This Bloody Cartoon-Based Slasher Shines at Combat and Fails at Platforming
22 September 2009
Conclusion: Concept: Slice through your enemies in this bloody but imaginative retelling of the standout animated show
Graphics: A slick, stylized art style carries the game a long way, suitably evoking the feel of the original animation
Sound: A fantastic score combines hip-hop sensibilities with traditional Japanese themes to great effect, and the voice acting is superb
Playability: A stubborn camera and touchy controls can be frustrating, but the combat system is intricate and...
Summary: Licensed games get tagged as being ''all style and no substance,'' but let's be honest: most of them don't even get the style right. Afro Samurai, featuring an amazing soundtrack, hilarious (and sometimes poignant) voiceovers by Samuel L. Jackson, and a cool cel-shaded anime look, has style in abundance. Its combat system, which balances button mashing with more precise ''focus'' maneuvers, delivers a surprising amount of depth and flexibility.
Excerpt: There's something to be said for really having to try hard. While many games more or less let you waltz through them, with the story, setting and experience being more important than the challenge, Stuntman: Ignition makes you work for everything. I don't imagine a stuntman's life to be all that easy, no doubt filled with near death experiences and broken limbs, so you could say Ignition is somewhat of a life sim.
Excerpt: If there is one thing Afro Samurai has in spades, that's style. Much like the anime series it is based on, the look and feel of Afro Samurai is very unique. The game's cel-shaded look and hashmark shadows combined with its muted colors really helps to set a stylized Old West meets Feudal Japan tone to the overall game. Then, of course, there is the blood. Much like the anime (and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 for that matter), the blood is almost a distinct character unto itself.
Excerpt: Stuntman Ignition puts you back in the driving seat as you again take to the movie set to create some of the most extreme examples of driving that you can muster. This time there are even more movies for you to take part in, whether they be cop flicks or volcanic thrillers, they all present the need to pull off even more insane tricks for the perfect take.
Conclusion: Graphics The graphics are ok- not below standard, but not above it either. 8/10 Gameplay/ Difficulty Controls are easy to learn, but difficult to master. 8/10 Whilst getting one to four stars is pretty easy, the 5 star 'strings' are, on average, very difficult and much repetition of a course is needed usually before mastering its layout and getting the 5 star rating- however, this feels like the real gameplay, and, once done, gives an immense feeling of achievement and...
Summary: is a very enjoyable game for those who want to give it the time and thought it's going to take to really master, but I begrudge no one who think the game a bit laborious and repetitive. I myself will admit a fair amount of frustration while getting in my time on it, and the game isn't entirely flawless even excusing the trial-and-error mechanics.