Conclusion: Nagging issues keep Afro Samurai from excelling into a hack-and-slash classic but the style does, at times, trump substance and put a smile on your face. Though you've heard Samuel L. Jackson fire off cuss words in rapid succession before, you've likely never seen a game that looks like Afro Samurai or fought to a more engaging soundtrack.
Pros: Visually unique with cell-shading and waterbrushing, The soundtrack is "perfect", Fun when immersed in the style
Cons: Not much depth; hack-and-slash gameplay, Crazy camera at times, Inconsistent boss battles, Poor level design
Summary: Based on the animated TV series, Afro Samurai delivers a new kind of cinematic game experience, a living episode that offers addictive, immersive and compelling gameplay that's dripping in style.
Summary: Afro Samurai
is a very capable brawler. The combat is well-executed throughout. The music and voice acting are both top-notch, but the sound effects need some work. The graphics are consistently impressive, from great environments, to lovingly-crafted character models. The story has some huge divergences from the animated series, but they work to the game’s benefit rather than its detriment. All in all, a quality first offering from a promising new studio.
Pros: Unique visuals, Excellent music & voice acting, Interesting story divergences
Cons: Sound effects could be better, Some gameplay hiccups
Excerpt: Let me cut to the chase. I have never seen an entire episode of the Afro Samurai anime. I am familiar with it, I have seen the commercials and I know a little about it from friends, but I wouldn't identify myself as the type of person that Afro Samurai is aimed towards. That being said, the time I spent with Afro Samurai was very enjoyable and now I'm browsing Amazon.com for the anime on DVD so I can see what I missed. I think that qualifies it as a success.
Excerpt: Slice it to pieces and dissect each individual limb like an adolescent science student with an unfortunate toad and you’ll find Afro Samurai contains everything it should. Everything’s even in the right places. Had this creature been a resident of the Gallapagos Islands, Darwin would’ve maybe called it “simple” from an evolutionary point of view.
Conclusion: The game definitely needs some work. I think it has a lot of potential to be better, but Namco has to work on the A.I. and the depth just a bit more. With that said, it's not too bad and at least worth a look/rental. I think if they stick to this formula, improve upon it, it might be the start of a really great series.