Way of the Samurai 3 review

  • Cool setting
  • Chain killing
  • Multiple story branches
  • Not knowing what to do
  • Annoying missions
  • Not the most detailed graphics

Ever since we first heard about it, we’ve always loved the concept behind Way of the Samurai – a free roaming adventure where your actions in the game world have a significant impact on how the story pans out. We’ve always loved the setting too, where you play a wandering samurai in rural Japan. And we’ve always wanted to love the Way of the Samurai series itself – but unfortunately, the series doesn’t make itself easy to love.

The first problem is that it all starts off very vague. You’re never really 100% sure what, exactly, you’re supposed to be doing, and when you do, you’re not always certain how you should go about it. Often you’ll fail a mission because the game doesn’t signpost your objective well enough, or imperfect controls mean you accidentally kill someone you weren’t supposed to. Its intentions are honourable, though. This isn’t a game that you work through from start to finish and then put back on the shelf. Instead, it invites you to complete the game over and over again, trying different things every time.

Died in battle? Don’t worry about it, just start over and play in a different way! Bored of a cut scene? Just whip out your sword and kill the person you’re talking to! Don’t like the clan you’re working for? Simply wipe them out and switch sides!

Each time, the story bits that you witness change, and you earn points to kit yourself out in different ways. And then, if you have the patience, you’ll play again and see what happens next time. If you have the patience. That’s the key – and in the face of some tedious errand boy missions and an emphasis on being in the right place at the right time, or collecting the correct items, patience is something most players will run out of.

Feb 19, 2010

More Info

Release date: Oct 13 2009 - Xbox 360, PS3 (US)
Feb 26 2010 - Xbox 360, PS3 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
Genre: Action
Published by: UFO Interactive
Developed by: Acquire
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
PEGI Rating:


  • Jimbothegamer - February 24, 2010 4:43 a.m.

    Yh it ses 'Words: Geraint Evans, GamesMaster UK'
  • mEgAzD - February 21, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    Keep in mind that the game just came out for Europe. This IS an European review. Plus, the reason it's so short is because this was probably a mag review.
  • idlemindkiller - February 20, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA @TeragRunner... I was thinking the same thing. This game has been out forever.
  • TeragRunner - February 20, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    Wow. Most half assed review I've ever seen. And it only took you guys 5 months to write it.
  • PlainOldGamer - February 20, 2010 9:51 a.m.

    Looks just a tiny bit like Onimusha.

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