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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 Some story
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Thanks to the accurate use of his move Choubi Jishi, Kyoshiro Senryo hit-burns Tam Tam successfully!
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Death from above
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Sniper bow

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Samurai Shodown V Screenshot
Samurai Shodown V Screenshot
Samurai Shodown V Concept Art
Samurai Shodown V Screenshot

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
TeamXbox Xbox Jan 18, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Play Magazine Xbox 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
VGPub Xbox Feb 14, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Chronicles Xbox May 01, 2006 5.8 out of 10 58
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Jun 16, 2006 9 out of 20 45
Game Revolution Xbox Jan 30, 2006 C- 42
AceGamez PlayStation 2 Jun 03, 2006 4 out of 10 40
Game Shark Xbox Mar 01, 2006 D+ 33
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Mar 16, 2006 3 out of 10 30


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