Excerpt: The Dynasty/Samurai Warriors franchise is about as polarizing as you get. Either you love the series' completely mindless hacking and slashing, or you hate it, not least of all because every entry is essentially the exact same game. This time, Koei decided to mix things up a bit by applying its tried-and-true formula of button-mashing, beat-'em-up action to the first-person on-rails shooter genre.
Pros: Wreaking havoc on legions of soldiers can be mildly amusing
Cons: You're not even playing as one of the historical figures, A vastly different game experience that will alienate the series' fan base, Atrocious enemy artificial intelligence, Horrendous use of motion controls
Summary: Samurai Warriors: Katana, known in Japan as Sengoku Musou Wave, is based on the Samurai Warriors series and delivers total arcade-style action right into your own home. Armed with your motion-sensitive Wii Remote, you'll journey back in time to do battle as a lethal samurai warrior.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Good for a laugh, hurts your arms, Ghost Squad is better, Samurai/Dynasty series still haven't convinced me, good god it hurts your arms. Worth a gander if you just want a bit of mindless fun for a few minutes.
Summary: While using the Wii Remote and Nunchuck as a sword is hardly new, only a handful of games have come close to nailing the feeling of wielding a real-life blade. Sadly, this spin-off from the Samurai Warriors franchise is another motion-based title that cuts wide of the mark. Like its cousins on every conceivable console, the action in Katana sees players fending off thousands of warriors in feudal Japan, this time viewing the action through the eyes of your warrior,...
Excerpt: Five minutes in, your arms start to ache slightly. Half-an-hour in, your arms are cramping up and you're starting to question your own fitness. Over an hour on, the game is on pause as you're rolling around the floor clutching your burning forearms and staring at Wii Fit for a less agonising, less strenuous gaming experience. Samurai Warriors: Katana will hurt you.
Excerpt: I’ve lost track of how many games I’ve played in the Dynasty/Samurai Warriors series in the last year or so, they have all been so similar they sort of blend together into one very mediocre mess. I’ve been saying for ages that they need to do something with the games other than the minor tweaks they do with every iteration, and it looks like somebody at Koei might have been listening.
Excerpt: Samurai Warriors: Katana – одна из немногих игр, требующих предварительного ознакомления с инструкцией, в картинках описывающей, как и что нужно делать. При этом, даже заучив наизусть описания и способы нанесения тех или иных ударов, успешно их применять удается далеко не сразу, а когда наконец начнет получаться – уже придет время заучивать новые выкрутасы с пультом и нунчаком.