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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.

Screenshots

Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Title screen.
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Before Fuyo concludes her sliding attack, Basara aims to hit-connect his move Nue Dama in Sankuro...
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Hattori Hanzo being stunned (but not damaged) by Ukyo Tachibana's Rage Explosion command activation.
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Tam Tam executes his spinning-sword move Paguna Paguna against Yumeji, but she doesn't react anyway.

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Alternate Titles

  • "サムライスピリッツ零" -- Japanese spelling

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Pixel-Heroes.de Neo Geo Feb, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Xbox Jan 25, 2006 6.9 out of 10 69
Gamer 2.0 Xbox Feb 01, 2006 6.7 out of 10 67
Play Magazine Xbox 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
VGPub Xbox Feb 14, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
IGN Xbox Jan 26, 2006 6.2 out of 10 62
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
Game Shark Xbox Mar 01, 2006 D+ 33

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