By Spencer . February 22, 2011 . 1:00am
Way of the Samurai 4 has a custom sword making system. You can visit a blacksmith to temper your weapon further increasing its durability and attack power, but there is a limit to how far tempering can strengthen a sword. If you want to exceed the limit you’ll need to recast your sword by giving iron to the blacksmith too. If your old sword just isn’t cutting it you can have the blacksmith melt it down into metal. Before you turn spoils of battle into scrap metal you may want to have the blacksmith appraise the blade first. After an appraisal, the sword’s true potential and strength are unlocked.
Where can you find new weapons in Way of the Samurai 4? You get them from other players that pop into your game. Way of the Samurai 4 automatically uploads and transfers character data to other game worlds where your character appears as an enemy. Defeat a wandering samurai and you’ll be rewarded with their weapon, even if its an original creation.
Players can also create swords from scratch from three parts: blade, hilt, and grip. You can also add a charm, which adds a special ability. One charm restores a tiny bit of life after your health drops to zero. Another charm boosts your attack power in the evening hours. A protective charm gives your character a fixed chance they will escape from a throw. There’s even a charm that increases the amount of money earned after an opponent is defeated.
Way of the Samurai 4 comes out on March 3 in Japan.