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Musashi: Samurai Legend

Platform(s): PlayStation 2
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Square-Enix
Developer: Square-Enix

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'Musashi: Samurai Legend' (PS2) Gets Release Date

by Judy on Feb. 1, 2005 @ 7:51 a.m. PST

The second release of the Musashi series makes its debut on the PS2 featuring exhilarating, fast-paced, action-packed gameplay utilizing manga shaded graphics. Like a true samurai, Musashi's powers of observation will pay off in the heat of battle as he channels this energy to learn his opponents' techniques. A new mode of his protective services has also been employed, in which he literally carries his characters to safety.

Simultaneously, MUSASHI MOBILE SAMURAI will be introduced on mobile handsets, using the same character and concept as the console title. The mobile game is an original 3D action game that offers spectacular graphics, rich sound effects and fast-paced action that are optimized for the mobile phone experience.

"We hope fans will enjoy the great graphics, action and storyline in these games," said Ichiro Otobe, president and COO of Square Enix, Inc. "Our North American fans are really important to the company, and we wanted to show our appreciation by trying a different business approach. With MUSASHI, we are releasing a title in the United States before Japan for the first time. And, with the concurrent release of the mobile game, our U.S. fans will be able to play anytime, anywhere."

MUSASHI delivers an expressive visual odyssey thanks to dazzling "manga shading" techniques. Adorable characters and lush environments come to life in Japanese comic-book style.

The journey begins when Princess Mycella summons Musashi across space and time to save her people from danger. As a stranger in a new world, Musashi finds intrigue and adventure as he hones his battle skills to defeat a sinister nemesis.

All-new battle systems contribute to non-stop action. Musashi can focus his energy to learn his opponents' techniques, allowing him to give enemies a taste of their own medicine. And this time Musashi can not only pick up allies and enemies but also wield them in combat to devastating effect.

MUSASHI: Samurai Legend has a suggested retail price of U.S. $39.99 and is rated "T" (Teen).

MUSASHI MOBILE SAMURAI's availabily and pricing details will be announced at a later date.

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