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Afro Samurai - Xbox 360
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- 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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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
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.
Platform: Xbox 360
Top Customer Reviews
GamesRadar claimed that the instruction manual listed the wrong command for dashing. The manual lists clicking the left stick to dash. This is correct. While moving Afro in any direction clicking the left stick results in...guess what....a dash. Clicking it while stationary does nothing. Like many other action games with a run button you have to click it in conjunction with a directional input.
Gamespy noted a "game-stopping bug" that prevent ropes from being cut in the game. There is no bug. The ropes in question can only be cut by using the focus mode and executing the perfect slice maneuvers...along with aiming the slice to cut properly with the analog stick. It can't be done by button mashing. It's a precise cut that requires you to use the perfect slice system.
The IGN review bugged the daylights out of me as it was really off base (and I usually understand IGN's reviews) IGN claimed to be able to get through the entire game by "alternating attacks and mashing buttons". This same review claims an overly frustrating and cheap Brother 6 boss battle. Well it shouldn't be frustrating if the game can simply be beat with mindless button mashing I thought. If it's frustrating it really can't be so simple, right? Read on. This battle I did 3 times to test.Read more ›
Story / Dialogue 8/10
The story is well told and voice acted by Samuel L. Jackson, Kelly Hu, Ron Pearlman... The dialogue is entertaining, humorous, and deeply poetic at times. However, unless you've watched the anime, the story will be hard to follow and may seem like a hip hop ronin acid trip with a large dose of Samuel L. Jackson. The relationships between the characters and the events in the story aren't fully explained in the game, but it still manages to entertain. If you've seen the anime, you'll be fine.
The game does the best job ever at creating a game that looks like playable art. The stylized look is amazing. The screen shots and movies don't do the game justice. If you're an anime fan, you'll really appreciate the look of the game. If you strive for a more realistic/traditional game look, like Gears of War, the look may not appeal to you. But if you like anime, you'll love the art!
The combat system of Afro is great. Afro and his enemies are well animated and very responsive with a large arsenal of attacks. What truly sets the game apart is the SLICING system. The player can slow time, and dynamically slice enemies. Chop off arms, legs, torsos, heads, parts of heads, feet, hands, cut them in half... etc. Wherever the sword passes through the enemies, they get cut. It's incredibly satisfying and never gets old.Read more ›
when your actually on the right path however this game is pretty sweet, for a button mashing platformer its got a lot of style and neat things with the battle system added in to keep it fresh. The soundtrack shines in this game as it was prepared by the RZA from the wutang clan.
This game is cool but not without its problems. If you really wanna know if you want it check out the demo on xbox live, after playing it i really wanted it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall I enjoyed
The game up until halfway where it got difficult and frustrating. The game seems broken at times and Afros combos are limited. Read more
great game if you like the game type. perfect game if you like the game type, and samuel jackson. as always though, the games not for everyone, and if you dont like vulgarity, dont... Read morePublished 11 months ago by g