Samurai Shodown (Xbox One) Review
July 2, 2019

Let’s take a look at the reboot of the classic game.

When you think of fighting you’d always remember Street Fighter or Tekken, but Samurai Shodown holds a special place in a gamer’s heart where combos don’t matter but instead highlighted the simplicity of gameplay that made this reboot even more fun to play. 

If you’re familiar with the Samurai Shodown series, then you’ll feel at home with the controls of the game including the graphics (which got an awesome upgrade). The four buttons range from simple to heavy attacks – and while that’s simple each attack has a pro and con. For example, light attacks can easily block your opponent’s attacks but heavy attacks are slow even if it offers significant damage.

That’s basically all you need to know about Samurai Shodown, which in turn makes it a really fun game. If you get your attacks right, you’re looking at various rewards that will keep you pumped up until the last stage.

While Samurai Shodown was called a reboot of the series, the game actually takes place between the first game (released in 1993) and Samurai Shodown V. The year is 1787, and a deceased spirit threatens to destroy Japan. This is where warriors from all over will be called to vanquish the evil that’s taking over the whole place. 

In the game, you get to choose 16 different characters that include familiar faces like Earthquake and newcomers like Wu Ruixiang – these characters evoke a sense of realism in the game since they all have traits will make you like them even more. Of course, each of the characters also has their own special moves that take some time to master – but when this overpowered skill comes out, it’s one of the best moments in the game.

This reboot of Samurai Shodown brings in all the goods while retaining the core concept of the game that made it great in the first place. Despite a forgettable story, it still provided hours of fun and at times challenging gameplay that make it a must-have.

We Love: 

+ Easy to learn gameplay mechanics

+ Gameplay is intense and challenging

We Hate: 

– The plot is average

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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