Way of the Samurai 4 is an action adventure/ RPG type of game that was released on the PS3 back in 2011 and is now available on PC via the popular Video Game distribution client, Steam. The game’s plot is set in a fictional Japanese 1855 setting. You start off your adventure in a town as a samurai that you get to customize to your liking. I named mine Q-Shiro. Your character is then forced into battle as soon as you begin the game where most of the essential controls are explained to you via still screens. After that it’s up to you to decide what you want to do. The entire starting town is pretty much open for you to explore from the get go and its up to you to decided how you explore it. You can join a gang, make your own, join the shogun, help the foreigners.. it’s basically up to you really.
This game is a classic example of great gameplay, meets dated graphics, but is that such a bad thing? The game is a satire of the 1800s style of samurai movies, so why can’t it look dated. It’s fully voiced in Japanese and has all those classic kung-fu movie sound effects that we liked so much back in the 90s. As a bloke that grew up in the 90s I’m not really bothered by the look of the game, and if you’re in any way interested in this style of game then you won’t mind it either.
Graphics aside, the way the game controls is pretty good, and if you don’t like it you can always change it to your liking. It supports fully customization controls for Keyboard and mouse, Xbox One, and 360 controllers. I’ve not tried any 3rd party controllers on the game but I’m pretty sure they’ll work too.
Way of the Samurai 4 is what I consider a fun game, and I’m still discovering new things that I like about it. Look out for our full review of the game soon.
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