Excerpt: Afro Samurai has the distinct honor of being one of the lowest scoring video games that Family Friendly Gaming has reviewed. The African American samurai has a possessed headband that enjoys a murderous killing spree. Done with swords of course. The WMG may be the only video game reviewer to say this, but this Playstation 3 (PS3) and Xbox 360 has a racist undertone at the very least. Afro Samurai is essentially the gangsta rap of video games.
Brutal fighting game with profanity, nudity, stereotypes.
Common Sense Media
17 August 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that they should take heed to the "Mature" ESRB warning on Afro Samurai . The game is excessively violent, gory, profane, and shows partial nudity. Explicit sexual references are heard in the dialogue. Violence and profanity are most common, with the former showing body parts slicing in half and copious amounts of blood spurting out of the wounds. Characters make drug references and smoke cigarettes.
Conclusion: There’s a certain allure to it all, however, and that’s undoubtedly due to the incredible presentation. Certain moments, such as a mid-air boss fight and the frequent perusal of beautiful vistas, are remarkably good fun. But it’s the lousy design flaws that bring the game down considerably, and for a title that can be completed in less than five hours you’d have expected it to be a little bit more polished.
Conclusion: I would have gone with "Beyond Veteran Legendary." FINAL DECISION Afro Samurai has a fairly good story, superb voice acting and great graphics, but the glaring gameplay issues really bothered me. If you find it used for a cheap price and you're a big fan of the hack-and-slash genre, give it a go. If not, I say your money is probably better off spent elsewhere.
Excerpt: In a hack 'n' slash genre dominated by God of War, Ninja Gaiden and Devil May Cry, you need something pretty special on your hands to stand out. After spending five minutes with Afro Samurai we thought Namco's game of the popular anime series might have a chance. We were dazzled by some lovely cel-shaded visuals, copious amounts of gore and a control scheme that allowed you to have instant fun. Hours later things weren't nearly as rosy.
Excerpt: As Afro Samurai first boots up, you’d be forgiven for being impressed by the big names that flash across the screen during the introduction. Samuel L. Jackson is a name that most people who’ve seen a movie since 1995 will be familiar with, and most will know at least one of the supporting cast. Hip-hop fans will also be surprised to see that RZA (head of the Wu-Tang Clan) is responsible for the soundtrack.
Excerpt: After the release of the cult-classic manga publication, as well as the subsequent anime mini-series, Afro Samurai has made the transition to the world of interactive entertainment in the form of a fully-fledged, Namco-produced videogame, bringing with it the stylised look, voice talent (such as Samuel L. Jackson and Kelly Hu) and original music (from Wu-Tang Clan member, RZA) that gave the anime mini-series such a cult following. What could go wrong, right?
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.