Samurai Shodown V Special, originally released in 2004 in Japan and regarded as one of the best arcade fighting games from SNK, is getting released in its original form on the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, publisher SNK Corporation has announced.
The game’s original console release was marred with criticism due to its censorship of the game’s signature violence and gore as well as being riddled with bugs, but now the original uncensored arcade version of the game is finally getting a proper console release.
Here’s an overview of some of the game’s features and mechanics that sets it apart from other fighting games:
Sword Gauge: A meter that directly affects how much damage you do. Any attack—even whiffs or blocked attacks—reduces the meter and the amount of damage you can do. It slowly regenerates to maximum when you are not attacking.
Rage Gauge: A staple in the Samurai Shodown series. Taking damage fills this meter and once at max it results in increased attack power along with other bonuses. A Rage Explosion command can also be used which can be used to push back your opponent and open up other possibilities.
Weapon Flipping Attack: The super special move of Samurai Shodown V Special. It can be used while the Rage Gauge is at max or during a Rage Explosion. The move will both deal significant damage to the opponent and disarm them.
Concentration One: Only usable under certain conditions, this move will result in your opponent going into slow motion while you move at normal speed. Combined with the damaging Fatal Flash command that can only be used in this state, this command is perfect for staging last minute come-backs.
Overkill Moves: These are ultimate moves that can only be used once during a match against an opponent who is already on the ropes. Landing this move will result in your character executing the opponent with a brutal, visceral secret technique.
The PS4 and PS Vita release, which is being developed by Code Mystics, will also include a slew of new features and content including online multiplayer, a Gallery mode with unlockable art, and trophy support.
The PS4 and PS Vita release of Samurai Shodown V Special is scheduled for sometime this summer and a beta of the game will be available to play at the SNK booth at EVO 2017.
[Source: PlayStation Blog (US)]