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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 Kusaregero is furious
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Mina has big trouble
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Through the impact caused by a sweep, Charlotte hit-stops Ukyo Tachibana's probable counterattack...
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Chain weapon

Promo Images

Samurai Shodown V Screenshot
Samurai Shodown V Screenshot
Samurai Shodown V Screenshot
Samurai Shodown V Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "サムライスピリッツ零" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

GameSpot Xbox Jan 25, 2006 6.9 out of 10 69
Gamer 2.0 Xbox Feb 01, 2006 6.7 out of 10 67
Play Magazine Xbox 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
VGPub Xbox Feb 14, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
GameZone Xbox Feb 03, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Game Chronicles Xbox May 01, 2006 5.8 out of 10 58 PlayStation 2 Jun 16, 2006 9 out of 20 45
G4 TV: X-Play Xbox Mar 23, 2006 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Game Shark Xbox Mar 01, 2006 D+ 33
Game Critics Xbox Oct 14, 2006 3 out of 10 30


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