Way of the Samurai 3
Good Game for Samurai Fans
it has a short storyline but its because theres a lot of storylines in the game and each ending is based on the choices you make while playing the game, graphics are good but has like a ps2 feel but overall the game is awesome and i like it very much. Also you can get downloadable content for it on the Playstation network and its free, where you get additional costumes and weapons other than the ones you have unlocked inside the game. you can also create your own weapons by buying them on shops or rare parts dropped by enemies, you can also unlock different sword stances for your character to use in the game, I like the butterfly effect where your choices in the game affect the outcome of the ending, so you can either be a good samurai and help people or you can be an evil samurai who just slaughters everyone in your path!
Samurai fanatics, here is your game!
Pros: An excellent plot based in the Sengoku Jidai era of Japan's history in a fictional province. Interesting characters whose relationships are intricately interwoven into the plot. Over 20 unique endings Game progression is extremely non-linear. Weapon customization is very in-depth and - more importantly - useful Panders to samurai lovers and lovers of the katana Being able to spare the lives of those you fight makes for some interesting variations in the plot combat is intuitive Character appearance can be customized in a lot of different ways Is everything the series aspired to be in previous installments and more There are lots of ways to spend the money you get for doing generic jobs for faction taskmasters Cons graphics are slightly dated It is not possible to load your saves while playing the game Partners object to you picking up items other than swords and they aren't really useful Doing jobs for the factions gets really repetitive after the twentieth time you've punished a thief Overall, I don't have any true complaints about this game. It is everything I expected and more. I am more than satisfied with my purchase. I don't recommend this game to people who are expecting a normal action or fighting game, as fighting is only part of the experience of the Way of the Samurai. I do recommend this game for anyone who likes or is interested in old Japanese culture, the katana as a weapon, Bushido, or games with lots of ways to progress.
Terrible Samurai Game!!!
This game is to take the story of a lone samurai during feudal Japan. However it is fairly obvious that the creaters had little to no knowledge of actual Japanese history. The story is completely unrealisic; with peasants mocking a samurai and not being punished for it is rediculous. In the real world if a peasant or lower classman even looked at a samurai the wrong way they would either be killed imediatly or have a hand taken off. The gameplay is atrocious; the fighting is very linear, unimaginative, and repetative. The cinematicts are just terrible; the acting is lousy, the characters are so uninterresting, and the writing for the characters are no better. It is clear that this game is trying to become something much better it has great potential, however do to the lack of imagination, creativity, and all rounded lack of passion from the creaters, this game is a huge disapointment in every way.
Very different sword fighting game
Way of the Samurai is a series that has never found the spot light for some unknown reason. To me it is one of the most under rated series for sword fighting fans. They are kinda like a 'Choose your own adventure' book in that you make a lot of choices that change the game experience. Throw in some great sword fighting with TONS of realistic swords and different styles and its alot of fun. The first one had a great push and pull fighting style that they return to in WotS 3. However they have added a couple extra styles including unarmed styles. Not only that you can even make it so your character holds their blade so the dull side hits their enemy knocking them out (Kenshin sytle). They seem to have taken the best from the first two games and improved everything. I will warn you that the graphics may not blow you away, but trust me the gameplay is there and thats what matters to true gamers :)
Customization and story are key in WOTS3
I picked up this game about three years ago. I originally thought it was weird and boring it. However, after getting used to its unusual gameplay I came to thoroughly enjoy the game. It does have parts (especially at night) when you wonder why you bought the game, but then you can create a sick and do pretty much whatever. The big dynamic is re-playability. If anyone ever played Dead Rising-it's like that. Whatever you earn (levels, skills, items, etc.) you carry over to the next play-through, whether you complete an ending or die. It could have been more visually pleasing, but for fans of anime or Japanese scenery it should take you to a place where only anime does. It may seem too easy (or hard, for some) and repetitive, but the game's charm is learning more of the world and environment you are playing in-all the while becoming a more skilled samurai and creating sick weapons.
Met My Expectations
Being a fan of the previous two installments of Way of the Samurai, I've been waiting for this game for several years. At one point, I had considered buying the Japanese version (which released in Japan last December) and struggling through my slight knowledge of Japanese. I've read the "professional" reviews on IGN and other places, all of which seemed a little biased, and rather rushed. Being a lover of games, I took the time to see the game for what it is. I'm going to go over the Cons first: -Despite the several endings, the game is rather short each time it's played through (depending on the difficulty setting.) -The save feature (as in the other games) is rather annoying. Make sure you read the manual!! And those are really the only things that bothered me. To touch on graphics, which were mentioned in the other review; I have my PS3 hooked up via HDMI at 1080p to my HDTV, and the graphics looked great to me. NOT AT ALL PS2ish, despite what some reviewers might say -- that's just nonsense. Pros: -The game has fantastic music, and more so than the previous two installments, feels more real and authentic. -The sword customization is amazing -- as is the fact that you can use spears, or your hands to fight. -There are "accessories" you can buy to add to your character's appearance -- armor, etc. -Playing the game through with Japanese voices (and Eng. subtitles) is much more incredible than the dubs. -All of the characters are very real; though there are of course "funny" conversations, there are also many conversations that make you think about what you want to do with your character. And I could keep going... In summation; anyone who likes learning about Samurai, or pre-Meiji Japan, or enjoys slashing things; this game is a must-buy.
Can easily do better
Pros: customize weapon, multiple endings, free downloads, technical combat
Cons: 1st play through needs to be better, feels short
it is worth a buy
This game does have multiple endings, but it is nothing like mass effect and has a much smaller setting. The combat is technical with customizable weapons, but can get simple once you get the gist of it.
One thing that bugs me the most that even free downloads can't save it from is the 1st play through of the game needs to be much better. In which you could probably do it in one sitting. They want you to fish every possible ending which adds to the overall length to the game. It really shouldn't be done this way because it takes away from the gameplay and replay value.
Its about time they give us a US port of the last WOTS. I have the Imported vertion of this game and all the other US releases. If they dont change any thing exsept for the lingo and maybe one or two bugs here and there this will be the ultimate samurai action/simulator/RPG style LIKE game there is, best way to put it is its a GTA but set in Fudel Japan of sorts. make your ouwn swords, spears, naginata's and more theres tons of difrent endings depending on what you do in the game so you will have fun trying to get them all. so at the least when this hits the US finaly rent it. even tho i have the japan vertion im still geting the US one when it comes out as well.
Ok so im about to get my ps3, and this is the first game I want to buy, I played the first and second, and loved both. the first was incredibly short, the second was alot longer. it says there is 15 different ways to play it though, and the second had that too, which in reality is like 4 different ways to play.. and a few minor changes. so i hope thats been changed but either way If they correct as well as they did from 1 to 2, then 3 should be awesome
as soon as i saw the box
as soon as i saw the box . and before seeing the review. I said out load. it's about time! I seen some samurai type games for the 360. now hopefully they will make a U.S release for yakuza 3. a UK mag. gave it a rave review. even though it in Japanese. I have way of the samurai and some others for the PS2. I hope it does well so more of these games get a English U.S or even U.K release as long as it's in English. (I'll take subtitles)