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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 Tam Tam's big sword
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Fire explodes
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Rera fights against Basara
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Fast slash

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Alternate Titles

  • "サムライスピリッツ零" -- Japanese spelling

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Darkstation Xbox Mar 28, 2006 7 out of 10 70 Neo Geo Feb, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Xbox Jan 25, 2006 6.9 out of 10 69 Xbox May 22, 2006 6.4 out of 10 64
IGN Xbox Jan 26, 2006 6.2 out of 10 62
GameZone Xbox Feb 03, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Game Chronicles Xbox May 01, 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
Game Critics Xbox Oct 14, 2006 3 out of 10 30


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