Can you help Afro Samurai become the number one warrior? Afro Samurai, developed by Namco Bandai and published by Surge is a third person action game based on the action anime Afro Samurai. Players will assume the character of Afro and help him fight his way to becoming “Number One”. Help him fight his way through groups of ninjas, assassins and samurais. Fans of the action genre will get more than just the slice and dice action typical of sword fighting games. Catch Afro Samurai on sale on late January 2009.
Afro Samurai is based on the anime of the same name. In this fictional samurai world, there are two powerful bands that endow its owners with god-like fighting abilities. The “Number One” band is the most powerful, thus making its owner the top fighter in the world. He can only be challenged the owner of the “Number Two” band who must, at least, match his god-like prowess. The story will revolve around a black samurai with a prominent hairstyle. Afro, aptly named for his signature hairstyle, is on a quest to become “Number One”. Justice, the current “Number One”, can only be challenged by the wearer of the “Number Two” band. Afro is the current “Number Two” and is therefore eligible to challenge and defeat Justice.
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Other than becoming the “Number One”, Afro is also on a mission to avenge his father who was killed by Justice. Players will have to lead Afro around Japan, defeating assassins, ninjas and samurais. He also has to maintain his “Number Two” status while slowly making his way to Justice. Action gaming fans should await Afro Samurai on sale at their favorite gaming stores and online shops.
Engaging in battle is like any slice and dice action genre. Afro would have to violently slice and dismember any enemy to cross his path. However, the sword fighting sequence is far from mundane and repetitive. Afro can perform stylized moves, using both his sword and sheath. Each movement is highlighted and detailed making the moves sleeker and seamless. He can perform slash attacks, clean thrusts and slices from different angles. He can also jump in the air and perform minimal acrobatic movements to make the attack more powerful. Afro can also engage more than one enemy at a time. Any player can perform multiple attacks and watch as each enemy drop into red pools of blood. Gamers can also let Afro interact with the environment. Afro can jump at any surface and utilize anything and everything to finish his mission.
The whole gaming experience and the battle sequence are further enhanced because of the funky hip-hop soundtrack. The game’s original soundtrack was composed by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA. Furthermore, the voices of Samuel L. Jackson and Ron Perlman evoke a very modern samurai fighting experience.
Afro Samurai is scheduled to be released on January 20, 2009. It is expected that Afro Samurai for sale soon at gaming stores and online shops around North America.