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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.

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Samurai Shodown V Arcade Mill attack
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Yoshitora blocks arrow with sword
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Hanzo's block is futile
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Title screen (Japanese version).

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Alternate Titles

  • "サムライスピリッツ零" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Diehard GameFan Xbox Jan 16, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Cheat Code Central Xbox Jan 30, 2006 3.5 out of 5 70
The Video Game Critic Xbox Aug 27, 2006 B- 67
Play Magazine Xbox 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Chronicles Xbox May 01, 2006 5.8 out of 10 58
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Xbox Feb, 2006 5.8 out of 10 58
G4 TV: X-Play Xbox Mar 23, 2006 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Game Shark Xbox Mar 01, 2006 D+ 33
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Mar 16, 2006 3 out of 10 30
Game Critics Xbox Oct 14, 2006 3 out of 10 30

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