Innovation & Design

Afro Samurai


Fans of Afro Samurai's anime should feel right at home with his video game debut. You control Afro as he slashes his way through renegade ninjas, hunting down those responsible for his father's death – mainly the "Numbah One" bandanna-wearing psychopath, Justice. Gameplay involves lots of button mashing, but we enjoyed tearing through enemies. The attractive graphics bring out the finer qualities of the anime, complete with striking water-brushed backdrops and fluid animation. Hip-hop artist RZA provides a phenomenal soundtrack, complete with dramatic compositions and rap beats. The voice work is also up to par, thanks to Samuel L. Jackson (being Samuel L. Jackson, of course) and Ron Perlman. The annoying camera requires constant adjusting and the game needs more single-player content, but overall, this Samurai cuts deep.

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