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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 Neo Geo Character selection.
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Character storyline sequence view (only in the Japanese version).
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Yagyu Jubei versus Gaoh Hinowanokami Kyougoku (Armored): and the Final (?) Round is about to start!
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Hanzo's block is futile

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Alternate Titles

  • "サムライスピリッツ零" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Worth Playing Xbox Jan 18, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
Game Vortex Xbox Feb 08, 2006 82 out of 100 82
Darkstation Xbox Mar 28, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Cheat Code Central Xbox Jan 30, 2006 3.5 out of 5 70
TeamXbox Xbox Jan 18, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Gamer 2.0 Xbox Feb 01, 2006 6.7 out of 10 67
GameSpy Xbox Jan 24, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Jun 16, 2006 9 out of 20 45
Game Critics Xbox Oct 14, 2006 3 out of 10 30
Gaming Age Xbox Jan 16, 2006 D 25

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