If you enjoyed the Afro Samurai series, then you’re sure to love the psychotic butchery of the PS3 adaptation. The game is currently going for just £8.95 from Shopto in a deal which undercuts the next best price by almost £10.
Based on the popular Anime episodes, Afro Samurai sees you leading the bouffant little bushido – voiced by Samuel L Jackson - on a quest to avenge the death of his father. This journey will take Afro on voyage of self discovery where he’ll forge alliances, find love, and brutally massacre anyone who gets in his way. And it is in the latter sense that Afro Samurai really stands out. The game will see you battling hordes of enemy henchmen in scenes of extreme but delightful gore. You’ll be lopping off limbs, dishing out decapitations and sending dismembered corpse to the floor in showers of blood and pulp.
This is intensified by the focus ability, which allows you to slow down time and angle your Samurai blade at an on oncoming enemy in anyway you choose. However although the gameplay is highly entertaining, Afro Samurai does suffer from a sense of repetition, an inconsistent story, frustrating camera angles and underwhelming boss challenges. There are also issues with the XP you accumulate as it doesn’t really have much impact on the game, and the fact that carrying out combos is never necessary – you can literally button bash your way through the whole thing – is a bit disappointing. Overall Afro Samurai is definitely a good game, it’s just a shame it can’t quite be described as great.
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