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The Way of the Samurai series is widely renowned for allowing players to make far-reaching decisions that can radically alter the course of the story and this, the fourth entry in this thrilling series and previously exclusive to the PS3, is no exception! Now all the sword wielding action, adventure and drama of the Way of the Samurai series comes to PC for the very first time, continuing the series’ blend of customization, exploration, action gameplay and quirky humour.
Way of the Samurai 4 takes place in the humble port town of Amihama during the mid 19th Century, several years after the arrival of the “black ships” from the West ended Japan’s long history of cultural isolation. Amihama’s downtown area has slowly been converted to a “Little Britain,” complete with European-styled buildings, occupied by an influx of adventurous foreign settlers. Not everyone welcomes these new residents though, and three distinct factions with opposing ideals begin to take shape.
You must take on the role of a master-less samurai looking to establish yourself in this conflicted land of opportunity and uncertainty. It is up to you to decide which faction to support in an almighty conflict amongst the region’s three powers, and so direct the course of Japan’s history.
Will you aid the shogunate pro-government in their attempts to keep the peace and establish cordial relations with the foreign contingent?
Will you help the nationalistic isolationists in their attempts to exile this potential threat to the Japanese way of life?
Or will you ally with the foreigners directed by the British Navy in their attempts to establish silk trade and foster cultural exchange?
Who will you support? Who will you betray? Become the ultimate bastion of virtue or the ultimate disgrace to humanity, and do it however you'd like. The choice is entirely your own...
Come join the denizens of this conflicted harbour and enjoy all the series staples you've come to expect from Way of the Samurai:
• Branching storylines with multiple endings
• Dynamic combat system
• Vast array of melee and gunpowder weaponry
• Extensive character customization
• Key event decision making
• Sword collecting
• Original Japanese voiceover with English subtitles
This PC conversion also features a number of improvements over the original, ensuring that PC gamers receive the best gaming experience possible:
• Improved user interface with both gamepad and keyboard support
• 8 stunning Steam Trading Cards to collect!
• Steam Achievements
• Cloud Saves
What the reviewers had to say about the PS3 version
“Ridiculously over-the-top Japanese historical setting combined with samurai badassery and an open-world, Choose Your Own Adventure–style interface.” - EGM
“I can recommend this game to anyone who is a diehard fan of samurais and enjoys a good combat system wrapped around a unique way of telling a story.” - Darkstation
“...a unique, rewarding experience that to date, can't be found anywhere else.” – Destructoid

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 2.13GHz Intel Core2 Duo or equivalent
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 64Mb RAM and support for v3 shaders
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 7 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
  • OS: Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: 3GHz Intel i3 or equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 128Mb RAM and support for v3 shaders
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 7 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

System requirements for PlayStation 3

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WAY OF THE SAMURAI 4 reviews and comments

«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
Right in advance: I play in offline mode and my Steamspielzeit doesn't reflect my real Playing Time. So after playing over 40h and enjoying all 9 Ends, I can now say something about the Game. Who all this can jump too long to my Conclusion ^^ First for Veterans of the Way of the Samurai series: There are, as always, no extreme Differences from Predecessors. The most important Innovations are the Spring Harvest and the fighting styles are no longer tied to the Weapons. For Newcomers: Right as a Warning: This Game is usually over after about 4 h, BUT WotS lives on its Replay value and if you want to see all the Story ends it has to play through at least 9 times. But that's not bad at all because you can take collected Weapons and Fighting Styles with you in The new Game Run. The Items and the Money raised can be found in the Player's Chest, but let's start over. Japan shortly after the Arrival of the Foreigners (i.e. in the middle Of the 19th century). A wandering Ronin (stateless Samurai and the Player) arrives in the City of Amihama. To begin with he already learns that here the ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ e is really on the Vapor, because 3 fractions are fighting in the city: On the one hand, these are the people of the Shogunate (The Stewards and Protectors of the City), the British (foreign guests, whose Influence is through many Western Building and a private Quarter is clearly visible) and the Prajnas (people who want to expel the Foreigners in order to keep their culture and traditions away from the western influence). Our Ronin is directly involved in a confrontation of the factions, which the 3 do not yet know that this ronin can change everything. how? Now that alone is up to the Player and what Decisions he makes. This is also the biggest fascinating thing about the Game, in my Eyes, because the Story always changes depending on the Choices you make. I bet this Kind of Game could also appeal to vlt more people if it had a more Western Setting, because Samurais are just not for everyone. This Game in a Western setting would be just as hammery as in a European middle-aged Scenario (although if the more closely superior Only Samurai and Westerns would fit best-> my View). Najut the fight system: It's quite simple. There is one for light attacks and one for special attacks and a block button. Many Moves have been taken over from the Predecessors and the Death animations have not changed since Part 1, but I do not lack the blood fountains from Part 2, because here you often don't even notice when you have killed an Opponent the Blood flowing, that only looks in the new "Super Mode" , the Spring Harvest, where you are stronger and all the opponents killed don't fall over until you finish the mode. In addition to the main story, you can pick up missions from the many questators to earn money and end up with the Amihama Eight to get a special Mission. Why do you need the money? The most important thing now is to use the money to improve your weapons because without improvement you can hardly see any land even in a slight fast than you make felt 0 harm. On the other hand, you need the money to buy food (but you don't necessarily have to pay:P), because you have to eat with it to increase the Vitality (which is needed for attacking, for healing the HP and for the Quick Journey) again. The last thing money is useful for is buying new Things for Character Creation, because that is extremely extensive and there are every amount of things to buy. For Collectors, give any amount of Weapons (over 100 different) and Combat Styles (For Swords, Spears, Waffless, Pistols, Two Weapons and Rifles) to collect, to whom this is not enough, make their own Swords and create their own Fighting Style. Verdict: Way of the Samurai 4 is a dream Come true for any samurai fan. Due to the almost infinite possibilities of playing this Game, my 40 h are almost nix. The good Port (despite 30 FPS lock, which I don't fault in any Way because I just never see it) does its rest. The Graphics are not tau fresh but the Game has been around for 4 Years now since you can't expect any. Due to the purely Japanese Voiceover, the Atmo is also better than zb in Part 2. I therefore give the Game my Highest Rating * of 9.5/10. * A 10/10 only gets my absolute Favorite game, ŵkami, if another Game doesn't come around but still the Hammer is the hammer it stays bolder 9.5 even if it deserved a 10;)
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