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  • Summary: 11 years have passed since the last series installment, and it is now time for SAMURAI SHODOWN to return in a brand-new game featuring high-end visuals and gameplay. Faithfully reproducing the game mechanics and atmosphere that contributed to the success of the series, SAMURAI SHODOWN11 years have passed since the last series installment, and it is now time for SAMURAI SHODOWN to return in a brand-new game featuring high-end visuals and gameplay. Faithfully reproducing the game mechanics and atmosphere that contributed to the success of the series, SAMURAI SHODOWN includes a feature that learns from players game actions and patterns in order to create CPU-controlled “ghost” characters. With a story set one year before the very first installment, a diverse cast of returning and new characters cross paths in order to fulfill their destinies. [SNK] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. Jun 24, 2019
    90
    Samurai Shodown is one of the best and most unique fighting games this generation, hands down.
  2. Jul 29, 2019
    86
    If you're a fan of Samurai Shodown, you definitely need to check out this game. Even if you've never played a SamSho before, check out this game. It's easily the most unique fighter out on the market at the moment thanks to the emphasis on precision attacks and punishing the opponent for high damage rather than trying for long combos and guesses with mixups. Samurai Shodown is honestly the best game that SNK has given us in recent years. It's very polished and it looks and sounds fantastic!
  3. Jun 30, 2019
    85
    Bucking the trend of “bigger, badder, louder, faster,” Samurai Shodown is a return to the glory days of SNK’s beloved sword-slashing fighting franchise. The slower, more thoughtful combat style the franchise is known for is on full display here, challenging players not just to be better at fighting games, but also smarter. Wrapped in a beautiful overall package and given some interesting new roster additions, Samurai Shodown is probably the best new chapter we could have ever hoped for.
  4. Jun 26, 2019
    81
    Overall, Samurai Shodown is a fun release that brings back memories of a simpler time in the fighting genre where focus laid squarely on technique and gamer ease-of-use. The inclusion of a variety of modes helps to beef up the fighting content and offer up good challenges for those seeking them. All of this makes the experience more engaging and entertaining.
  5. Jun 28, 2019
    80
    Samurai Shodown is a great reboot. It captures what made the original fun and unique, but also at a time when high-damage, high-stakes fighters like this are a rarity, making its combat feel both fresh and familiar. Its accessibility and easy-to-grasp gameplay belie a lot of strategic depth that makes for very intense, bloody struggles. While the single-player experience is a bit lacking, it doesn’t drag down the whole significantly--Samurai Shodown is a fighting experience well worth taking up the sword for.
  6. Jun 24, 2019
    80
    If you’re a serious fighting game fan, you’ll get a lot out of Samurai Shodown. Those expecting the single player offerings of titles like Mortal Kombat 11 will be left disappointed though. Samurai Shodown just isn’t that type of fighting game.
  7. Jun 26, 2019
    60
    Samurai Shodown manages to present a superb alternative to quicker, more bombastic fighters. This comes across as more of the thinking man's fighter, testing a player's reaction time and rewarding those who are able to read their opponents over those who try and go for meaningless combos. Samurai Shodown doesn't need to stand atop a crowded fighting game mountain, because it's done a nice job staking a claim over on a nearby hill.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jun 26, 2019
    10
    SNK successfully breathes life back into one of their most beloved fighting game series. The game looks gorgeous, plays just like the classicSNK successfully breathes life back into one of their most beloved fighting game series. The game looks gorgeous, plays just like the classic SamShow you know and love, and serves as a perfect entry point for those looking to get into fighters with its focus on neutral play, lack of complex combos, and easy to use reversal mechanics. Expand
  2. Jun 25, 2019
    10
    Amazing old school fighting game with depth and an incredible art style. Netcode is legit!
  3. Jun 27, 2019
    10
    İf you want to play hardcore fighting game with beautiful artstyle and japanese flute just buy it and enjoy the real legend.
  4. Jun 25, 2019
    10
    This game is a lot of fun I enjoy it alot. One of the best fighting games I played all year
  5. Jun 25, 2019
    10
    Snk did such a great job with this game. I am enjoying this game more and more thank you Snk.
  6. Feb 2, 2020
    9
    Staggeringly great reworking of the classic Neo Geo game series. Looks and sounds great and most important plays like a dream. Brilliant job SNK.
  7. Aug 23, 2019
    6
    It's alright, but not as great as what people are hyping it up to be. It's a simple, punishing fighter reminiscent of the 2D fighters of theIt's alright, but not as great as what people are hyping it up to be. It's a simple, punishing fighter reminiscent of the 2D fighters of the mid 90's. The exchanges are more mind games and baits than combos and pressure, and one mistake can cost you 50% life easily. While this game is fun, and the online is pretty stable (which is saying a lot for modern fighters), the overall feel lacks a sense of charm and spirit to it. The characters just all feel kind of bland, and the Street Fighter 4 art style is a bit of a turn off for me. The funnest thing about this game is punishing people online who are too aggressive and throw out reversal moves too often by taking off 50% of their life with a heavy attack. The defensive options are nice, and not many games nowadays emphasize them enough. Overall, the game can be fun, it's an alright fighter, but the art style has been done before and is not aesthetically pleasing at all, and the game just lacks any kind of lasting charm to it.

    The ghost battles could have been something great and been done similar to a style of Virtua Fighter where they are you know, actually intelligent and learn your style so you can see the holes in it, but in SS they just dodge and swing randomly, even ghosts of top 100 players on the leaderboards, what a joke. Overall the game is easy to learn and to pass a few hours with. It's for sure a game to rent and have fun with for a week, but not worth $60 IMO.
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