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  • Summary: Follow Afro Samurai as he fights to become the number one warrior, a title currently held by Justice, the man who killed Afro’s father when he was a child. The game follows the plot of the original series with added material and background for fans and new comers alike. Blood is beautiful in this hip hop infused action adventure as Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as Afro and Ninja Ninja. A striking art style gives Afro Samurai a unique look and feel across animated open environments as he wages war against his adversaries to become number one. Using an innovative gameplay system, enemy AI is affected by the beat of the musical score overseen and inspired by RZA of Wu-Tang Clan fame and composed and produced by Howard Drossin. These dynamic battles ensure stylized encounters throughout the game that affect the overall tone of gameplay. Slice and dismember opponents as Afro acrobatically leaps from one location to the next, interacting with anything and everything in the environment to help him on his journey. [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 52
  2. Negative: 3 out of 52
  1. Afro Samurai does so much so well, it’s a shame that the little things are what drag it down.
  2. With the remarkable hip-hop infused soundtrack and strong voice acting from all the lead actors of the show, the game is worth it for action fans willing to tackle this bloody exploration into the nature of vengeance.
  3. Once you make your way past plot and balance issues, what you are left with is a well-presented, just above average game that handles well but leaves you wanting something more.
  4. It brings some interesting graphical style, some cool hip-hop beats, and some top-notch voice work by Sam Jackson to the party, but it’s too short, too repetitive, and too flawed design-wise to be anything but a mediocre game.
  5. 61
    It’s a great-looking game, thick with atmosphere and brilliant music. Sadly, someone forgot to show as much care to the gameplay, so only fans of the comics and TV series are likely to finish the adventure with much satisfaction.
  6. The game is riddled with immense potential that is overshadowed by a myriad of amateur flaws that should've never been there in the first place. With poor a camera that is also permanently inverted, lack of depth, little replay value, poor platforming elements, and brutal difficulty in some boss battles, Afro Samurai is better off left alone.
  7. 40
    Afro Samurai is a mess of a game. It's such a shame to see such a beautifully rendered and stylish world ground into the dust by such staggering gameplay foibles and technical glitches.

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  1. Nov 17, 2010
    Against the major ratings I'd highly recommend this game to any Hack'n'Slay-Fan. Graphics are simply beautiful and almost art-like, Samuel L. Jackson's Syncro is awesome and the strange story with all its sarcastic humor is brilliant. The combo-system is complex as well as the difficulty is very high, just the right thing to not get bored after 20 minutes. Worst things are the non-adjustable camera-setting as well as there's no online mode, but I guess that's all. For every Fan of samurai-games as well as mature humor give it a try and rent it. I bought it and had lots of laughs and hours of slashing-fun. I just cannot understand the overall-critics and I'm playing Rated-M-games for about 10 years now Expand
  2. Nov 21, 2012
    I loved the anime and this is one of the things that I liked about this game, it stays very close to the anime. The Samuel L. Jackson voice it's wonderful, the controls are not very easy to master but once you get used to them you are going to have a blast slicing people. A lot of glitches and some areas are really difficult though I love challenges. You are going to have fun with this game. Expand
  3. May 10, 2013
    After having my eye on Afro Samurai for a long, long time, I finally took the chance and picked it up. I have to say, I'm happy with it. It's a fun hack 'n slash style brawler, full of gritty violence and style oozing out of every orifice. The game looks absolutely gorgeous for being 4 years old or so. The cel-shaded graphics really add to the game's world and the entire feel of what Afro Samurai should be, and all of the artistic choices in this game hit more times than they miss. The gameplay here has definitely been done before, but it adds just enough new twists to make it interesting to play. You play as Afro Samurai, and your weapon of choice is a Katana, which you can dismember enemy body parts with. The game has pretty amazing looking blood effects scattered throughout, and this is aided by a mechanic called focus mode. As Afro, you can slow down time around you to make precision sword slices to dismember enemies to pieces, and what a bloody show it is. What really makes this mechanic work is the fact that the game goes into a very gorgeous black and white manga effect that works on every level. Every time I enter focus mode, I either notice something new about it or figure out new ways to fiddle around with Afro's swordplay. It's a great time. The only problem I have with the swordplay is that it feels a bit floaty. Your attacks never really feel like they have much weight to them, except when you're in focus mode, and that's a shame since the combat system here is actually quite good. It includes parrying, kicking, light attacks, heavy attacks, pouncing on enemies, etc. It's a blast to play with, but the whole feel of it really could have been tightened up. Level design can be hit or miss. Most levels you play through play wonderfully, but some of the early stages can get downright boring. Some stages are full of enemies to fight, others feel barren and include some odd platforming elements. While the wall running, wall jumping, and platforming in general work most of the time, there are quite a few instances where it feels very wonky. Thankfully these sections never hold you back too much, and even if you fall into a pit, you'll be spawned where you left off. That being said, the platforming is also something that could have been tightened up a bit. The story it tells here is good, it's just not told in the best manner possible. The loading screens when you first start the game can throw you off, since I personally thought they were cutscenes at first that were flowing perfectly with the narrative. They do have relevance in the story, but they seem to be told so out of order that in the end, even though I did understand the story here, I didn't care much for the way it was told. My biggest problem with Afro Samurai is that it feels like everything needs to be just a little bit tighter for this to be one of the greats. After every complaint mentioned that I have with this game, I actually ended up having a really good time with it. The boss fights are great, the music is absolutely wonderful, and the sound design all around is good. The presentation here is great. The gameplay is fun. Hacking dudes to death with your sword, pouncing on them and lopping their heads off never seems to get old, but it all just seems floaty. In the end, I would recommend this game. It's a good time and you'll end up having a ton of fun with it if you can look past its shortcomings. Expand

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