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Samurai Shodown V Special (Neo Geo)

Samurai Shodown V Special Neo Geo Title screen.

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Description

Samurai Shodown V Special is a re-release of the base game, which was the first game in the main series not developed by SNK, but designed by Yuki Enterprise instead. A few problems were corrected in this release, along with the addition of some new features.

There is no storyline for this version, just the fights. The European PS2 version, confusingly called Samurai Shodown V, contains 26 characters from the start, and three hidden playable bosses: Amakusa, Zankuro and Mizuki (Samurai Shodown II boss). There is no story mode, even though the introduction and story of SSV is used in the European PS2 version.

Next to the gameplay of the base game, this release adds the possibility to kill your opponent (fatalities), along with hidden Zetsumei Ougi moves for each character, providing an instant kill when connected. The weapon damage is based on a green Sword Gauge, which depletes when many weapon moves are used in succession, and then regenerates. Other special moves are based on rage with a Rage Gauge, and Rage Explosion for invincible attacks. Players can also choose the opposite strategy. By meditating, the Concentration One gauge can be used to slow down the opponent's moves or perform Fatal Slashes.

The amount of backgrounds has been reduced, but the game now includes more original ones. There are 3 game modes in the European PS2 version: Time Attack, VS and Practice.

Screenshots

Samurai Shodown V Special Neo Geo Ukyo Tachibana's super move Tsubame Rokuren was successfully executed... but the bout time finished!
Samurai Shodown V Special Neo Geo Title screen (Japanese version).
Samurai Shodown V Special Neo Geo Rimururu executes her finishing move Konru Sutu Poro to hit-defeat Gaira Kafuin once and for all!
Samurai Shodown V Special Neo Geo Yunfei tries to attack Kafuin Gaira through his whirlwind-based move Ten'i Daihou, but he blocks it.

Alternate Titles

  • "Samurai Shodown V" -- European PS2 title

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Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jan 03, 2005 9 out of 10 90

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Trivia

The Japanese Neo Geo edition was recalled when SNK Playmore Corp. received customer reports about numerous bugs. Most of the issues were reported in the practice mode, with abnormal damage rates and hang-ups when certain attacks are executed. Along with the bug fixes, SNK brought back the fatalities that were present in the arcade but cut from the home edition.
Sciere (233692) added Samurai Shodown V Special (Neo Geo) on Jan 24, 2007
Other platforms contributed by Marcin Ostrowski (32565) and Sciere (233692)