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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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Alternate Titles

  • "サムライスピリッツ零" -- Japanese spelling

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Game Vortex Feb 08, 2006 82 out of 100 82
HonestGamers Jan 21, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Diehard GameFan Jan 16, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Cheat Code Central Jan 30, 2006 3.5 out of 5 70
GameSpot Jan 25, 2006 6.9 out of 10 69
The Video Game Critic Aug 27, 2006 B- 67
GameSpy Jan 24, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameZone Feb 03, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Game Chronicles May 01, 2006 5.8 out of 10 58
Gaming Age Jan 16, 2006 D 25


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Sciere (385200) added Samurai Shodown V (Xbox) on Jan 24, 2007
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