Samurai Riot Definitive Edition – Review

Our result: 7/10

Samurai Riot Definitive Edition is a 2D beat ’em up with a unique co-op feature. Make moral decisions that have high replayability throughout the branching story.

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Samurai Riot is a stylish and badass game for those of us who enjoy punching and banging bad guys. Oh, and acquiring a weapon is standard in games like this. So once you have one, you can go broke. Samurai Riot Definitive Edition was released in 2017, so Nintendo Switch users had to wait a long time for it. But the wait was worth it. Nice new animations at 60 frames per second, new dialogues, improved combinations to make it easier for average players. And freshly updated backgrounds complete a fantastic game pack in this Definitive Edition.

The story forces the player to reconsider their actions in the game and the consequences of their decisions. With an arsenal of devastating blows at your disposal, the struggle to survive each encounter will require cunning, skill, and strategy.

Cutting edge

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Samurai Riot’s animations are beautifully smooth. Featuring character models that flow across the 2D surface with the elegance of a mean, savage gazelle. Attack animations, powerful recoil reactions, and dynamic effects all look clean and beautiful. Which adds to the appeal of the game’s Japanese setting. When everything works so well, it’s all the nicer to see a mischievous rat escape with my reward money or health pickup.

This is mainly due to the improved frame rate. Which to his credit performs well during your missions as a samurai warrior. It delivers on the promise of clean and snappy technical performance.

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Samurai Riot Definitive Edition - Characters

Before starting your journey, you have to choose between two protagonists. Sukane or Tsuruamaru, each with their unique fighting style and special abilities. Sukane is a whirlwind of melee combat, while Tsurumaru is a master of the sword. For example, Sukane dodges instead of blocking attacks, or uses her trusty companion Azu (an awesome fox) to shoot forward instead of Tsurumaru’s grenade throws. Both have their own barrage of melee attacks, as well as an explosives special that decimates crowds.

Each of the eight stages you’ll go through throws more and more enemies at you, with different types and challenges to overcome. The initial spearmen are easy to take down, while subsequent strains attack at varying distances. Great sumo warriors fuel your punches and can hit you with unblockable charge hits or shield-spinning vortices of pain. Up close combatants will slice you upwards with the delight of a vicious burst of agony. Everyone presents their own challenges, and it’s your duty to instinctively identify them and develop a plan to overcome them unscathed.

Samurai Riot announces the chance for players at specific forks in the road along your quest, with 8 different endings. Sukane and Tsurumaru set out to put down a difficult revolt for their grandmaster, only to be confronted with the harsh reality of hardship beyond their own clans. Your first option is to join the revolt and forsake your honor, or uphold your master’s wishes and serve your clan faithfully. Regardless of your choice, you’ll be presented with another 2-3 options, with each level branching based on the path you take.

Final Verdict

Samurai Riot Definitive Edition is a fun beat’em-up that offers a lot of variety in both story and gameplay. It’s easy to learn, but mastering the game will take a bit. And with the release of this definitive edition, it’s the best time to play this game.

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