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I've heard nothing but misery about this game from a great many reviewers. Seems like the pros just can't stomach this game. They complain about control issues, about the graphics, about the storyline. One reviewer said "If this game had ANY honor, it'd kill itself."
I don't see the problem here. I played this game recently and found it good in most respects. Good storyline, good controls, (with the possible exception of hit detection, which can be spotty when it feels like it.) and pretty decent graphics make this a fairly good title.
Besides all that, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed running around in samurai pajamas or a ninja outfit, slicing people up with a honking big sword.... I enjoyed learning the duplicities in the plotline. I enjoyed the surprisingly authentic graphics. I just patently enjoyed this title. Being a ninja in search of an emperor's stolen gold shipment or a samurai in search of honor can be fun, and this game proves it!
Go get your hands on a copy of it if you're looking for a game that plays like Resident Evil Anyone but with blades instead of guns. Or if you're looking for an involving role-playing game that allows you to be the samurai you know you've always wanted to be.
Status: New - Modern translations of three classic works of Zen & Bushido In "Soul of the ... more
Samurai" bestselling author and respected translator Thomas Cleary reveals the true essence of the Bushido code or Zen warrior teachings according to 17th-century Japanese samurai master Yagyu Munenori and his Zen teacher Takuan Soho. The three works of Zen Bushido translated in "Soul of the Samurai" are: "The Book of the Sword" by Yagyu Munenori "The Inscrutable Subtlety of Immovable Wisdom" by Takuan Soho "The Peerless Sword" by Takuan Soho Yagyu was a renowned swordsman and chief of the Shogun's secret police, while Takuan was the Zen spiritual mentor to the Emperor. This samurai philosophy book contains the first English translations of their seminal writings on Bushido. Cleary not only provides clear and readable translations but comprehensive notes introducing the social, political, and organizational principles that defined Samurai culture--their loyalty to family, their sense of service and duty, and their political strategies for dealing with allies and enemies. These writings introduce the reader to the authentic world of Zen culture and the secrets behind the Samurai's success--being "in the moment" and freeing the mind from all distractions, allowing you to react instantaneously and instinctively without thinking. In these classic works we learn that Zen mental control and meditational training were as important to the Samurai as swordsmanship and fighting skills.