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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 Sniper bow
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Demonstrative battle: Charlotte uses her move Power Gradation and, accurately, damages Yagyu Jubei.
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Yoshitora's special attack
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Hattori Hanzo being stunned (but not damaged) by Ukyo Tachibana's Rage Explosion command activation.

Promo Images

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

Alternate Titles

  • "サムライスピリッツ零" -- Japanese spelling

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Worth Playing Xbox Jan 18, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Xbox Jan 21, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Gamer 2.0 Xbox Feb 01, 2006 6.7 out of 10 67
Game Chronicles Xbox May 01, 2006 5.8 out of 10 58 PlayStation 2 Jun 16, 2006 9 out of 20 45
AceGamez PlayStation 2 Jun 03, 2006 4 out of 10 40
Game Shark Xbox Mar 01, 2006 D+ 33
Games TM Arcade Apr 22, 2004 3 out of 10 30 (UK) PlayStation 2 Mar 16, 2006 3 out of 10 30
Gaming Age Xbox Jan 16, 2006 D 25


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