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  • Summary: Set just after Japan opened its borders to the West in 1853, Way of the Samurai 4 inserts players into a world of opportunity and uncertainty as a masterless samurai looking to make a name for himself and continues the series’ blend of customization, exploration, action gameplay and quirkySet just after Japan opened its borders to the West in 1853, Way of the Samurai 4 inserts players into a world of opportunity and uncertainty as a masterless samurai looking to make a name for himself and continues the series’ blend of customization, exploration, action gameplay and quirky humor. Taking their place in the overall power struggle amongst the region’s powers, players are given the choice to align themselves with one of three factions: the shogunate pro-government forces, the nationalistic isolationists, and the foreign powers who are directed by the British Navy. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Aug 22, 2012
    75
    Way of the Samurai 4 is a goofy, glorious romp through post-isolationist Japan, and it's about as fun and accessible as the series has ever been. While some bugs and graphical issues may sour the experience at times, that shouldn't prevent newcomers from giving the series a shot.
  2. Sep 7, 2012
    70
    Way of the Samurai 4 is plain simple fun, but it is still fun!
  3. Aug 27, 2012
    60
    An involving, evolving story and effective customizability just aren't quite enough to save a game marred by annoying graphical issues and uninspiring gameplay.
  4. Sep 20, 2012
    60
    Strange and funny, complex and disturbing, Way of The Samurai 4 is an interesting take on the genre, but it features silly situations and a poor combat system.
  5. If you crave a slice of nudge-nudge, chop-chop weirdness, it's a curio shop worth visiting. [Dec 2012, p.105]
  6. Aug 31, 2012
    58
    But if you find yourself hungering for a new experience, I think Way of the Samurai 4 can certainly fill a bit of that need. Just be prepared for a little lack of refinement along the way.
  7. Oct 12, 2012
    40
    The world needs a top notch open world samurai adventure, but sadly it's not to be found here in this strange mix of the perverse, the peculiar, and the downright boring.

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  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 23, 2015
    8
    I very much enjoyed WOTS 4. The best thing about the game is that your character houses styles and can change them when you please, unlikeI very much enjoyed WOTS 4. The best thing about the game is that your character houses styles and can change them when you please, unlike WOTS 3 where only the sword has a style and you have to play with the style equipped to the sword. The different areas of the game contrast nicely and still have a traditional Japanese feel to them, with the addition of western styled brick/stone buildings. The main feature on all WOTS games is the option to replay the game after dying or completing the story. Its done much better here, for example, you can run a dojo and recruit pupils which appear in your dojo. when restarting all these character will still be there and all you have to do is win the right to run the dojo again.
    my only gripe with this game is the smith.. He leaves after 4 days (or immediately if you do not pay him or you hurt him). You can recruit his apprentice, Dojima, but only within those first 4 days, and even when playing on easy early on its hard to obtain Dojima as the smith because he is rather strong. you will be playing small parts and restarting a bit just to upgrade your weapons to make longer playthroughs easier but once past this its much more enjoyable than WOTS 3. More decisions in game affect future playthroughs such as finishing the game while focusing on one faction means you next playthrough may affect that faction or its rival in a big or small way. If you enjoyed any other WOTS game then this is a must by, with some welcome new features, but with very few hit and miss ones too.
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  2. Nov 25, 2012
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game has multiple problems that set it back from actually being good. The main problem is the combat, its very generic. The game also has 10 endings, which sounds cool, but with stale levels and game play, not much is keeping you going to try and achieve all of them. Eventually the player may stumble upon the true ending. Which may I add, requires INSANELY cryptic requirements that needs to be done, to the point where its nearly impossible to unlock. To add it all up, maybe in the year 2005 or 2006 it could have been something great. But with today's competition, it just can't hold its own. Expand

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