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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 Yagyu Jubei versus Gaoh Hinowanokami Kyougoku (Armored): and the Final (?) Round is about to start!
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Through his super move Tenkai Unri, Yunfei Liu hit-damages Charlotte with a huge green wind column!
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Hanzo's block is futile
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Tam Tam executes his spinning-sword move Paguna Paguna against Yumeji, but she doesn't react anyway.

Alternate Titles

  • "サムライスピリッツ零" -- Japanese spelling

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Game Vortex Xbox Feb 08, 2006 82 out of 100 82
Cheat Code Central Xbox Jan 30, 2006 3.5 out of 5 70
Gamer 2.0 Xbox Feb 01, 2006 6.7 out of 10 67
The Video Game Critic Xbox Aug 27, 2006 B- 67
Play Magazine Xbox 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 PlayStation 2 Jun 16, 2006 9 out of 20 45
Game Revolution Xbox Jan 30, 2006 C- 42
Gaming Age Xbox Jan 16, 2006 D 25


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