The Way of the Samurai franchise never gets enough love. Perhaps because its experimental wackiness was first released way ahead its time, but its core concepts of morality, branching paths, brief and replayable length, and roguelike “from the beginning” approach would be much more successful in today’s market.
Back when the franchise was getting started on the PlayStation 2, even Knights of the Old Republic hadn’t introduced these ideas to console gamers yet, and many missed out
Thankfully, fans have not forgotten, and others are stepping in to bring the older games to Steam for reevaluation. Ghostlight Interactive, the same company which ported Way of the Samurai 4, has announced plans to bring Way of the Samurai 3 to the PC in the near future.
Honor, sacrifice, betrayal… Your choices make you who you are. How will history remember you?
You must wield the sword of a mysterious lone samurai during Japan’s turbulent Sengoku era, in one of the most atmospheric action RPGs ever created.
Explore the villages, body-strewn battlefields, bandit fortresses, immense castles and local town of Amana, in an open world bustling with a rich cast of colorful characters that you can help, ignore or victimise.
Choose your friends and enemies carefully in a game where every decision has far-reaching consequences, and where finishing the game is just the beginning of your journey…
- The Butterfly Effect – More than 20 different endings. Your every action, no matter how subtle or ludicrous, could set in motion a huge variety of events, allowing for huge replayability. Explore new narrative paths, reveal new allies… and enemies!
- Huge Customization – Craft your own unique weapons from over 200 different parts. Create the ultimate unbreakable weapon to suit your preferred fighting style. Forge lethal swords, spears, pole axes and more outlandish weaponry and discover hundreds of new abilities as you become a true master of each weapon!
- Reward System and Samurai Rating – Your actions and conduct will reward you with Samurai Points and Titles, all of which unlock new game features, customization options, outfits and accessories. Live as an honourable samurai, wallow in the low life of a bandit or strike your own path! Your choices lead to new endings, strange followers and other unexpected outcomes.
- The Pen Can Be Mightier Than the Sword – Fight your enemies by force or take the diplomatic route, using subtle gestures like the unsheathing of your sword or kowtowing. Featuring an extensive dialogue tree, combo system and much, much more!
Ghostlight Interactive has a long history of bringing Japanese games to Europe, and if this is a success, hopefully it will dive back into the excellent first game. Keep an eye out for this one.