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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 Air duel
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Death from above
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Hanso uses high jump to advantage
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Hattori Hanzo being stunned (but not damaged) by Ukyo Tachibana's Rage Explosion command activation.

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The Press Says

Game Vortex Xbox Feb 08, 2006 82 out of 100 82
PGNx Media Xbox Feb 26, 2006 7.4 out of 10 74
GameSpot Xbox Jan 25, 2006 6.9 out of 10 69
The Video Game Critic Xbox Aug 27, 2006 B- 67
GameZone Xbox Feb 03, 2006 6 out of 10 60
GameSpy Xbox Jan 24, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Xbox Feb, 2006 5.8 out of 10 58 PlayStation 2 Jun 16, 2006 9 out of 20 45
AceGamez PlayStation 2 Jun 03, 2006 4 out of 10 40 (UK) PlayStation 2 Mar 16, 2006 3 out of 10 30


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