Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
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  1. 72
    Provides an overall fun experience simply because of its reasonably fun combat system and its totally whacked out sense of humor.
  2. Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked does a lot that's interesting - for a little while, anyway - but we get the impression that this is the product of too much thought and not enough work.
  3. netjak
    This is one of those games that while beatable on a weekend rental, is solid enough that the excess of strangeness means you'll probably have an enjoyable time with it, and crack a smile while playing through at least once.
  4. 70
    Sure, it does have some taxing level-design problems, but its presentation and sheer wackiness and randomness saves it from being just another statistic.
  5. 70
    A good game with a few bugs. If you're a fan of the anime series then you'll probably fall instantly in love with Sidetracked.
  6. AceGamez
    It's too bad Fuu isn't playable, other than a wacky mini-game where she gets to speed-eat, but then again, you'd probably just be doing a different mini-game where she gets kidnapped anyway.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Were it not for its creative direction's admirable job of filling in its patchy mechanics' gaps it would be entirely skippable. With those gaps filled it's a charming, if flawed, achievement. [June 2006, p.96]
  8. As a whole, Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked is a surprisingly well done button masher which should be even more appealing to anime fans.
  9. Game Informer
    Fans of the series will appreciate the games faithfulness to the show, but to everyone else, Sidetracked will just feel like an uglier version of countless games you've played before. [May 2006, p.101]
  10. PSM Magazine
    The lack of any camera control can be frustrating at times, leaving you with a less than optimal view of the action. [May 2006, p.78]
  11. When you finally realize that most of your moves are going to be accessed by only two buttons with the occasional button-pushing mini games, it's likely to be game-over for most players.
  12. 50
    The title is certainly not technically impressive, nor is it even that impressive gameplay wise - its greatest strength lies in its style which isn't even as strong as it is in the series.
  13. Grasshopper Manufacture, best known for its work on the underappreciated "Killer 7," has done a great job capturing the essence of the show while incorporating its own signature elements, and the result is an entertaining hack and slash adventure that serves up plenty of action that's been marinated in tasty Samurai Champloo shenanigans.
  14. Sidetracked is a hard sell due to it just being so weird. Strange gameplay styles and psychedelia combine to make a game that is at once compelling and borderline offensive in its ways.

Awards & Rankings

#63 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JohnnyD.
    Apr 20, 2006
    amazing I luved it all the way thru butt for an fps it cud hav had more wepons.
  2. JayK.
    Apr 16, 2006
    this game is not like the rest slash type games but also a beat maker thre better the beat the better the move and if you seen the hit anime this game is not like the rest slash type games but also a beat maker thre better the beat the better the move and if you seen the hit anime show well its nothing like same chartcters muen jin and fu but you have to follow this masterius charcter the game play is cool and this is one of the best anime basde games ever created and if you like the show than this game is for you. Full Review »