Percentile Rank

Samurai Shodown is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 63 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

83%

Critics Recommend

Based on 63 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Eurogamer

Top Critic

Recommended
Jun 24, 2019

SNK's iconic series makes its return in this reboot that's short on features but rich in systems.

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Checkpoint Gaming
Liked
Liked
Jun 24, 2019

Samurai Shodown doesn't try to appeal to everyone, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Scored Reviews

MonsterVine
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jun 28, 2019

Samurai Shodown is nothing short of an incredible return for one of the fighting game genre’s most revered franchises. It’s technical, deep, and challenging to fully grasp– and it’s fantastic. Those who aren’t experienced in the genre may find Samurai Shodown difficult to get into at first, but the payoff is more than worth it.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

SNK's return to Samurai Shodown proves to be one of the best fighters this generation with unique gameplay and a gorgeous art style.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Attack of the Fanboy
by Jelani James

Top Critic

Jun 24, 2019

Despite some shortcomings, Samurai Shodown doesn't disappoint. Its slow pace belies a depth that rivals any fighting game, while still providing an experience unlike almost any other. If the stunning visuals don't leave you breathless, then the unrelenting tension felt during combat certainly will.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

What is this strange familiar feeling that I’m experiencing, I wonder? Oh, that’s right, sore thumbs! As someone who counts the first two games as my favorite in the series, the new Samurai Shodown is a much welcome blast from the past. Don’t worry about the jump to 3D, either. This new iteration plays just like a SamSho game and looks great to boot. Folks who prefer later games in the series or more modern fighting games might not like the back-to-basics approach. If you pine for the golden age of fighting games when SNK and Capcom titles ruled the arcade scene, however, the new Samurai Shodown is bloody fun, pure and simple.

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The Escapist
The Escapist

Top Critic

Jun 24, 2019

SNK's Samurai Shodown is both an act of worship and discipline. The canonized developer and publishing house behind The King of Fighters and the classic Samurai Shodown brawlers is now decades out from its '90s heyday, when it defined the genre as much as Street Fighter creator Capcom. Playing this new Samurai Shodown, you can...

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Electric Bento
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2019

Samurai Shodown is a new version of a classic franchise. The new game offers an intricate and unique fighting experience, that requires patience and timing

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AusGamers
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2019

Moreover, failure to get that timing right essentially leaves you open to a smart, reactive player capable of truly reading the play.

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Heavy
8.8 / 10.0
Heavy

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

As far as fighting game reboots go, Samurai Shodown does a great job of pleasing its loyal fanbase and featuring new mechanics that change it for the better.

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Gamersky
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 3, 2019

Samurai Showdown is an unique FTG which has few combos. But only using fists and swords is not boring at all. On the contrary, it is fast-paced and fun to play. I am glad that SNK brings this old-school FTG to the latest platforms.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

Samurai Shodown returns, and it's just as great as it's ever been. Casual fighting game fans will have a hard time adjusting to the mechanics of Shodown. Those who stick with it will find a deep and rewarding fighter that makes every strike and every move as important as the finishing blow.

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PSX Brasil
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jul 1, 2019

Samurai Shodown is a great fighting game, with elaborated yet accessible mechanics. The story mode for each character is interesting, as is the variety of the fighters. The system of Ghosts' players is also worth mentioning. Unfortunately, there are some problems, like the online mode that can suffer from lag in many fights.

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TrueGaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 30, 2019

Samurai Shodown may lack content yet its a stylish return for the series with its great art style and gameplay.

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EGM
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2019

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.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

Dynamic and dangerous, there's no other fighting game like Samurai Shodown on the market. After a decade away, this latest chapter proves that idea once again with the sharpest swordsmanship combat around that manages to unleash a barrage of modern cuts while still retaining the magic of the original game.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jun 24, 2019

Featuring an eclectic cast of characters and some over-the-top gore, Samurai Shodown is a wonderful reimagining of the classic fighting series. The strategic gameplay and wonderful balance of risk and reward make this game a fine addition to the current generation of fighting games.

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Xbox Achievements
85%
85%
Jun 24, 2019

An excellent return for an arcade classic, Samurai Shodown is a reboot that looks sensational, has a wealth of options, plays remarkably well, and possesses deep, hugely rewarding fighting mechanics. The Dojo mode is also superb, ensuring that Samurai Shodown doesn't just push the envelope, but slices it wide open.

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GameSpace
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

Samurai Shodown, at the end of the day, is one of the more unique entries in the fighting game genre in recent years.

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Cerealkillerz
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2019

Samurai Shodown marks a good restart for the series, which through his competitive nature has not so much to offer for soloplayers, but could deliver some long term motivation thanks to the excellent fighting mechanics and the faithfully presentation. Fans of the series and friends of the tournament mentality should take a look at this title.

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Hobby Consolas
83 / 100
83 / 100
Jun 24, 2019

A game that screams old school fighting. Despite its short character roster, it offers an aesthetic and satisfying experience.

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IGN
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

Archaic story mode and load times aside, Samurai Shodown succeeds as a fundamentals driven 2D fighting game.

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MMOGames
8.2 / 10.0
MMOGames
TheDCD

Top Critic

8.2 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2019

While there are some things I wish could be fixed (again, where is Gen-an?!), Samurai Shodown gets a whole lot right. The gameplay feels just about perfect, and takes some time to master; the modes have a lot to offer, though story and online mode could use a slight bit of tweaking. The presentation can’t be beat when it comes to authenticity and it nails the old-school vibe of the original series.

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IGN Italy
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

Samurai Shodown makes a fine comeback after a decade: refreshing and still exciting to play, it's the long-awaited title we hoped for.

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Digital Chumps
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Jun 13, 2018

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.

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Saudi Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 30, 2019

A slim offering that nevertheless is expertly done, this installment solidifies SNK's return to form, and provides a unique and fun fighting experience.

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GearNuke
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 30, 2019

Samurai Shodown is one of the better 3D fighters available on the market that has managed the transition from its original 2D style to a 3D one rather well. It is a technical fighter that leads to a satisfying result if you can master its in-depth mechanics.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

Above all, Samurai Shodown proves that SNK still has its fighting spirit. King of Fighters XIV wasn't an accident and it seems like any future games won't be, either. Now we just need to get Capcom back on track.

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AnaitGames
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 23, 2019

With its slow but highly cerebral fights and its peculiar rhythm, Samurai Shodown enters the fighting game scene with a really solid and very unique new entry.

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PowerUp!
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

Samurai Shodown is a great reboot for a great series. Fighting game fans definitely need to grab a copy and start fighting.

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SECTOR.sk
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 4, 2019

Samurai Shodown offers totally different fighting style and it's really easy get caught by its charm.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

Despite inconsistent visual presentation and some barebones modes, Samurai Showdown shines as both a unique fighter and a resurrection of a classic series.

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Game Revolution
Jun 24, 2019

SNK has a lot to celebrate with the release of Samurai Shodown as it’s a triumphant return to form for a series that hasn’t had a mainline release in over 15 years. Not only does it keep the calculated and punishing gameplay in tact, it manages to offer up a great tutorial that allows for newcomers to understand the nuance of its depth.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jun 25, 2019

. If you have a community of fighting game aficionados or some pals who love over the top Wu-Tang movies, there’s a lot to be found in Samurai Shodown.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 24, 2019

Samurai Shodown is back and it's arguably better than ever. SNK has delivered a truly gripping fighting game where the tides can turn in an instant, and it's this constant sense of tension that creates a uniquely electric experience. Against a backdrop of faster paced, combo-heavy fighters, Samurai Shodown stands out as a deliberate and excellently judged duelling simulator. Against a worthy opponent, there's simply nothing quite like it on PS4.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2019

Solid fighting game mechanics that are easy to pick up yet highly competitive and rewarding to master. Solid online netcode. Disappointing single player offerings.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2019

While lacking in diverse combat, Samurai Shodown's intentionally slower combat offers a fresh style of gameplay worth experiencing

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 26, 2019

Samurai Shodown's easy-to-learn controls and high-stakes combat deliver a terrific, strategic fighting game that stands out from the rest.

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Rectify Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2019

Samurai Shodown’s gameplay cuts through it’s flaws to deliver a worthy follow-up to the original.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2019

Though some weak modes dampen the overall package, Samurai Shodown might just offer the best pure fighting game experience in recent memory, for both veterans and newcomers alike.

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The Games Machine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

Samurai Shodown is true to the series' soul, like a modern version of Amakusa Kourin which lacks something to achieve perfection.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2019

It is simple, yet deep in a different sense. It doesn’t require memorization, just good timing and understanding. It felt more user friendly than long string combos and the visceral attacks feel incredible.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 24, 2019

Samurai Showdown is a strong entry into the sea of fighters, showing a lot of love for the original series, while also being able to appeal to newcomers. A few niggles aside, people are going to be playing Sam Show for a long time. EVO just got more exciting to watch!

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 27, 2019

More than just a successful reboot of a forgotten franchise, this is one of the most unique and entertaining new fighting games of recent years.

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Everyeye.it
8 / 10.0
Everyeye.it
Filippo Facchetti

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

The return of the Samurai Showdown was handled by SNK with great respect towards the fans of the saga. The company has recovered the spirit of the old games without renouncing the contextualization of the product in the current historical moment and the final result is an intriguing hybrid, enjoyable both at amateur and professional levels.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

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.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2019

Samurai Shodown is a very different fighter to what you might be used to, but it offers a unique way to play, offering a different approach to the genre.

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Spaziogames
7.9 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

7.9 / 10.0
Jul 3, 2019

Samurai Shodown is a great reboot for the series, and one of the most enjoyable beat 'em up produced by SNK of the last years.

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GameCrate
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

Samurai Shodown is yet another fighting game that is fun to play but suffers in its core feature set. The hardcore fighting game fanatic will love it, but the mainstream consumer will find it offers much less than other titles on the market.

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Game Informer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

Samurai Shodown's varied attacks and techniques have plenty of depth for those who dive into multiplayer, though the modes and options are lacking

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GamePitt
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2019

After all these years of not playing any of the SAMURAI SHODOWN games, it was really neat to finally get my hands on one. At first, I was playing the game all wrong and didn’t really enjoy playing it. However, after realising the error of my ways, I re-approached the game and had a much better experience. I love that they took the game in a different direction with the cel-shaded graphics and I truly feel like it will do a service to the game’s longevity down the line. I personally didn’t get too much out of the story of the game, but that’s fine for me considering I don’t go to fighting games for epic stories.

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Gaming Nexus
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

Hardcore fans of the series and the pro players will likely love Samurai Shodown. This game is gonna be great to watch and I suspect it will thrive in the FGC tournament scene. Unfortunately that while the fighting game part of it is great, the rest is a really barebones package that most likely won't hold the attention of others for an extended period of time.

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Gamefa
7 / 10.0
Gamefa
ali Nourbakhsh

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2019

Samurai Shodown is a fighting game that has its own unique charasterictic and atyle. Gameplay is fun and accesible for learning and begining, but like every other good fighting game, being professional in it, is hard and need many practice. If you are fan of series or looking for a fighting game with diffrent kind of gameplay style, Samurai Shodown is a game you should try.

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Gamers Heroes
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 24, 2019

Samurai Shodown's signature deliberate pace is perfectly captured in this entry, though the small roster and lack of options somewhat hinder its replayability.

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USgamer
Jun 27, 2019

Samurai Shodown captures the spirit of the older games, veering towards a mix of older and newer series entries. In terms of single-player, but it's a a far cry from Mortal Kombat 11 or even what recent games like Dead or Alive 6 have offered. On the multiplayer side, it offers a solid core, but not much else. It's nice to see SamSho back in the spotlight, but we wish it had a little more to keep us playing beyond just fighting other players.

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GameSkinny
Jun 24, 2019

Samurai Shodown is a throwback to arcade fighters and the series' first entry in a decade. It is solid without a lot of frills.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 24, 2019

Samurai Shodown is a good fighting with a nervous gameplay, but with poor graphics.

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Easy Allies
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2019
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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jun 30, 2019

If you fancy samurai mythology with a Japanese ink brush aesthetic and/or you’ve just been looking for a 2.5D style, weapon-based fighting game, I think Samurai Shodown is a very solid choice.

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Just Push Start
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jun 24, 2019

For better or worse, Samurai Shodown comes down to your ability to read your opponent. You don't need fancy combos or memorize a bunch of things to be good. In fact, a lot of attacks have universal inputs and a lot of moves use the same basic input. If this isn't a turn off, odds are you will enjoy Samurai Shodown. However, if you love mastering combos and getting off some truly impressive feats, this simple isn't the game for you. Once you have the confidence in your ability, it's all about who can read their opponent better.

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SA Gamer
7 / 10.0
SA Gamer
Paul Roux
7 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2019

Samurai Shodown is an on-point reboot of the series and a return to form for SNK. While the single-player offerings are a little dull, the overall game offers a lot to players who are willing to put in the effort. Fans of the series won't be disappointed and hopefully, Samurai Shodown will bring in a few new warriors along the way.

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Shacknews
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 25, 2019

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.

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VGChartz
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 14, 2019

Not showing up anybody.

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