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  • Summary: The Way of the Samurai is forged in battle. Play as a ronin during Japan's Meiji Restoration in the volatile Rokkotsu Pass. The swordsmith Dojima falls into debt and his beautiful daughter is taken as collateral. Help repay the debt by crafting swords by day and exploring the mysterious,The Way of the Samurai is forged in battle. Play as a ronin during Japan's Meiji Restoration in the volatile Rokkotsu Pass. The swordsmith Dojima falls into debt and his beautiful daughter is taken as collateral. Help repay the debt by crafting swords by day and exploring the mysterious, twisting dungeons of the Ipponmatsu Cave for valuable materials at night. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Apr 13, 2020
    80
    Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story is likely going to still be a cult classic like its predecessors. This experiment has proven to be a huge success. Even gamers who are turned off by the words 'procedurally-generated' and 'roguelike,' might actually enjoy this new take on ronin simulation. It is mostly elevated thanks to the combat, and the attention to detail of choices that can be made to tip the scales in one's favour. Don't expect something like Ninja Gaiden 2, since the combat here is more methodical and gritty.
  2. Nintendo Force Magazine
    May 1, 2020
    80
    The gameplay loop works well as something to play for just a few minutes each day. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 18]
  3. Feb 20, 2020
    75
    Katana Kami is a must-play for roguelike fans. The game loop of earning money by day and fighting monsters by night creates a fantastic gameplay experience. Still, there are some features that could use some clarity and confusing menus do more harm than good to its accessibility.
  4. Feb 21, 2020
    70
    You’re not going to blown away by Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story. Don’t expect it to amaze you in any way. It is, however, a very enjoyable dungeon crawler that’s very easy to sink time into. Developing powerful swords and using them to get further into a cavernous dungeon is as engrossing as you’d expect it to be. And the fact that those swords could be lost at any moment should you suffer defeat adds tension. This isn’t the Way of the Samurai experience you’re probably used to, but it’s just as entertaining nonetheless.
  5. Feb 26, 2020
    45
    Roguelikes always involve repetition, but the difference between a good roguelike and a bad one is whether there’s a sense of momentum from one run to the next – some feeling that I’m slowly chipping away at a discernible goal by gaining the right tools or learning the right lessons. Katana Kami occupies that space for a while, but then keeps going for no good reason. Players with the self-discipline to call it quits when the final boss is felled may find value here, but as a whole, Katana Kami is a solid eight-hour roguelike stretched and distorted into a thirty-hour grotesquerie.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Feb 22, 2020
    8
    A hack-and-slash entry to Chunsoft's lineup of rogue-like mystery dungeon titles. If you are a Shiren the Wanderer fan, or just enjoy highA hack-and-slash entry to Chunsoft's lineup of rogue-like mystery dungeon titles. If you are a Shiren the Wanderer fan, or just enjoy high stakes procedurally generated dungeon crawling, you will probably like this. This kind of game is not for everyone, but it fits very will within it's specific niche. It's perfect for portable system like the switch. It's a little hard but for it's genre I would say the difficultyis about average. Easy enough to be accessible, plenty difficult enough to keep you from getting bored. Expand
  2. Sep 20, 2020
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I liked this game a lot. There's plenty of hours of fun to be had here. If you include the bonus dungeon, after you beat the main game. I have 2 gripes about this game. 1, the skills on your sword are hard to precisely call upon when needed and sometimes the skills come out when you dont want them too; due to clunky controls for sword skills. 2, sometimes the game gitters, here and there. By gitters, i mean that the screen flakes out from time to time. the devs know should know what im talking about. Other than that i thought the game was well done. and i am looking forward to another installment. hopefully they at least make the sword skills less clunky to use. Expand
  3. Feb 22, 2020
    8
    Its an Acquire Way of the Samurai game...its also a decent dungeon crawler/hack n slay with alot different swords...i played it for 10h in hhIts an Acquire Way of the Samurai game...its also a decent dungeon crawler/hack n slay with alot different swords...i played it for 10h in hh so far...dont like a particular boss bc i died 3 times but overall its a great game...of course no diablo...but still worth it in my opinion...played 2 way of the samurai games from Acquire...bought katana bc of that...continue another run now :) Expand
  4. Feb 21, 2020
    4
    I'm only a few hours in at the moment so will update with a proper review later on but for now I would definitely say stay away, looksI'm only a few hours in at the moment so will update with a proper review later on but for now I would definitely say stay away, looks absolutely awful and the gameplay is very bland, hefty price tag which doesn't help. Maybe they may patch it but it feels and looks like a cheap mobile game in current state. Expand
  5. Mar 3, 2020
    4
    Laggy, badly translated, pointless gameplay loop, cumbersome navigation and dull story are some of the defining characteristics of this game.Laggy, badly translated, pointless gameplay loop, cumbersome navigation and dull story are some of the defining characteristics of this game. I really, really wanted to like this, but this game is a mess. Expand
  6. Jul 26, 2020
    0
    This is a groundhog day experience unlike no other that only a neanderthal would be enchanted by. You will spend your entire time in this cameThis is a groundhog day experience unlike no other that only a neanderthal would be enchanted by. You will spend your entire time in this came unable to leave a blacksmith hut to have any meaningful character interaction. You will randomly attack NPCs out of tired frustration. Your only freedom is to go into a dungeon embedded into a magic tree, use the same 3-button combinations to level up your one OP sword that you'll have to repair every 20 minutes, and then warp out to repeat all the crap levels again the next day starting again at LVL1.

    Anyone that gives this game more than a 3/10 is clearly paid by developers to spread fake reviews or suffers from a brain defect.
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  7. Apr 29, 2020
    0
    Have you ever played a way of the samurai game? If you didnt, do not give this game a playthrough. If you have played a way of the samuraiHave you ever played a way of the samurai game? If you didnt, do not give this game a playthrough. If you have played a way of the samurai game, then you'll understand that this game is legit trash you'd find in a dumpster behind a tim hortons. It's not even a way of the samurai game, i dont know why they'd called it that. It dungeon crawling aspect is mediocre to crap, the controls are junk, and the story was sad (not in a good way either). If this is what Acquire is doing now, then i dont want them to have money. Just port the WotS series in a collection to PC/Switch/PS4, and dont even mention this abomination. Expand