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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: 17 out of 70
  2. Negative: 5 out of 70
  1. If you enjoy wicked style and simple, yet satisfying combat, mature content that’s more than a script full of unnecessary F-bombs, and more gore than you’ll see in all five Saw films combined, then Afro deserves a spot in your game library.
  2. Afro Samurai is a fun action game that brings the anime to life with an interesting plot development overly the dizzying basics of the hack n’ slash formula.
  3. While eviscerating so many ninjas is cathartic, Afro Samurai ends up feeling more like a slick, hyper-visual arcade experience more than a solid home console experience. But still fun nonetheless.
  4. Afro Samurai might’ve been a rare instance where form could win out over function. But overused (if gorgeous) set pieces, deep (if piecemealed) storylines, and epically multi-stage (if angering) boss fights taint the beautiful blaxploitation brilliance. But the wholesale dismissal of Afro’s unique vision and execution would, nevertheless, be a regrettable mistake.
  5. This atypical reinvention of the classic tale of revenge and redemption in the context of the classic samurai battles could have it's own artistic values, but its flaws makes this Afro Samurai game less interesting than it could be in the end. Samuel L. Jackson's voice, RZA's music and the cell-shading artistic, bloody aspect cannot stand a repetitive gameplay too focused on hacking and slashing while using the 'focus' mode and Final Bosses don't do their work, either.
  6. A simple hack n' slash-action title based upon a cool anime comic - a concept that could have led to an equally cool game. Unfortunately the experience is marred after only an hour or so into the game when numerous bugs and other issues related to an overall lack of polish starts to surface. There are some great moments in here though and it's a great shame that the developers didn't use their funds to do some final polish to the game instead of paying Samuel L Jackson to lend his voice to the game.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. Mar 17, 2011
    9
    Watched the 2 animes then played game,its a blast,the camera angles are a bit squiffy sometimes...but the buckets of blood and limbs,scalps,brains...etc...flying through the air as you slice and dice your way through the levels makes up for it..good graphics great sound and voice/lip sync....yes it is a button pusher..but if you take time to learn the many moves..its easier on your thumbs...go and play this bro... Expand
  2. May 26, 2011
    8
    if you like Quentin Tarantino films, Ninja Gaiden-esque combos, great scenery and awesome music look no further. it's very repetitive and the controls can often be maddening but overall a solid, fun game. Expand
  3. Feb 13, 2012
    6
    I had a ton of fun with this game, still there are some problems with it. Sometimes you have to do very specific slices with your katana that were hard for me to get down. At the end when you face a nearly endless, and i mean endless, wave of the same enemy was hands down the stupidest part of the game. Expand
  4. Jan 15, 2012
    3
    If you want a good action game in the style of Devil May Cry or God of War, do not buy this game. If you want terrible camera controls, decent voice work, a barely glued together plot, and one of the most boring combat systems ever created, then go get this game. I took a 2 year break between starting and beating this game for how enraged i was at it. It tries to be much better than it is, and offers a glimpse of inspired combat, but fails rather quickly. The strategy for all non-boss fights is virtually identical, that being focus attacking, because the normal combos are worthless. One focus attack kills all standard enemies, but standard enemies need at least a dozen normal attacks to be defeated. The focus attacks themselves are fun, offering a No More Heroes style of slicing dudes in pieces ... that is when you can get it to work properly. Other than the Focus stuff all the normal attacks feel terrible, and don't feel like they are doing any damage. Combos 'exist' but only if you bother to look them up, and are pretty useless compared to a focus attack. Enemies barely react to attacks, and the only indicator of their health (or your own) is the character model tinting red. This game will go down as one of the few games in history that gave my a headache due to terrible platforming, level design, checkpointing, combat, and several other things. Of the few positives i'll say that the voice work is well done, and the soundtrack is alright, but it does get repetitive when songs loop infinitely during fights. The visual style is nice to look at, but it's dragged down by boring enemy and level design. Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2013
    3
    Afro Samurai is a action anime that is about a mans journey to avenge his fathers death and become the number one samurai. The anime is very bloody, raw, and full of action. However, the game is nothing like the show at all. The story loosely follows the actual anime also the graphics are in a very weird middle ground. The characters look fine during actual game play but during cut scenes they are shell shaded but horrible. Controls are not responsive and very loose fighting makes this game almost a parody of the anime. Voice acting is pretty cool tho due to the fact that all the voice acting is straight from the anime. The reason I am comparing the two is because the one thing that I have noticed is that if a game is made into a anime its not to bad but very annoying at times; where as if an anime is made into a game (other than any Gundam game or Dragon Ball Z game) it skips annoying and just goes into borderline unplayable. I hate that there can't be anything just good, Naruto games are ok is but its still a figting game and by all means I am done with jrpg's and fighting games. Regardless, I have to admit that their are some really awesome looking games based off of anime. But no one can say to me that this games are changing gaming in anyway, they are almost all made for fans of the series. Afro Samurai is a really cool anime but in all honesty avoid this game, nothing will be gained from playing this game other than not only hating this game but also the anime as well. Expand
  6. Apr 15, 2011
    1
    Graphics arent everything, game play is, Afro Samurai has neither. The game looks and feels like an Xbox 1 game, textures are smudgy and gameplay is repetitive as hell. Move here, kill some dudes, move there kill the same copy and pasted dudes. The game (and the franchise) really plays on the fact that Samuel L Jackson put his name to it, yet unfortunately isnt enough to save it. Other games (release before 2009) have done it better, so look else where. Expand
  7. Nov 5, 2013
    0
    It gets one point for the music but even for that you need to change the sound levels to hear properly. Camera is embarrassingly terrible and the controls aren't very good either. You can only do like four moves and it glitches pretty often. It's overall extremely boring and poorly made. Expand

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