Showing posts with label Samurai Shodown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Samurai Shodown. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection Out On PS4 and Switch

Collecting groundbreaking weapon-based fighting game series, Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection is out now on PS4 and Switch.

In recent years, developer/publisher SNK Corporation is focusing on many of their back catalog including sword-based fighting game series Samurai Shodown and attempts to re-release their classic titles for modern day consoles.

A definitive bundle of SamSho games, Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection made its debut on PC via Epic Games Store and Steam last month. Today, it finally becomes available to purchase on Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store.

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Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection Out On PS4 and Switch

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SamSho NeoGeo Collection adds all six original games along with a never-before released seventh title Samurai Shodown V Perfect, which is a reworked version of Samurai Shodown V Special with game balance and extra story content.

Throughout series history, Samurai Shodown games have never been made available to play online. Players can now get into sword duel against other opponents via multiplayer mode Online VS Matches, Ranked Match or casual ones.

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Samurai Shodown V Perfect Releases Today

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SNK is re-branding some of their greatest hits for major gaming platforms lately in association with emulation masters at Digital Eclipse. Both English and Japanese versions for each of these games are added into the package as well.

By using HD sprite scaling options, Digital Eclipse has made these games look even better than they ever did in the first place. Besides, you can play with and tweak several display settings to adjust resolution, screen filters and much more.

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SNK releases a new trailer showcasing highlights of SamSho Collection for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.




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There is a museum section featuring concept arts, documents and interviews, just so fans don't take this effort as mere cash grab. You can also listen to your favorite background music from any classic SamSho titles from over 200 tracks.

Debuted back in 1993 for arcade cabinet systems, Samurai Shodown made a breakthrough for its unique genre. SamSho franchise is best known for crisp 2D graphics, fan-favorite characters, devastating attacks and brutal gameplay style.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Ark: Survival Evolved and Samurai Shodown Collection Free on Epic Store Now

Epic Store is giving away PC version of Ark: Survival Evolved and Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection for this week.

A previously leaked game before Epic MEGA Sale was not given out by Epic Games last week in their freebie offering due to internal complications but Epic Games Store has returned with a brand-new lineup of free games for PC platform.

Epic Store ongoing giveaway has included ARK: Survival Evolved and SamSho NeoGeo Collection for PC this week that are available now for anyone to add to their online library with a free account before June 18, 8:00 AM PT/10:00 AM EDT.

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Ark: Survival Evolved and Samurai Shodown Collection Free on Epic Store Now

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ARK puts you on a mysterious island where you are to survive in a hostile world by building, hunting and scavenging. There are many primitive beings, even dinosaurs that you can try to kill or tame as you strive for total dominance.

Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection collects first five mainline titles from Samurai Shodown franchise that includes Samurai Shodown V Special and Samurai Shodown V Perfect, a never-before released updated version of fifth game.

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SamSho V Perfect features similar gameplay elements as SamSho V Special but players get to experience new story elements and endings. NeoGeo Collection is a definitive bundle to put all of titular sword-based fighting classic titles together.

Epic Games Store has already announced their upcoming freebie titles for next week, which are 2019 turn-based strategy game Pathway from Robotality and 2017 strategy role-playing game The Escapists 2 from Mouldy Toof Studios.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection Announced

SNK announces to launch Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection bundle for PC, PS4 and Switch very soon.

Returning to sword-based fighting genre after a decade of absence, developer/publisher SNK Corporation launched latest installment of Samurai Shodown game series for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, awaiting release on Nintendo Switch.

Last year, a compilation of Samurai Shodown series was officially announced by SNK during PAX East 2019. Fast-forward to 2020, Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection has finally been revealed recently to release soon for Switch, PC and PS4.

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Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection Announced

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SNK is teaming up with Digital Eclipse to port mainline Samurai Shodown games to modern gaming platforms.




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SamSho NeoGeo Collection adds all six games from original franchise including a never-before released seventh title. An updated version of fifth series entry, Samurai Shodown V Perfect will be making its debut with brand-new content.

Each of these titles features online versus battle mode to play Ranked Match with someone of your skill level or enjoy Casual Match. You can also invite someone you know online to engage in Challenge Friend mode for a friendly fight.

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There is a museum section with concept arts, design documents and video interviews from development phase. Its impressive collection of over 200 soundtracks played via in-game music player ensures to deliver a definitive experience.

Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection is set to launch on PC via Epic Games Store on June 11 as a weekly free giveaway. Steam release is scheduled for June 18, followed by Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store launch on July 28, 2020.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Samurai Shodown 2019 for Nintendo Switch Delayed to 2020

A set release date for Nintendo Switch version of Samurai Shodown 2019 has now been delayed to Q1 2020.

Following a surprise reveal back in September 2018, developer/publisher SNK Corporation has released their latest sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown (2019) in June 2019 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

According to early reports, a Nintendo Switch version was slated to launch on Q4 2019 but after SNK recently dropped a trailer for Switch port, it has become apparent that previous schedule has now been delayed to Q1 2020.

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Samurai Shodown 2019 for Nintendo Switch Delayed to 2020

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SNK dropped an official announcement trailer of latest Samurai Shodown reboot for Switch version.




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Early window was set for a worldwide release, which is now pushed forward a few months for North America and Europe. Since there is no mention of Japanese version, it would likely to come out in December 12, 2019 as planned before.

PC version of the game also had a same launch set date but there was no word from Athlon Games about a delay of any sort. Therefore, it is safe to assume that this long-running franchise reboot is heading to PC platform very soon.

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Although recently added blade-wielding warrior Shizumaru Hisame is joining as a free DLC fighter, rest of playable characters from Season Pass are not being offered without cost as SNK did earlier for other console versions.

Switch port of Samurai Shodown would have some visual compromises for obvious reasons but will still look sharp. As pre-order bonus, player will receive a port of 1999 Neo-Geo Pocket system title Samurai Shodown! 2.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Samurai Shodown 2019 Free DLC Character Shizumaru Out Now

Shizumaru Hisame joins battle today in sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown 2019 as free DLC character.

Already out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown (2019) from developer/publisher SNK Corporation is waiting to arrive later on Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch and PC platforms.

Earlier, SNK announced to feature a new character to SamSho 2019 every month and will continue till February 2020. Today, newest blade-wielding warrior Shizumaru Hisame will be joining as free DLC character for all players.

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Samurai Shodown 2019 Free DLC Character Shizumaru Out Now

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Kid prodigy Shizumaru Hisame is cutting into action today to take stage for the month and make rain of blood.




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Debuted in Samurai Shodown III, this amnesiac lad has been a troubled youth looking for answers about who he really is. He has a unique fighting style that is a blend of skillful wielding his umbrella and a short sword.

Despite his innocent look, this young fellow possesses a murderous rage within him that he always fights to keep in check. In any fight, his opponent is moments away from getting wrecked soon as his demonic side takes over.

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Shizumaru Takes Stage

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His ability of softly floating down in-air is a great way to confuse opponents with their timing and keep them open for an attack. Not only does he look up to Haohmaru, Hisame has an uppercut move akin to his Kougetstuzan.

Shizumaru comes to Samurai Shodown 2019 today as latest free DLC fighter with many more to come in upcoming months. Be very aware when facing this veteran character because his looks are deceiving for his bestial nature.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Soulcalibur 6 Adds Cassandra and Haohmaru

Bandai Namco brings back Cassandra for Soulcalibur VI and adding Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown in Season 2.

Up until now, weapon-based fighting game franchise Soulcalibur from developer/publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment made a successful comeback in 2018 with Soulcalibur VI, which is reboot to its long-running series.

Recently at EVO 2019 grand finals, game producer Motohiro Okubo took to stage revealing return of series veteran Cassandra Alexandra and adding surprise guest character, Haohmaru from iconic Samurai Shodown game series.

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Soulcalibur 6 Adds Cassandra and Haohmaru

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Players can unlock weapons and new story mission for Cassandra when she becomes available on August 5.




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Cassandra is younger sister to Sophitia and has been a recurring playable fighter character after debuting back in Soulcalibur II. Also known as The Valiant Princess, she last appeared in Soulcalibur IV and coming back within a few days.

A DLC character for Season Pass, Cassandra retains her old fighting style using a deadly combination of her sword and shield to attack. A new gameplay system will be introduced from Season 2 but more on that would be revealed in future.

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Season Pass 2 would of course add new downloadable content and Haohmaru, a legendary ronin samurai comes on board as a guest fighter. It appears that his reputation precedes him from his own franchise to other fighting games.

Very first among four bonus characters, Haohmaru is ready to cross paths with warriors of another world in his eternal quest to become the greatest warrior of them all and he will not hold back his furious sword for anyone.

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In latest reveal trailer for upcoming Season 2, Haohmaru shows-off his brief appearance before joining to Soulcalibur roster.




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There were speculations that Bandai Namco may add Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII or Kratos from God of War in future but the famed swordsman become their latest pick after making a comeback through Samurai Shodown 2019.

Fighting game lovers can easily dip their toes into Soulcalibur VI, which is now available to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Whether you are willing to enjoy fighting on solo or online, there is much to explore and unpack.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Samurai Shodown 2019 for Consoles Out Now

Sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown 2019 from SNK Corporation is now available on PS4 and Xbox One.

A much-awaited reboot to return to its legendary series roots, sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown (2019) from developer/publisher SNK Corporation is launching today worldwide on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Not only has the title shifted from 2D graphics sprites to 3D animation renders but swordplay combat has been revamped as well. Most importantly, the franchise never disappoints when it comes to bring hardcore blood and gore on screen.

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Samurai Shodown 2019 for Consoles Out Now

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In an attempt to make players rely on precision and not on button mashing spree, "Combo" system has been removed. However, classic elements of Rage Gauge mechanic still allow you to inflict bonus attack damage on your opponents.

There is a Dojo Mode for players to hone their skills before jumping into any multiplayer matches. Through deep learning AI, a simulation can be created with your play style for a CPU-controlled "ghost" character to fight others online.

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Draw Your Blade

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Many fan-favorite characters including Charlotte, Galford, Hanzo Hattori, Haohmaru, Nakoruru and Ukyo Tachibana are returning with three promising newcomers Darli Dagger, Yashamaru Kurama and Wu Ruixiang are joining to its roster.

SNK has revealed names of four characters meant to arrive in Season 1 DLC pack that are Basara, Kazuki Kazama, Rimururu and Wan-Fu. Upon purchasing the game before June 30 gets you free access to Season Pass contents as pre-order bonus.

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Season 1 DLC Characters Pack

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In a recreation of 1993 original SamSho intro, a brand-new launch trailer is released focusing some key aspects.




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Take time to explore with different warriors and their unique playstyle to experience what made it so great. A Nintendo Switch release is currently due for Q4 2019 and PC platform will see launch probably sometime in early 2020.

Samurai Shodown assembles some deadly blade-wielding warriors in 2019 reboot to lead this weapon-based fighting series forward. Veteran series fans should be rejoiced to draw your blade once again after so long and embrace death with glory.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Samurai Shodown 2019 Gameplay Overview

SNK is back to get players to "Embrace Death" once again with 2019 Samurai Shodown reboot.

Returning to their roots of blade-wielding fighting nearly a decade after, Samurai Shodown is the latest in legendary fighting game series by developer/publisher SNK that is scheduled to launch on 2019 for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Though it originally inspired a unique gameplay mechanics that allowed swordplay in genre of fighting games, a lot of that has changed somehow in its transition from 2D graphics to 3D animation renders over the years for better.

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Samurai Shodown 2019 Gameplay Overview

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SNK has dropped a new trailer today, which offers a better gameplay overview for this anticipated fighting game.




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As we mentioned about change in playing style, newest Samurai Shodown will deprive new and season players of "Combo", which is an intentional move by developers to gradually make you skilled in combat other than relying on button mashing.

In fact, relying on the latter and being impatient in a face-off can cost you dearly if you are not paying attention. So, learn from mistakes you made in each battle and hone on striking at a precise time to be far more effective in a fight.

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One core gameplay elements distinct to the franchise is Rage Gauge that gets heated up for each time you take a hit and when it is at max Rage, players get bonus attack damage for every single blow they can land on their opponent in a match.

Other than that and a Weapon Flipping Technique to disarm your rival, you can now deliver a Lightning Blade attack by performing Rage Explosion. Once used, it will take away your Rage Gauge and you are to survive with skillful moves.

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It looks like SNK has added a Dojo Mode for players to "git gud" before they go butting heads in multiplayer. Through a revolutionary deep learning AI, your play style will be analyzed from offline or story mode playthrough.

Thus, the game creates a simulation with your unique way of playing into a CPU-controlled "ghost" character. You can either send your ghost fighter into clouds to challenge other players or even go up against a top professional from around the world.

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Intense and Epic Battles

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Classic characters like Charlotte, Galford, Genjuro Kibagami, Hanzo Hattori, Haohmaru, Nakoruru and Shiki are making their return to the current roster alongside newcomers Darli Dagger, Wu-Ruixiang and Yashamaru Kurama.

Additional characters will be added via post-launch DLC and placing a pre-order for Samurai Shodown reboot before June 30 would offer you a free Season Pass. It gives you access to four playable DLC characters and Nakoruru Retro 3D costume over first six months.

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Over a decade may have changed a few aspects of the series but a heavy influence of Japanese culture remains intact in its core to unleash a new era of samurai warriors upon us once again with a brand-new installment.

Despite being a weapon-based fighting game series, Samurai Shodown always relied heavily on a plot and upcoming 2019 game is no different. Set prior to the events of Samurai Spirits from 1993, this reboot can become another hit for staying true to its heart.