There are very few games that I would outwardly come out and say they are racist, but in the case of Afro Samurai its full of one large racial stereotype. Does it really matter? Probably not, but I just thought I would throw that out there. Today I am checking out the first game from Surge a new brand from Namco Bandai. I am not sure the reason for the name or the branching but regardless they have just released Afro Samurai for the Xbox 360 and I am here to give you the low down on this action title. Is it worth the purchase? Read our full review to find out!
If you have read my reviews with any amount of consistency you know that I mention quite often that games go for far to much style over substance. I think it is a common misconception that if you go with great graphics you have a great game, fortunately and unfortunately that is just not the case. Today we are checking out a game in Afro Samurai that is all style and unfortunately for this games case very little substance.
I will warn right away this is going to be a rather short review, there just isn’t a lot to say about the game. You start out doing some really amazing, creating, and stylish Samurai style moves and everything starts out really strong. You start to make your way through the story and the game and you realize that things start to feel the same, and then start to look the same. There is a lot of the same hack and slash action sequences that occur over and over again. They start out really strong and engaging but they loose their flavor real quick.
The developers in trying to avoid this issue did include some platforming which is controlled horribly. The controls just feel real clunky and lack any sense of fluidity that you would find in a top tier action adventure game. To make matters worse you also have some of the least interesting boss battles in quite some time. This all combines to one of those experiences that you won’t have a problem forgetting about.
Afro Samurai may not play all that great, but it sure looks amazing. I am not sure if the developers would classify it as cel shading but whatever the style is considered it really looked quite good. Whether in heavy action sequences or just roaming the environments the game really holds up quite beautifully. The environments are well varied and hold some amazing color that really shines bright on my HD-set. I have to say its unfortunate that the visuals are at such a high standard but the game itself can’t keep at that level.
Afro Samurai has a real out of the box appeal, you start it up and the game just looks and plays beautifully. Then this thin layer of quality starts to come away on Afro Samurai and you start to see the unfortunate truth that there really isn’t a whole lot to this game. The story is there, I can’t say I am all that interested in Afro Samurai but it all is cohesive enough to get the point across.
You have to give the game credit it looks great, but that in my book doesn’t come close to making a great game. What started out great ended up being rather disappointing. For those who like Afro Samurai and are interested in the game it may be a safer option to rent this. This is a short, forgettable experience that has the potential to be great, the style is there, if there is a second it will just need some more meat on the bones.
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