Excerpt: Have you ever seen a bullet split down its center by a sword? You will if you watch the introductory video to Samurai Western. You'll see a lone warrior stand up against a town full of angry drifters, too, and watch as black silhouettes touched with oily light dance against a blood-red background.
Excerpt: As the sun blazes high in the noonday sky, Gojiro Kiryuu prepares for battle. A few hundred paces away, a group of cowboys have their guns pointed at him. All of the residents have either fled the town or been shot to Hell in a hail of bullets. Such terror and murder is bittersweet; at least Gojiro won’t have to worry about any innocent bystanders getting hurt in the upcoming showdown.
Excerpt: Samurai are cool, and so are cowboys and the Wild West. I'm a big fan of both elements. But, with such great material to work with, why is it so impossible to combine the two successfully? Granted, there haven't been very many games to attempt the fusion, but it occurs to me that mixing dusty sunsets with wandering ronin should automatically come preloaded with a certain amount of fun and style.
Excerpt: Samurai Western takes the Bushido Master, Kiryu Goujiro, out of his homeland and into the wild west where he must dodge bullets, and tear up outlaws in search of his older brother. Samurai Western can be compared to the Jackie Chan movie Shanghai Noon , except with less comedy, and more blood and swordplay. Samurai Western is visually stunning. The characters are smooth and clean.
Summary: Parents need to know that players advance by killing everyone in their path and that blood shoots from bodies in fountains (although blood can be turned off). Also, it features overt stereotypes, including the main character, identified by his distinctive dress and heavy accent.
Excerpt: In the case of Samurai Western, don't judge a book by its cover. While the story of a Samurai in the old west may sound a tad strange, it'll be instantly forgotten once you get immersed into the frantic and stylish action the game has to offer. While the gameplay is enjoyable for a good amount of time, it's not without its flaws, however, as a disagreeable camera, some questionable voice acting, and clunky controls can't help but hinder an otherwise enjoyable game.
Excerpt: The third iteration of the Way of the Samurai series is Samurai Western, a stylish, hack-n-slash romp through ghost towns and saloons. It has the action, but can the Wasabi Western satisfy like a fine chop-socky chili?
Conclusion: Compounding the problems with Samurai Western is that the game doesn’t look very good either. The environments severely lack detail, the animations are simplistic, and close-ups of various characters reveal a whole lot of blockiness. There is nothing about the title’s visuals that dazzle the eyes; it’s just bland, bland, bland.