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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 Using his air-stomping move Hyakkan Otoshi, Gaira Kafuin aims to stop Kusaregedo's long-neck attack.
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Versus screen.
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Blood punch
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Haohmaru uses the Backstep command to avoid be hit-damaged by Kusaregedo Youkai's slashing attack.

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Worth Playing Xbox Jan 18, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
HonestGamers Xbox Jan 21, 2006 7 out of 10 70
TeamXbox Xbox Jan 18, 2006 7 out of 10 70 Neo Geo Feb, 2004 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Xbox Aug 27, 2006 B- 67
VGPub Xbox Feb 14, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
IGN Xbox Jan 26, 2006 6.2 out of 10 62
GameSpy Xbox Jan 24, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameZone Xbox Feb 03, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Game Shark Xbox Mar 01, 2006 D+ 33


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