SNK and Sony have both announced that the last Neo Geo game, Samurai Shodown V Special, will be released on both PS4 and PS Vita today. The game, which by many is seen as the best of the sword fighting game series, brought a lot of unique mechanics to the franchise. The PS4 and Vita version of Samurai shodown V Special will come with Online matchmaking as well as unlock able character art galleries.
The Official Playstation blog released a launch trailer showing these features as well as a detailed description of each one of them:
Deflect: This move will deflect most normal moves besides kicks, low attacks, and overheads. A successful parry will leave your opponent open for a counter-attack. This is a key strategy in high-level play as an opponent can quickly turn the tables on you if you carelessly attack. However, it does have a recovery animation on a miss, so it cannot be carelessly spammed either.
Blade Catch: One mechanic that players will quickly realize is that the Weapon Flipping Techniques that are possible to use with a full Rage meter will send your opponent’s weapon flying if they land. This obviously puts the disarmed player at a huge disadvantage but this simple command can actually be used to catch your opponent’s blade and disarm them as well, leveling the playing field.
Special Movement: The D button (Special) in Samurai Shodown V Special is used for a variety of actions, including some very important dodges and movement options. In a game where every single hit means a lot of damage, these movement options are all the more important.
Here are a handful of examples of what you can do!
Short Hop: Just as it sounds, this allows your character to hop in place and dodge low attacks
Forward Leap: This is a short hop forward that also allows you to dodge low attacks while either approaching your opponent or even jump over/through your opponent.
Lie Down: This command puts your character in a prone position, allowing you to dodge overheads.
Suicide: This mechanic basically forfeits the current round. This may seem like a completely useless mechanic at first, but it does have its uses in high level play. This ties into the Rage mechanic which increases your damage substantially before its timer runs out. That buff and timer will actually carry over to the next round, so if it looks like you are going to lose a round while still having a full Rage meter, you can then use this suicide mechanic to quickly forfeit that round and start the next one with an advantage.
Samurai Shodown V Special will release today on PSN for $14.99. Let us all home that the netcode is strong enough to allow fans to enjoy this gruesome entry in the best sword fighting games series.