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  • Summary: Take the role of a samurai and choose your own path, blazing a trail of honor, loyalty and respect or one of villainy, corruption and greed. The canonical series, best known for its high level of freedom and play style is back, with improved features, graphics and new game play mechanics sure to please fans of this enduring series. The Butterfly Effect - With over 15 different endings, every action you take will cause a change of events to occur, allowing for multiple outcomes and replay-ability. Every action has a reaction and the following consequences open up new paths to explore. Weapon Customization and Abilities - Craft your own unique weapons from over 200 different parts and materials, creating the ultimate weapon that suits your taste and fighting style. Create lethal blades, spears, pole axes and more while discovering new abilities and skills with increased use. Become a master of one or of many! Reward System and Samurai Rating - Performing different feats will reward a player with Samurai Points and a Title, which in turn will unlock new features and characters within the game. Fight honorably in the way of the samurai, live your life as a bandit or strive to uphold the government. These choices will net different points and values, encouraging multiple play throughs to unlock all features and content. The Pen Can Be Mightier Than The Sword - Fight your opposition with force or take the diplomatic route, using subtle gestures like the unsheathing of your sword. With extensive dialogue tree, weapons combo systems and more, this hybrid title delivers on multiple fronts. [Agetec, Inc.] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. If you put up with the weak graphics and the strange sound, you will get some hours of fun due to the entertaining story and some nice gameplay features.
  2. The graphics, exploration, and swordfights all feel dated, but those with patience and a love of story will find this immensely rewarding. [Jan 2010, p.85]
  3. Not for everyone. Way of the Samurai 3 is positively different from other sword fighters, but its RPG elements might be too much for some players to bear, even those wanting to experience the combat.
  4. Way of the Samurai 3 was released in Japan one year ago, and finally the latest installment in the saga comes to the European market. This third episode follows the same sandbox style set in the feudal Japan seen in the previous games. It has good ideas, the overall design in interesting but a limited map in size, a bad combat system and the outdated graphics are obstacles too visible. A good example of cause-effect videogame but only for fans of the franchise and players who like sandbox style.
  5. Cut your own path in this unique but repetitive samurai adventure.
  6. Frustrating and tedious. [Apr 2010, p.113]
  7. 16
    So bad we actually feel a little bit upset. [Issue#190, p.78]

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  1. Mar 20, 2012
    7
    Way of The Samurai 3 is definitely a unique game. Personally, as a fan of anything samurai related, I loved the game and beat it about five times over. In Way of the Samurai 3 your free to customize your character and your story, as you get to choose what you say and do when you interact with people. This provides for many different endings to the game and many different ways to play. However, there are many areas in the game that could be improved. The map is too small and feels limiting, and the game can be beaten in a very short amount of time. If your a fan of the samurai era, buy this game. You'll love it. Otherwise you may want to rent it before you make any commitments. Expand