SNK is back into the fray aiming to be at the top of the fighting games scene once more with Samurai Shodown. The classic fighting game from the Japanese company is coming back tomorrow in a new installment, the first in 11 years, that will bring back its signature amazing swordplay and art style in a new version that will delight the fans of the genre. Forget about overly complicated mechanics, impossible button combinations, and frustrating gameplay, because Samurai Shodown goes back to the origin of the fighting games delivering a highly-satisfactory experience that will get you to enjoy fighting games again.

Samurai Shodown features duels between different weapon-wielding characters. This new title brings back some of the most popular characters in the series, like Haohmaru, Jubei, Nakoruru, Charlotte, Genjuro Kibagami, and many more, including 13 fan-favorite characters and three more that you will see for the first time in this game. In case you are missing one of your favorite characters from the series you can grab the Season Pass for free until June 30th. It will progressively add more fighters to the game in the following months, starting with Rimururu, who arrives in August, followed by Basara, Kazuki Kazama, and then Wan-Fu.

Samurai Shodown characters

The mechanics of Samurai Shodown are pretty simple; you have three weapon slashes —light, medium, heavy—and a kick. You can block attacks or dodge them, which gives you a window for a counterattack. The attack combos are short, but their potency is usually devastating compared to other fighting games. Each character has a rage bar that will fill up as the match progresses and that once its full allows the player to unleash special techniques and powerful attacks. It’s quite easy to learn your ropes, but the combat in Samurai Shodown is hard to master. At the same time, it´s quite rewarding to see the amount of damage that you deliver when you time your attacks with precision and deliver a killing blow.

Those of you that are used to chain 100-hit combos while your enemy is mid-air may be up for a surprise when your health bar vanishes after receiving just a few hits, but once you get accustomed to the type of combat in Samurai Shodown, you will experience a different way of enjoying fighting games.

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