Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 33
  2. Negative: 18 out of 33
  1. With fighting games coming back into vogue in such a big way over the past year, anticipation was quite high for a next-gen entry into the Samurai Showdown legacy. Unfortunately, bad design choices, uneven gameplay, and a limited number of gameplay options ruin this title for all but the most hardcore Samurai Showdown fan.
  2. While Samurai Shodown Sen delivers a fun experience at times, it doesn’t deliver a very polished one. The broken jumping mechanics and unbalanced gameplay make for a frustrating experience overall.
  3. It's good to see Samurai Showdown back, but Sen isn't what hardcore Samurai Showdown fans were hoping for. While I wouldn't quite call it a bad game, it isn't a very good one either.
  4. 60
    Samurai Shodown Sen is a competent weapon-based fighting game with some unique gameplay mechanics. Unfortunately, it suffers from far too many shortcomings to make it worth recommending.
  5. 60
    It is hard not to feel the cheap and dirty motif of the game from top to bottom. There is a severe lack of polish here and it shows. Still if you love fighting games and have been a fan of the series I recommend giving it a rent to see if it grows on you.
  6. Some fans will consider Sen a diamond in the rough, and if you’re playing with friends and can overlook its problems, there’s some decent action to be had. The more I played the game the more it grew on me, but I never shook the feeling that fans deserve a lot better than what Sen has to offer.
  7. Compared to other beat ‘em ups it lacks polish and epic sized modes but SNK Playmore has reanimated this series to good effect with a solid combat system.
  8. Overall, Samurai Shodown Sen is a mixed bag indeed. The gameplay seems just adequate and the online play can be bogged down with the certain cheater moves we all love to hate. That being said though, nostalgic fans may want to check it out but most will probably pass this one over.
  9. Samurai Showdown Sen isn't the worst game, but since there many other really cool beat 'em ups, it simply can't compete. For example, Super Street Fighter IV has a lot more at stack at nearly the same price.
  10. Despite a strong and unique cast of characters, the poor presentation, barebones features, and subpar gameplay make this hard to recommend, especially at full price.
  11. You could do a lot worse, but then you could also do a lot better. Competent. [July 2010, p.96]
  12. Right now, the Samurai Shodown series is like a wandering ronin bereft of its former honour; with its sake-sodden stare and rusty katana, it doesn't stand a chance against the superlative Super Street Fighter IV or BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.
  13. With or without the Samurai Shodown name on its sleeve, Sen is a joyless effort that neither honors its colorful lineage nor brings anything of substantial worth to the 3D fighter. Despite its penchant for gory dismemberments and decapitations, this one simply just doesn't cut it.
  14. The 360 already has its share of top-grade fighters, making this instantly obsolete. [June 2010, p.99]
  15. The nice characters cast can't save the game from its too reductive game structure, its surpassed technical making and especially its repetitive gameplay.
  16. Poor graphics, bad animations and a lack of polish make Samurai Shodown Sen a bad surprise for all of the brand's fans.
  17. This new version of the classic franchise is far from being an interesting experience, appealing to watch, or to a certain extent; fun to play. I could see the die-hard fan having a good time, but for anyone who is looking to get something different (or better) than the most recent fighting game releases such as Tekken 6 and Super Street Fighter IV, I’m not sure it would be a good idea to shed money for this piece of boredom and sourness.
  18. After hours upon hours of competitive gameplay, Samurai Shodown: Sen didn’t serve enough entertainment value to satisfy my tastes. It’s a shame since the series has long been one of the more popular franchises among hardcore fighting fans.
  19. 40
    But these entertaining elements do little to alleviate the game's nearly unbearable stiffness and atrocious visuals. Although the online support works well, I could only find two people to play against -- days after Sen hit retail.
  20. It’s artistically weak, lacking in substance, and as a result is somewhat cut adrift from the rest of the battling pack.
  21. 40
    Despite the improved character roster and so-bad-it's-funny decapitations, Samurai Showdown Sen has very little to offer you except easy Achievement Points.
  22. You may have read this review and wondered, where's the cool stuff? Good question.
  23. Samurai Showdown Sen is the perfect example of how a great 2d series can be destroyed by a clumsy attempt to fit it into a 3d gameplay. Samurai Showdown Sen has a poor graphic, a cheap gameplay and a general lack of personality. If you're looking for a 3d beat'em up, take this game out from your wishlist.
  24. A total Failure. Ugly to see, too hard to master and really poor on the gameplay front.
  25. 40
    Ultimately, Samurai Shodown Sen is a title lacking the polish and depth found in the other brawlers available at this time. Poor controls and odd damage calculations dampen what could have been an entertaining experience, while plain scenery and dated graphics make it a little stale for the eyes.
  26. Some truly horrendous loading times. [Issue#58, p.94]
  27. Fun in really, really short bursts. [June 2010, p.103]
  28. 33
    Casual players will have a hard time jumping in and having some quick fun due to the game's rigid combo system, unforgiving CPU, and lackluster training mode, and the competitive fighting community has expressed no interest in this game at all.
  29. Unfortunately, the bare mechanics of the game make every character boring very quickly.
  30. A tired and outdated fighter and another failed attempt by SNK to update one of its classic franchises.
  31. A miserable, frustrating, and graceless experience, I can't recommend this game to anyone but the most dedicated Samurai Shodown fans—and even those players should be well-warned to stay away
  32. Perhaps it's most critical element is deceptive: Samurai Shodown: Sen is so unfamiliar that even the franchise's most dedicated fans won't recognize it. [Jun 2010, p.83]
  33. Samurai Shodown Sen is the worst beat'em up seen in the Xbox 360 library and, probably, one of the worst games of this year.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jan 23, 2012
    Probably the worst fighting game available on the 360, and it's a real shame too. As a long time veteran of the series, I had hoped to see ourProbably the worst fighting game available on the 360, and it's a real shame too. As a long time veteran of the series, I had hoped to see our heroes make a much better transition into 3D. It is hardly what you would call a button-masher, but neither can you give it credit for being technical, either. The input window is a bit too lenient to feel like you are in precise control of the character, and yet the animation itself lacks any type of fluidity. Perhaps SNK should have abandoned the 3D idea altogether, and given us another 2D fighter, like the rest of their excellent games. I recommend leaving this one alone. Full Review »
  2. Mar 29, 2011
    The graphics arent as terrible as the critics say nor are they amazing as a die hard Samurai Shodown fan would say. They are average at best.The graphics arent as terrible as the critics say nor are they amazing as a die hard Samurai Shodown fan would say. They are average at best. The gameplay is rather stiff and slightly difficult, which becomes frustrating in a fighting game. Its not horrible nor amazing. Just an ok game that couldve been better....or worse. Full Review »