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Samurai Showdown IV by Eazy Cheeze
Game:Samurai Showdown IVCompany:SNK
Type:FightingPlayers:1/2

The best fighting series ever makes a return in this, the finest game of the series. All fighters from SS3 are featured, and even three new ones (and a surprise return of an old friend). Sogetsu, a Ninja of the Kazama clan, embued with power of the Ice spirit, must kill his brother (both of family and of clan), Kazuki, for leaving the clan to save his sister, Hazama, from the vile clutches of Zankuro, the malevolent master of Amakusa Shiro Tokisada. Amakusa is playable in this game as in the last one. And as in the previous game, there are two alignments to choose from: Shura, or Slash, meaning a good alignment, or Bust, an evil alignment. The Amakusa you fight in his castle is always of the Bust alignment. Both alignments have different moves and poses.
The graphics in this as in all SS games are top-notch. The animation quality, while not as detailed as in SS3, still conveys the sense of truly feeling the blows being delivered. A new feature to SS4 is the No Contest moves. These are the Fatalities of SS4, but instead of being killed in an overly gory way, the exposed parts are hidden; these fatalities are anachronistic, much like you'd see in a movie about an ancient war, or in Conan the Barbarian when Thulsa Doom decapitates Conan's mother.
All in all, a great game. Though, in the Forest stage, there is some slowdown when the lens flare/sunlight through the trees is shown.
Graphics
10
10
Sound
Play Control
9
7
Challenge
Replay Value
8
9
Performance
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