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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 Victory
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Hanzo Hattori with the open guard: he's hit-damaged by Gaoh Hinowanokami Kyougoku's slashing blow...
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Through the impact caused by a sweep, Charlotte hit-stops Ukyo Tachibana's probable counterattack...
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo And Kafuin Gaira is about to be hit-damaged by Yoshitora Tokugawa's air move San no Tachi: Botan...

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Alternate Titles

  • "サムライスピリッツ零" -- Japanese spelling

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Game Vortex Xbox Feb 08, 2006 82 out of 100 82
Darkstation Xbox Mar 28, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Cheat Code Central Xbox Jan 30, 2006 3.5 out of 5 70
The Video Game Critic Xbox Aug 27, 2006 B- 67
VGPub Xbox Feb 14, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Xbox Feb, 2006 5.8 out of 10 58
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Jun 16, 2006 9 out of 20 45
AceGamez PlayStation 2 Jun 03, 2006 4 out of 10 40
G4 TV: X-Play Xbox Mar 23, 2006 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Gaming Age Xbox Jan 16, 2006 D 25

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