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  • Summary: Using a first-person perspective, Samurai Warriors: KATANA is based on the Samurai Warriors series and delivers total arcade-style action right into your own home. Armed with your motion-sensitive Wii Remote, you’ll journey back in time to do battle as a lethal samurai warrior. On each mission, legendary samurai and allies serve as your guide. Prevent pirates from invading your ships, rescue maidens from a burning castle, and explore mysterious caverns stalked by ninjas. These and many more challenging missions require quick reflexes, fast thinking, and precision marksmanship. Enjoy explosive martial arts excitement with three fun game modes. Go on an adventure through Feudal Japan in Musou Mode. Prepare for battle with a multitude of challenges in Trial Mode. Then, Go head-to-head with a friend in eight exciting mini games. Fight to stop endless waves of enemy samurai and ninja. Strike with sword or spear, fire volleys with your bow or thunderous rifle. Test your horseback riding skills, and explore the majestic castles of Feudal Japan. But be prepared to run and dodge your way past harrowing traps. Save your score and battle record with your Mii. [Koei] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 30
  2. Negative: 11 out of 30
  1. Samurai Warriors: Katana is fun, and makes good use of the Wii's motion controls without being tiring. [Jan 2008, p.87]
  2. There is a lot of fun to be had; I put over 30 hours into unlocking most of the game. It's just too bad that it's all solo gaming; the multiplayer aspects of the Wii are totally lost on Katana.
  3. Samurai Warriors Katana is not a bad title by any means. However there are still a handful of issues,and the problem of repetitiveness that really holds the game back.
  4. 50
    As much as we enjoyed playing Katana, we really can't recommend it to most gamers. While the Wii Remote sword combat is the best we've seen yet, there are other games on the horizon that will likely do it better ("Dragon Quest: Swords" or "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed" perhaps?).
  5. Considering the combat by itself is so inelegant, propping it up with a cardboard narrative and banal set-pieces inflicts upon Samurai Warriors: Katana a far more serious wound than any of the in-game arsenal could manage.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  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 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. Expand
  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 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. Expand