Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood (PlayStation)

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Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
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Critic Reviews

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Those who loved the arcade game version of Samurai Shodown III will be happy with this conversion. Those who have never played the game should give it a try - they'll probably like it, provided they can stand the loading time.
Given that it is the third version of a series that is, at its root, the same as the first, it still manages to come up with new, visually exciting ways to defend your honor. Top to bottom, this game is tight. From the beautiful, intricate, well designed (not to mention interactive) backgrounds, to the deadly weaponry and exciting fighting styles of all the characters, Samurai Shodown gets the job done.
As a fan of 2-D beat-’em-ups, it’s sometimes tricky to be critical of a genre you enjoy. Yet once again, SNK has delivered a product that fails to inspire loyalty and long-term interest in even this avid fighting fanatic. What’s more frustrating is the fact that the Neo Geo versions of both Samurai Shodown II and III were a breath of fresh air, introducing crucial gameplay elements and visually interesting characters. It almost seems that the PlayStation version of SSIII has been produced merely as an afterthought. My advice to SNK is to utilise the PlayStation’s strengths and produce a cool 3-D Samurai Shodown title that would leave beat-’em-up fans drooling. Until then we’re stuck with this tired old nonsense. Yawn...
All Game Guide
All in all, Samurai Shodown III is an okay fighting game with average graphics and sound. The gameplay may appear sluggish to some and right on the mark to others. The Bust and Slash fighting styles are by far its most notable aspects, which helps differentiate it from the considerable number of fighting titles available on the system.
Mega Fun
Samurai Shodown 3 reißt wirklich keinen vom Redaktionshocker. Dazu ist das Gamcplay einfach viel zu fade und zu langsam. Zugegeben die unterschiedlichen Kämpfer sind konsequent durchdacht, schön dargestellt und abwechslungsreich, aber leider ist das schon alles. Die nervigen Ladezeiten wären ja noch zu verschmerzen gewesen, wäre da nicht das zähe Kämpfen und lahme Prügeln. Zwischen Befehlseingabe und Moveausführung wird jede heiße Tasse Kaffee kalt. Auch die Animationsphasen bzw. Bewegungsabläufe ruckeln derart, daß keine Freude beim Zücken aufkommt. Bis auf das Wegzoomen der Kampffläche, wäre das Game auch auf dem SNES realisierbar gewesen. Die damalige Version hat besseres gezeigt und war wenigstens spielbar. Wer Hämmer wie Tekken 2 auf der PS kennt, läßt die Finger vom Langweiler Samurai Shodown 3. Fazit: Übel, übel.
GamePro (US)
You are not ready...for this awful game. Samurai Shodown III is a lousy port of an equally bad Neo Geo game. The graphics are one-dimensional (and they're missing frames of animation), the moves are slowed down horribly and the fights aren't over fast enough. This port should never have been made.