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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Overall User Score (19 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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100 (Mar, 2005)
Somit ist Samurai Shodown 2 ein absolutes Referenzspiel für alle Beat´em up´s und ein Muss für jeden spielebegeisterten Anime-Fan. Ähnliche und/oder bessere Spiele muss man schon wirklich sehr lange suchen. Ein TOP-Titel der Extraklasse!
GamePro (US) (Feb, 1995)
With four world-class fighter's under it's belt (Fatal Fury Special, King of Fighters '94 and both Shodowns), SNK is conquering the crowded fighting-game field. Before, Capcom was the master and SNK was merely the disciple. Now SNK is...almost the master. And definitely the innovator.
Electric Playground (May 06, 2004)
All hail Caffeine Nicotine!!! The most pernicious and puny miscreant to ever infiltrate a video game but you know what, I love the little guy. If this game hadn't come to the arcades I'd still be happy with Shodown 1 but now that you can bring this amazing battle into your living room, I don't think I'll ever leave my house again. Samurai Showdown 2 is simply perfect. The developers took an already perfect fighter, tweaked it, prettied up the graphics, sound effects and music; added a few characters and changed some of the older characters' weapons and special moves and presto instant one-upmanship. They've also added the ability to magically break your opponent's sword in one gigantic dramatic swipe. I love SNK.
This is most likely not a game that will ever catch on with the masses. This is a game the SCREAMS hardcore. Total patience is required as is the utmost respect for your opponent. Give yourself 10 minutes with this one and you will never be able to put this one down. There isn't another fighter like this on the market and there most likely never will be. You cannot ask for anything more from any video game. This game is pure bliss. If you ever questions yourself as to why you need to own a Neo Geo, this is it. Need another reason? game....ever.
Video Games (Dec, 1994)
Schwachstellen in diesem 200-Mega-Schock muß man schon mit einem Lastwagen voll Lupen suchen. Neben dem knallharten Schwierigkeitsgrad gibt‘s eigentlich nur eine: Die langweilige und von Teil eins übernommene Stage des Kabuki-Kriegers Kyoshiro. Ansonsten gilt: Diesen Traum von einem Spiel muß man einfach erlebt haben. Samurai Shodown 2 ist in allen Bereichen sensationell gut und katapultiert sich kometenhaft auf den Thron der Nummer eins aller Beat'em Ups. Jedes Prügelspiel wird sich in Zukunft an ihm messen müssen. Street Fighter 2 hat ausgespielt!
Defunct Games (Jun 04, 2005)
Samurai Shodown II is the real deal; it's your best bet when it comes to a fighting game on the Neo-Geo. This is one game with almost limitless replay, an amazing sense of style, and some of the best music you'll hear in an SNK game. Samurai Shodown is simply one of the best games ever made, there's no reason you should not have this in your permanent collection.
The Video Game Critic (May 08, 2010)
Samurai Shodown 2 builds on the foundation of the original title to create one of the definitive fighters for the system.
Play Time (Feb, 1995)
Die nun 15 schwertschwingenden Kämpfer aus Fernost gehen auf dem Neo Geo in die zweite Runde, die noch schöneren Hintergrundgrafiken und optisch wirkungsvolleren Special Moves stechen sofort ins Auge, Das Gameplay steht der fast makellosen Perfektion des ersten Teils in nichts nach und der neuartige „Wut“-Move bringt zusätzlich Pfeffer ins Spiel. Ebenso überzeugen wieder die Animationen der einzelnen Kämpfer. Wer schon das Original mochte, wird dieses Update mit Sicherheit lieben.
As it stands here at the turn of the century, Samurai Shodown II holds up remarkably well against newer fighters on the various 32 and 128 bit systems out there. If you are a 2d fighting fan and can get your hands on this one, you're not likely to be disappointed.
The first Shodown impressed me with its graphics and game play. The sequel improves on every aspect, adding features that surpass all the other fighting games. The visuals and audio are spectacular. There are incredible combos, new types of grappling and enough technique to tilt a camel. There are secrets galore too! Samurai Shodown II is simply the best fighting game out there. This is the fighting game to buy.
Mega Fun (Dec, 1994)
Die neuen Kämpfer gefallen mir sehr gut, und auch die alten haben ein nicht zu verachtendes Lifting erfahren, obwohl Hanzo immer noch etwas unfair scheint. Trotzdem ist die Spielbarkeit tadellos und übertrifft sogar noch den genialen Vorgänger um eine Nasenlänge. Zudem haben die Programmierer Super Specials eingebaut, die heutzutage bei keinem wirklich guten Beat‘em Up mehr fehlen dürfen, und die Hintergrundgrafiken, die jetzt in ganzer Pracht erstrahlen, verbessert bzw. ausgetauscht. Die Musik ist dagegen nicht ganz so fetzig wie bei Art Of Fighting 2, was aber kaum stört. Für mich ist Samurai Shodown 2 DAS Nonplusultra unter den Prügelspielen, und nicht nur auf dem NG; mein Wort drauf!
IGN (Sep 30, 2008)
So it's easy to recommend Samurai Shodown II as a candidate to claim your digital dollars, just as it was easy to recommend the first Samurai Shodown when it arrived in VC form a few months back. I wouldn't go so far as to say that this sequel is far and away superior to the original, as I find nostalgia to be much more of a positive factor for Samurai Shodown I than it is for this less well-known follow-up. But loyal fans of the franchise will often point to Samurai Shodown II as the best in the series, citing flaws and mistakes introduced in later sequels -- feel free to side with either perspective. Either way, whether purchasing the first Samurai Shodown or Samurai Shodown II, you'll be getting an excellent, focused weapons-based fighter for only nine bucks. And the multitude of matches you'll likely end up playing in either one will certainly leave you with some lost time that you yourself will need to make up.