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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 Hands
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Rasetsumaru tries to run-attack Kafuin Gaira, but he is suddenly hit-stopped by his move "Katsu!".
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Demonstrative battle: Charlotte uses her move Power Gradation and, accurately, damages Yagyu Jubei.
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Even after Kazuki Kazama's attack, Rimururu's Kamui Shituki still continued active and functional...

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Alternate Titles

  • "サムライスピリッツ零" -- Japanese spelling

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Darkstation Xbox Mar 28, 2006 7 out of 10 70
TeamXbox Xbox Jan 18, 2006 7 out of 10 70 Neo Geo Feb, 2004 7 out of 10 70
HonestGamers Xbox Jan 21, 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
GameSpy Xbox Jan 24, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameZone Xbox Feb 03, 2006 6 out of 10 60 PlayStation 2 Jun 16, 2006 9 out of 20 45
Game Shark Xbox Mar 01, 2006 D+ 33


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