Excerpt: Afro Samurai, the cult cartoon series, is a unique blend of an afro and yes a samurai, hip-hop, Samuel L. Jackson and Japanese culture. It’s unique even in the field of anime, which is saying a lot. Conversely, the game version doesn’t share its namesakes uniqueness. Afro Samurai focuses on the events of the first series of the show. Afro, a black cigarette smoking samurai with big hair, is on a quest to get revenge on his fathers murderer.
Excerpt: Across the generations, every platform has catered to a few titles that fall into the “beat 'em up” or “hack-and-slash” genre—off the top of our heads we can name a couple: Kung Fu Master (NES) and Streets of Rage (Genesis) . Often times, these games use successive levels of pure violence as the mode of resolution to a story's conflict. Though timeless, the genre has had to find ways to evolve.
Conclusion: If you're a fan of the show, then Afro Samurai is definitely a game you should take the time to play. It may lack polish in a few key parts, and it may be shorter than we'd like, but the fact of the matter is that the game is a blast. The sense of style has been lifted from the anime and once you start busting out some Focus powers you'll definitely feel the rush. In the end this one is more suited for a rental, but it's one that fans have to check out.
Conclusion: In the end, I was glad it was over. The initial flare it possessed had faded away long ago, and the whole experience began to dull and repeat itself. I do commend Jackson for working on projects such as this. It’s very similar to to his reason for playing in Snakes on a Plane . He used to watch crappy movies like that when he was a young punk, and so he wanted to give back.
Excerpt: Graphics are definitely the pretty part of what keeps the average gameplay session to nothing less than hours. It’s pretty – real pretty. It’s not polished Ninja Gaiden -beautiful, but then again it isn’t meant to be. Its cell-shaded anime/manga blend makes the playing experience feel something like navigating a cut scene. At times, some of the techniques used can be frustrating or distracting, but it all works in the end to create a totally immersive environment.
Excerpt: Afro Samurai is one of my favorite animes of all time, so when I heard there was going to be a game adaptation my mind conjured up the dream of playing through one of my favorite stories. The TV show is very much action oriented so it seemed like a perfect fit for a video game; it is unfortunate that the game of my dreams was never actually created.
Excerpt: Games like Devil May Cry, Heavenly Sword, and God of War fall into a specific sub-genre within the action world, and it's a genre that certainly needs more games. Afro Samurai is the most recent fast-paced action beat 'em' up to grace our consoles, and it comes loaded with a slick presentation. Based on the anime of the same name, and starring Samuel L.