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Description

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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Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Haohmaru uses the Backstep command to avoid be hit-damaged by Kusaregedo Youkai's slashing attack.
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Player select
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Mill attack
Samurai Shodown V Arcade Close shot

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Alternate Titles

  • "サムライスピリッツ零" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Worth Playing Xbox Jan 18, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
Game Vortex Xbox Feb 08, 2006 82 out of 100 82
Darkstation Xbox Mar 28, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Mygamer.com Xbox May 22, 2006 6.4 out of 10 64
GameZone Xbox Feb 03, 2006 6 out of 10 60
GameSpy Xbox Jan 24, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Chronicles Xbox May 01, 2006 5.8 out of 10 58
AceGamez PlayStation 2 Jun 03, 2006 4 out of 10 40
G4 TV: X-Play Xbox Mar 23, 2006 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Mar 16, 2006 3 out of 10 30

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