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Afro Samurai - Playstation 3

by Bandai
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews) 65 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation 3
PlayStation 3
  • Follow the exploits of the original series, with all new material and background for fans to enjoy
  • Strikingly beautiful art style and texturing, with smooth balletic moves for amazing visuals and action
  • Hip-hop inspired soundtrack created by RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan actually affects the enemy AI's movements
  • Star-studded cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Pearlman and Kelly Hu in their series roles
  • Without pre-rendered enemies, attack scenes are unending in their possible combinations

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Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • ASIN: B0014G26WO
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,316 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform: PlayStation 3

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He who possesses the #1 Headband, will rule the world! Afro Samurai is the cutting edge game that delivers a new kind of cinematic game experience, a living episode that offers addictive, immersive and compelling gameplay that's literally dripping in style. Join Afro in his epic hunt for revenge to avenge the murder of his father by the current owner of the #1 Headband. Afro Samurai blends traditional Japanese culture, funky technology and hip hop to create a brutally fresh interactive experience. The hit, animated TV series now comes to life!

The only thing better than watching stylized samurai battles with Samuel L. Jackson's voice booming in your ear is controlling the character as it all happens. And now you can, with Afro Samurai for the PlayStation 3. Based on the popular anime series, Afro Samurai will finally let gamers control their favorite samurai as he violently slashes through an eclectic lineup of assassins, ninjas, and robotic thugs.

The voice acting is done by Samuel L. Jackson, who brings along his usual flair. View larger.

The Focus maneuver lets you low down time and perform precision hits.View larger.
The Story Unfolds
Set in a futuristic, yet feudal Japan, this story follows a samurai named Afro after his hair. Afro has set out to try and avenge his father's murder by a man named Justice. Justice murdered Afro's father to claim the 'Number One' headband, giving himself the chance to rule the world

Afro Samurai is based on the popular and stylistic anime of the same name. View larger.
with powers akin to a god. The only one allowed to challenge Number One is the person with the 'Number Two' headband, but unfortunately for Afro, the current owner of the headband, anybody and everybody can, and does, challenge Number Two. But never fear, as this new title includes brand new material and background for fans of the series and newcomers alike to enjoy.

Loads of Stylized Action
Afro Samurai brings gamers a balanced experienced, with stylistic combat and acrobatic platforming combined with the ability to dynamically slice and dismember enemies in unending ways. While gamers can hack and slash their way through many foes by combining heavy and light attacks with just two buttons, accomplished players will master moves like the Deep Throat Killer, where they pierce their opponent's neck and rip everything loose in a crimson splash.

Players will also need to learn the Focus maneuver with its bullet-time effect. This allows the user to slow down time and designate a specific strike zone, which with the right timing and skill can allow Afro to cleave an enemy in two or slice a limb completely off. And since characters are not pre-rendered you don't just get a canned scene when you cut through your enemy, giving you endless ways and means to cut your enemies down to size. This ethos is applied game-wide, as Afro is allowed to interact with anything and everything in his environment to help him on his journey.

Star-Studded Supporting Cast
Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as both Afro and Ninja in the game, and the same striking art style that made the anime series so popular provides the unique look and feel across beautifully animated open environments. And for those of you who are wondering, developers Namco Bandai let Jackson ad-lib a lot, so be prepared for his branded vulgarity and the M rating it helps the game earn.

Meanwhile, Ron Pearlman and Kelly Hu continue on in their roles as Justice and Okiku, while RZA of Wu-Tang Clan fame has created all new tracks for the hip-hop inspired soundtrack. And thanks to an innovative gameplay system, the enemy AI and tone of the game are affected by the beat of the musical score, for a truly immersing experience.

With its visual stunning graphics, and fluid and graceful movements, Afro Samurai will provide hours of entertaining, balletic action. Add to this ground-breaking elements like health that is represented by the blood on your clothes, or your enemies', and you have a game that simply can not be passed up.

Slice and dice your enemies in a glorious number of different ways.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun, but flawed, bloody action brawl February 4, 2009
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Because being a fun, ultraviolent anime blast wasn't enough, Afro Samurai makes the splash into the video game world courtesy of Namco Bandai. Samuel L. Jackson returns to lend his voice to the revenge-driven Afro as well as his foul-mouthed sidekick Ninja Ninja, in a storyline that more or less follows the plot of the first Afro Samurai flick, as you take on hordes of enemies and dish out bloody punishment. The fighting is mostly fun, as are the boss battles which are orchestrated wonderfully, but the best part of the game is undoubtedly the graphics and art design. Afro Samurai looks and moves fluidly and beautifully (although there is some noticable frame-rate issues here on the PS3 version of the game), and the game's soundtrack and voice acting are excellent as well. What really hurts the game however lie mostly in its controls and platforming. You can't really string together attacks, and the game's platforming elements are disappointingly clumsy. The game's schizy camera doesn't help matters either, and the fact that you can adjust the Y-axis but not the X-axis is mind-boggling. Still, there's a lot to admire with what you get here in Afro Samurai, but it's just a shame that a little more polish wasn't put on here, otherwise we could have had something really great. Still, the game is worth a look despite its flaws, and if you're a fan of the anime, you'll definitely want to check this out.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The first thing one notices in this game are the graphics, which are indeed awesome. It is like playing a comic book. The story line is classic--a son avenging the murder of his father. Samuel L. Jackson's voice overs definitely add to the fun. As does the first-rate soundtrack.

As another reviewer has noted, the weak point in this game is the camera movements. When one starts, the camera's default mode is the reverse of every other game one has ever played--the camera moves as if one is looking at a mirror. One can fix that in the options menu by deselecting "default." However, that fix only results in the camera moving in the right direction. One can still only pan horizontally in most places, which is very annoying when one has to jump to a platform but can't see where the edge of a cliff is or what, exactly, one is jumping to. Beyond that, even the horizontal movements are spotty, especially in the midst of combat where one is often disoriented.

If it were not for the camera movement, this would be a 5 star game. It is very disappointing as other game designers have figured this out. The camera movements in Tools of Destruction and Uncharted are so flawless one doesn't even notice them. The folks at Surge should consider enrolling in "Camera Movements for Games 101" and then reissue the game with this rather substantive problem corrected.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woah! This game is something February 24, 2009
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have to admit that this game was a bit of a shocker-- it hits hard and fast. There, I confessed. Love the graphics, the story, the content is hilarious, I never expected this thing to work but it's probably going to be one of the must-have-yet-flying-under-the-radar games of the year. I haven't seen it featured in any of the popular gaming mags, probably because it's based on a show and was considered to be a way of cashing in on an existing brand. Oh well, their mistake. Instant cult classic, and yes the gameplay suffers somewhat because of the tripped out camera; however, this is insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Games like Tomb Raider Underworld have shown us just how bad whacked-out camera controls really can be, and this game doesn't come anywhere close to being that bad. This game, in a word, is FUN.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST BUY FOR AN AFRO FAN January 30, 2009
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have only played the game for a little while, but so far it is awesome. Great graphics that look like they are straight out of the TV show. Good soundtrack even though I do not like rap. Ninja ninja (Samual L. Jackson) has great lines through out the game that make you laugh and keep you in good spirits, plus no one can curse like SLJ. All in all it is a fun hack and slash game full of blood, violence, nudity (naked ninja bit$hes), incredible graphics, and cursing. Just like the show. My major problem is the same as everyone elses, the camera sucks. Inverted left/right with no way to adjust.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but still a bloody good time. December 14, 2009
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I picked this title up at the same time that I bought my PS3. It was cheap, and I mildly enjoyed the series on SPIKE, so I figured I'd give it a shot, not expecting much. I was very impressed with what I got.

My initial impression of the game was that it was a button masher. The game starts off by throwing hordes of enemies at you, that you must hack and slash your way through. The simplest way to do this is by mashing buttons. Each attack button will initiate a combo sequence. There is no timing or skill involved in pulling off a combo, just hammer the button and it happens.

I soon discovered, however, that the game employs numerous methods of forcing you to play with a skilled hand. Apart from that, you can build up and use "focus", which functions as a sort of "bullet time" in which the game slows down, and you can aim and charge an attack at a specific part of the enemy's body. A well placed strike can and will dismember your opponent. You can also parry attacks, which can open the enemy's defenses.

Not all of the trash mobs are so easy to drop with button mashing, either. Some will go to great lengths to avoid your attacks, making Focus almost necessary, and even then, if you don't manage to trick them or catch them unawares, they can still manage to evade.

Some of the boss fights are incredibly difficult, and will require you to abandon your button-mashing tendancies altogether. While battling Kuma, for example, charging in will only get you slaughtered. Even parrying and counterattacking will only get you so far. I found myself actually having to use focus just to get myself into a position where attacking was possible, and even then, after a dozen attempts to figure the guy out, I just barely managed to succeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars da best
Good that's like the best game I've played in a long time. I only played just a little 1 1/2H one of the best of all times that console. the graphics it looks good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen P Fonseca
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, I love this game and have played it over and over again!
This game is amazing! If you like the show afro samurai then you will love this game! The voices are done by most of the same people and the game follows the stoy of the show for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chrissy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lame game
Published 2 months ago by Chevaughn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great game
Published 4 months ago by richard yacovone
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment...
Terribly uninspired story line. Controls are weakly laid out. Basically just button mashing for the first half hour until I grew tired of it, took out the game and put it away for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Aaron
2.0 out of 5 stars Love the music
The gameplay isn't all that great. I bought this game because of the music and the music is great! Love the music.
Published 12 months ago by William Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars This game is BAMF
This game is great. Violence, Samurai sword swinging, foul language, fun game play, challenging. It was great great great great.
Published 13 months ago by Ryan Barber
3.0 out of 5 stars Different...
Game is okay. The fighting seems to be less lethal than what I am used to, and AFRO is sought of slow when engaging his enemies, plus it is a story line and I would rather a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by rammer
4.0 out of 5 stars good shit
fun game, just wish it was longer. kool graphics and story line. definitly would buy the second one when it cmes out
Published on March 21, 2013 by skrewface
5.0 out of 5 stars Afro
5 stars cuz i like the cartoon and the game simple as that. i would only recommend this to die hard fans that dont care much just want afro samurai stuff.
Published on December 7, 2012 by Mihavitmalakai
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