Thursday 2 June 2005/... One of the first fighting games to let gamers battle each other with weapons, the Samurai Shodown series has long been known for its innovative gameplay and authentic anime stylisation. This, the fifth instalment in one of SNKÂfs best loved series, is set for a full-scale sword assault on the European public. Ignition Entertainment would like to announce Samurai Shodown V for the PS2 and Xbox (with the Xbox version having full Live functionality). Arriving in September Âe05, it will carry a suggested retail price of Â£19.99.
The Samurai Shodown series has also been known for its willingness to tinker with its unique fighting system, and has resulted in a number of changes over the years. This instalment is no different, and offers several new features for the dedicated player. Characters can meditate in the heat of battle to affect their stats, and even slow down time for their opponent. Old faithfuls return, and talented gamers can throw their weapons down and fight unarmed.
ÂgFans of SNKÂfs fighting games have been clamouring for an update to the Samurai Shodown series,Âh says Peter Rollinson, Product Manager, Ignition Entertainment. ÂgThey feel very different to the King of Fighters games and offer a completely different style of gameplay to other 2D fighters. Samurai Shodown V is the most complete and refined iteration yet.Âh
Gameplay features â€“
Â· Fight your friends over Xbox Live!
Â· Choose from 27 different characters, nine of which are completely new to the series.
Â· Brand new beautifully hand-drawn sprites.
Â· Several new game system tweaks, including a slow-motion feature and the Sword Spirit Gauge.
Â· Full 60Hz PAL options.
Â· Completely uncensored and present in its entirety.
Samurai Shodown V will be available for PS2 and Xbox in Sept Âe05 with a suggested retail price of Â£19.99
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