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  • Summary: It's the American West during the 1800's. The days of pioneers and the Gold Rush are ending, and a transcontinental railway is in place. One day, a lone stranger arrives in a tiny, windswept desert town? His long hair is drawn back in a topknot and he wears strange foreign clothes. A mysterious-looking blade that is neither a knife nor a saber hangs from his belt. This mysterious stranger is certainly no gunman, and he ain't no indian? His name is Gojiro Kiryu, and he's bringing justice back to the Old West. Slash your way through 16 different missions. "Bushido Sense" allows you to dodge and deflect bullets with superhuman skill. Customize your hero by choosing between 10 different stances each with their own special attacks and powers. Over 100 unlockables including over 25 playable characters, 70 accessories and 20 weapons. Be a Samurai or a Gunman! Unique 2 player mode allows you to play as both. Unleash the power of the samurai in Master Mode and chain hundred-hit combos. [Atlus] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. Above and beyond any of its imperfections, Samurai Western is a bloody, fast-and-furious hack fest that is amazingly fun to play.
  2. The whole concoction makes for one super-stylized, decidedly different action game. [May 2005, p.43]
  3. The problem is that the story mode is easily beaten in under five hours, and though it's short, it doesn't stay all that fresh. [July 2005, p.85]
  4. Samurai Western is an OK action game with a unique Western theme and some cool RPG depth. Unfortunately, the camera is horribly frustrating, the characters are lame, and the constant button mashing will probably make your hands hurt.
  5. The plentitude of unlockable content will be enough to keep some gamers on the edge of their seats, but if you aren’t looking for a tawdry blend of the action and RPG genres, then Samurai Western is not the game for you.
  6. The awkward camera, the incredibly repetitive levels, and lackluster enemies make the game seem far more tedious than it should have been. The concept of having a traditional samurai stuck in the middle of a spaghetti Western is hilarious in itself, but it can’t save the game from its own mediocrity.
  7. As if repeating enemy models aren't bad enough, the levels sometimes take you back to places you've already visited and force you to fight the same enemies again, just with different spawn points and a little higher difficulty.

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  1. God
    Apr 20, 2006
    Samarai Western Is by far the best game i have ever played. There was an in-depth story line, Fantastic graphics, Great boss fights and the plethora of different levels and enemies kept me on the edge of my seat. Its was truly a pleasure. Until I realized I was thinking about Drakenguard. Drakenguard is a good game. So i gave it a Ten. Expand
  2. JasonR.
    Apr 3, 2006
    first, i want to say i am a huge fan of the samurai culture. samurai western sounds great in my book, i like the concept, a lone samurai in the west. the story was good, but the way it was played out in the game was not. this game is basically a hack n slash game. levels are pretty short, enemies are easily dealt with, but bosses are sometimes overly difficult to defeat. the up side of SamWest are all the extras you earn as you progress through the game, 50+ weapons, each weapon type has a different stance and moves. you can change your appearence by getting gear from fallen enemies. you can also increase attributes and develope your chararcter after each stage. this is a pretty good game and somewhat similar to the movie "Red Sun" starring Charles Bronson and Toshiro Mifune. Expand