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Samurai: Way of the Warrior
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Samurai: Way of the Warrior is an incredibly violent and gory game that is in no way appropriate for children. The dramatic and intense storyline has mature themes and tragic events (this plot is detailed far more in the iPad version called Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD, as the iPhone version is dialogue-free). And the action is beyond brutal, making Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill series look like Disney flicks by comparison.
Is it any good?
SAMURAI: WAY OF THE WARRIOR is without doubt, a great game. Especially on the iPad (Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD), where the high-definition graphics are amazing, the controls are smooth and natural-feeling, and the comic book story sequences are in themselves pretty awesome. But the blood! It would be hard to find a game with more spashes of red. The intensity of the violence and gore -- torsos cleaved in half, darkening pools of blood that remain on the ground long after the death of the villain who bled them -- actually feels like it diminishes a bit of the game's quality. There's such beautiful imagery in this game that bathing it all in blood feels like a disservice to the artist. Still, if you can get past the extreme violence and bloodshed, Samurai is, as stated above, a great game.