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« on: June 02, 2005, 02:14:35 AM »

After reading Tom Chick's glowing review of Samurai Western in the new issue of "Computer Games", I decided to check Metacritic.  Apparently the game hasn't been very well received.  Have any of you played it?  What's it really like?
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2005, 08:07:42 AM »

This game is basically Way of the Samurai 3.

They way the series is set up is that you have a certain short timeframe of events, and a decent area in which to explore and interact with events happening all over this area.

By interacting with these events and making choices as to what to do, who to kill, what factions to join, etc... you alter the course of the storyline and that determines which ending you get out of the hundreds of endings possible.  Although, some endings are just small variations.

To go through one game from start to finish usually takes less than one night of play.  Possibly as low as a few hours (this is from playing the first game).

Thus the game also has a big collection and levelling up theme, going around killing people for their items, checking to see if those dropped items are better, leveling up in skill with any weapons you get.

When you finish a game, you are scored, and new stuff is unlocked for the next time you run through a game.  You also get to keep a certain amount of items and levels between games.

So the biggest draws of these games are trying to see all the endings and trying to collect everything and become the strongest in the game.

Don't buy it for a long linear story, this series eschews that for an extremely short story with a lot of branching paths.

However, I heard this one has a longer story arc than previous titles.
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