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First Samurai (Amiga)

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AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
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Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall User Score (6 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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Amiga Action
From the moment First Samurai explodes onto your Amiga you know that you're in for something very special. The graphics catch your eye immediately and the sound complements the cosmetics perfectly. The oriental tunes are varied while the digitised chorus of Hallelujah and similar sounding voices are beyond adequate description. Most importantly though, the gameplay is first class with just the right blend of ingredients. It's seemingly impossible to find fault with what is quite obviously an outstanding programming achievement.
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Yahoo! A brilliant game that doesn't rely on big names or arcade licensing to make it stand out. First Samurai starts of great and just gets better and better. It looks at first like a bog standard platform beat em up, but appearances can be deceiving. The graphics are excellent. Superb backdrops and detailed sprites, all animated with style and grace. Apart from the obvious graphical treats, there's the brilliant sampled sounds. Screams, tunes, explosions. All sampled and all superb. Best of all is the huge scale of the game, there are masses of levels, each of which is a labyrinthine maze, packed full o' problems and foul denizens. If kicking ninja ass is your cup of tea, then you better get yourself a steaming mug of First Samurai and pronto. Possibly the best game on the Amiga this year and definitely the best of its kind. Cor, yummee!
Amiga Format
First Samurai reinvents the beat-em-up genre, by adding deeper gameplay, but retaining that tense face-to-face fight fell. It looks stunning, sound intriguing, plays fair and pushes your stick control to the limits. You want to get to the end, and you have every chance of getting there, eventually. Laden with subtle gameplay tricks and stunning effects it's everything an Amiga game should be - and more besides. Hallelujah!
Amiga Power
A breath of fresh air brought to a tired genre - one day all games will be written this way - then again, hell might freeze over first. A brilliant game, and an object lesson to programmers everywhere in - yes - How To Do It Properly.
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The First Samurai is not going to hold your attention longer than a strategy game. However, it may well do surprisingly well against the other arcade adventures in your collection, largely thanks to the blend of action and adventure. Neither side has been skimped on, so the player gets an imediately gratifying opportunity to crack some skulls before being gently lead into the adventuring side. The most serious criticism of Samurai is that owing to the occasionally less than gripping nature of the puzzles, and the size of the levels (some of which are H-U-G-E) the player may find himself slightly frustrated by the amount of ground he has to cover while collecting the various nick-nacks necessary to leave the level.
Amiga Joker
Keine Frage, rein programmiertechnisch gesehen ist Image Works hier ein echtes Meisterstück geglückt! Wir können daher allen enttäuschten Ninjas und müden Shadow Dancern nur raten, sich an First Samurai schadlos zu halten - den Programmierern ist es gelungen, aus einem überstrapazierten Genre das letzte an Spielspaß herauszukitzeln. Wer nach diesem Game noch eine Asien-Klopperei an den Mann bringen will, wird sich tüchtig ranhalten müssen...
Power Play
Nicht so flott und schnell wie Turrican II, dafür detaillierter und hervorragend animiert: Der Vorzeige-Samurai springt mit dem Schwert durch die anspruchsvollen Levels und räumt herrlich geschmackvoll mit den Bösewichtern auf. First Samurai ist ein klasse Jump'n'Run mit Adventure-Touch, von dem man erst wieder abläßt, wenn es langsam wieder Tag wird. Zwar reagiert der Held etwas behäbig auf die Joystick-Kommandos, doch bügeln Grafik und Soundeffekte das wieder aus. Die abwechslungsreiche Mischung aus Baller-, Prügel- und Taktikspiel fordert viel Geschick, um alle Levels durchzustehen. First Samurai ist nicht nur für Hardcore-Ninjas, sondern für Geschicklichkeitsfans jeder Art ein lohnenswerter Kauf.
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Ein Spiel mit einigen innovativen Ideen, besonders beim Sound und der Geräuschkulisse, das uns auf jeden Fall ein 'Prima' wert ist.