Way back in January, when everyone was doing their Top Games of 2012 lists, Grethiwha
chose Way of the Samurai 4 as his favorite game of the year, which intrigued me as I hadn't really heard much about the series until then. Well, it took me a while, but I'm finally getting into the series. I decided to start with Way of the Samurai 3, since it was cheaper, and then possibly get 4 depending on how much I liked 3. So far, I'm really enjoying 3 a lot! It seems to be slightly less wacky than the way Grethiwha described 4, but it's still a pretty silly game. If you look past the silliness, it's still a fairly solid samurai game. But the humor is where the game shines.
The very first thing I did in the game was pick up a green onion off the ground, which turned out to be a weapon you could use. So obviously I equipped that deadly veggie immediately, and then proceeded to beat a thug to death with it. And with that, within a few minutes of playing the game, I was already in love with it.
I continued into the village, where I helped a housewife chop vegetables with my vegetable, retrieved an old lady's lost underwear, and spoke to a beestung man who wished he'd been stung on his junk, so that maybe it would look bigger for the ladies.
Silliness aside, the gameplay is kind of strange but actually pretty unique. If you die in the game, you'll have to start over from the beginning of the story again, but any items, points or unlockable content you obtained in that playthrough will carry over into the next one. Permadeath gives the game sort of an arcade-y feel, but since the game can be beaten in only a few hours, and most progress you make carries over, it doesn't really feel unfair. It might become tedious for some people to have to replay parts of the story over and over again if they die, but you can keep things interesting by choosing different actions, dialogue options or story paths each playthrough. It might take a while to get used to, but it can be very rewarding when you finally get it.
So now I'm really looking forward to finding out what Way of the Samurai 4 holds. But in the meantime, I've still got plenty of thugs to kill with my trusty sideonion, while running around in my underwear, with a falcon on my shoulder.
* - So much truth in this blog regarding the Sagal/Pinsof fiasco. Thanks, GlowBear!
A - TitusGroan shares their love for Nintendo, and hopes you will too!
A - ClashOfPenguins finds EA's decision to forgo online passes suspicious.
P - This is the first I've heard of the Go For Rainbow podcast, but apparently it's their 7th episode.
E - TroyFullbuster's entry for the Next Top Streamer contest. That's not at all what I imagined Troy would look like.
E - PlayBoyMan's entry for the Next Top Streamer contest.
E - And with the final paragraph, this blog about God of War suddenly turned into a Next Top Streamer entry, I think? Or: How I learned to fuck off with this Dr. Strangelove shit already.
E - ScottyG's entry for the Next Top Streamer contest. Do it for the black Yoshi!
E - Morty's entry (?) for the Next Top Streamer contest. He wants to win because cats!
E - Redfish00's entry for the Next Top Streamer contest.
F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + Daft Punk!
F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Nintendo Direct!
F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + Yakko!
R - willza reviews Game Dev Tycoon, a game about making games and getting reviews. How meta.
T - Shuuda gives us an overview of Inquisitor.
$ - May 17th UK releases and bargains!
L - The results of acidtechnologic's drunken Nintendo Direct predictions/hopes.
C - scizzle64 is reviewing Mega Drive games, this time it's Batman Forever. I've never been a fan of straight reviews of very old games, there's so much more you could do with a series on Mega Drive games.
C - I'm very confused about what the point of this blog actually was. Maybe the point was that Jimmi likes looking at girls? Cool, dude. Rock on.
C - I'd have to agree with Alphadeus here, this list sort of felt like a cop out.
F - CaimDark refers us to a Gamasutra article... while it might be an enlightening article, I'd rather hear your thoughts on the topic, CaimDark.