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E3 2012: Way of the Samurai 4 (impressions)

Posted by: Matt at 6/6/2012 12:41 AM
     This was certainly a game that left an impression on me. Way of the Samurai 4 is utter madness. This is a game that developer Spike, wanted players to be able to do, and be anything they possible want. For the demonstration, XSeed Localization Specialist, Thomas Lipschultz, had a female character dressed in a corset and a pair of underwear. With her hair in a topknot and a stalk of grass in her teeth, Tom guided his character through a rural Japan that is slowly being occupied by the British, and then he pulled out his sword, and all hell broke loose.

     Way of the Samurai 4 can let a player do almost anything their heart desires. Want to walk around wearing a giant water jug like some kind of corporate mascot? Go for it! Want to hit on women? That's possible, and often leads to hilarious results. Feel like dropping kicking a random stranger? You can do that too. The game is incredibly open ended, you can even help the British spread their colonies in Japan in one of ten endings that the game has. 

     The sandbox gameplay also means that players will have tons of sidequests to take part in, unfortunately the short demo didn't get much in to the story or the gameplay beyond running around town wreaking havoc, but what I did see was thoroughly entertaining on a level that only Way of the Samurai games can reach. Characters can 'learn English' in order to interact with the British characters, and the gentleman who saves your game, a British photographer, will speak broken English when offering to save your game, as if he were speaking to a savage.

     When the game comes out later this summer on PSN, players will be able to upload their character, which can then be downloaded by other players. Once your created character is in another player's game, they will attempt to assassinate the other player, and should the other player be victorious, they'll be rewarded with items that were carried by the downloaded player. 

     Way of the Samurai 4 is one of those games that people are either going to love or hate. It's not the most polished game in the world, but it offers up a lot of fun and a ton of laughs. I'll be looking forward to this game later on this summer.