Samurai Warriors 3

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Repetitve dash 'n' slash game features combat without blood.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The story involves warlords battling for territories and more control over their lands. It does not dwell on which side may be right, but rather simply places the player, as one of these characters, into the fray. Its focus on violence is further evidenced in the way consecutive kills are tracked. The men have less-than-ideal attitudes toward female characters.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While the protagonists' morality rarely comes into play, some characters do demonstrate a decent sense of purpose. However, most of the game revolves around the heroes killing as many opponents as possible for no other reason than reaching a particular objective.

Ease of Play

Increasing the difficulty setting will make things more challenging, but this game is basically an exercise in button-mashing.

Violence

This is a basic dash 'n' slash type of game where players run through the environment, encounter hordes underword creatures, jump into the middle of the pile and pound the attack button (or occasionally launch a special attack). Bodies fly around after weapon strikes, but no blood is seen. In the cooperative game mode, players team up to fight demons and otherworldly creatures using a variety of swords, barbed whips, cannons, guns, and other weapons.

Sex

Sexual tension exists between protagonists of different genders. The women wear semi-revealing costumes, with some cleavage and buttocks shown.

Language

Characters admonish one another -- sometimes even themselves -- but the language never becomes particularly coarse.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Central adult plot characters can be seen smoking pipes at camps on the battlefield.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SAMURAI WARRIORS 3 is a hack-and-slash game that sets out a series of objectives and then asks players to fight through hordes of enemy troops to accomplish each task. There is no blood, but combat is clearly the focus of the game; enemies die by the hundreds. Parents should also note that players can play cooperatively in a two-player online mode, although there is no online chat.

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Kid, 10 years old August 23, 2013

ok for mature kids only

The game is really fun there is nothing scary about it so it is ok for kids to play it also the language is not that bad like is words like sh*t **** crap but t... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byyukimurasanada June 13, 2012

hold on commonsensemedia your wrong on this one!

come on i have had this game for quit a while now and its great for learning japanese history the characters are a little well they dont look like their real li... Continue reading

What's it about?

Warlords are battling it out in feudal Japan with the future of the country going to the first army to dispose of its enemies. SAMURAI WARRIORS 3 lets players take control of iconic historical figures and improve their skills to superhuman levels, making it possible to run through massive waves of enemy troops. As in other games in the series, the goal is essentially to try to score as many kills as possible.

Is it any good?

Unfortunately, Samurai Warriors 3 follows the same formula and format as all of KOEI's 'Warriors' games, including both the Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors franchises. The character roster boasts a healthy 35 warriors and a few new skills have been added, but  the game bogs down in the series' repetitious play style. A frustratingly uncooperative camera doesn't help matters. It's not visually impressive -- even for a Wii game -- and the sound is only marginally better. And while there are several modes to play, there is very little to differentiate them. If you've played any previous Warriors games you can take a pass on this one without missing much.

Online interaction: Murasame Castle mode allows players to hook up with friends or to find others at the same stage in the story mode to play with in a cooperative setting. This requires a WiFi connection.There is no online chat.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about video-game violence and the dangers of trying to replicate it in the real world.

  • Families can also discuss how video-game developers twist real history to create fantasy playgrounds for games. Do you think anything useful can be learned from such games?

  • Parents can talk to their teens about responsible enjoyment of online gaming and what to do should they begin showing signs of obsession.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: September 30, 2010
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence

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