Choosing Your Own Path Isn’t That Easy: A Quick Review Of ‘Samurai Riot’

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Samurai Riot is an old-school 2D co-op side-scrolling beat-em-up where you can choose between two characters, a man named Tsurumaru and a woman named Sukane, each with their own special traits and abilities that make them weaker and stronger in certain areas, depending on whether you prefer getting up close and personal with your enemies or like to have a bit of distance between them. You can play solo or play as a local co-op to make your way through the story and help both the master you honor and the village you live in.

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One of the nice features thrown in is that the game has multiple endings and that there are certain points in the game that will determine which ending you get. Throughout the game there are little points where you essentially come to a crossroads in life and depending on what you choose, it will affect how you play the game and what ending you get. It’s a nice way to spruce up the game and not have it play out like traditional beat-em-ups, along with adding more replay value to the title.

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The downside is that if you’re doing co-op and you each choose a different path, you have to duke it out to see which way you go, which could lead to some hurt feelings among friends. The graphics and music for the game are great with no loss of frames or lag between sections of the game like you’d normally see in the genre. Some of the downsides to the game is that I wasn’t able to pull off any special moved with a partner in local co-op, which seems much harder to pull off than you would normally think.

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Samurai Riot is pretty fun to play as far as an arcade type of beat-em-up goes, and it has a story worth exploring that can be entertaining as you try to get all of the individual endings. But the only way to get the most out of the game is through co-op where you can explore more options and pull off more features, which kind of hurts it if you don’t always have someone to play with. If you always got a partner, go for it; but if you find yourself going solo a lot, it may end up being a title you only play a few times.

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