Way Of The Samurai 4 Looks Serious, But Can Get Pretty Wacky

By Spencer . May 4, 2012 . 1:00pm

If you only saw that Way of the Samurai 4 trailer you might think this a historic action game. The plot follows a lone samurai living in a port city after ships carrying foreigners arrived in Japan. You have to decide whether to side with the Shogunate, Isolationist villagers or the Europeans in Way of the Samurai 4.


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Since Way of the Samurai 4 is a sandbox style game you can tangent from the main story and flirt with women to earn money or tiptoe through a rival samurai’s house for a midnight make out session. Whatever you do, steer clear from the torture room. The Way of the Samurai titles are also known for having tongue-in-cheek options during dialogue trees and I’m looking forward to seeing how Xseed localized Acquire’s game.


Way of the Samurai 4 also has two neat gameplay systems – Proof of Life acts like New Game+ by carrying your actions from one run through the game into the next and there’s a Demon’s Souls style system where you can upload your samurai (preferably dressed in cardboard armor) as an AI-controlled assassin in another player’s game.


Way of the Samurai 4 will be released as a PlayStation 3 digital download in North America this summer.


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  • SirRichard

    I missed out on the third one and now can’t find it anywhere, but definitely going to give this fourth one a shot.

  • No excuse for a digital release for this.

    XSeed botched this big time.

    • xLogick

      XSeed can release this DD, get an audience(who will enjoy it) and remain in business, or not release it, not make money, sadden an audience who wants to play it, and go out of business eventually.  I’m guessing you’d choose #2 since you don’t have something physical(I’m assuming to validate your existence) to hold on to.

      Someone call a WAAAMBULANCE.

      • Paradox me

        While releasing it as a download-only title is obviously better than nothing at all, there’s no need to be rude.

        It’s reasonable to want something tangible for your money spent, just as it’s understandable to prefer the convenience of digital distribution.

        Different strokes for different folks.

        • SirRichard

          You’re calling him on being rude and saying nothing to Neal? That’s hardly being fair, is it, especially with Neal’s track record for this topic (outright accusing XSEED employees of being liars was a highlight)?

    • SirRichard

      I’m going to send you a picture of myself licking the box when it releases over here.

    • GWTrinku

      Wait, XSEED releasing the game is a botch?
      I’d prefer Digital to nothing at all any day of the week, especially for games like this that are kinda niche in the US.

      If they released all the “high risk, low returns” games as digita downloads, I think we’d probably see more games sent over the pond due to less worries about taking a hit from profits.

    • JazzyMan123

      Sorry if I disagree, but I really can’t see how releasing a game in the first place regardless of format is a ‘botch’, plus they already mentioned the choice to them was DD only or none at all.


      Now you are free to disbelieve.

  • Syltique

    The first one was indeed hilarious.  One minute I was in the middle of an epic battle, the next I was searching for some woman’s underwear.  You could also end the game in like, 10 minutes.

    • icecoffemix

      You mean WoTS 3 or the very definitive first on PS2?

  • Alright, I’m waiting with my fingers on a PSN prepaid card.

  •  Do these games have pretty good stories? That’s gonna determine whether I buy it or not.

    •  Though you can do goofy stuff when you go off the plot, the stories themselves always carry an authentic old school samurai movie feel and never have a boring character.
      In Way of the Samurai 2 (PS2), it’s main story was about a lone ronin taking on a gang that was pushing drugs that got many villagers addicted. It could also be about a lone ronin who befriended a deaf child, one he would end up protecting amidst a clash between the aforementioned gang and the shogunate.
      WotS 3 had the lone surviving samurai of a war being taken in by a family of villagers who were actually remnants of a former government before a rival of Nobunaga went and took over by force. It could be about classic revenge, a romantic tale, or become a spy thriller (that’s seriously interesting)!
      Now the main story is even more complex than the others, as it deals with a samurai finding racial tension warping the beliefs of his supposed hometown’s people, and how he’ll act when things break into a three-way civil war.

      Each Way game has a main focus, but in all of them you have multiple ways to view that focus, or even negate it and follow a story path parallel to it. It’s not astoundingly open-world in scope, but it IS open not just in it’s sandbox-style gameplay but in how you get to be both hero and storyteller by choosing the path the story focuses on by your actions. Multiple plots, multiple endings, and a massive amount of replay value: That’s what Way of the Samurai is all about.

      •  Awesome, thanks. I think I’ll check it out.

      • Ravage27

        Woah thanks for the information. As someone new to WotS, this is really helpful :)

  • I plan on just getting the EU version at this point. With them publishing in the US now anyways, at least my money would be going towards something.

  • Looks like a lot of fun. I hope it’s priced right.

    •  Knowing XSEED, it’s impossible for it not to be.

  • I had the impression of that every sandbox game is somehow wacky. I mean, you can mess up everything you want and make the game go like a black comedy

  • DHInc

    I’m a big fan of sandbox style games so i just might add it to my collection so I’m glad it’s getting an EU release.

  • XSEED got SO many badass points for doing this. It’s digital release only, but considering how niche the game is and how small XSEED is compared to other publishers, it’s forgivable.

    Can’t wait for this to come out!

  • Kitestwinblades

    I think its about time I finally dove into one of these. I really like samurai so I should at least see how it holds up. XD

    I think there was one game I wanted to play a while back… like some samurai game make by the people who worked on Yakuza or something (Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan I think_. Anyone know if that one was good? I thought the screens looked amazing years back. :3

  • Nitraion

    Hmm digital i need to check my HDD….


  • XiaomuArisu

    Im the wind and the wind you cannot kill.
    Im seeing koi-koi there…I played yakuza…I hate koi-koi.
    But hey good to hear the game still crazy.

  • Learii

    what the realsed date?

  • thebanditking

    I believe this is developed by the same people who made the Tenchu games and the recent Shinobido 2 for Vita. If thats true then I will have to check this out, because despite what reviews say Shinobido 2 is easily my favorite Vita title.

  • I’ve been looking to get into a new series. Can anyone tell me if the first three WoS games are fun times?

    • Eilanzer

      yeah…A LOT of fun ^^ especially the first for me.

  • ddh819

    hm, wondering if i’m missing out if i skip the third one and just wait for this to come out

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