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Way of the Samurai 3 - Xbox 360
- The Butterfly Effect - With over 15 different endings, every action you take will cause a chain of events to occur, allowing for multiple outcomes and replay-ability. Every action has a reaction and the following consequences open up new paths to explore.
- Weapon Customization and Abilities - Craft your own unique weapons from over 200 different parts and materials, creating the ultimate weapon that suits your taste and fighting style. Create lethal blades, spears, pole axes and more while discovering new abilities and skills with increased use. Become a master of one or of many. The choice is yours.
- Reward System and Samurai Rating - Performing different feats will reward a player with Samurai Points and a Title, which in turn will unlock new features and characters within the game. Fight honorably in the way of the samurai, live your life as a bandit or strive to uphold the government. These choices will net different points and values, encouraging multiple play to unlock everything.
- The Pen Can Be Mightier Than The Sword - Fight your opposition with force or take the diplomatic route, using subtle gestures like the unsheathing of your sword. With an extensive dialogue tree, weapons combo system and more, this hybrid title delivers on multiple fronts.
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I bought the game based on the mostly positive reviews I saw here on Amazon (the decent price point also helped). I too did not see this game in any of my local video game stores or big box retailers so it was nice, being able to find it here.
As for the gameplay - you start off as a samurai who wakes up in a village and over the course of the game you can opt to choose to help one (or both, or none) of 2 major samurai factions/clans, or choose to help the village you woke up in, or pretty much do whatever you want and help nobody as well. One great aspect of the game has been the freedom to choose your destiny, and one of the big selling points of this game is the fact there are so many different endings you can choose from.
It is helpful to note that after you achieve one ending, you can carry over your stats and weapons into a new save, so that you don't have to start all over again in terms of accumulating items. Given the deep weapons creation system in this game and the huge number and variety of weapons you can make or choose from, it makes sense that you carry over items in each incarnation of the game you subsequently start.
Gameplay is relatively fun, with the combat mechanics being very deep and fulfilling. You can learn many different moves and combined that with the variety of weapons and stances you choose from, it definitely caters to both the experts who like deep combat, or even button mashers who like to hit X 100 times a minute to slog through a fight.Read more ›
I'll break it down, as people seem to do with these reviews:
Graphics - The graphics are pretty basic. I'm not the sort of person who will ever disregard a game because it is ugly, but if that sort of things bothers you, definitely avoid this title. The characters are acceptable, but the environments are bland and forgettable. Honestly, I think I played games that were more polished than this on the previous generation of consoles.
Sound - Turn it off. The game cycles through a short list of tracks that get annoying really quickly. The songs are at least in an appropriate style and theme, just very limited. The Japanese voice-acting is fine (I think. I don't speak Japanese, so it isn't fair for me to judge), but the English dubs are pretty bad. You are better off listening to your own music while playing this game.
Gameplay - The fighting is the best part of this game. You can play through it like a simple hack-and-slash (I found that most enemies are pretty easy to defeat by just mashing the attack button over and over), but there are layers of depth to the mechanics, as well. You have different styles and different weapons to deploy, and timing counter-attacks and combos well can feel very satisfying.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are games that give you too many clue and hints, and then there are others that give you very little clues and force you to learn everything. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joseph Martin
Really fun and way better than part 4 . This version has way better frame rate then way of the samurai 4. It's a bit harder than 4. But they are both good.Published 10 months ago by Christopher Wilson
The game of a lot of fun I particularly enjoyed the realistic conversations with the people in the game and got a good laugh every time A music player asked me if they wanted me to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joseph clod delete
It takes a unique person with unique taste. Think of this game as Majora's Mask without time travel. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Marcel Hoang
Game came in a quick and good condition. In reality I had the game before used and lost it when I moved. Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by Elbert White
Shame stuff like this comes out and better games like Yakuza 5 don't get released here. It's a sand box game like Gta but really terrible like the E. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Maldanius