Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Random Game of the Day

Genji: Dawn of the Samurai (2005)
Developer: Game Republic, Inc.
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 09/27/2005

It's good to be an effeminate samurai when your surrounding is this pretty.

What capitalizes on the success of Capcom's Onimusha series, plays like an Onimusha game, and looks like a gorgeous bastard child of Onimusha and Devil May Cry? Game Republic's shameless Genji: Dawn of the Samurai of course. As much as a rip-off that the game is, it still manages to be a lot of fun, even though your brain can get confused thinking that you are definitely playing an Onimusha game. Even the storyline is somewhat similiar minus the demonic overtone found in Capcom's revered series - You play as Minamoto Yoshitsune, a true military figure in Japanese history, who is on a quest to avenge his father's death and to vanquish an evil ruler. Don't mistake the game as being historically accurate though since your character can use some powerful magic at his disposal. The game is action heavy but even though you get surrounded by waves after waves of enemies, it never gets repetitive since your fighting finesse is evaluated by the game with each encounter. The more careful and precise you are with your attacks, the easier it is for you to level up your character thus you are forced to pay attention to what you are doing in battle. The addition of another character that you can switch to also breaks the monotony of the game's basic design. Genji: DotS is incredible both in terms of its visuals and audio. I haven't seen this game in years and I was literally stunned by how vibrant and sharp the graphics are and by the richness of the soundtrack. Sure, the game is a blatant copycat but at least it's made with a lot of love.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

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