Way of the Samurai has always been a bit off-beat ever since its original inception on the PlayStation 2. While the first entry played out like a re-interpretation of the Kurosawa classic "Yojimbo", the series has gone farther off base as it went on.
With Way of the Samurai 4, thanks to XSEED's localization efforts when the game was first released, the publisher had a lot of fun playing around with the magnitude of puns and multitude of ways to break up a dramatic moment or two in the most ridiculous way possible.
The latest entry retains the branching storyline, flexible character creation system, and deep crafting system. But that doesn't mean the game doesn't have its fair share of problems.
The lack of polish and awkward controls plagued the original release and remain the same here, though players do have the option of turning up the visuals to a 4K resolution. There is also a great deal of freedom given to the player in its open world format, which some players may appreciate enough to forgive its other quirks.
To find out what Darren's impressions are of this port job, check out his video review above. You can also visit the Steam page here.