Samurai Western PlayStation 2

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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. AIt'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
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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. Play Magazine
    75
    The whole concoction makes for one super-stylized, decidedly different action game. [May 2005, p.43]
  3. PSM Magazine
    65
    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. 60
    Though it’s refreshing to play a quirky game amidst a sea of copycats, Samurai Western is far too repetitive to merit a purchase unless you are the type who feels an action game isn’t fun unless your thumb is throbbing and your wrists are one flex closer to carpal tunnel syndrome.
  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. 50
    Most of what Samurai Western has going for it is a goofy atmosphere derived from jamming the samurai and western parts of the storyline awkwardly together, and piling more ludicrously anachronistic elements on top of the result.
  7. AceGamez
    30
    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. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. God
    Apr 20, 2006
    10
    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 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
    7
    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 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