'Samurai Shodown is the ultimate secondary game to have' - Majin and Raptor explore how Samurai Shodown is making all the right moves right now

That's not to say you can't have it as your main game

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 25, 2019 at 9:53 p.m. PDT

We're excited to share yet another special podcast episode this week, this time examining the ins and outs of the relatively new Samurai Shodown.

I have Nick "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor join to talk about SNK's latest SamSho entry as he's been hungrily devouring the game and wants to spread the good news with everyone he can.

Indeed the community had its reservations about how SamSho 2019 would fare in this current atmosphere the fighting game genre finds itself in. While perhaps not as designed for eSports as other modern titles, this game does seem to be captivating and holding the attention of more than a few players.

We discuss the relative ease of entry for newcomers, pointers on getting started and having fun, risk vs. reward balance, and plenty more, and all of this comes through the firsthand experience of a player who essentially lives and breathes fighting games.

There's also the question of how long the game will last in this increasingly competitive climate, and if its run of growing popularity will carry it all the way to another EVO appearance in 2020.

If you've been on the fence about getting SamSho, have been playing it and want to hear how others have been reacting, or just need some fighting game discussion to get you to work, we've got you covered. Also, if you like what you hear here then be sure to check out our similar Tekken episode from last week.

Timestamps

00:00 - Intros, Nick never plays online
03:37 - It's the ultimate secondary game to have
06:00 - Tips and pointers for getting started in SamSho
10:46 - How's the game balance? Pre and post-patch
19:13 - How often does the better player win? Risk vs. Reward balance
26:08 - The eSports factor
36:20 - SNK is really earning it (Free DLC, input lag, future DLC)
40:39 - What are the chances we see SamSho at EVO 2020?
42:01 - What's the most fun thing to do in the game?
44:00 - Rosters and story
50:00 - Bonus Taylor Swift question

Editor's note: We've noticed the timestamps appear to change depending on the medium you're using to listen. The ones above may place you a few seconds before when each respective topic actually comes up.

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