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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: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jul 18, 2019
    88
    What we have here in Samurai Shodown is an updated version of a game that takes itself seriously where it needs to, but has fun with what it has in front of it. Well worth your fisticuffs.
  2. Jul 1, 2019
    85
    Samurai Shodown is easy to play yet challenging, the player will need to find the balance between a good attack and defense.
  3. Jun 24, 2019
    82
    Archaic story mode and load times aside, Samurai Shodown succeeds as a fundamentals driven 2D fighting game.
  4. Jun 25, 2019
    80
    Easy to play, difficult to master. That’s what Samurai Shodown 2019 is. Each fight is so violent, so intense, smart that you can’t put the controler down. A real must-have for every VS fighting lovers.
  5. Jun 28, 2019
    80
    SNK proves that it can take the fight to Mortal Kombat, Soulcalibur and Tekken. The tactical approach to the unforgiving fighting system is a breath of fresh air.
  6. Jun 24, 2019
    70
    Samurai Shodown marks the return of a beloved classic, and although not quite as refined nor as deep as its modern contemporaries, the game proves that there’s still plenty of life in the franchise yet. Through staying faithful to the series’ roots, Samurai Shodown offers up a different kind of fighter, one that retains the strategic action and high levels of tension that put this saga on the radar to begin with. Whilst not great, it’s certainly bold and unique.
  7. Jul 14, 2019
    65
    This fighting game is nice due to all the swords but has not so much content. Therefore it's not a game you will play for month, more for a couple of weeks. Also the story is a bit weak and outdated.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 29, 2019
    10
    Ótimos gráficos e gameplay nostálgico (remete aos dos primeiros jogos da série) mas com novos elementos mais difíceis de dominar.
  2. Jun 28, 2019
    10
    This game anti-mortal kombat in a good way.
    Arcade stick is recommended.
    *pros* - classic arcade experience - goodlike remake of old
    This game anti-mortal kombat in a good way.
    Arcade stick is recommended.

    *pros*
    - classic arcade experience
    - goodlike remake of old stages
    - soundtrack (metal, ethnic ambient)
    - woman outfits
    - dojo mode with ANN
    - free season pass for all (limited time)

    *contras*
    - little rooster
    - slo-o-ow load time
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  3. Jun 28, 2019
    9
    Samurai Showdown returns hard hitting and Beautifully Cell-Shaded. Samurai Showdown takes us on an adventure into the methodical One on OneSamurai Showdown returns hard hitting and Beautifully Cell-Shaded. Samurai Showdown takes us on an adventure into the methodical One on One weapon based combat of the Samurai, where every move must be decisive. Each fighter is outfitted with a wild array of visually stunning and powerful techniques and combos. They're important yes, but a strong defense and an eye for openings in your opponents guard is far more important. Button Mashing, and refusing to block tend to get punished hard with a well timed heavy strike, some of which can deplete over a quarter of a life bar, and drop you into the losing corner fast! Likewise well timed defense is often rewarded by creating an opening in the opponents defenses, maybe even giving you time to land one of the Once-A-Battle moves every fighter possesses! Even the fast characters need to think about when to strike and when to block, and if they have a big enough opening for a heavy strike. The soundtrack is well composed, feeling authentic, without compromising the Fighting Spirit needed for satisfying combat. If your a collector of the franchise, or looking for a fighting game where you feel accomplished when you win a tough fight, this game is a must have addition to your Xbox One library. Expand