Parents' Guide to

Afro Samurai

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Brutal fighting game with profanity, nudity, stereotypes.

Game Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 2009
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

not for kids.

Afro samurai is only for adults and parents you need to know that Afro samurai is in extremely violent video game that lets you cut people in half and you see gallons of blood spilling everywhere there's no sex in this game however there is partial nudity in the game where you have to fight the naked female enemies also characters use constant strong language throughout the game and Afro smokes a cigarette as he fights.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

Fun.But quick

This game is a good hack n slash for Xbox 360.It's gory and has one level with topless girls in it and cursing all in it,its no problem for a normal 15 year old.You can rent it and beat it,you can choose what to chop off which is fun.But the camera angles are not good. No kiddies here about 15 and older. 6/10

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (6):

This game honors the same beautiful graphical style as the show with smoothly animated movement, graphic novel-style storyboarding sequences, and dramatic slow-motion effects that all contribute to the game's charm. Add an original hip-hop soundtrack from The RZA (a.k.a. Robert F. Diggs, of Wu-Tang Clan fame) and you've got one interesting game from an audio-visual perspective.

But this "Mature"-rated game is not for young eyes (or ears, due to excessive cursing). Afro's vengeance spills copious amounts of blood as he takes down baddie after baddie -- it's possible to decapitate, dismember, and impale foes, with red stuff gushing and splattering with each slice -- even onto the "camera" for added impact. While fighting is the name of the game, there are also some less-gratifying puzzle-solving elements and "platforming" tasks that challenge players to balance on planks and platforms, jump and swing on poles, and so forth. Another issue is the auto-camera that follows you around this world, which sometimes obscures your view in tight places (usually indoors). Shortcomings aside, this game's high-production values (including its stunning art style, memorable set pieces, and great soundtrack) and over-the-top combat should more than satiate adult gamers with a yen for this kind of virtual violence.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Namco Bandai
  • Release date: January 28, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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