Action 07 November 2017
A third-person action game developed by Team Ninja studio (known from titles like Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden) under the supervision of Koei Tecmo company. We play as a samurai fighting against various enemies, among which we will find both humans and monsters. We cut our way through the enemies not only with conventional weaponry, but also with special abilities of our hero and the magical power enchanted in his sword. Gameplay is a mix of games like Onimusha and Dark Souls. This means that the difficulty level is high and it forces the player to make use of different tactics, dodges, blocking and powerful, complex combos. Interestingly, game has been announced as early as 2005 and was supposed to be one of the launching titles for PlayStation 3. However, due to a few complications, the developed has been postponed, and the final game will make it now to next generation of consoles.
Total War: SHOGUN 2 (PC)
Strategy 15 March 2011
Seventh main installment in the popular series of strategic games and the sequel to Shogun: Total War. Once again, the action takes place in the 16th century in feudal Japan. You take control of one of the clans and begin making efforts to be honored with the privilege of ruling the whole country as the new shogun. To accomplish that goal you need to manage diplomacy, military operations and economical development of your territories. Almost every aspect of game mechanics has changed since Shogun: Total War’s release (except of the basic foundations of the gameplay). Brand new AI algorithms made battles more realistic than ever. Statistics of generals and units are improving with player’s progress. Naval combat and multi-stage sieges have been added, and weather conditions have greater impact on battles than before. Main story campaign can be played in either single- or multiplayer mode (in cooperation with or against other player).
Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Fall Of The Samurai (PC)
Strategy 23 March 2012
A standalone expansion for Total War: SHOGUN 2 strategy game and a part of the Total War series by Creative Assembly. The add-on offers a new campaign set in the Empire of Japan in times of the civil war between the Emperor’s supporters and the last shogunate. The player can side with either faction, each of which is represented by six families. At the same time, it is a conflict between the traditional Japanese samurai culture and the modern firearms-based army. Technological advancement of our faction and the available units are largely dependent on our relations with overseas superpowers. Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Fall Of The Samurai offers an expanded campaign map, railway transportation, additional units and agents, and a new kind of battle: port siege. The introduction of firearms, especially the Gatling gun, is also a great innovation. Apart from the aforementioned campaign, the expansion comes with 4 historical battles and an updated multiplayer mode.
Shogun: Total War (PC)
Strategy 13 June 2000
An epic strategy game developed by Creative Assembly (a British developer) and taking the player to 16th-century Japan. As the head of a noble family, the player develops their province in order to widen one's area of influence in the country ruined by war. Gameplay was divided into two segments here, combining elements of a turn-based strategy with real-time battles. Thus the player works on their province through construction of new buildings, trading, maintaining diplomatic relations, raising successors and training an army of loyal samurai. Simultaneously however, the player takes part in epic battles in full 3D; what is noticeable, thousands of units can be engaging in the battle at one time. The game comes with a large portion of authenticity when it comes to recreating historical realities. The in-game battles are extensive when it comes to different mechanics implemented - those real-time skirmishes get affected by such factors as the player's commands, formations, morale, fatigue, shape of terrain, weather or fortifications.
Way of the Samurai 3 (PC)
Action 23 March 2016
One of the installments in action games series developed by Acquire studio. The story takes place in feudal Japan, in the Gishu Amana province, where a fierce battle between the rivaling clans takes place. The player assumes the role of a samurai and chooses his side in the conflict. It is worth mentioning that each path has a different ending. The basic of the gameplay is combat. The enemies can be defeated by using many types of melee weapon. One can also create his own weapon by using parts found during the game. The impressive duels are waged during story missions that are sometimes supplemented with minigames. It is also possible to form a team with a mercenary who will help us in combat in exchange for completing a mission for him or sharing a house. Way of the Samurai 3 offers clean, but not very impressive three-dimensional graphics.
Way of the Samurai 4 (PC)
Action 23 July 2015
Another installment in the series of action games about the samurai. The series started in 2002 and has been developed ever since by the Japanese studio Acquire. The story in Way of the Samurai 4 is much more expanded in comparison to its predecessors. The game takes place in Japan in 1855 where an internal conflict takes place between the traditionalists and the advocates of technological development and cooperation with other countries. The player assumes the role of a wandering samurai whose looks and traits can be adjusted to fit the player’s preference and playstyle. At the beginning of the game the protagonist travels to a fictional city Amiham where he must join one of the sides of the conflict. The choice will determine how the rest of the story develops. The gameplay is similar to the previous installments of Way of the Samurai. It’s a dynamic action game filled with impressive battles. During the game player uses samurai weapons - including the traditional katana. The game offers a variety of attacks and battle skills. Interactive cut scenes enrich the game and make it more interesting.
Tale of Ronin (PC)
A turn-based RPG created by Dead Mage Studio. Tale of Ronin features a story set in Japan’s feudal period. As the title suggests, player assumes the role of a ronin, i.e. a masterless samurai, who gets a chance to improve his lot. To make that happen, however, he must embark on a dangerous journey and experience both good and bad sides of the turbulent period of history, such as friendship, betrayal, war and honor. The protagonist starts his journey as a lone traveler, but in time he may be joined by two other companions. Together they visit various locations, make difficult decisions and, most of all, fight with enemies encountered on the way. The most interesting feature in Tale of Ronin is the so-called Sekai System, which is a kind of permadeath mechanic. If the protagonist gets killed in battle or commits seppuku to reclaim lost honor, the player becomes another ronin. In such case, however, you don’t have to start completely from scratch. Instead, you visit a world shaped by the actions of your previous hero.
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds (PC)
Adventure 24 August 2017
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds is an improved and expanded version of a visual novel game initially released on PSP and PlayStation 3. It was developed by Idea Factory. The game takes place in the 19th century Japan and tells the story of a young girl named Chizuru Yukimura, who travels to Kyoto in search for her father, a respected physician and scientist. Lost in the city, she is being helped by the members of the Shinsengumi - a law enforcement group, whose job is to fight the revolutionists opposing the shogun. When she finds out the truth about her father's research, Chizuru is forced to unravel a complicated political crime scheme. A key to achieving victory in the game lies in befriending the helpful police officers. Our adventure takes place in a way characteristic to the genre. The dialogues in which we take part are presented with 2D, slightly animated visuals. From time to time we will have to make a decision that will influence the game's plot.
Samurai Warriors 4-II (PC)
Action 29 September 2015
An upgraded version of the fourth installment in the Samurai Warriors series, which came out for the tenth anniversary of the franchise. Developed by Omega Force, the game was released not only for Sony's consoles, but also for PCs. The game is a conventional TPP slasher featuring spectacular battles. Samurai Warriors 4-II is set in Feudal Japan, and the player takes part in subsequent encounters, fighting both smaller groups of enemies and entire hordes of them. The game offers dozens of Japanese characters to choose from. In comparison to the core Samurai Warriors 4, this edition brings several significant changes. The game brings two modes - the Story Mode (offers thirteen new scenarios) and Endless Castle (a mixture of the Survival and Challenge modes from the previous installments). Gameplay as such was modified, as more emphasis was placed on strategic elements, an ability to combine weapons together (to obtain more powerful versions) was added, and the character development system was remodeled. Apart from a singleplayer experience, the creators included a co-op mode.
Shogun: Total War - The Mongol Invasion (PC)
Strategy 18 August 2001
An official expansion to Shogun: Total War, a game developed by Creative Assembly in 2000. The expansion pack called The Mongol Invasion takes us about 300 years before the action from the base title – this is the 13th century and the Land of the Rising Sun faces a Mongol-Korean invasion led by the legendary ruler Kublai Khan. The expansion introduces three new campaigns in which you can play as either Japanese or Mongols. Gameplay offers completely new types of units, such as Korean Skirmishers and Thunder-bombers throwing primitive explosives. Enemies have their AI improved, so players need to display considerable tactical skills in order to survive, even on the lowest difficulty level.
Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada (PC)
Action 23 May 2017
Another installment in the series of dynamical action games traditionally developed by Omega Force. This time the player assumes the role of Yukimura Sanada, one of the more popular protagonists of the series. We follow his story from birth, through the trainings that prepare him to combat, to the civil war and death during the siege of Osaka. The gameplay is similar to the one present in the previous games in the series and is based on battles with thousands of participants. Among the improvements created by the developers there is a selection of game modes – the adventure starts in the “castle city”, a base from which we can not only select playing mode but also participate in various side activities. The main mode of the game is a historical war campaign during which the player has freedom to select tactics and optional objectives. What’s new are the “Long-term Battles” – fights that take many hours and have a day and night cycle. Samurai Warriors: Sanada Maru has high quality graphics provided by the engine created for the fourth main installment of the series.
The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile (PC)
Action 12 May 2017
A sequel to Dead Samurai developed by independent studio Ska. The title is a brutal beat ’em up in which the player assumes the role of a samurai-dishwasher and his stepsister who are fighting dark forces. This time they must face vampires accompanied by robots and zombies. The developers implemented two scenarios that can be completed alone or in cooperation mode. The title also features fifty challenges in the arcade mode and the so-called “Dish Challenge” in which the players eliminate hordes of enemies. The gameplay of The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile focuses on the player constantly moving forward and eliminating dozens of enemies who sometimes are accompanied by stronger bosses. The player uses unusual weapons – the samurai can use a giant syringe and a “hammer of brutality” and his sister is equipped with a chainsaw. The title features unusual, comic book-like graphics and dark, psychedelic atmosphere.