• Publisher: Koei
  • Release Date: Jan 16, 2008
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 30
  2. Negative: 11 out of 30
  1. Samurai Warrriors: Katana is a Wii killer. It is the kind of electronic swag, like the abominations coming from Bold Games (Orbs of Doom, Kidz Sports, etc.) that will make fans turn away from the platform. Nintendo needs to get control of third party publishers. They are making the Wii seem like a Fisher Price console.
  2. 45
    Appreciation goes out to Koei for attempting a new direction for the series, but they could have left out the dull repetition. Struggling with the motion controls in the first few stages, being forced to traverse on rails (and when the rails do come off, dealing with awkward movement), and facing wave after wave of repeated enemies just isn't all that fun.
  3. Koei's Sengoku-era-inspired Samurai Warriors franchise hits a new low with this on-rails first-person action game.
  4. Even though Katana shares the same “slaughter everyone” overall goal, the on rails approach combined with the Wiimote/nunchuck control system may turn off previous fans and will do little to attract new ones.
  5. 40
    There is something to be said for Koei going in a slightly different direction with Katana. It shows a willingness to evolve its core franchises beyond the dregs of monotony that they've been stuck in for the better part of the last decade. Now if that willingness to change could just translate into something enjoyable, and not something mind-numbingly tedious like Samurai Warriors: Katana, then we'd really be getting somewhere.
  6. It's sort of enjoyable because swishing a sword and firing a gun and seeing off billions of stupid enemies without having to think about it too much can be fun. Not fun for long, though, and not the kind of fun it's worth spending 30 or 40 quid on.
  7. Not a good game by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not especially terrible.
  8. Throw in boring unskippable intros and interstitials in every stage, and congratulations: Katana completely lost my attention. [Feb 2008, p.79]
  9. If you enjoy flailing your arms around aimlessly for hours, then this Wii game is for you.
  10. I don’t want to play this game anymore, and I can unreservedly suggest you don’t play it either. Go swat flies instead – you use the same motions and will achieve more satisfactory results.
  11. 20
    A simple, unpolished action game. The music is comprised of simple, repetitive loops that are just begging for the mute button, the voice acting is absolutely atrocious, the plot of each campaign is held tenuously together by the slimmest of threads, and the most important part of a game, the gameplay, is shallow and unsatisfying.
User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. DanS
    Feb 15, 2008
    7
    I was excited when I first heard about this, then worried when I saw game stores dropping it's price to $40 just a week after it cameI was excited when I first heard about this, then worried when I saw game stores dropping it's price to $40 just a week after it came out. I'll agree that the graphics are NOT outsatnding and the sound library is weak at best, but the game is just incredibly fun. Having up to 50 enemies on screen to fight with at once is pretty wild. I'd suggest it to any ight gun or Dynasty Warriors fan. If you are like me and enjoy mindless fun, then this is a great game for you. Full Review »
  2. SteveT.
    Feb 4, 2008
    6
    I rented this game and I think it is kind of cool. The controls are a little wonky, but the graphics and gameplay are ok. The fun part is theI rented this game and I think it is kind of cool. The controls are a little wonky, but the graphics and gameplay are ok. The fun part is the Musou attacks where you get to swing your weapon (Wii Remote) wildly. If you have a good sense of imagination this can be pretty entertaining. All in all this is not the greatest game, but it is fun to play if you are willing to get up off your butt and act like a dork for a while. I'd recomend renting it or buying it at a discount when things get slow. Full Review »