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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 Arcade Chain weapon
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Tam Tam executes his spinning-sword move Paguna Paguna against Yumeji, but she doesn't react anyway.
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Kusaregero is furious
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Hanso uses high jump to advantage

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PGNx Media Xbox Feb 26, 2006 7.4 out of 10 74 Neo Geo Feb, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Diehard GameFan Xbox Jan 16, 2006 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Xbox Aug 27, 2006 B- 67
VGPub Xbox Feb 14, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
IGN Xbox Jan 26, 2006 6.2 out of 10 62
Game Revolution Xbox Jan 30, 2006 C- 42
AceGamez PlayStation 2 Jun 03, 2006 4 out of 10 40
Game Critics Xbox Oct 14, 2006 3 out of 10 30
Gaming Age Xbox Jan 16, 2006 D 25


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