Video Game Reviews Samurai Shodown Warriors Rage Playstation

Around 1999, SNK had decided to get their hands into the world of 3D fighting games. So far, it has been a formidable rival to Capcom in the world of 2D fighting games. With the popularity of “Street Fighter II,” Capcom dominated the world of 2D fighting games. Many companies tried to jump on the bandwagon but only to fail miserably. SNK is one company that could match Capcom toe-to-toe when it came to 2D fighting games.

During the 1990s, there was the emergence of the 3D fighting game scene. Sega had its “Virtua Fighter” series. Namco would create the “Tekken” and “Soul” series. Tecmo would create its “Dead or Alive” series. These series have proven to be successful rivals. With the popularity of the 3D fighting game scene, Capcom jumped on the bandwagon and came up with the “Street Fighter EX” series. However, it was met with little success. SNK ended up doing the same thing. It made three “Samurai Shodown” games that were in 3D.

One such game is called “Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage.” The game was released in 1999. It was one of SNK’s attempts to siphon popularity from Namco, Sega, and Tecmo. However, this attempt seemed to have failed miserably.

Storyline: C

I am on the fence on this game. So far, Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage has an interesting storyline. However, you would have to play “Samurai Shodown 64” and “Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage” in order to understand the storyline. So far, this game takes place twenty years after Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage. Not many people will have heard of the first two Samurai Shodown 64 games because they were exclusively for the Hyper Neo-Geo game console.

So far, it takes place on an island near Edo which is known today as Tokyo. It revolves around a group called the “Three Blades of Domination.” The group is out to rule the world. In a sense, the storyline is quite mediocre. Because of these plans, warriors head out to the place known as Ritenkyo.

Characters: B-

In a sense, this mirrors Capcom’s “Street Fighter III” series as it revolves around a new generation of characters. With the exception of Hoahmaru, the entire cast of Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage is new. They have not been present in any of the other Samurai Shodown games. Hoahmaru looks like he is in his mid to late-forties. It shows that he has aged a whole lot.

In this game, Hoahmaru is not the main character. The new hero is a silent swordsman known as Seishiro Kuki who is ordered by the government to stop his brother. Other characters are: Jin-Emon Hanafusa, a new and younger Hanzo Hattori, Jushiro Sakaki, Rinka Yoshino, Saya, Haito Kanakura, Yaci Izanagi, Ganryo the Whirlwind, Ran Po, Mikoto, Tohma Kuki, Oboro, Tashon Mao, Daruma, Minto, Mugenji, and Yuda. So far, the characters look interesting enough.

Graphics: C

The graphics for the game were mediocre. It would seem that the creators made the game as a means to siphon the popularity of Virtua Fighter, Tekken, and so forth. The polygons seemed extremely blocky and bulky for the most part. In short, it was not that appealing.

Game Play: B-

The game play was all right. If you know how to play the Samurai Shodown games, you should be able to play this game. It plays like the other games; but, everything is in 3D. There is nothing wrong with that. It does take some time getting used to.

Overall: C

The game was mediocre in general. Overall, the game is not all that. However, you can get the game for a very cheap price nowadays. If you like to play fighting games, this is perhaps a title you want to check out.