Set in feudal Japan during the Sengoku Era, you take control of a lone samurai warrior with a choice to fight for the Fujimori Clan, Ouka Clan, or the villagers of Takatane who are caught in the power struggle between the rival clans.
You can grab a copy of the game for the PS3 or Xbox 360 from HMV for £17.99, which is almost £2 cheaper than ShopTo’s next best offer of £19.85. Considering the game came out just over a month ago, this is an exceptionally good deal.
- Click here to buy Way of the Samurai for £17.99 from HMV [PS3]
- Click here to buy Way of the Samurai for £17.99 from HMV [X360]
There are a multitude of endings on offer to players depending on the actions you take throughout the course of the game. Unfortunately, in order to view them all you’ll have to play through an unbelievably repetitive series of actions, which at times make you doubt the legendary status of the samurai, I for one had never known about their rice cake making abilities. The RPG aspect of the game feels incredibly dated, for example the environment you’re given to explore feels very limited and the character customization is nowhere near as impressive as that seen in Mass Effect, Fallout 3, or even Oblivion.
Even more disappointing is the limited range of conversation responses, the poorly written floating speech bubbles above characters’ heads, and the poor in-game graphics. Combat is an attack, block, and parry set of affairs, which does require a certain amount of skill to master. However, the outcome does rely heavily on your weapons’ defence and attack rating. Luckily, they can be built out an amazing array of unique parts, which are strewn throughout the game.
If you’re a fan of the Samurai and this period of Japanese history, it's highly likely that you’ll be able to overlook the numerous flaws and lack of RPG refinement on offer, in which case this is definitely a deal for you. If you're on the fence, you might want to give Neil's cautionary review a read.