Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku GameCube

Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
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  1. Neither the graphics, sound nor gameplay are categorically bad, but each is consistently below average.
  2. A Zelda: Wind Waker–esque cartoony graphics style would have been perfect for Jack, who, now that he's 3D, looks kind of like Jay Leno or John Kerry what with his freakishly long chin. And the cut-scenes—often the only good part of a licensed game like this—are embarrassing.
  3. An amazingly generic action title. It's a shame, as Samurai Jack is easily one of the most unique cartoons on the air today, so this could have been so much more. [May 2004, p.93]
  4. Overall, you could complete this game in around five hours first time, plus maybe another hour if you want to bother collecting 100% items.
  5. A thoroughly generic combination of beat-'em-up and platforming gameplay that draws upon only the most rudimentary elements of both genres and does nothing particularly interesting with either of them. Both exceedingly trite and exceedingly brief, Shadow of Aku is pure mediocrity from beginning to end.
  6. 60
    The game's lack of personality is underscored by its lack of difficulty. Playing through Samurai Jack is about as challenging as watching an episode of Samurai Jack.
  7. Where Jack fails to succeed is an issue that will never be fully resolved in gaming: repetition. Samurai Jack is the same thing over and over. It never changes, never evolves.
  8. The game hits the mark in terms of Samurai Jack authenticity. As he battles his archnemesis Aku, Jack acts and sounds like you'd expect Jack to act and sound. Only cel shading, rather than 3D RenderWare-ing, would have taken this over the top.
  9. 52
    I could forgive a lack of story, or even a resemblance to the show's fantastic sense of style. But, the fact that the game is extremely easy, boring, and annoying is beyond forgiveness.
  10. 55
    Made for the hardcore fans. Everyone else is going to find a hard time enjoying its clunky gameplay and bland graphics.
  11. While Samurai Jack is an enjoyable adventure for youngsters, it is also wearingly generic and disappointingly brief.
  12. It simply doesn't live up to the show's reputation. It's not funny, the style of the graphics aren't the same and, even though Samurai Jack has some totally kick-ass moves, the game lacks enough 'wow!' factor to keep you coming back for more.

Awards & Rankings

#56 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
#30 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2004
User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jul 22, 2016
    7
    The Shaow of Aku is good and shouldn't receive bad reviews. This game is actually fun but this game still is flawed and I mean really flawed!The Shaow of Aku is good and shouldn't receive bad reviews. This game is actually fun but this game still is flawed and I mean really flawed! But this game is still good. Full Review »
  2. KevinN.
    Jan 20, 2005
    10
    It`s just amazing! so many great moves and combos,when I was sick playing my old games poof! I saw it out of no where.It is a challenging It`s just amazing! so many great moves and combos,when I was sick playing my old games poof! I saw it out of no where.It is a challenging game too. It is definitely the best game I ever played! Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    May 13, 2004
    4
    This game is boring. It is easy and repetitive. It is such a disappointment (especially from Sega) .