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Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames
Techniquement, le jeu est au top niveau : sprites magnifiquement détaillés, décors somptueux. Seul petit reproche, les magnifiques mélodies typiquement asiatiques sont méconnaissables en raison de la faible qualité du processeur sonore de la NGPC. Ceci dit, la profondeur et l’ambiance singulière de ce titre suffisent à détrôner KoF R2. Le roi est mort, vive le roi !
Most of the characters are represented here, and they all control as I remember, which I might add, impressed me. Plus the back grounds and the cinemas were all familiar. Let it be known that this is a fantastic product. But it's not perfect. As in the original, some of the moves are a little hard to pull off. And I would have liked a better two player mode. The one we get is adequate, but not real innovative. I wish they had added something to this rather old game. But they kept it intact, and that's saying a whole lot.
As for replay value, this game has quite a bit of it. Throughout the game, you are able to earn "Character Cards", which can be used to enhance each character’s abilities and give them new moves. For each character, there are 8 different cards, 4 for the "Slash" style and 4 for "Bust". Two cards can be applied to your character at a time and they can only be equipped after selecting your character.
The Video Game Critic
Shodown's graphics are as good as it's going to get on the Neo Geo Pocket, with scenic flowing streams and moonlit villages. The well-done background music is tinged with a traditional Japanese flavor. Samurai Shodown 2 can't compare to its big-screen counterpart, but this portable version still has all of the necessary ingredients for a playable fighter.