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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 Some story
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Death from above
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo And Kafuin Gaira is about to be hit-damaged by Yoshitora Tokugawa's air move San no Tachi: Botan...
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo To protect himself of Ukyo's probable offensive, Suija executes his super move Tenshou: Suichuu Ha.

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The Press Says Neo Geo Feb, 2004 7 out of 10 70
HonestGamers Xbox Jan 21, 2006 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Xbox Jan 25, 2006 6.9 out of 10 69
The Video Game Critic Xbox Aug 27, 2006 B- 67
VGPub Xbox Feb 14, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
Play Magazine Xbox 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Chronicles Xbox May 01, 2006 5.8 out of 10 58
Game Revolution Xbox Jan 30, 2006 C- 42
AceGamez PlayStation 2 Jun 03, 2006 4 out of 10 40
Gaming Age Xbox Jan 16, 2006 D 25


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