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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 Close shot
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Title screen.
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Yoshitora blocks arrow with sword
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Versus screen.

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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
PGNx Media Xbox Feb 26, 2006 7.4 out of 10 74 Neo Geo Feb, 2004 7 out of 10 70
TeamXbox Xbox Jan 18, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Play Magazine Xbox 2006 6.5 out of 10 65 Xbox May 22, 2006 6.4 out of 10 64
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
Game Shark Xbox Mar 01, 2006 D+ 33
Gaming Age Xbox Jan 16, 2006 D 25


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