Samurai Shodown Review (Xbox Series S)

This Samurai Shodown Review promises to go all-in on this SNK fighter. Much blood will be spilled, new swear words created, and all in the name of game coverage. Prepare yourself because this is gonna get ugly.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Samurai Shodown Review Pros:

  • Beautiful hand-drawn graphics.
  • 30.1GB download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Fighting gameplay.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Gore and dismemberment- On/off.
  • Game settings- rounds in story mode (1-5), rounds against ghosts (1-5), rounds in Vs (1-5), round length (30/60/99/infinite), and gore.
  • Five difficulties.
  • Five game modes- practice (tutorial/training), online, story, Dojo (asynchronous online battle), and battle (offline vs).
  • Gallery – shows off music and artwork.
  • The database shows all your stats and replays.
  • Sixteen base game characters- Haohmaru, Nakoruru, Yashamaru Kurama, Tam Tam, Jubei Yagyu, Kyoshiro Senryo, Ukyo Tachibana, Galford, Hanzo Hattori, Genjuro Kibagami, Earthquake, Shiki, Yoshitora Tokugawa, Charlotte, Darli Dagger, and Wu-Ruixiang.
  • Japanese voice.
  • Combo counter.
  • The blood stays on the characters and weapons as you play a match.
  • Noob friendly with you able to pull off impressive combos and moves with relative ease.
  • Enchanting soundtrack.
  • Can skip cutscenes in story mode.
  • Jaw-dropping locations.
  • Some of the best animations you have ever seen.
  • Can bring up any characters command list of moves and combos.
  • Fast loading times.
  • The Ai difficulties cater to all levels of players.
  • Every character has their own set of enemies and ending in story mode.
  • You can drop your weapons to change your attacks.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Samurai Shodown Review Cons:

  • Outside of learning the basics of fighting, there is a lot of additional depth like finishers and weapon usage.
  • Short story mode.
  • You have to play story mode on default settings otherwise your score does count or get uploaded to the leaderboards.
  • looks daunting.
  • Online is the pros playground.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Related Post: What The Dub Review (PlayStation 4)

Samurai Shodown

Official Website.

Developer: SNK USA

Publisher: SNK USA

Store Links-





  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10


Samurai Shodown is a fighting game that I like. I never really dedicated any real time to the series before as I thought it was too hardcore. After finishing the arcade mode several times I still strongly believe that it is a hardcore fighting game, buuuuut us causal can still get a lot of enjoyment from it. OK so we might not understand or know how we are doing these special attacks or finishing moves but fuck me we enjoy looking at it. I used my fighting knowledge (Street fighter 2 input commands) and was able to pull of a lot of fancy tricks and attacks, so what if I didn’t actually K ow what I was doing, I was having an absolute ball just messing people up, getting all the abusive shout outs and voice overs and just  you know, having fun. Samurai Shodown is a multi layered game where everything is available to you but you start off at the bottom and slowly but surely you work your way up, online will either make or break you but offline serves as an excellent alternative and more preffered way to play. I came away from Samurai Shodown impressed and eager to learn more.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

You may also like...