Kick around kensei this fall in Kengo: Legend of the 9 for the Xbox 360

Let’s face it — samurai are pretty sweet. Not quite as sweet as ninja, but I’d never say this to a samurai’s face, as (much like ninja) one wouldn’t hesitate to kill me in an instant. Still, I have a tendency to shoot off at the mouth after a few Red Bull and vodkas, so some samurai training might be in order.

This fall, thanks to Majesco, I might get my first next-gen taste of what being a samurai is all about. The company will be releasing the Genki developed Kengo: Legend of the 9 for the Xbox 360, a mission based samurai warrior simulator featuring real life, historical Japanese warriors that you’re too ignorant to recognize.

Each of the game’s nine samurai will have individual storylines (with an emphasis on kicking people around, apparently), attack techniques, and upgradable samurai sweetness attributes. While the game will not feature head-to-head battles over Xbox Live (boo!), there will be online leaderboards as well as upload-able AI profiles … because that’s a good substitute for online multiplayer.

But hey, what do you expect for $39.99? Good graphics? Compelling gameplay? A perfect in-game representation of Yagyū Jūbei Mitsuyoshi? You’re very demanding, aren’t you?

Nick Chester