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Afro Samurai - Xbox 360

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

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Platform: Xbox 360
  • 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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Product Details

Platform: Xbox 360
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0014G98WA
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • 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: #19,330 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: Xbox 360

Product Description

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 Xbox 360. 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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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Afro Samurai Review - A good game getting a bad rap. February 10, 2009
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was pretty excited about this game when I heard it was being developed as I am a fan of the series. Upon reading several reviews such as IGN, GamesRadar and GameSpy I almost passed on getting it. It seemed that yet again something I liked had a poor game made based on it. I bought Afro Samurai anyway and man am I glad I did, here's why. First off let me start by correcting a few erroneous errors in some of the reviews I read that lead to their scores.

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.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's the Perfect Afro... with some Head Lice... February 5, 2009
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Afro Samurai is an action game based on the anime that aired on Spike TV in 2006. Both the game and anime chronicle Afro Samurai's ultra violent quest to avenge his father's death. Lots of effort was focused on the style of the game and it really paid off. The writing, art, acting, combat, music, all flow together to create a fun experience... but the game has some serious flaws.

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.

Graphics 9/10
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!

Combat 9/10
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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun, but flawed, bloody action brawl January 29, 2009
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
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, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody, mindless, fun March 27, 2009
By Viper
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
If your looking for a hack and slash Kill Bill simulator and are worn out from Ninja Gaiden 2, then you've came to the right place. This game isn't groundbreaking but it's very fun and although I never saw the TV show, I had a good time with it. The graphics very much resemble an anime and don't try to be cutting edge. If your looking for cutting edge graphics, look else where. The gameplay is very fun, I have to say I enjoyed hacking through dozens sometimes hundreds of enemies at once. I felt like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill. Lastly parents, do not buy this for your kids. This is truely an M-rated game on par with Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row. There is bloody violence, limbs hacked off, bodies chopped in half sometimes with internal organs exposed, constant profanity(of course if your kid goes to public school, they probably hear this language already), sexual references, and nude strippers and prostitutes. Teens could probably handle it but younger children should be kept far away despite the cartoony look.
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