Way of the Samurai 3

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: Rising Star Games (EU), Agetec (US)
Developer: Acquire
Release Date: Oct. 13, 2009 (US), March 12, 2010 (EU)

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by Rainier on March 4, 2010 @ 3:31 a.m. PST

Acquire is developing the next installment in the Way of the Samurai series, currently only scheduled for release in Japan this fall, featuring over 100 weapons for you to wield in defense of the poor, lonely, while fending off rivaling samurai clans.

Way of the Samurai 3 shows gamers the true consequence of their actions, with each decision further influencing the way the game pans out. Playing as a samurai during the tumultuous time of the Sengoku era, gamers can join one of two warring factions, side with the neutral villagers, or ignore all and create their own path.

A series which is famous for its high level of freedom and giving players free rein over their gameplay styles, with over 15 different endings, Way of the Samurai 3 doesn't deviate from the formula known and loved by fans.

In addition to familiar systems new ones add depth to gameplay including, Sudden Battle that allows players to draw swords, Original Blade Creation where players can choose from over 200 different parts and materials to create a wholly original sword, and Companion that allows players to select a woman to set up home with.

Performing different challenges will reward a player with Samurai Points and a title - gamers start as 'nameless' - which in turn will unlock new features and authentic characters within the game.

Take the role of a samurai and choose your own path, blazing a trail of honor, loyalty and respect or one of villainy, corruption and greed. The canonical series, best known for its high level of freedom and play style is back, with improved features, graphics and new game play mechanics sure to please fans of this enduring series.

"We're delighted to announce the release of Gamebridge's Way of the Samurai 3," says Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games. "The ultimate choose your own adventure game, no game has used the butterfly effect to such extremes as in this one."

Key Features:

  • The Butterfly Effect – With over 15 different endings, every action you take will cause a change of events to occur, allowing for multiple outcomes and replay-ability. Every action has a reaction and the following consequences open up new paths to explore.
  • Weapon Customization and Abilities – Craft your own unique weapons from over 200 different parts and materials, creating the ultimate weapon that suits your taste and fighting style. Create lethal blades, spears, pole axes and more while discovering new abilities and skills with increased use. Become a master of one or of many!
  • Reward System and Samurai Rating – Performing different feats will reward a player with Samurai Points and a Title, which in turn will unlock new features and characters within the game. Fight honorably in the way of the samurai, live your life as a bandit or strive to uphold the government. These choices will net different points and values, encouraging multiple play throughs to unlock all features and content.
  • The Pen Can Be Mightier Than The Sword – Fight your opposition with force or take the diplomatic route, using subtle gestures like the unsheathing of your sword. With extensive dialogue tree, weapons combo systems and more, this hybrid title delivers on multiple fronts.

Way of the Samurai 3 will retail for $49.99.


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