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SAMURAI SHODOWN 4

[RELEASE DATE]

October 25, 1996
[PLATFORM]
MVS
[HOME VERSIONS]
NEOGEO ROM Cassette - released November 29, 1996
NEOGEO CD - released December 27, 1996
PlayStation - released December 25, 1997
SEGA SATURN- released October 2, 1997
PS one Books- released April 24, 2003
* All content such as the movie, the screen shots and the text...etc. on this web-page is based on the material of Japanese version.
1789.
As the Kansei Reformation overwhelmed the general populace,
one devilish soul returned from the Netherworld,
bringing forth a grand conflagration of disaster, destruction, and death.
The castle that appeared, shaking the earth with its emergence,
wreaked havoc with the innocent inhabitants of Shimabara.
As if beckoned into action,
there were those who readied themselves for battle,
those who materialized from their respective lands to contend with Destiny.

The SAMURAI SHODOWN IV system adds such elements as 14 types of combo slashes, sneak attacks and suicides to its basic system while offering such new elements as time limits and rival characters to computer battles. Exceeding the time limit set for each player character in computer battles turns your character into his or her rival to defeat Amakusa or Zankuro and leads you to a darker fate.
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STORY
The year, 1789.
As frost, floods, fires, and famine play havoc with the world, a sinister castle appears in the land of Shimabara. The lord of that castle-Shiro Tokisada Amakusa.
Having previously been resurrected from the realm of the dead, Amakusa was supposed to have been slain in the midst of his evil designs, but now he returns to subjugate the world of the living.
Having already engulfed the Shimabara peninsula, this castle of evil grows larger day by day.
People soon call it "Amakusa Castle" and in their terror begin to revere it, hoping this will save them.
But little did they know that this act of desperation would only summon further misfortune....

COMMANDS
BASIC COMMANDS
[BASIC ATTACKS]
Push the A button for light slashes (punches), B for medium slashes (punches), C for strong slashes (punches), and D for kicks. Press the A & B buttons together for "Evasion" moves to avoid attacks.

[BACK ATTACKS]
Push the A & B buttons together near opponents to "dash" behind opponents and attack.

[POUNCE JABS]
Shift the joystick down diagonally ( + Slash button, or + Slash button within a certain distance) to make additional attacks on a knocked-down opponents.

[DEFENSE BREAKS (KNOCK BACK ATTACKS/DEADLY DRAGS)]
Use the + C button command near opponents for the "Knock Back Attack," or + C for the "Deadly Drag" to create openings for attacks.

[BAREHAND SWORD SNAG]
Successfully enter the D command (when moving from left to right of the screen) when unarmed for the "Barehand Sword Snag" to grab an opponent's weapon and boot him backward.

[KNOCKING ON THE SWORD]
Use the D command when armed to deflect the your opponent's weapon and make an opening to counterattack.

[CROUCH BLOCK BREAKER]
Push the B & C buttons together to make a small jumping attack that breaks crouching guards.

[RISES]
Toggle the joystick right or left ( or ) when knocked down for the "Moving Rise." Shift the joystick up or diagonally upward ( or or ) for the "Quick Rise" recovery.

[COMBO SLASHES]
Push A, A, A or A, B, C or B, B, C* after pushing the C & D buttons simultaneously.
*Combos are automatically activated in the "Honor Sword" level when you push the C & D buttons.

[WEAPON-TOSS PROVOCATION]
Push the Start button three times. Push the A or B buttons near discarded weapons to retrieve them.

SYSTEM
[RAGE EXPLOSION]
Pushing the A, B & C buttons together during matches activates the "Rage Explosion" in place of the Rage Gauge. At this time players can use one of two attacks: "Link Slashes" or the "Fatal Flash." But these can only be used once during a match and deactivates the Rage Gauge for the rest of the battle.

*USING THE RAGE EXPLOSION
Push A, B & C buttons simultaneously to make the Rage Gauge disappear and call up the Explosion Gauge in its place. (your character then becomes temporarily invincible and knocks opponents back for an instant.) Either of the following attacks can be made before the Explosion Gauge runs out.

[LINK SLASHES]
Push the A, B & C buttons together in Rage Explosions to make short slash combos automatically.

[FATAL FLASH]
Push the B, C & D buttons together in Rage Explosions to activate a single "Fatal Flash" attack. This move can be used only once.
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