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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 Using his air-stomping move Hyakkan Otoshi, Gaira Kafuin aims to stop Kusaregedo's long-neck attack.
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Mina Majikina attacking a defensive Yagyu Jubei through her multi-projectile-based move Jikyuu Shin.
Samurai Shodown V Neo Geo Yoshitora Tokugawa ends one of this blows... and Tam Tam is about to complete his move Ahau Gaburu!

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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

PGNx Media Xbox Feb 26, 2006 7.4 out of 10 74 Neo Geo Feb, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Cheat Code Central Xbox Jan 30, 2006 3.5 out of 5 70
GameSpot Xbox Jan 25, 2006 6.9 out of 10 69
IGN Xbox Jan 26, 2006 6.2 out of 10 62
GameSpy Xbox Jan 24, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Xbox Feb, 2006 5.8 out of 10 58 PlayStation 2 Jun 16, 2006 9 out of 20 45
Game Revolution Xbox Jan 30, 2006 C- 42 (UK) PlayStation 2 Mar 16, 2006 3 out of 10 30


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