Samurai Shodown Anthology proves that the series has staying power. Each entry offers something different from the last, and yet, it remains consistent. The action is fun and fast paced throughout the series. The graphics are sleek and smooth throughout the series. The music is catchy and exciting throughout the series. It’s the perfect collection if you want to pick up and play a few bouts, or if you want to spend an hour or so going through arcade mode.
Overall, 10/10: Seasoned warrior or novice, Samurai
Shodown Anthology offers something for everyone as it chronicles six fantastic