Samurai Western PlayStation 2

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
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  1. There's a lot of replay value, and although the game could have mixed up its level variety a bit more, it certainly gets the job done.
  2. Above and beyond any of its imperfections, Samurai Western is a bloody, fast-and-furious hack fest that is amazingly fun to play.
  3. A fun and original back-to-basics action RPG full of stuff to do and unlock. If you can forgive the awful camera and slowdown, this is definitely worth playing. [PSM2]
  4. Take an old franchise - Way of the Samurai - and up its anime influences. Add in a good shot of Kill Bill, wrap it up in David Carradine's Kung Fu TV series and skewer it with The Magnificent Seven. There you have it, Way of the Samurai 3 - Samurai Western.
  5. Samurai Western could've been one of the great beat-'em-ups, if it had a little more variety to its gameplay. Special stages, like a train chase or a level spent on horseback, would've been great; so would the ability to pick up new weapons, "Onimusha"-style.
  6. 60
    If anything, Samurai Western is a rental that is best enjoyed in a two-hour burst (four if you want to finish the game) before being put back down again.
  7. If you can stomach staying in largely the same places and killing the same people over and over and over again in a bid to win your character a pair of sunglasses or to unlock an elementary schoolgirl to murder varmints with, feel free to check out this game.
  8. 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.
  9. At the end of the day, Samurai Western is one of those games where it’s hard not to wonder why someone bothered to make the game in the first place.
  10. Edge Magazine
    60
    Western is an old-fashioned game about an old-fashioned time, and although it may not possess the swaggering production values or wit of "Red Dead Revolver," it’s a thoroughly guilty pleasure. [March 2005, p.90]
  11. 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.
  12. games(TM)
    30
    Samurai Western is a mess of a game, one that dangles a fun-looking carrot in front of your nose before bludgeoning your face in with a mallet. [Sept 2005, p.122]
  13. 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.
  14. Play Magazine
    75
    The whole concoction makes for one super-stylized, decidedly different action game. [May 2005, p.43]
  15. There are instances where the game is genuinely fun, and some of the boss battles are nicely challenging but its weak spots are too numerous to ignore. You can go ahead and skip this one.
  16. 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]
  17. If it sounds stupid, it's probably appropriate.
  18. With a bit of polish, and a smoother targeting system closer to that in titles such as "God of War," Samurai Western could have been a joy to play. Unfortunately, Atlus provided a game which is a bug-ridden and frustrating experience.
  19. I don't think it's the idea that you put a swordsman against an army of outlaws in the Old Western period that doesn't work well for Samurai Western. Rather, it seems to be the presentation of it.
  20. The story mode is tough, but relatively short, and it becomes quite clear that Samurai Western is more of a blood soaked sprinter than a legendary long-distance athlete of a game.
  21. Game Informer
    60
    An incredibly short game, but still manages to repeat itself constantly over the course of the story. [July 2005, p.120]
  22. At best, Samurai Western is a rental good for the first one hundred enemy slaughters, but more or less loses its vigor beyond that. It can be beaten in a day, and even the wealth of unlockables and broken co-op mode aren't enough to warrant a purchase.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Even with the unique setting, the game is way too easy to complete and too repetitive to make it an outstanding title. Although, action aficionados will appreciate it.
  26. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    53
    While it's got heart and spirit in spades - heck, even the cutscenes are up to snuff - it sorely lacks depth. [July 2005, p.113]
  27. Cheat Code Central
    50
    It lasts just about as long as Jackie Chan movie - and you're hungry for more action two hours after that.
  28. With a lot of unforgivably repeated gameplay areas and almost zero replay value, this is a brief blast of fun that can't go the distance.
  29. Computer Games Magazine
    80
    They've left out the overbearing story elements and achieved a deliriously unselfconscious zaniness. [July 2005, p.91]
  30. 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.
  31. But at full price, there's just not enough variety here to justify the purchase for most people.
  32. 60
    If the concept of a samurai in cowboy country is that appealing to you, scrounge up a copy of "Rising Zan: Samurai Gunman" for PSone. Its gameplay, graphics, and camera are by no means better, but at least it embraces the setting for all its worth, and even gives the main character a kick-ass theme song!
  33. 40
    While Samurai Western is a somewhat standard hack-and-slash with a quirky setting, it doesn't hold up for two main reasons: lack of polish and much-needed variety.
  34. The customization options are cool, but more often than not the game's repetitiveness and low development values drag it through the mud.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  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. Full Review »
  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. Full Review »