• Publisher: SNK
  • Release Date: Jan 18, 2006
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. With 26 characters to play with, even if some of them are completely worthless, Samurai Shodown V is a quality 2D fighter from a developer that usually knows its way around a quality 2D fighter.
  2. Samurai Shodown V isn't the best looking or most refined fighter available, but it does work well enough including a fully functional online mode.
  3. You may need to adjust your fighting style in the single-player mode to get the most out of this one but its fun and challenging. With a good online mode and lag free playing, this one is great for any fighting fan to pick up, just not as polished as some others.
  4. If you like fighting games and are looking for a very light-hearted not overly dramatic fighting experience, then you should check out Samurai Shodown V because it offers just that.
  5. If I was limited to one word that described Samurai Shodown V, it would have to be unique. From the character designs, to amazingly thematic music, and unique twist on combat, this is a 2D fighting series that may not have gotten the crappy Hollywood movie like some other games in this genre, but it deserved a look then and warrants one now.
  6. You don't have to be a big fan of the series to enjoy this game but it certainly would help. The no-frills features prompts me to recommend renting this game unless you're content with fighting like-minded fans online for the next few months.
  7. This 2D fighting game is a real blast from the past, but its big cast of fairly interesting characters and its online play can make it worthwhile for NeoGeo fans.
  8. Considering other fighting games out on the market now, this game is as close to a barebones title as you can get. Versus, practice and online play – that's it.
  9. An unnecessary port of an obsolete game.
  10. 65
    The problems lie mostly with the game design, which is enjoyable, yet flawed. While Samurai Shodown V isn't necessarily a bad game, it doesn't quite hold up to previous entries in the series.
  11. 65
    Even if the translation and menus are busted "Are you sure to quit?" and the game seems archaic by today's standards there is still plenty of fun to be had.
  12. Granted, Xbox Live capability is a great incentive, but considering the pedigree the Samurai Shodown series has of quality fighting games, its biggest fans will come away from this game wanting more.
  13. 62
    It's got lots of moves, a deep fighting system, and the online play is a big plus, but it really isn't that enjoyable in the end. Many of the characters play very similarly, it looks and sounds like it could have been just as good on a PSone.
  14. Unless you're a big fan of Samurai Showdown, be careful with this one. Even if you love 2D fighting games, this one is not like Street Fighter or Guilty Gear.
  15. A game for those who think they don't make 'em like they used to, but should, Shodown is an exact replica of the classic arcade fighter.
  16. 60
    A competent port of an iffy game in a good series, and the only game in that series available for Xbox. If you absolutely want some SamSho action and don't have a better alternative, then it's probably worth a purchase.
  17. If only it had a lower price point...we would've had a true must-have. As is, fans will want to jump right in and casual players will want to give it a look.
  18. But this classic weapons-based fighting series has lost much of its soul. While the original cast moves as fluidly as ever, the newer faces are the epitome of mediocre design and animation. Luckily, Xbox Live saves the day.
  19. Essentially a direct port of a 3-year-old 2D fighting game on a really old (NeoGeo) system. There's not a lot of value here unless you want are a dedicated old school fighting or SNK fan looking for a showdown.
  20. While a few arcade ronin might still hold on to the old ways, most will find this Samurai is an obsolete relic. [Feb 2006, p.82]
  21. I am not usually one to judge a game based on its graphics, but it is unforgivable to have a game look this bad so late in the Xbox's life cycle.
  22. A sad attempt to revive a neato franchise.
  23. 42
    This game belongs on a SNK compilation disc with other classics like "Art of Fighting" and "World Heroes."
  24. Rumors about a U.S. release of "Samurai Shodown V Special," a more complete version of this game with more fully-realized fighters, have been making rounds at some forums. That might be worth waiting for, because this version certainly isn't. If you own "Samurai Shodown IV," this deserves no more than a rental.
  25. 40
    Making cardboard cutouts of samurais and taping them to your TV screen is more fun than playing this game. Try it. You'll see.
  26. 40
    In fact, this game serves as a great example of how wonderful the original games would be on the Xbox 360 Live Arcade service, at an even better price.
  27. If you aren't a fan of the series or haven't delved into the SS series in the past, chances are you won't take too kindly to the dated graphics and unbalanced gameplay.
  28. This game is so weak and poorly constructed that I can't imagine playing it online with real people would make it any better.
  29. A tutorial or "How to Play" movie would've gone a long way here. Instead newcomers are left fumbling in the dark, which tends to be more frustrating than fun.

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