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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 Neo Geo Title screen (Japanese version).
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Some story
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Tam Tam's big sword
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Tam Tam executes his spinning-sword move Paguna Paguna against Yumeji, but she doesn't react anyway.

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Alternate Titles

  • "サムライスピリッツ零" -- Japanese spelling

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PGNx Media Xbox Feb 26, 2006 7.4 out of 10 74
HonestGamers Xbox Jan 21, 2006 7 out of 10 70
TeamXbox Xbox Jan 18, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Gamer 2.0 Xbox Feb 01, 2006 6.7 out of 10 67
VGPub Xbox Feb 14, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
Play Magazine Xbox 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
Mygamer.com Xbox May 22, 2006 6.4 out of 10 64
G4 TV: X-Play Xbox Mar 23, 2006 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
AceGamez PlayStation 2 Jun 03, 2006 4 out of 10 40
Game Shark Xbox Mar 01, 2006 D+ 33

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