Format: PlayStation 2
UPC 14: 00730865530144
It's the American West during the 1800's.
"...a thoroughly guilty pleasure. Edge Magazine
"The whole concoction makes for one super-stylized, decidedly different action game. Play Magazine
"...a bloody, fast-and-furious hack fest that is amazingly fun to play. BonusStage
"A fun and original back-to-basics action RPG full of stuff to do and unlock. Games Radar
GamePro 6 of 10
While Samurai Western is a somewhat standard hack-and-slash with a quirky setting, it doesn't hold up for two main reasons: lack of polish and much-needed variety.
GameShark 8 of 10
Atlus USA's Samurai Western is a decent third-person action adventure game featuring light role-playing elements, a lot of unlockable content and a pretty solid fighting system. Players don the role of Gojiro Kiryu, a loner samurai who is on the trail of his wayward and dishonorable brother in 1880's America during the gold rush. Along the way he'll have to take on thousands of crazy cowboys, banditos and a cast of thugs, mercenaries and gunmen to take out a powerful man named Goldberg...The game spans 16 missions, all of which can be replayed and tweaked for the sake of challenge - or played out in practice mode to get the hang of a given level before you take it on "for real." As players clear missions they are given a score which gives them experience, a high score for the level, and sometimes unlocks certain unlockable content like accessories, better weapons and even new playable characters. There are 25 playable characters, 70 accessories and 20 weapons that players can use...Each of these weapons offers different "stances" which allows the samurai to use different fighting styles...Samurai Western is a lot of fun to play, looks good and offers a very visceral experience that combines gun vs. swordsmanship gameplay (dubbed Bushido Sense) that works very well. There is also a special Master Mode that lets you launch a time limited power attack (different with each sword you use) that lets you chain hundred-hit combos. This mode speeds up time allowing you to slice through bad guys at a dizzying pace and can come in quite handy when the enemy is coming at you in droves...If you're a fan of fighting games or light role-playing games then you can't go wrong with Gojiro Kiryu's American adventure. For the rest, give it a rental and you'll see why it's a pretty decent game with a lot of replay value.
- James Fudge