Summary: Samurai Shodown Sen does an acceptable job of presenting the classic 2D fighting series in 3D, and while some of the mechanics stay true to the core product, the forced integration of more recent 3D fighting game mechanics renders this a sloppy and at times futile experience ultimately.
Conclusion: Lag didn't seem to be too much of an issue, but then again, I only interacted with probably three people at the most online. There are definitely better fighting games out there. I'd recommend Samurai Shodown 2 on Xbox Live Arcade over this. Although I don't know if there's much of an online community on SamSho 2. Rent this game. Get your 1000 if you're into achievement hunting and give it back.
Excerpt: Samurai Shodown’s first appearance of the generation is an entertaining but flawed experience. SNK Playmore has created Samurai Shodown Sen in a 3D style similar to Tekken or Soul Calibur, belying its roots as a 2D fighter in the style of Street Fighter II. Unfortunately, while it shows some promise, it’s just not as good as the other 3D fighters on current consoles.
Conclusion: Samurai Shodown Sen, though different from what I was expecting, was still a fun and entertaining fighter to have within my 360 library. For those who like games like Mortal Kombat, Sen is right up with the type of gore you can expect without setting people on fire or eating them. With large character roster and the guy with the gun to choose from, how can you not enjoy this title?
Conclusion: Samurai Shodown Sen isn’t a bad game as such. It’s just that there are so many more visually impressive, more accessible and, ultimately, more fun fighting games on 360. If you’re still hungry for some slash-’em-up action, then you might prefer the cheaper – and better – Samurai Shodown II on Live Arcade.
Summary: Samurai Shodown Sen is another attempt to drag the venerable series into three dimensions. While it's got some new and interesting ideas for the fighting genre, the balance and execution make for a plodding mess.
Pros: Strong core concept, Bloody finishers, Sense of weight and momentum
Cons: Imbalanced combo system, Sidestep move is useless, Only a few modes
Excerpt: Released today as an exclusive XBox 360 title, Samurai Showdown Sen is the latest in the franchise originally released in Japanese arcades as Samurai Spirits Sen. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy, so here’s my thought on the latest in a long line of fighting games…