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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Mostly Positive (89 reviews) - 75% of the 89 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 23, 2016

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March 29

Way of the Samurai 3 V1.03

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We've just released version 1.03 of Way of the Samurai 3 on Steam. This version contains the following two issues.

1) There was an issue with saving/loading if windows was set to non-western latin character sets e.g. Chinese, Korean
2) Memory tracking code from Gamebryo has now been turned off. This was causing some PCs to dump out huge amounts of info. Please delete the xml/xls files from the root on your PC.

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March 29

Way of the Samurai 3: 1.03

Hi,

We've just released version 1.03 of Way of the Samurai 3 on Steam. This version contains the following two issues.

1) There was an issue with saving/loading if windows was set to non-western latin character sets e.g. Chinese, Korean
2) Memory tracking code from Gamebryo has now been turned off. This was causing some PCs to dump out huge amounts of info. Please delete the xml/xls files from the root on your PC.

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Reviews

“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.”
Final Boss Fight

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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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Overall:
Mostly Positive (89 reviews)
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-=kewlio=-
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Game is buggy. Crashed a few times
Controls are clumsy
Graphics not impressive
difficult to navigate around the cities without proper directions

It would be better if this is clasified as a high production indie game and not charge so much for the game.

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Raptormesh
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Sole survivor on the battlefield, heavy injuries and collapsed in front of two scavengers. They brought me back to their village and nursed me back to health. So far so good. Then...

- Gets scolded by my saviour the village head for being a samurai. Ok.
- Agreed to help a woman cut her vegetables. She starts throwing stone lanterns at me to "test my skills". Tried to parry like an idiot. Managed to cut gigantic leeks, but sword now almost destroyed. Ok.
- Spoke to a man who offered me an idiom and threatened me for $$...Ok.
- Two obviously bad guys accosting a young woman. Drew my sword and cut one of them down. The other kneeled and then ran away immediately. Woman turned out to be the game manual, Ok.
- Spoke to a feisty 80 year old woman. Gave me a quest...to find her undies. Ok.
- Spent the next 30 minutes looking for the save point dude because strange meter is full. In the process I looted some dead bodies, ate a rotten riceball and got really lost.

Best Sengoku Jidai simulator ever.
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Tatsuya Nakadai
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
This is an outstanding game. I loved it on PS3 and love it even more on PC. Thank you Ghostlight for bringing this game to PC and ensuring its functionality.
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[BritYank] Taff
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Samurai Sandbox at it's finest.
This game may be a bit rough around the edges, however it has a lot of charm and humour.
All it's missing is a bit of a modding community.
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BillDickles
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Playing this game was like losing my virginity to Snookie from Jersey Shore; you'd think it would be amazing and something you'd go tell all your friends about, but no. It was disappointing and made me feel unclean.

'Kay. Bioware. You have a Samurai game. Think of the possibilities; taking out the leader of a nation and becoming leader yourself, becoming the emperor's personal protector, killing ninjas, becoming a friend or foe of the people, customizable blades...do you want these features when you think of samurai games? Because I sure do.

This game was watered down.

This game was watered down to hell, and I don't know if it was the producers doing it, or the budget, or the publishing company or whatever, but I was so disappointed with this game. It seemed like just beyond that wall, or just beyond that building, I would see the rest of the game and, in the words of Mulan, "get down to business". I did not, in fact, defeat the huns.

You get a tiny map that's barely comprehensible as to where you are and what you're doing, and a tiny village to run around in. I would say there's other villages, but travelling was so tedious and confusing that I gave up before seeing any more villages.

The voice acting is ♥♥♥♥ing unbearable. In the first village I went to, everybody hates you for absolutely no reason, and my god do they make sure they let you know. I heard the same damn line six or seven times by passing the same townsperson, and I eventually just murdered her in cold blood because I couldn't stand the sound of her pesky, irritating, anime-esque voice. I wish I hadn't hit her, actually, because she started this banshee wail that was about 347634347643 times worse than the greeting.

Where is the story? Where is the part where I'm supposed to get engaged with ANY PART OF THIS GAME?! Why should I care about my characters, or the village, or the stupid lord who--in addition to all of the townspeople--repeatedly puts me down and then gets all pissy when I pull my sword on him? ♥♥♥♥♥, you were ASKING ME to take out my sword!!! You wanted to see it, now? Too bad. Here's 12 inches of steel, baybee.

Actually, I take it back. This game is exactly like sex with Snookie: a ♥♥♥♥ing venereal disease.

2/10. Spend your money on Mount and Blade Warband instead.
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Zelix B.
( 39.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
This Review contains what some may call spoilers. Lots of 'em.
You've been warned.

"• 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! " There are 17 endings. 3 of them can be achieved by different choices so they count as seperate endings. There are 5 duplicate endings.

"• 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!" Fairly limited cosmetic options. Biggest changes are stats, rather than looks.

"• 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." This is true. You get new characters models for every thousand or so samurai points, and after a certain point you are given the option to play as every character you kill in the story mode, even old people which is more funny than you may think.

"• 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! " Mass Effect 2 style paragon and renegade options. Be a d!ck and draw your sword while someone is talking or listen to what they have to say before you kill them.

I like this game because the combat is challanging. It's controls are poorly translated to pc and that filters out the weak. Is it a challange? You bet. Is it impossible or horrible? He1l no. Is it worth it. Depends. Each playthrough can be done in 30 minutes to an hour. There is little to no voice acting outside the cutscenes. No tutorial to speak of. And the game is designed to get easier after each run, taking your old save data and applying it to your new character. I reccomend watching some YouTube gameplay footage before buying.
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william.fu
( 56.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
What does it mean to be a "Samurai?"
Such questions had been presented from classic films which demonstrates the power struggle between farmers/peasants and the upper class in Japan.
For this game, you play as like one of those Famous legends tell of Samurai or wandering warriors who protect the weak Or, strayed far to become murderous hired killers....you choose how you want to play.
You will see how the peasants are struggling to keep their peaceful life
and also you can choose to follow a path of imposing control and chaos over the weak.
However you play will determine your end...

Very Nice and fun game
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el kakador
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Buy at your own risk. I could not even get the game to run with an error "unable to locate pins" or something like that. I had to reboot my computer just to get the game to shut off properly. Was not given a refund either despite airing my grievances though Steam support. If you plan to buy a game remember to install it and make sure it runs immediately so you don't miss the 14 day window for a refund like I did. This game is a total mess, as evidenced by all the various problems people are having in the support forums. Terrible.
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VoidLance
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
I thought Way of the Samurai 4 was the greatest game in history until I played this. From the start, everything looks better. The graphics, the customisation, the freedom. That is in fact its main weakness. The game has too much freedom, which makes it incredibly difficult to figure out what you're meant to be doing. Xbox One controller works fine with it, but I had to go into the camera settings when I got into the game because everything was inverted. Looking at the future storyline I would estimate that there is even more replayability in it than WotS4, and the characters and weapons options have much more variety and recognisability to them than WotS4. Literally my only complaint so far is that I can't figure out how to progress the story :P
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Albeon
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Having played Way of the Samurai 1, 2, and 4, I can honestly say that this is not only the worst entry in the series, but a terrible port of a bad game on top of it. The control system is near impossible to use competantly, with no viable way to reallocate keys without a third hand, and zero controller support to alleviate the issue. The game itself has issues in it's general design, from a lack of any real tutorial level (which all other entries in the series has had), the worst Time Management system in the franchise, and a difficulty curve that is almost non-existent, regardless of whether you're playing on easy or normal difficulty. The Morality system also has many issues, with harsh penalties for certain actions, but never even telling you what you did to deserve that penalty. This game had a lot of potential to be a good game, had certain changes been made, but overall it's a poor game with an even poor-er porting job. Do yourself a favor and buy 4 instead.
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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Sole survivor on the battlefield, heavy injuries and collapsed in front of two scavengers. They brought me back to their village and nursed me back to health. So far so good. Then...

- Gets scolded by my saviour the village head for being a samurai. Ok.
- Agreed to help a woman cut her vegetables. She starts throwing stone lanterns at me to "test my skills". Tried to parry like an idiot. Managed to cut gigantic leeks, but sword now almost destroyed. Ok.
- Spoke to a man who offered me an idiom and threatened me for $$...Ok.
- Two obviously bad guys accosting a young woman. Drew my sword and cut one of them down. The other kneeled and then ran away immediately. Woman turned out to be the game manual, Ok.
- Spoke to a feisty 80 year old woman. Gave me a quest...to find her undies. Ok.
- Spent the next 30 minutes looking for the save point dude because strange meter is full. In the process I looted some dead bodies, ate a rotten riceball and got really lost.

Best Sengoku Jidai simulator ever.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
This Review contains what some may call spoilers. Lots of 'em.
You've been warned.

"• 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! " There are 17 endings. 3 of them can be achieved by different choices so they count as seperate endings. There are 5 duplicate endings.

"• 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!" Fairly limited cosmetic options. Biggest changes are stats, rather than looks.

"• 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." This is true. You get new characters models for every thousand or so samurai points, and after a certain point you are given the option to play as every character you kill in the story mode, even old people which is more funny than you may think.

"• 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! " Mass Effect 2 style paragon and renegade options. Be a d!ck and draw your sword while someone is talking or listen to what they have to say before you kill them.

I like this game because the combat is challanging. It's controls are poorly translated to pc and that filters out the weak. Is it a challange? You bet. Is it impossible or horrible? He1l no. Is it worth it. Depends. Each playthrough can be done in 30 minutes to an hour. There is little to no voice acting outside the cutscenes. No tutorial to speak of. And the game is designed to get easier after each run, taking your old save data and applying it to your new character. I reccomend watching some YouTube gameplay footage before buying.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Samurai Sandbox at it's finest.
This game may be a bit rough around the edges, however it has a lot of charm and humour.
All it's missing is a bit of a modding community.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
This is an outstanding game. I loved it on PS3 and love it even more on PC. Thank you Ghostlight for bringing this game to PC and ensuring its functionality.
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196 of 215 people (91%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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146 of 162 people (90%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
61.5 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:

CON:

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


PRO:

- ...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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52 of 65 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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38 of 43 people (88%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
My first journey as a samurai found me masterless after my Lord was defeated by the rival Amane clan. I alone survived the battle, and swore vengeance against Fujimori. Gathering my weapons, I traveled to join the Ouka clan, a group of malcontents and undisciplined bandits, a necessary evil on my road to revenge. After a hard fight with the guards, I was accepted into the clan. Exploring the grounds of the castle, I was asked by a chef to help him cut vegetables. I thought that it would be a good way to endear myself to the clan, and accepted. I began slicing the vegetables, when all of the sudden the chef threw a stone item at me. In my weakened state, I was no match, and was killed instantly. Pretty good game.
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44 of 56 people (79%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
This game tingles my manliness and inner samurai.

Edit: WotS 3 > WotS 4

4 was too comedic in some parts for me. 3 was really serious.

Edit 2: Died cutting vegetables.
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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