Way Of The Samurai 4 Preview

Just like the recently released Warriors Orochi 3 by Tecmo-Koei, XSEED Games announced that they will be publishing Spike and Acquire’s Way of the Samurai 4 exclusively on the PlayStation 3 as a digital download-only title. The sandbox-style choose your own samurai game is going to be released fully uncut and uncensored according to XSEED.

I think I just peed my pants!

Already out in its native Japan, Way of the Samurai 4 has met critical acclaim from Japanese videogame media. The game even received the rare and coveted Famitsu Gold Award. Learn more about the anticipated open-world samurai game after the break.

Players will meet a vast number of colorful characters in Amihama.

In Way of the Samurai 4, Japan is at it’s beginning stages of globalization; finally opening its gates to foreign traders. Players will be cast as a nameless samurai who happens to come upon the town of Amihama where a resistance group opposed to foreigners have begun their small, albeit bloody revolution. This new cultural landscape has created countless opportunities for the ambitious, and players are thrown into this world as a masterless samurai looking to make a name for himself.

Players begin Way of the Samurai 4 by creating their own customized character. They then have to choose between one of three distinct age groups – youth, young man or middle-aged – before being thrown into a tumultuous power struggle between three factions: the shogunate pro-governmental forces, the nationalistic isolationists, and the foreign powers who are heavily influenced by the British Navy.

Players are free to roam the large city and do missions whenever they please.

It’s up to the players whether they will join the foreigners, the resistance group, or somewhere in between as a pro-shogunate pro-governmental peacekeeper (oftentimes through violent means). Players can also muck about town and spend time with the people, gamble at local dens, learn English and hang around the foreigners, and even romance a lady or two in Amihama.

Like the first three Way of the Samurai games, the player’s character is fully customizable. Players can choose from a number of face and hair styles, clothing, items, and weapons that fit their mood and play style. Way of the Samurai 4’s unique combat gameplay requires players to take advantage of a vast array of bladed weapons. And now, a first in the series, players can even use gunpowder-based weapons like the rifle, pistols, and explosives. All available weapons are fully customizable, and can be stored and used for different playthroughs just like the other games in the franchise.

Expect a brand new combat system that employs both blades and guns.

Another first in the series, Way of the Samurai 4 features a unique online feature that allow players to download and upload player characters to roam in other players’ games as an assassin. In it, players can challenge and defeat other gamers in order to receive that character’s equipment, gold, and other items

It will also feature multiple endings and game paths depending on the players choice of faction. As well, there have been rumblings that Amihama will be twice or even three times the size of the towns from older games. And finally, the original Japanese voice-overs have been left intact and will be accompanied by English sub-titles.

If you’re into open-world Japanese games like Yakuza and Shenmue, you should give Way of the Samurai 4 a try.


Posted on April 17, 2012, in Game Previews and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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