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.
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Release Date: Jul 23, 2015

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March 23

Way of the Samurai 3 is out now on Steam!

I’m delighted to be able to say that Way of the Samurai 3 has now been released on Steam priced at $19.99 (£14.99) with a 20% launch discount.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/427510

Honour, sacrifice, betrayal… Your choices make you who you are. How will history remember you?

Jump into the sandals of a mysterious lone samurai during Japan’s turbulent Sengoku era, in one of the most atmospheric action RPGs ever created!

Explore the villages, body-strewn battlefields, bandit fortresses, immense castles and local town of Amana, in an open world bustling with a rich cast of colourful characters that you can help, ignore or victimise.

Choose your friends and enemies carefully in a game where every decision has far-reaching consequences, and where finishing the game is just the beginning of your journey…

The Butterfly Effect – More than 20 different endings. Your every action, no matter how subtle or ludicrous, could set in motion a huge variety of events, allowing for huge replayability. Explore new narrative paths, reveal new allies… and enemies!

Huge Customization - Craft your own unique weapons from over 200 different parts. Create the ultimate unbreakable weapon to suit your preferred fighting style. Forge lethal swords, spears, pole axes and more outlandish weaponry and discover hundreds of new abilities as you become a true master of each weapon!

Reward System and Samurai Rating – Your actions and conduct will reward you with Samurai Points and Titles, all of which unlock new game features, customisation options, outfits and accessories. Live as an honourable samurai, wallow in the low life of a bandit or strike your own path! Your choices lead to new endings, strange followers and other unexpected outcomes.

The Pen Can Be Mightier Than the Sword - Fight your enemies by force or take the diplomatic route, using subtle gestures like the unsheathing of your sword or kowtowing. Featuring an extensive dialogue tree, combo system and much, much more!

What the reviewers had to say about the PS3 version:

“Anyone who likes swordfighting, the freedom of an open-world, and the opportunity to shape a story would be well-advised to pick it up.” – Cheat Code Central

“You're free to do whatever you want… you're encouraged to play it over and over again and try different things each time. Again, I think this design is great.” – IGN

“Multiple endings, tons of weapon customization and plenty of replay offer up a package that is a must buy for fans of the first two games.” - ZTGD

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March 7

Way of the Samurai 3 is coming to Steam!

Hi everyone.

I hope you’re all excited about this announcement, as I certainly am! :)

I’m delighted to be able to tell you that we’ll be bringing the fantastic Japanese open world action game, Way of the Samurai 3 to Steam in the very near future. We’ve had loads of emails asking us to release this one on Steam. In fact, it’s been one of the most requested Steam releases in recent years.

Honour, sacrifice, betrayal… Your choices make you who you are. How will history remember you?

Jump into the sandals of a mysterious lone samurai during Japan’s turbulent Sengoku era, in one of the most atmospheric action RPGs ever created.

Explore the villages, body-strewn battlefields, bandit fortresses, immense castles and local town of Amana, in an open world bustling with a rich cast of colourful characters that you can help, ignore or victimise.

Choose your friends and enemies carefully in a game where every decision has far-reaching consequences, and where finishing the game is just the beginning of your journey…

The Butterfly Effect – More than 20 different endings. Your every action, no matter how subtle or ludicrous, could set in motion a huge variety of events, allowing for huge replayability. Explore new narrative paths, reveal new allies… and enemies!
Huge Customization - Craft your own unique weapons from over 200 different parts. Create the ultimate unbreakable weapon to suit your preferred fighting style. Forge lethal swords, spears, pole axes and more outlandish weaponry and discover hundreds of new abilities as you become a true master of each weapon!
Reward System and Samurai Rating – Your actions and conduct will reward you with Samurai Points and Titles, all of which unlock new game features, customisation options, outfits and accessories. Live as an honourable samurai, wallow in the low life of a bandit or strike your own path! Your choices lead to new endings, strange followers and other unexpected outcomes.
The Pen Can Be Mightier Than the Sword - Fight your enemies by force or take the diplomatic route, using subtle gestures like the unsheathing of your sword or kowtowing. Featuring an extensive dialogue tree, combo system and much, much more!

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, we’ve been hard at work on the PC port for quite a while now, and we’re not far away from release. We should be starting our closed beta shortly, and assuming everything goes as expected with that then we’ll be ready to announce a release date very soon after. Exciting!

Before I go, I’d just like to say thank you for all your patience while we’ve been teasing our announcement. It’s taken a lot longer than we’d hoped to be able to announce this one, but I’m sure you’ll all agree that it’s been well worth the wait! :)

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Reviews

“…being at last able to play one of these cult titles on PC is a real delight.”
9/10 – PCInvasion

“A nameless ronin sets his foot in a seaside town of Amihama, where he immediately gets entangled in the conflict between nationalistic rebels and pro-British shogunate. What happens next? Whatever you want to happen, because WotS4 gives you such freedom of choice that every adventure lasting two hours can be different.”
8/10 – CD-Action (10/2015 p56)

“…a pot of great ideas and potential cool things just sitting there for Western games to both play with and pilfer, and a refreshing change from the sprawling norm.”
RockPaperShotgun

About This Game

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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
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stevealafogg
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Broken way the the samurai is what it should be called. please dont waste your money on this. if the creators and steam cant even fix this game after all these years of it being out and are still selling it then they really dont care and only want your money... very sad to becuase its a very interesting game and i really want to play it, but i cant. you walk 2 feet in the game and it crashes, you alt tab out of the game and it crashes, you try to modify the game in anyway at all- graphics- volume- a trainer- talk to a ranome person. anything and they game crashes. i really wish thye would fix this already but its not likely to happen
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Chaotrick
( 61.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Hands down one of the best action games I've ever played. There are a few bugs and such, but such as life when you play a game ported from console.

So in depth as far as the details, story is enjoyable. I'd say this is a definite buy if you enjoy samurais, this culture, or character actions games in general.
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Sindri
( 27.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Product received for free
No... just ♥♥♥♥ing no. Do not get this game. Not for yourself, not for your friends or even your worst enemy... okay MAYBE them. There are just that many things wrong with this game.

To make it somewhat readily comprehensible I will list the points.

Pro:
- The combat CAN be very fun... then again that is like 99% of the game. On the surface at least.

Neutrals:
- The story is decent, at least most of the times. Can get a little into the "NIHON ♥♥♥♥ YEAH" territory though. Then again a japanese game about japanese "history". What did you expect?

- If you want everything (and I don't talk about the endings) you WILL need to play this game multiple times. You will also need to play through this game around 10 times. Welp at least it's short.

Cons:
- Remember that I said that combat CAN be fun? Yeah there are some teeny-tiny problems with that. Such as a BUTTLOAD of insta-kill on hard or higher (and no I don't mean high dmg-moves) which can be done by anyone, yes even that frigging mook.

-While on the subject of mooks: Some enemies (leaving aside the "bosses") can be absolute tanks and I mean the literal kind. Prepare to whack on them as if you had a blade of grass.

-The attacks sometimes feel random. As in I enter the same command but different moves happen. Can be my fault though.

- The charm system. Oh good lord that system is beyond ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. To sum it up: Each part of your weapon, 3 per weapon, has 3 slots which can have 1 charm or be empty. What is in each slot is determind once you get the part, and yes they can be rerolled.
But a single charm itself does NOTHING, it needs to form a line or a diagnol with charms of the same kind on the other parts. But a single row has very little effect so you need at least 2 (some say that there is no difference between 2 or 3 rows) and there is no way to save a slot. So prepare to reroll those parts for a LONG time if you want any abilities on them.
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Akiraspin
( 81.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
About a dozen wildy different endings, some are amazing, some are lack-lustre, one in paticular is actually a tear-jerking heartfelt masterpiece, and a few others are just plain dark and dreary. Pretty awesome character customization(once you unlock more options), fairly average overarching story thats held up by the sheer amount of perspectives that can be seen. Pretty good combat, with over a bakers-dozen different sword-spear-fist styles to use that are all pretty much completely unique, maybe 4 or five sharing the same basic X and Y moves.
Satisfying progression throughout multiple playthroughs (Even though you are weak as all hell at the start).
Rather suprising depth on the world, its economy and character interaction.
For example without spoilers, if you defeat a certain enemy earlier, said enemy can no longer man a cannon which was preventing another character from interacting during a battle. Has a sort of "Go back in time and change history" feel to it when you know what other characters are going to do on what day, so you can either stop them, or support them according to whatever you want to do.
Weird as ♥♥♥♥ but hillarious Japanese humor as well. Needs to be mentioned.


All around, a pretty great game, I actually prefer it immensely over it's incredibly dated and nonsensical predecessor Way of The Samurai 3, otherwise known as "YOU NEED A WALKTHROUGH: THE GAME"
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Magna_Draco
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
hey, how many games do you get to sword fight in 1st person? not many out there to choose from. have fun doing the difrent ways to win
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DivineAzureDragon97
( 25.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
One of the best Samurai games of all time and also the most underrated franchise ever.
A MUST OWN for Samurai fans, please buy this so they can make Way Of The Samurai 5.
Also buy 3 if you can :)
It starts off ridiculously slow but it'll get better as soon as you learn new techniques and styles and ofcourse unlock new weapons.
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Savage Walrus
( 67.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Best samurai game I've ever played. Lots of weapons, and martial arts to pick from if you're a fan of that. The game takes place in Japan during Britian occupation. You can take sides with the Shogunate, British, resistance, xenophobes, yakuza, and more during civil unrest. It's not all serious though. You can beat down people with a fish or beat up people on the street in order to get them to join your own dojo. It has a few graphical bugs and a few camera issues, but other than that, I love this.
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Slan
( 128.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
From a game developer's point of view, Way of the Samurai 4's concept is pure genius: create as few assets as possible and combine them to get as much variety as possible. And in practice, unlike many other such attempts, it works out surprisingly good!

From a player's perspective, there are a few things to consider before you dive in though. If you only want to go through the story, then you will probably get the worst ending in 2-3 hours of gametime and will feel let down, not having seen the vast majority of what the game has to offer. If you don't like the goofy humor of the game (you can check the screenshots to get a very good idea), you're gonna have a bad time. If you expect a AAA PC title with next gen graphics and full customizability, you are going to be disappointed since this is the port of a 5 years old console game with only very basic PC options, most of which are in the form of configuration files. (There's nothing inherently wrong with the port though, or at least it worked just fine for me and my XBox 360 controller but your milage may vary.) If you want to play every game on the hardest difficulty, you are probably also going to have a bad time. Although the only two options for a new character are Easy and Normal, these are more like Diablo's difficulty settings. You are not expected to play the higher difficulties with a new character.

With all that in mind, there's plenty of ways (of the samurai, wink-wink) to have fun in this game! First of all, you there's the main story with a bad ending, 7 easy to get endings plus 2 hidden endings you can get through manipulating events in previous playthroughs. That's right! The when you get to an ending, you will recieve a score based on how you performed and get Samurai points you can spend on unlocking new features like the Hard and Harikiri difficulty level, special customization options for your character or even new weapon style categories like Dual Wielding and Guns. Then you can start a new platyhrough with the same character, keeping your weapons, styles and also some of the major changes in the village will carry over and those changes will affect your new plathrough!

Then there's also the Dojo where you can train pupils and fight challengers who can drop special styles, there's nightcrawling which is a pretty stupid but fun "dating" minigame, you can fish, you can do random missions for random NPCs for a little money, you can do questlines for a few named NPCs for lots of money, you can do some epic side quests if you do all questlines and get unique styles and weapons, you can forge your own weapons from parts, you can upgrade your weapons, you can get unlockable enchants on your weapons, you can fight with a fish as a weapon... The list goes on and on.

So yeah, I would recommend, if you don't expect it to be too serious and are willing to spend the time to explore the game in multiple playthroughs!
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Grin Cat
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
-Just 3 - 5 more hits to the Last Boss of the game Harikiri Mode (Hardest Diffuculty in the Game)
- Corpse Behind Me
- Tripped because of the corpse
- Boss took the chance to split me into two
- Game Over.

10/10 One of the Best moments of regrets in my life
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nEk0
( 25.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
best game ever!

this game allows you to flirt old woman, kill gaijins, collect money and katana from the dead and forge new katana, build your own dojo and have your own followers, and best of all, BDSM!!
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1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I like this game so far. Lots of choices. Its basiclly Shenmu with swords so far. Im not sure where to go. I am just sleeping in differnt places. I hit the wrong guy at the begining of the game. then got into a sword fight. accidently hit the talk button too fast and surrendered. They tied me to the train tracks in town. I had to scream for help. some bum helped me but took all my stuff as payment for helping me. All good so far.
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Recommended
83.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Beat up an unarmed girl to get her to be my student.

She says no by kicking me.

Constable sees and arrests her.

10/10 would victim blame again.

Basically GTA with samurai and a visual novel story.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Haven't had this much fun with a game in awhile. If you can get past the production values and awkward controls, there is a really great game underneath. Nothing really to complain about personally.

As for the port, it isn't exactly top of the line. No graphical options, and if it bothers you the game is locked at 30fps. Sometimes I have the game chug and lose some frames for a couple of seconds, but it rarely happened.

If you don't care about graphical options or 30fps and want a fun, quirky game thats different than other titles on Steam, then go for it! Make sure you play on Easy your first time and don't be afraid of looking at some guides or FAQ's. You might need some guidance your first time.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Game is absolutely hilarious. I mean, there is a character with the last name of Megamelons for goodness sake. Totally would reccommend the game. I like the freedom it gives you as well instead of having a set story. If you are looking for a super serious historical samurai game, this is not it. I still love it though!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
67.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Best samurai game I've ever played. Lots of weapons, and martial arts to pick from if you're a fan of that. The game takes place in Japan during Britian occupation. You can take sides with the Shogunate, British, resistance, xenophobes, yakuza, and more during civil unrest. It's not all serious though. You can beat down people with a fish or beat up people on the street in order to get them to join your own dojo. It has a few graphical bugs and a few camera issues, but other than that, I love this.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
One of the best Samurai games of all time and also the most underrated franchise ever.
A MUST OWN for Samurai fans, please buy this so they can make Way Of The Samurai 5.
Also buy 3 if you can :)
It starts off ridiculously slow but it'll get better as soon as you learn new techniques and styles and ofcourse unlock new weapons.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
87.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Tried to get some underaged ambassador ♥♥♥♥♥ yet ♥♥♥♥ed a dude instead...10/10 would try again.
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Recommended
56.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
A nice fun sequel to WotS 3. Not as serious but still good. Seems to be lacking in the outfit department even with the DLC.

DLC don't really add anything of merit to the game and are best skipped.
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Recommended
128.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
From a game developer's point of view, Way of the Samurai 4's concept is pure genius: create as few assets as possible and combine them to get as much variety as possible. And in practice, unlike many other such attempts, it works out surprisingly good!

From a player's perspective, there are a few things to consider before you dive in though. If you only want to go through the story, then you will probably get the worst ending in 2-3 hours of gametime and will feel let down, not having seen the vast majority of what the game has to offer. If you don't like the goofy humor of the game (you can check the screenshots to get a very good idea), you're gonna have a bad time. If you expect a AAA PC title with next gen graphics and full customizability, you are going to be disappointed since this is the port of a 5 years old console game with only very basic PC options, most of which are in the form of configuration files. (There's nothing inherently wrong with the port though, or at least it worked just fine for me and my XBox 360 controller but your milage may vary.) If you want to play every game on the hardest difficulty, you are probably also going to have a bad time. Although the only two options for a new character are Easy and Normal, these are more like Diablo's difficulty settings. You are not expected to play the higher difficulties with a new character.

With all that in mind, there's plenty of ways (of the samurai, wink-wink) to have fun in this game! First of all, you there's the main story with a bad ending, 7 easy to get endings plus 2 hidden endings you can get through manipulating events in previous playthroughs. That's right! The when you get to an ending, you will recieve a score based on how you performed and get Samurai points you can spend on unlocking new features like the Hard and Harikiri difficulty level, special customization options for your character or even new weapon style categories like Dual Wielding and Guns. Then you can start a new platyhrough with the same character, keeping your weapons, styles and also some of the major changes in the village will carry over and those changes will affect your new plathrough!

Then there's also the Dojo where you can train pupils and fight challengers who can drop special styles, there's nightcrawling which is a pretty stupid but fun "dating" minigame, you can fish, you can do random missions for random NPCs for a little money, you can do questlines for a few named NPCs for lots of money, you can do some epic side quests if you do all questlines and get unique styles and weapons, you can forge your own weapons from parts, you can upgrade your weapons, you can get unlockable enchants on your weapons, you can fight with a fish as a weapon... The list goes on and on.

So yeah, I would recommend, if you don't expect it to be too serious and are willing to spend the time to explore the game in multiple playthroughs!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
hey, how many games do you get to sword fight in 1st person? not many out there to choose from. have fun doing the difrent ways to win
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