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Scheduled release date:

October 13th, 2009





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After a massive five year hiatus, Acquire's Way of the Samurai franchise returns to American store shelves this coming October, nearly a full year after it's 2008 release in Japan. With games like Onimusha nowhere to be found, Way of the Samurai is a good series to fill in the void that Capcom's epic samurai franchise has left. Having fared pretty well in Japan, earning an 8,8,8,7 (31/40) from Famitsu, WOTS3 is a title fans should keep their eyes on.

The story, as you'd expect, is set during feudal era Japan, more specifically the Warring States Period. You create a character based on the choices offered to you by the game's character creator, and embark on a journey through the province of Gishu Amana, controlled by the Fujimori clan. There are two opposing factions to the Fujimori known as the Ouka, and the villagers of Koshu.

What has always been unique about Way of the Samurai is its branching storyline that can have you witness different experiences with numerous playthroughs, on top of rewarding you with different endings, all based on your choices. Back in 2002, Way of the Samurai was one of the very first examples of what has now become a staple in gaming today. For the newest game, you should expect even more storyline branches and consequences, on top of even more endings. How does 15 endings sound? For reference, the first game had seven, and the second had eleven.

One thing I will say is this: do not expect a massive quest lasting a horde of hours with every playthrough. The WOTS franchise has long been known to have plotlines that last only a few hours each, which makes sense considering there are 15 endings and numerous different paths the story can take you through. So that said, there should still be a very high amount of replay value here.

The game will reward you with Samurai points based on your decisions, which will eventually lead to the unlocking of new abilities and even characters. There are even ways to avoid conflicts by selecting the right choices, choosing diplomacy over bloodshed. It all depends on how you play the game, as an honorable Samurai, a bandit, or someone striving to uphold the government.

If you've played any of the 'Samurai games before, then you know the action is geared towards the more realistic side of things, as opposed to say...Ninja Gaiden or Devil May Cry. The A.I. in this third game are even smarter, requiring you to work around their blocking, and even learning how to counter. From what I've seen, gameplay is more than just a hack 'n' slash, requiring some strategy to get around your opponents.

Now to help aid you in your quest will be your weapons, which are customizable with over 200 different parts and materials. You'll have the ability to use blades, spears, pole axes, and much more. In addition to weaponry, you'll be rewarded with new abilities and skills throughout your journey, as well.

The one drawback to the game for some may be the not-so-polished visuals. While a next-gen game, Way of the Samurai 3's visuals leave something to be desired, as they don't quite live up to many other action games out there. But I will say that the computer generated cutscenes in the game are absolutely phenomenal looking, though.

Look for Way of the Samurai 3 to hit October 13th.

9/15/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 3:38:05 PM

Man i loved them games i had no idea it was coming...i may have to buy...tha graphics could be better doe

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 4:03:57 PM

Hmm, could they have picked a worse day to release? The same day as Uncharted 2 comes out!I'll maybe check out WotS later, when they patch the bad graphics. They would look good if that was a PS2 game. :[

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 6:55:21 PM

The WotS games were some of my absolute favorite along with Bushido Blade...whatever happened to Bushido Blade... :( Anyway, I will probably be spending more money than I really want to again these next few months.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 7:13:31 PM

Shall pick this up.

Off-topic: There should so be a Fu-un Shinsengumi sequel.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 8:34:55 PM

Fun > graphics

It's alright, as long as the gameplay and overall presentation is good it should be fun

Not every game can be as good as GoW

This is the kind of game you buy as a fun alternative

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 9:08:36 PM

Famitsu's gave it 31/40...that's like 77.5. Unless Ben or Arnold gives it a higher score, it remains in the rental tier of scores, and I don't rent games.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 2:53:42 AM

another ninja game?
count me in, shame it comes out same day as uncharted 2, and brutal legend, and so close to ninja gaiden sigma 2.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 6:32:41 AM

Games like WotS3 and Bushido Blade have always been a bit hit and miss. Putting aside the mediocre graphics that usually go along with these titles this one could be a great game as long as it has a decent story and more importantly a good combat system.

I think I'll start following this one on my new blog.

Last edited by vgWacky on 9/16/2009 6:33:18 AM

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 8:13:49 AM

Coming to PS2 right? Those graphics are just plain wrong to be on a PS3 game :(
Yep, Bushido Blade needs to return with a bang and maybe an PS3 exclusive Tenchu with mad graphics and all the cool gameplay elements of the original... come to think of it, I would even take a remake of the original :)

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Friday, October 16, 2009 @ 2:16:55 AM

The game have japanese language or is double like the the firsts ?

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