I have been a SERIOUS fan of the Samurai Shodown series, since its first incarnation. It was an amazing game that pulled my attention away from Street Fighter 2 in the arcades, and Every following game continued to be great, in my opinion, cresting with SS4. Now this is not the first SS foray into the 3d realm, however, the Warriors Rage stuff was pretty bad too. Then I played this. Wow. I feel insulted and ashamed to admit what a huge SS fan I am. This is a huge failure on so many, many levels. The control scheme, as well as the control response is awful. Everything feels generic. For God's sake, the characters don't even have unique throw animations! The game is tremendously unbalanced, dull, frustrating and ugly. It feels like a ripoff game from 10 years ago. The worst for me was the way they BUTCHERED every bit of style from the characters. For those of you reading this who are familiar with Samurai Shodown, here are a few painful shots: Ukyo fights staring straight ahead at his opponents! WHAT? Nakoruru fights without Mamahaha(her Hawk), or Shikuru(her wolf), and the absolute worst blow to justice.......Galford Fights without Poppy!! Not only that, but the only appearance Poppy makes,is in Galford's win pose, is magically sitting next to him, but does nothing! Argh. Xseed should refund everyone who bought this terrible, broken affront to the series, and apologize for their horrible mistreatment of beloved characters.
I was one of those people that thought this was a game that was going to be good dispite what reviews I read. The bottom line is this game stinks out loud. The controls feel rushed and the love and care isnt there compared to even the regular xbox versions of this game. What is even more madning is that they dared to bring this game out after SFIV, I'm not saying that it should beet SFIV but I sure would have been p'd off if I pre-ordered this game and found out that it was a total bust, but thank GOD for game fly.