Summary: Way of the Samurai 4 is a weird game. This shouldn't surprise, as the whole franchise has rightly earned its reputation for being weird, quirky, and all manner of labels used to identify Japanese games.
Conclusion: Overall, Way of the Samurai 4 is a mixed bag. On one hand you have an interesting setting that sets up the story in a meaningful way. The open-world concept really works for this title and there are tons of ways to customize your look, skill-sets, and weapons.
Summary: “I’ll get paid for killing, and this town is full of people who deserve to die.” That was Toshiro Mifune in the superb Kurosawa classic ‘Yojimbo’, and it’s words that echoed throughout my playthrough of Way of the Samurai 4.
Excerpt: The idea of a Saints Row: The Third -esque samurai game is quite intriguing. When I first witnessed Way of the Samurai 4 , that’s what I thought the game was – an over-the-top open world romp where you could mess around and just have a blast.
Excerpt: I didn’t like Way of the Samurai 3 . It sounded promising, as it was an open-world PS3 game allowing players to create a custom samurai and follow one of multiple storylines throughout Japan.
Pros: More focused than other entries in the series, have a journal with ideas of what events should be happening next and hints of where to go, lots of main and side quests, story changes depending on actions, lots of clothing options, lots of attack options, can take part in day-to-day tasks like err...
Cons: No English voice acting, wish it were easier to find target locations – perhaps with an onscreen arrow, it’s easy to forget to pick up items during a battle and it’s easy to miss story events. The main story is really short. I didn’t really feel like I connected to or cared about any of the chara...
Conclusion: Way of the Samurai 4 is plain simple fun, but it is still fun! The game is challenging enough to keep you on your toes and the story mechanics have been great since the beginning of the franchise and keeps you coming back for more to see how differently it can play out.
Summary: The arrival of European sailors on Japanese shores ushered in a strange and turbulent period in Japanese history. The clash of cultures gave rise to radical xenophobes, scheming magistrates, and unscrupulous traders, all of whom you have the chance to ally yourself with in Way of the Samurai 4.
Pros: Abundant silliness, both scripted and player-generated, Multiple storylines reward replay
Cons: Klutzy combat, Lots of menu navigation and loading screens, Some things are never explained properly
Excerpt: Way of the Samurai 4 is sequel that can succinctly be described as: "What you see is what you get." If you enjoyed developer Acquire's niche approach to serpentine, multi-threaded plotlines in past installments, there's a good chance that you'll be happy with the expansions in this sequel.
Pros: Unapologetically cheesy characters, Funky character customization, PSN-integrated character hunts
Cons: Bland, uninspired swordplay, Lack of tutorials and explanation, Shallow side activities