(Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Sengoku 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Game Review

Sengoku 3 Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Corbie Dillard

Third time's the charm

While SNK was far more well known for its one-on-one fighting games, it did toss out a few beat 'em ups along the way. Some of the attempts were better than others: Sengoku 3 is one such example. It basically takes many of the solid gameplay perks of the first two games and amps things up considerably. Toss in a fresh coat of paint and some very well crafted tunes, and you get a much more well-rounded beat 'em up experience all round. Now gamers get a second shot at this solid and enjoyable Neo Geo title on Wii Virtual Console.

For the most part the gameplay in Sengoku 3 follows the fairly standard path used by many previous beat 'em up releases. You spend the majority of your time progressing your way through the various areas by dispatching all of the enemies in each section. Along the way you're able to destroy parts of the backdrops that will reveal special items and health. At the end of each area a boss awaits, with a few standard enemies also thrown into the mix to make things even more tricky.

You have quite a few attacks at your disposal. Not only do you have a regular weapon attack, but you can also pull off combos using your bare fists as well. As standard with many beat 'em ups, there's a jump move to help you avoid enemy attacks and maneuver around more effectively. The game features a few special attacks, too: a regular set and a super move called a Total Attack that can unleash a seriously strong attack on your opponent when the time is right. Projectiles also play a big role in the game, such as bombs and throwing stars, and they can be rather effective against stronger enemies in the game.

You can't help but appreciate the depth SNK injected into this third release. There's plenty of variety to be found for those willing to learn the game's systems and mix up their attacks. You've got plenty of firepower in your arsenal, you just have to learn how to most effectively make use of it. It controls smoothly and the difficulty is fairly well balanced, ever-increasing as you make your way through the areas. There are many who still prefer the first two releases, but it's difficult to deny that Sengoku 3 just feels a bit more meaty in the gameplay department.

The visuals in Sengoku 3 might not set the world on fire, but they're certainly better than previous releases. There are plenty of vibrant colors in the backgrounds and the special attacks, while character animations are extremely well done. It doesn't hurt that there's a lot of variety in the themes of the various countries you'll be trekking through.

SNK has pulled off some amazing music in many of its titles and Senoku 3 is no exception. The tunes seem perfectly fitting of the areas they're featured in and, while not as in-your-face as some of the music in many of the Neo Geo fighting games, it seems to balance very well with the game's superb sound effects.

Conclusion

Whether you liked the first two Sengoku releases or not, it's worth at least taking a look at Sengoku 3. The game has a surprising amount of playability and depth, and it features some really flashy special attacks and very interesting scenery to boot. There's still the age old problem of redundancy at times, as is common with most beat 'em up games, as there's not a lot of variety to the tasks you face throughout the game. Having said that, the experience is still worth at least one trip through the game, if only to see all of the crazy enemies and interesting backdrops strung around each area.

Sponsored links by Taboola

More Stories

User Comments (22)

Aldebaran

#1

Aldebaran said:

8/10 you gotta be kidding?? This game deserves at least 9/10 is one of the best 2D beat em ups out there !!!

DRLAdmin

#4

DRL said:

Need to play these games! This one, in particular, looks very good.

sinalefa

#7

sinalefa said:

I never played any of the Sengoku games, so I would not mind getting this one. I wonder if you need two players to make it enjoyable.

SparkOfSpirit

#8

SparkOfSpirit said:

This game is pretty awesome and one of the best beat em ups on the VC. If you're a fan of the genre you really need to play this.

speedyboris

#9

speedyboris said:

This game is pretty good (and FAR better than the first two Sengoku games); my only complaint is that the screen doesn't advance very quickly. For beat-em-ups, getting held up on the same screen can be frustrating.

ogo79

#10

ogo79 said:

i downloaded this game last weekend and actually beat it my first play...
an absolutely great game, the last boss is tougher than a two dollar steak however. everyone really needs to download this game, and its a real treat that this actually came out on the wii vc. if youre looking for a game to download on wii vc and youre one of the ones who complains about wii having no more vc games, then here you go. if you listen to anything i say (which you all are supposed to obey me in the first place) then you need to get this game.

Zodiak13

#11

Zodiak13 said:

@Aldebaran Huh, disagree wholeheartedly. A 9 or 10 means near perfection in gaming at it certainly is not. A very good game, yes. Much better than the previous 2 offerings, but your opinion compared to the general video gaming community is not accurate. Possibly for fans of this genre. Maybe people irritate me when they call out a review, like it's not an opinion. I disagree with them all the time, but it is JUST an opinion.

Aldebaran

#12

Aldebaran said:

@Zodiak13
SInce this game was never released on home consoles it is difficult to get a more "accurate" opinion based on an avarage review.

However some of the few reviews out there (not only in English) based on the Arcade version agreed this game is possible the 2nd best 2D beat em up ever made (surpassed only by Capcom's Dungeons and Dragons Shadow over Mystara) and despite this game is not perfect some of them do gave this a 9/10. So in that sense it is not only my opinion (which may be a little biased due I am a beat em up fan) either way it is always better to play it and judge it by yourself .

Here's a link of a review (in Spanish) which gave the Arcade version a 91 back in 2009 (If you want an English review please check the link I post to hardcore gaming a couple of post above):

http://www.viciojuegos.com/analisis/Sengoku-3/El-mejor-beat-em-up-de-Neo-Geo/4785/15363

CorbsAdmin

#13

Corbs said:

Don't worry, I'll be back at E3 next year. Just took a year off. And don't get me wrong, I love Sengoku 3, but I felt like giving it a 9 might be a bit too high. Still worth a try for beat 'em up fans, no doubt there.

Aldebaran

#16

Aldebaran said:

Actually Sengoku 3 has little in common besides the name with the 2 previous games as this one is based in another arcade beat'em up developed by Noise Factory called "Gaia Crusaders".

SethNintendo

#17

SethNintendo said:

Wow never heard of this series... I have all Streets of Rage and Golden Axe on Wii VC along with Final Fight 2+3 and I believe Double Dragon 2. Looks like I need to pick up this game.

sdelfin

#19

sdelfin said:

I'm glad to see Sengoku 3 finally make it to the Virtual Console. It is a game worth checking out even for those who did not like the previous two in the series. This is a very different game. I'm a huge fan of beat-em-up games and I am familiar with a large number of them. I consider Sengoku 3 the pinnacle of the genre, alongside Capcom's best which I believe are Alien vs. Predator, Battle Circuit and The Punisher(Mystara does nothing for me, at least as a single-player game). It's not worth arguing over the score. Eight is plenty high, the review content is very positive, and most gamers aren't seriously into this genre. From the perspective of a huge beat em up fan, this is about as good as it gets.

Aldebaran

#20

Aldebaran said:

@sdelfin Absolutely agree with you on this one

BTW you are right Capcom's Alien vs Predator it is a very nice game also too bad it didn't hit the Virtual Console Arcade

sdelfin

#21

sdelfin said:

@Aldebaran

nice to see another big fan of this genre, and someone who appreciates Sengoku 3. Back in the day, it was helpful for a company to have a popular license for their beat em ups. The downside is a lot of great games will be nearly forgotten, as the license agreements have expired long ago, and are likely not worth it for the developers to go and renew all these years later. Apparently, Konami not only had to work a deal with Marvel/Disney for X-men, but also with current license holder Activision. My understanding is that it ended up not really being worth it for Konami re-releasing X-men. Sadly, that's likely one reason for no Alien vs. Predator on the Virtual Console. Luckily, Sengoku 3 doesn't have that problem.

Aldebaran

#22

Aldebaran said:

@sdelfin Thanks it is good to find such an experienced fan of beat em ups who appreciates not only Sengoku 3 but also another great games. I think it was due license issues that Konami was unable to publish SNES/NES games of T.M.N.T in Virtual Console and the license ended in Ubi Soft hands which did a remake of TMNT IV Turtles in Time for XBLA (quite inferior to its original Arcade/SNES version in my opinion). That's too bad as only TMNT 1 for NES arrived to VC and that game it is not a beat em up (unlike the rest) but it is still a quality game overall.

With the online capabilities of this generation of consoles fighting and beat em up genres got a new scope of replay value which was abscent back in the day, as we can see with Final Fight 1 or the Streets of Rage collection on XBLA/PSN it is quite nice to play such games online with another dude. I truly wish SNK would release Sengoku 3 on XBLA/PSN with online capabilites that would definitive increase replay value a lot on a game that was already excellent but perhaps that's dreaming too much.

It is quite nice we can get hidden gems such as Sengoku 3 because back in the day this game never arrived to home consoles unlike Last Blade 2 or Garou MOW which arrived to Dreamcast and later PS2 (Last Blade 2 was on DC only). It gives the opportunity to players to experience great games that were lost in time unfortunately.

I hope D4 will continue to support Wii Virtual Console at least until some other great games are released

Leave A Comment

Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...