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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Way of the Samurai 3: [insert witty title here]

I just warmed me up some Pizza Rolls, and that means it is time for another installment of Regh's Video Game Reviews {Crowd Cheers}

Please hold your applause until the end.

Today I am Reviewing Way of the Samurai 3 or 侍道3 or even Samurai Dou 3. This game came out in October 29 for both the PS3 and XBOX 360. For some reason I remembered loving the first game so I thought I would pick it up. The graphics are extremely outdated. They look like PS2 graphics. Let's save the complaints for the review. All I got to say is I am glad I didn't pay full price. Let's move to the break down. BOOM BOOM TAP ahhhhTAP TAP.

This game series has an extremely unique gameplay. Is that a good thing though? Luckily it hasn't changed between any of the games. For those who have never played a WotS game, it is game blends traditional role playing with action game. The Fighting is rather basic but way too slow. You get a Light attack (Square or X depending on your system), Strong Attack (triangle or Y), Jump which can be joined to with your attacks and block. There is also instant kills that can be preformed by blocking just as the enemy is striking you and then hitting the button on screen if you pulled it off properly

Here is where the game gets more advanced. You only start off with a few basic moves. The standard combos, a Grapple, and a push attack like kick of a punch. You can also choose rather you are going to use the bladed side of your weapon or the blunt side. Obvious reason for these choices is for Kill or just knocking people out. This can lead to more or less samurai points which can get you unlockables and achievements. Each weapon has a different stances such as Upper, Lower, and everyones favorite: ninja. As you use the blades you level them up and as they level up, they gain new abilities.

Now this sounds all good. But it is terribly executed and WAY too slow. Nothing seems to work out like you want it too and the combos are too Mechanical. You usually try to pull off a combo and get attacked in the process.

One thing that is nice is that after you beat the game once, you can carry over all your equipment to the next replay. This includes weapons and healing items.

The game also features a weapon making system. I haven't even began tampering with this because I can't get past how disappointed I am with the gameplay.

Did I mention the map system makes no sense what so ever?

I am not even going to focus on this. It is the only thing good about the game because there are 22 different endings. The scripts are poorly written though and you have to repeat a lot of the same events over and over and over and over and over just to achieve a different ending. It is all really tedious and takes the fun out of the game.

Classic Japanese music mix with other stuff. SFX are terrible.

This game is very average. It doesn't excel anywhere. Poor Controls and Graphics and Sounds really bring it down. There are a TON of unlockables though like the cybernetic suit and a Afro for your character. So if you are an in-game collector, you will love this. If you can get past the gameplay.

All and All I give this Game a 5.7 out of 10

That is me being generous too.

Hopefully the next one will be better because this series has so much potential.

Regh out.


  1. nice shit man, saw that you subscribed to my blog as well, nice going,

    Says a gamer to an other.