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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 Neo Geo In an attempt to hit-damage Yoshitora Tokugawa, Sogetsu Kazama tries an air-slashing move: he fails!
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Thanks to the accurate use of his move Choubi Jishi, Kyoshiro Senryo hit-burns Tam Tam successfully!
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Death from above
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Character selection.

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Worth Playing Xbox Jan 18, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
Pixel-Heroes.de 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
Play Magazine Xbox 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
IGN Xbox Jan 26, 2006 6.2 out of 10 62
GameZone Xbox Feb 03, 2006 6 out of 10 60
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


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