Your First Look At Way of the Samurai 4

By Ishaan . November 1, 2010 . 12:02pm

Previously, we reported that when you begin Way of the Samurai 4, you can choose between three types of heroes: a youth, a young man (seinen, for you manga fans and Japanese speakers) and middle-aged.


Here’s a quick glance at what each type looks like:




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Young man:


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In Way of the Samurai 4, players can choose to ally with three groups fighting over a harbour. These are: the shogunate, the anti-foreigner group, and the Jet Jenkins.


Here’s the shogunate magistrate:



And this is the leader of the anti-foreigner movement:



Finally, you have the Count, the leader of the Jet Jenkins:



The port town the game takes place in has a variety of locations to visit, too. Spike and Acquire have gone out of their way to create some nice-looking environments. Here’s a shot of the scenic highway:



The magistrate’s office:          The foreign settlement:

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The harbour:          The cemetery:

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Somewhere in town:          The main street:

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You can open an overhead map in the game to conveniently travel between these locations, too:



Details on the game’s fighting system haven’t been revealed yet, but Spike and Acquire are looking to capture the feel of dramas that deal with the same time-period:


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Here’s a shot of an event scene from the game. As Famitsu magazine reported last week, these are meant to be more flexible than in past Way of the Samurai titles. In this particular event, you’re given the choice to enter a cave. You can choose to follow your party in, talk it out, or kick them from behind.


Way of the Samurai 4 is currently scheduled for a release sometime this Winter for the PlayStation 3. We know for a fact that Acquire are already searching for an overseas publisher to handle localization of the title.


Way of the Samurai 3 was published in North America by UFO Interactive and Agetec, while Rising Star’s parent company, Gamebridge, published it in Europe.

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  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    It’s all looking dandy, especially that hand-drawn map. Don’t quite dig that “watermelon” outfit though.

  • hush404

    Heh, I thought the first image was of a female character at first glance.

  • glemtvapen

    Never played any of the WotS games, but maybe its time to take the plunge. Sandbox rpg games are starting to appeal to me after playing Dragon Age.

  • So far I am digging the head. Hopefully, there are far more heads to choose from though, like that bishie one from Wots3.

  • Goddamn foreigners!!!!

    • I am totally joining forces with these Gajin dogs.

      • MisterNiwa

        Imagine they would restrict you to be part of the foreigner force in the US version.

  • HPN

    Awesome!!!! I love WotS and can’t wait to get my hands on this!

  • Belenger

    I hope they can bring back the sense of extreme liberty as the first one had on PS2, damm that was a good game, and please I beg the team that ends up doing the localization give us the option to have the original voices, I still shudder remembering the dialogue on the second one it was so bad, it reminded me the job tarantino did on the first Yakuza… my ears are still bleeding from it.

  • うんこしたくなりました。 I like how the obvious choice is highlighted in the screenshot.

  • Blacksofa

    I hope they’ll have DLC like their previous game. More costumes FTW!

  • shion16

    Middle-aged man FTW

  • The leader of the anti-foreigner movement looks like a foreigner himself for me. Or is that haircut mentioned in Japanese history?

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