Samurai Shodown 3

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a game by SNK
Platform: NeoGeo
Editor Rating: 7.3/10, based on 1 review, 3 reviews are shown
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Arcade Games, Samurai Games, Fighting Games, Samurai Shodown Series
Samurai Shodown 3
Samurai Shodown 3
Samurai Shodown 3
Samurai Shodown 3

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I've been a big fan of this series, but this game just plain overwhelmed me. Not only is there a huge conglomeration of characters, but they have alter egos that play differently as well. As a result, the graphics seem to be compromised with fewer colors than before. Samurai Shodown III plays well, but it has too many of those moves that require impossible joystick motions. I have mixed feelings about this game. I like what it has, but wasn't impressed.


Neo-Geo has always been known for great fighting games, and this new addition to the Samurai Shodown library is no exception. The game has some cool features to it such as the different personas that can be chosen for each character before the match, good or evil. With different moves, this is like having two fighters in one, The sound is great, but the graphics aren't quite as good as the previous Shodown. A good game that will keep fighting fans coming back for more.


I really enjoy the original Samurai Shodown and Samurai II, and I have to say that Samurai Shodown III is everything the original had plus much more. The sound and control is of the typical Samurai Shodown genre, but the graphics suffer because of all the new additions in SS3. The many new fighters and choice of two different personas per character are a welcome addition. The difficulty of Samurai Shodown III will give veterans of SS1 and 2 a run for their money.


They certainly have added a lot to this third Shodown installment. Many new features using two-button presses, such as the dodge, give it a lot of new gameplay. There are a few new characters but they all have an alternate personality. Visually it looks good but the moves are still a bit tough to get off with the Neo controller. I've been a fan of the series and although this isn't anything way beyond the last one, it still has enough new, players and features to keep me content.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Samurai Shodown is one of the best reasons for owning either a Neo-Geo or a Neo-Geo CD. As a matter of fact, it's a pretty good reason for going to an arcade as well. The sequel met with similar critical acclaim, enhancing both the graphics and the gameplay of the first Samurai Shodown title.

Fans of the series will be ecstatic to learn that those fun guys at SNK have finally released the third game in the series. Samurai Shodown 3 takes the original concept and combines it with features from othger SNK games.These include teams, combos and all new characters.The graphic and fighting style has changed dramatically and purists may well be disappointed.

However, the new (improved?) gameplay features a level of depth that hasn't been present before and there seems to be a lot more to learn.

As the fervor for King of Fighters '95 begins to die down, SNK releases another version of its popular series, Samurai Shodown. Opting to go with a new look and different fighting styles rather than just update the old version, Showdown III is sure to turn some heads and throw those of the Old School for a loop.

Samurai Showdown II plays like an amalgam of King of Fighters and the older Showdown games. Expect to see evasive maneuvers, counters and the ability to power-up for outrageous super-moves. Also, SNK has deleted some of your old favorites, like Charlotte, and have replaced them with a gaggle of new fighters, fully equipped with punked-out hair and ridiculous names.

As far as playability's concerned, Showdown II is brilliant. But it's different from its predecessors. Apart from the new facets mentioned above, throws have different results; there are two fighting modes for each player, called Chivalry and Treachery, and combos are more extensive. What you've got is a totally new fighting experience that should please all.

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