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Samurai Shodown V

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Seven years after the fourth game in the series, Samurai Shodown returns. In the game's time frame, this is the earliest game, hence the Japanese title Samurai Spirits Zero. It takes place in 1786 from January through the later summer. The game is therefore considered a prequel to the series.

The overall gameplay was slightly altered. It is a little faster, and the Slash/Bust system has been removed. Each character now has only one version, or the Bust mode is simply replaced by a new character of very similar setup. Combo slashes, sidestepping and fatalities have also vanished. The basic moves have been modeled after the first games in the series. They consist of three types of slashes, a single kick, and various dodge maneuvers similar to Samurai Shodown II.

There are 24 characters, a familiar cast with some new faces. Unlike the previous games, it is not possible to kill your opponent.

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Samurai Shodown V Arcade Game is quite bloody
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Blood punch
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Title screen (Japanese version).
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Kusaregero is furious

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PGNx Media Xbox Feb 26, 2006 7.4 out of 10 74
Cheat Code Central Xbox Jan 30, 2006 3.5 out of 5 70
Pixel-Heroes.de Neo Geo Feb, 2004 7 out of 10 70
HonestGamers Xbox Jan 21, 2006 7 out of 10 70
TeamXbox Xbox Jan 18, 2006 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Xbox Jan 25, 2006 6.9 out of 10 69
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Xbox Feb, 2006 5.8 out of 10 58
Game Revolution Xbox Jan 30, 2006 C- 42
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Mar 16, 2006 3 out of 10 30
Gaming Age Xbox Jan 16, 2006 D 25

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