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.
yes: I recommend this product