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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.


Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Through the impact caused by a sweep, Charlotte hit-stops Ukyo Tachibana's probable counterattack...
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Sniper bow
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Character storyline sequence view (only in the Japanese version).
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Rasetsumaru tries to run-attack Kafuin Gaira, but he is suddenly hit-stopped by his move "Katsu!".

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Cheat Code Central Xbox Jan 30, 2006 3.5 out of 5 70
Darkstation Xbox Mar 28, 2006 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Xbox Aug 27, 2006 B- 67
Gamer 2.0 Xbox Feb 01, 2006 6.7 out of 10 67
VGPub Xbox Feb 14, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65 Xbox May 22, 2006 6.4 out of 10 64
IGN Xbox Jan 26, 2006 6.2 out of 10 62
GameZone Xbox Feb 03, 2006 6 out of 10 60 (UK) PlayStation 2 Mar 16, 2006 3 out of 10 30
Game Critics Xbox Oct 14, 2006 3 out of 10 30


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