posted by Zerodin (MOUNTAIN VIEW, MO) Feb 23, 2008
Member since Feb 2006
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
Samurai Warriors: Katana is actually an offshoot of the "Dynasty Warriors" series(You know, lay the smack down on hundreds of enemy samurai, and ninjas). The main differences is that this game is played in the first person perspective, and the action for most of the game is set up like a rail shooter(Ghost Squad, RE:UC, etc.). The gameplay mechanics are fun, you have (A) to do your basic attack, a stab, slash, or swipe(depending on your weapon) with the Wiimote unleashes a more powerful blow. When your special meter is full, shake the nunchuk and you can unleash a crazed flurry of attacks by rapidly stabbing, and slashing with the Wiimote. The number of levels makes you stand back and go, "Wow, this is alot of game for my money!", and it is, while some levels are easy, others require some planning. You are given a variety of weapons during the game, Melee weapons like swords and spears, as well as ranged weapons, like bows and muskets. You can not only upgrade your weapons, but you can upgrade your skills as well. Think of it as an arcade style rpg.
With so many levels, special trials, and a VS mode. The game offers you alot!
The game is a little skimpy in the cinematics department, which is comprised of still pics, and voice overs.(Which sound pretty cheesy.) But these flaws are nothing when you weigh them against the good stuff this game offers.
If you pick this game expecting an RPG type action-adventure game, you will be sorely disappointed. This is an arcade-like rail-movement game... just think Area 51 with a sword instead of a gun, and instead of aliens, enemy ninjas.
Pros - smooth-flowing graphics, very colorful, exciting in-game music, interesting characters and boss fights, fast-paced fun.
Cons - very shallow fighting controls, doesn't use the full potential of the Wii controls, attempts to throw in some RPG elements which only drags it down, one must restart the entire level if you kick the bucket (which is usually at the boss battle).
Overall, if you rent (and I want to emphasize rent) this game expecting an arcade game, you might be pleased. Even though I wasn't too thrilled with the game, others might find an enjoyable experience with this original (yet faulty) type of gaming.
posted by youngpoe79 (WESTMINSTER, CO) Jan 28, 2008
Member since Sep 2005
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Ok so I may not be a manly man, but this is the first Wii game that hurt my wrist when I played it. And I only played it for 20 minutes if that. Hitting the buttons and moving my wrist around felt really unnatural and not very well thought out. The graphics were good, but from the little I played the game seemed too linear. You went in a line that the game had planned for you, fought some people and then fought some more people. Seems like it would get old quick. A rental at best but wouldn't waste my money on it. Too bad, it was a really good idea, like so many others gone wrong.