Review by Heavy_Metal_God
"Way of the Samurai 3 Review (Opinion included)"
Way of the Samurai 3 is an RPG where you assume the role of an omitted Samurai, as you do in the first and second instalments of the game. The game takes place in feudal Japan, during the Sengoku Era, in the year 1560.
You start the game by seeing your Samurai, limping through a battlefield in the city of Amana with many dead Samurai around him, you are a survivor of the battle, and have much more awaiting you.
The gameplay is fairly straight forward in terms of controls, but, unlike the previous two games, you now have more options during cut scenes, they are, draw your blade, this will cause the person you have unsheathed your weapon to, to either run away, or fight you, the other option is to apologise, this simply makes it so that the cut scene might as well not have been there in the first place. Of course, apologising does have its advantages, if you are in a battle and maybe feel as if you will lose, you can prostrate yourself, thus, apologising and depending on your opponent, you may be forgiven.
The controls feel pretty fluid, you can adjust camera settings to match a speed you want it to turn etc.
In the game you will find that there are 3 different factions you can work for, The Fujimori Clan, are the clan that control Amana, lead by Lord Shuzen Fujimori, they are the clan to join if you plan on taking over Amana for yourself. There is then The Ouka Clan, they are seen as bandits who steal from rice dealers, although they believe they are true Samurai and they are protecting the land, their sole aim, is to kill Shuzen Fujimori, and bring back the fallen Sakurai Clan. Finally, there are the villagers, not used to having a Samurai around but if you can show that you are loyal and can be trusted, you will see benefits in working for simple farmers. Of course, if you're feeling rather powerful, you could always work for yourself.
The gameplay, really wants you to feel like you are in control and give you a sense of creativity. This is achieved very well in this game as you can customize your Samurai with accessories and you can even choose their face and clothing. Another great aspect that lets you feel like this, is weapon forging, here, you can create your own sword or spear, you do this by collecting items you will find around Amana.
Admittedly, Way of the Samurai 3s graphics are not the best graphics seen in PS3/X360 titles, but this isn't to say they are bad graphics, in fact, they are actually very good, but you may have to ignore some small details. As for the sound, the feel of the first Way of the Samurai, with its ambient background music, has been brought back, this is a good touch as it really sets the scene for the type of place you are in (e.g. In battle the music would be fast paced, whereas, in a village, it would be more calm and relaxing, etc.)
To complete a story, on average, it would take about 1 hour-2hours, but as short as that may seem, you are guaranteed that you will never play the same game twice (unless of course you want to) as there are over 20 different endings and pathways you can choose throughout each play-through. It is easily a game you could play over and over again, and never get bored as the possibilities are almost endless.
As a final recommendation, I would recommend this game to anyone who likes to play games and get the most out of the game you have purchased, I would personally recommend buying this title, but of course, if you have your doubts rent it first, but it is definitely a must have game. 10/10.
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 08/11/10
Game Release: Way of the Samurai 3 (EU, 03/12/10)
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