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Way of the Samurai

Platform : PlayStation2
Rated: Mature
78 customer reviews
Metascore: 74 / 100
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Disc(s) plus hard plastic protective replacement case only. Disc condition ranges from flawless to scratched but is guaranteed to work. Disc has a metal center ring sticker to repair and prevent future cracks.

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The year is 1878. The collapse of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the rise of the Meiji Restoration Era has brought an end to the age of samurai. Born to a time that no longer needs or welcomes them, these samurai are a far cry from the heroes and legends that preceded them. Way of the Samurai is a story of the samurai in their final days. These are turbulent times: on the Hill of the Six Bones, three groups wrestle for power. Into this conflict you are drawn, and your choices will determine its outcome. Alliances, deception, and betrayal are all tools at your disposal, as is dynamic 3-D combat featuring 40 different swords and 200 fighting techniques. Choose from dozens of unique characters and face off against a friend.

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  • ASIN: B000063RRN
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,744 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Lassner on June 1, 2002
A very interesting take on the end of the Samurai era in Japan. I just purchased this title earlier today, but so far I am already enthralled with it. The first things I noticed about the game were: one, its very hard, and two, the story is amazingly open and varied. On the difficulty end of things, there are very few save points and you only get one life; if you die the game is basically over. The story plays out like and old samurai movie or Clint Eastwood western (think "Yojimbo" or "Fistful of Dollars"; you encounter warring factions in a small town and everyone seems to want to recruit you to help tip the balance of power in their favor. However, the game never pushes you towards a specific direction. Your character's choices remain refreshingly open ended as the plot develops. You can fight, switch sides, or just sit back and watch while the npc's fight it out. The game also has it's quircky Japanese moments, like the afro-haired samurai, and sometimes downright bizzare quips you can choose to taunt your oppents with during battle. The bigest weak point in the game is definately in the graphics department. The character faces are genuinly unique and fairly expressive, but the game itself is somewhat jaggy, and definately displays some texture seaming problems. Another possible quible could come from the intitial dificulty level, which is fairly high. However, starting from scratch often is not as bad in "Samurai" as in some other titles, because it alows the player a chance to view different possible story arcs. One final not on the music: it's fairly eclectic, I personally enjoy it, but its probably not for everyone. The rest of the in game sounds are fairly minimal, so if you want to listen to your stereo instead of the game you at least won't be missing anything important.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2002
This is one of the best games I have ever played, period. I am not a hardcore gamer, so take that with a grain of salt. But still, this is an incredibly well crafted and well thought out game. Fans of the PSX Tenchu series will immediately be reminded of Way of the Samurai's roots: much of the background music is similar to that of Tenchu, as is the general approach to the scenery. The swordplay is similar to that of Kengo: Master of Bushido (an underrated game, in my opinion). The graphics are incredible, as is the sound. The camera is moveable with the right analog stick, which is a very nice touch.
You assume the role of a samurai in the early Meiji Period, and as such must make decisions as to how to interact with the many characters you meet as you travel around the map. Each decision affects the outcome of the game. The non-linear aspect of this game is very well created, and makes for interesting gameplay.
But the game is not only about meeting and talking to other characters. Intrinsic to it is sword fighting. In the beginning you are equipped with only a mediocre sword and few fighting skills. As you fight other samurai, you can obtain new swords and new skills. You can also have the swordsmith work on your sword to increase its durability, sharpness, and flexibility. The approach to fighting is interesting: your sword has a certain durability factor that determines how many "strong attacks" can be blocked before your sword will break. You can parry, cause your opponent to stumble in order to open up an attack opportunity, and even low and high kick while fighting.
I only bought this game yesterday, and have not played it for very long so far, but I can tell you that it is well worth the money.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2002
For those of you who are trying to decide whether or not to buy this game, this is the review for you. This game is not the best PS2 game ever, and it certainly doesn't deserve 5 stars. However, it is a LOT of fun. You just have to go into it knowing what to expect... The story is similar to "Last Man Standing" w/ Bruce Willis (which was a remake of Kurosawa's "Yojimbo"). Two rival clans are preparing for war against each other, and you are a lone Samurai with the power to sway the outcome of conflict. This is what makes the game so much fun. You are free to choose how you want to interact with people, and your decisions cause chain-reactions that ultimately change the entire story line. There's nothing forcing you to be good or bad. You can help those in need... or beat them up if you feel like it. Because of this, there are several different endings, giving the game high replay value. The story is relatively easy to follow, but the dialog probably could have used some revisions. Some nuances have clearly been lost in the translation. The graphics for this game are decent, but below the quality of what we've seen capable on the PS2. The characters are unique and have a lot of personality, but their bodies are blocky, and the (non-fighting) animations are repetitive and stiff. The environments are pretty nice, but they are limited in number, and there is little or no "exploration" to speak of. Most of the areas are noticeably devoid of the presence of humans. Even in the main town area is almost completely empty (except for when the fighting starts). It would have given the game some nice atmosphere to have at least a few random townspeople walking about. The music in this game is very good. It is similar to that which appeared in the first Tenchu game (no surprise).Read more ›
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