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Samurai Shodown NEOGEO Collection

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fighting collection packed with content but shows its age.

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Although fighting games might be a dime a dozen, there are a few that have managed to carve out a special place in the genre and create a lasting legacy. Samurai Shodown NEOGEO Collection spotlights one such legacy, pulling together more than ten years' worth of material from the SNK franchise. Something important to keep in mind, though, is that the games in this collection aren't remasters or remakes. Instead, they're ports of the original releases, which means many of them are starting to show their age. Luckily, the Samurai Shodown games looked great for their time, and they still look good overall today. But problems (like a lack of a steady framerate) make the games feel less than fluid at their best and jerky or stuttering at their worst.

One major feature added to the games in the Samurai Shodown NEOGEO Collection is support for online matches in each title. On the surface, this seems like it would be a natural fit for players looking for some competition. Unfortunately, these new networking features don't fit well with the original games' programming. Online matchmaking is a mess filled with glitches, disconnects, and empty lobbies. Players are better off leaving the multiplayer to the local couch battles with friends, more akin to how the games were originally played on the NeoGeo consoles and in arcades. Still, despite its flaws, the Samurai Shodown NEOGEO Collection gives players a lot of bang for their buck, with plenty of material to strike a nostalgic chord with fans and fueling continued interest in SNK's fighting game legacy.

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