The ILG Coint & Plick Awards

Coint & Plick 2009 #75a: Way of the Samurai 3

Posted in 2009 by trdn89 on February 12, 2010

2-way tie for #75.

7 points, 1 vote

Official Game Site

Metacritic

Forksclovetofu: A Feudal Japan sandbox game where you can wander the countryside like Toshiro Mifune in search of the next town to save or ravage? I gotta pick this up soon.

This is not a Review

Jamescobo: Way of the Samurai 3 is an assload of fun. Reviewers who initially denied the game its due thanks to the admittedly unspectacular presentation (it doesn’t look bad or anything, but it’s certainly not a title you use to show off your HD rig) somehow managed to block out all the advancements in scale and scope the series took with this game. Think of it as an open-world consequences simulator; every action you take, from which NPCs you choose to help to which side of your sword’s blade you choose to use, plays out somewhere down the line in this game, and since it’s designed for multiple play-throughs (multiple endings, branching paths, timed/unique NPC interactions, etc.) the smallest things can end up having major effects on the path you take through the game. PLUS, the swordplay is stupidly fun – it’s not the most intuitive setup going, but once you get the hang of it the game bends over backwards to give you opportunities to feel like a Kurosawa-esque badass. Basically it’s Heavy Rain + Bushido Blade; in retrospect I should have voted it much higher.

Developer Interview

“Get that katana sharpened and start eating things you pick up off the ground!”

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