Honour, sacrifice, betrayal… Your choices make you who you are. How will history remember you? 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...
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Release Date: Mar 23, 2016

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“I can in full confidence say though, that I've never played a more interesting open world title.”
4/5 – Digitally Downloaded

“Generously stuffed with quirky humour, a real love for the period and more longevity than you can shake a bottle of sake at, Way of the Samurai 3 is certainly the best in the series and an easy recommendation to folks looking to lose themselves in a very different sort of adventure.”
8.5/10 – Game Watcher

“If you’re looking for a fantastic Japanese game about Samurai’s then this is certainly it. It’s got the perfect level of humour and seriousness. It’s a game I certainly recommend.”
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About This Game

As a major release from the million+ selling Way of the Samurai series, Way Of The Samurai 3 is the prequel to the Famitsu Gold Award winning Way Of The Samurai 4 and furthers the series’ blend of customization, exploration and action gameplay!

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

You must wield the sword 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

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.13GHz Intel Core2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 512Mb RAM and support for v3 shaders
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 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 1GB RAM and support for v3 shaders
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
If you slash with your sword close enough from a woman without actually touching her you can slice the lower half of her kimono, turning it into a mini-skirt.

There's even a title (naughty samurai) to gain if you do it a certain number of times in one playtrough. (100x IIRC.)

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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
my most favorite game
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199 of 220 people (90%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
I remember booting this game up 6 or so odd years ago on the 360. Played through it at least 7 or 8 times, then I saw the reviews. Specifically, IGN's. Let me tell you, if you haven't seen the reviews, don't look. This game is the greatest example of graphics < gameplay to date. It suffered in reviews just because it looked a few years behind, when the gameplay is solid and fun, character customization is great (not to mention your customized character actually shows up in cutscenes! <3), and there's more than 15 endings! If you love quick slice and dice action adventure games, this is for you. I bought it right when I saw it for $15, but if you're not sure, maybe wait for it to go on sale for a lower price. Personally, I love it, and I would've paid $20 to see one of my favorite series run at a better fidelity then it could on a 7th gen console.

Oh and also, the PC port is solid so far. Keep in mind though, that's what it is. A port. not an HD remaster or anything like that. They didn't even give you the almost 10 year old DLC, which is kind of annoying, but whatever.

EDIT : Someone asked on my steam profile if the game is locked at 30FPS, and yes, it is unfortunately. Someone might find a workaround at some point, but from what I hear the animations are tied to the frame rate somehow.
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141 of 158 people (89%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
62.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
I'm Italian but I really want to share that with you all so forgive me if my english sounds pretty bad:

I had it on console and it was one of the best game I ever bought, It's really a gem of a game.

Just has a disclosure there is only one con imho so here you go:


- The first time you play it it's kinda hard to get the hang of it and you wont know what to do...


- ...But trust me it's so so worth it to endure at the beginning that you wont regret it

- Freeroaming samurai game with multiple choices and ending (20 Endings so a lot of replayability value) the game just makes you hit that play button once again just to know all the different outcomes and cutscenes

- A lot of customization for your weapon and your character (you can be a perfect samurai but also a samurai with a tengu mask on his di**)

- Really nice OST that just sets you in the mood for some samurai action
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57 of 70 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
I highly recommend that you use a controller like I mentioned in my WotS4 review as the game is a console port and a controller is more suited to use for this game.
In my WotS4 review I stated that if enough people bought WotS4 we might get a port of WotS3 and low and behold we got WotS3 ported to pc which is another great addition to the samurai sim like games.
Unlike WotS4 this game takes its story a little more serious and keeps a lot of core features from the original games such as Weapons denote the skills you can use not the style chosen from the menu, so finding rare swords rewards the player with special styles that are relative to those weapons.
The game is set to the backdrop of the Sengoku Jidai period, the period that games like Nobunaga's Ambition and Samurai Warriors are also famous for.
You take on the role of a former samurai who is now a ronin and must choose how you wish to proceed. You could help the peasants who face brutal taxes at the hands of a new lord, serve the new lord and raise up the ranks for power and wealth, serve the remnants of the old clan who are now resorting to banditry to harass the new clan or serve the attacking army of Oda Nobunaga on his conquest to unite Japan under his rule.
The game totes 22 different endings so there is a lot of replay value to the game and in comparison to the console version the games framerate is better, the game looks way sharper, the draw distance isnt 10 feet infront of the character and finally the load times are also far more tolerable and dont take as long as they did on console.
If you are a fan of the WotS series or want to play a game in which the theme of playing as a samurai/ronin appeals to you then you should pick it up.
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
So, I've played a lot more Way of the Samurai 3 than is shown here. I've logged a good forty or fifty hours on the PS3 version of the game; I loved it then, I love it now.

Way of the Samurai 3, in my opinion, is greater than 4 in just about every way. The combat feels more varied, the sword crafting is fun and lets you make all sorts of neat weapons, and the endings are more numerous and impactful. Seriously, when I say the endings are numerous, I should just go ahead and elucidate there. There are 28 endings in WotS3, and it's not immediately apparent how to get all of them from the get-go.

Way of the Samurai 3 is a game that lets you take it at your own pace. You can go all in on viewing events and progressing the story and reach an ending in about an hour or two, or you can take a bit more time with it, bounce back and forth between paths, and experience all the side content. Both are equally satisfying approaches, and both are equally valid ways to play the game.

The game gives you plenty of customizations to make your character look unique, or if you feel so inclined, it is possible to play as any NPC you defeat non-lethally. You also have your choice of weapon and style which let you further mix things up. Most weapons can be broken down into their constituent pieces, which can then be recombined into a new weapon with different stats and given a different style, meaning there are a ton of different weapons you can make. This setup makes progression feel more open-ended and fluid. You can jump from one weapon to the next with relatively little investment and still come out on top, or you can stick with a weapon and make it your own personal ultimate sword. Hell, for the first few playthroughs of the game, before you get your health upgraded and such, you can actually make a pretty killer weapon out of a green onion by raising it to level 10 and giving it the "Organic" title. Overall, there's so much depth to a game like this that it's difficult to adequately lay it all out, but let me just condense this all by saying that Way of the Samurai 3 (and to a slightly lesser extent, 4) is an exceptionally deep game that rewards experimentation and encourages multiple playthroughs. It is a game that does not hold your hand, but does not need to. It engenders creativity in service of its mechanics and systems while not discouraging complacency. It is a game that lets you do you.

So basically what I'm getting at is you should buy it.
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46 of 64 people (72%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Brief, 15 minute-ish play port report, it runs pretty good on my machine. The frame rate is a little janky and not all that smooth but it's perfectly playable.

Following is a review from playing it on consoles, WotS3 has a special place in my heart. It was my first Way of the Samurai game and it turned me on to this series. As before, it's a sort of open world, choose your own adventure story as a samurai. WotS3 boasts over 20 endings though, far more than any other game in the series, as well as the ability to freely kill any character at any time and the plot generally routing around that as best as possible. (In other WotS's, most major characters would run away from a fight unless you had worked the plot out to a specific boss battle against them. Since every major character had a unique sword, you were generally trying to hunt them down as a meta-game. Here, you can just get a good sword day one by finding a named person and killing them. WotS4 only gave you a free kill on poor, unloved Melinda.) This makes actually iterating through the story generally interesting as your repeated plays are exploring what happens in Amana at various points in the plot and trying to figure out which collection of triggers are needed for different paths. Side with the bandits? Side with the warlord? Side with one of several side characters? Endings are everywhere, and since the plot takes itself relatively seriously compared to the corny WotS4, they're rewarding to find. (Also, less of a linear path than WotS4.)

So, these repeat plays are maybe an hour and half to two hours long. You don't lose anything when you end the game and start again, so you're constantly building up cash, better swords, unlocking new combat moves, collecting new gear, meeting new companions, etc. There's quite a bit to keep you coming back aside from the endings, you can certainly spend hours playing without caring about the story. Some of the grindy stuff is rough around the edges compared to Way of the Samurai 4 and, this is important, THE SIDE QUESTS ARE REALLY BAD. DO NOT DO THE SIDE QUESTS UNLESS YOU ARE PLANNING A RUN AROUND THEM. They are the biggest wastes of time and the only time side quests are handy is if you need to join the warlord's team or you really want to get the unique boss fights and swords for completing all the side quests in a chain. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THEM YOU CAN GET CASH ELSEWHERE.

The combat is solid hack and slash, focusing on 1v1 combat. Nothing great but certainly fun. Unique to WotS3 compared to 4 is the ability to instant kill weak enemies by timing a perfect parry to their attacks, and in the 100 man fights, this can lead to massive kill chains.

I've enjoyed every Acquire game I've played and with Akiba's Trip and WotS4, there is no shortage of good ones on Steam. But WotS3 got a PC port because there was a huge demand for it. If you enjoyed WotS4, give WotS3 a shot. You'll understand the clamor for it.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Keep in mind that I have only been playing for about eight hours and besides the other two in the series, I haven't played WOTS4 for a reason. With that said here's my impression:

For those who have played the first two Way of the Samurai titles, you know what to expect here with the third installment. For the unintitated, it would be best to know what this game is not. It's not GTA with swords or a hack-and-slash game, it's purely a decision-based system in which you tell the story where to go by triggering inklings or scenes or behaving differently. Killing innocents and looting them or saving people from injustice and defending yourself with blunt attacks clearly imply 2 ways you can play the game but they don't necessarily guarantee you the same ending. No matter how you end the game, however, it begins in the same fashion. You're found on the battlefield within an inch of your life by two looters and, one way or another, you are led to a farming village where a cot is set up for you. From this point on, the fate of the town and its people is in your hands.

The game play is a mix of samurai action and arcade fighter. When you're fighting enemies you focus on one at a time, and when you take them out another steps in. with the variety of weapons available you can do sweeping attacks with some them and take out multiple people, even if you're just focusing on one. The map is broken up into a bunch of different areas, and you can visit all of them from the get go. Blue exclamation marks show the inklings (story) events you can see, and even the order as you see some of these changes the game.

So do I like the game? Yes I love the game because of it's open ended approach. It gives me a sense of actually being a samurai and doing something that affects a person or a community. There are tons of "Samurai" games out there that walks the line between a fighting game and a comic-book rpg and this is not one of them. Do I like the graphics? Well... to be honest I'm not easily blinded by eye-candy. I still go for the substance of the game. The graphics are basically good PS2 era and while it's locked into 30FPS, it doesn't take away from the playability of the game. Besides, graphics is like the least of my requirements when choosing a game. There's also an option to switch between the English voice cast audio which is somewhat lazy or the much superior Japanese voice cast instead, so choose wisely.

Ghostlight definitely did a good job with this port, judging by how smooth the game run and I haven't seen people complaining too. All in all, it's a great game and a solid port. It might not be for the trigger happy sword wielding gamers who want to hack and slash for hours. This game takes patience. The game isn't hard in terms of dealing with NPCs. What makes the game difficult is making the right choice at the right time, and being able to face the consequences of your actions.
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30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Do you like classic samurai movies? Now in game form!

Remember to tick the run as admin box in the compatability tab.

Then after you've booted the game, it will create an ini in the game folder. If you're using something other than an xbox 360 controller: Set LegacyInput=0 then go to the dll settings in x360ce and check 9_1_0.dll
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
i've been playing this since the beta, so i know how much this game is improved from the beginning

+ This has LOT of endings, every act decide you which ending you'll get
+ Lot of weapons to collect
+ No whacky storyline
+ It has DoF, FoV, Bloom, High Res Shadow (thanks to the dev to put it in special way, you need to change it via *.ini files)
+ This is good for starter who never play way of the samurai games IMO

- It's quite short if you straight doing all main quest (without sidequest)
- Native resolution for the texture is 720p (the game itself is supported up to 4k though)

this is a good port for way of samurai games, thanks dev to bring this to the steam ;)
overall i would give this 9/10
oh and also, the Weapon Set DLC might be helpful if you bought it ;)
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Dr. Grinkenstein
4.0 hrs
Posted: September 22
this is also fun though i wonder if theres a nujabes soundtrack mod for this like there is 4
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3.2 hrs
Posted: September 20
the sky is blue but this game is bad
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24.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
EDIT- Well I've got it working now after some help from the internet. It's pretty much exactly the same as the 360 version that I loved but with the addition of a few glitches, the aforementioned impossibility of playing Swordplay Theater still being there (even when I rebind the keys, it just does not work, I can never even TRY to catch the sword), as well as some audio ♥♥♥♥-ups here and there (sometimes during cutscenes audio from DIFFERENT cutscenes will play, usually the previous one. It's kinda funny sometimes, but it doesn't affect me much since I know pretty much all of them anyways so I skip them most of the time), and I've had a couple more crashes here and there but they're mostly the exception, most of the time I can get a solid few hour session in and it doesn't crash.

I guess I tentatively recommend this game if only because it's still a good game, but be forewarned that there's a good chance it won't run on your PC if you install it as-is. If you don't want to bother with any tinkering with files at the behest of interweb wizards, then you probably want to look elsewhere.

Original review:

Ughhhh... you'd think I'd have learned from Way of the Samurai 4 that Acquire and Ghostlight are terrible with PC ports... sadly it seems that much like them, I have much to learn.

Now I loved Way of the Samurai 3 on the 360, it was my overall favorite of the series- 4 had some nice improvements, but as a whole 3 is my favorite, so naturally I was excited when I saw it was seeing a release on Steam... though also reluctant since 4 was pretty glitchy, though after a while they patched it so that it was at least playable (finally adding controller support was nice). So I figured I'd wait a bit until after launch before getting this one, thinking they'd have already patched it... shame about that though.

Enter Way of the Samurai 3, I've managed to play for about 2.5 hours of mostly dicking around getting money and not bothering much with triggering events since I wanted to get a better sword ASAP... it's just a shame that it suddenly crashed when I loaded one of the areas I've been to a dozen times already- ok, no problem, I saved fairly recently... it's just a shame that the game crashes whenever I try to load that save, so I've already lost all my progress. I suppose it's fortunate that I've only put less than 3 hours into it, but add insult to injury it now also crashes whenever I try to start a new game so now I can't do anything besides load up the main menu and think of what could be if I could actually play the damn game.

I didn't notice any other outstanding glitches in my playtime (other than once it altogether refused my controller's input, but that was solved fairly easily by just restarting the game; and I could never actually catch the sword in swordplay theater despite being fairly good at it on the 360... it just refused to let me catch the damn sword so I always got my face sliced), but then I only had a few hours with it so that doesn't mean much, there's probably more I haven't had the chance to see.

Much as I love these games, these guys really don't know what they're doing when it comes to PC ports. Would not recommend, and just like with 4 it hurts me to say that since I really love these games, it's just the PC ports are so shoddy that I can't recommend them in good conscience.
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prosthetic soul
15.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
As much as I want to recommend this game, I simply cannot. I have over 300 hours clocked in playing this game on the PS3 but this PC version is broken beyond due to one big problem. Ghostlight never deemed it necessary to fix the constant crashing when reloading from a save after you die or when you just continue from a finished game. The crash happens EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Like clockwork. No fix has been found and it has been months. Thanks for nothing Ghostlight.
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32.3 hrs
Posted: August 21
It may not show me as having many hours logged into this game, but I did play it heavily for xbox 360 a few years back. I was very surprised to see this game was now on steam, and instantly picked it up. After playing it again, I can easily say that it is a great game for anyone who loves feudal Japan. With thad said, I'll go ahead and list some pros and cons...

-Awesomely deep weapon crafting system
-Fluid, blood spillingly epic combat
-Pretty solid system of unlocking character customization and accesories
-Good music that really sets the tone
-Well rounded story that can be explored many times, through multipul angles
-22 differant unique endings

-Most of the characters are pretty one dementional and boring/cheesy
-Graphics look a bit dated
-World is a bit small
-Can be difficult to actually get the ending you want if you do one thing wrong withough knowing it
-Those Oaka clan guys should put some pants on
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8.2 hrs
Posted: August 18
Such an amazing game. very underated. I see some are having performance issue.For me the game works perfect. maybe i am lucky
Nonetheless i hope they bring more Way of the samurai games . there is not much samurai type of games.
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Badly Animated Pain
18.4 hrs
Posted: August 10
died to a radish minigame 10/10 best radish sim
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Designated Wizard
3.5 hrs
Posted: July 30
I have no idea what the ♥♥♥♥ just happened.
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