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Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku

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Platform Votes Score
GameCube 3 3.9
PlayStation 2 2 4.5
Combined MobyScore 5 4.1


The Press Says

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80
PlayStation 2Yahoo! Games
Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku is an action-platformer based on a television show. It was picked up from a previous publisher that never brought it to market. And it's a colorful, cartoony game seemingly aimed at a pre-teen audience. As any long-suffering gamer can tell you, these are all troublesome signs. But worry not, Samurai Jack is a surprisingly solid, entertaining, and satisfying session of animated action.
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GameCubeGameZone
If you're reading this review, chances are you're a fan of the show. That alone makes it easy to enjoy Samurai Jack: The Legend of Aku, thanks entirely to the gameplay. If you've never seen the show but became intrigued by the game, or even if you clicked the link by mistake, do not fear. Samurai Jack's story, characters, and its setting will have the most significance to the fans. But the gameplay is something anyone can enjoy...for a while.
69
PlayStation 2Next Level Gaming
I have never really been a huge fane of the Cartoon Network. My heart is on watching Nickelodeon and Spongebob Squarepants. And I have only seen Samurai Jack only a handful of times. My daughter watches the show from time to time as well, and like myself I don't think she really got it either (the show). I am not really a huge cartoon fan. I can watch the stuff but after about 30-45 minutes of the stuff I have to change it to something else (well, with the exception of The Simpsons). With that being said, Samurai Jack finally makes his way to a home console. This time around I got to review the Playstation 2 version of Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku.
60
GameCubeNintendo Life
The Shadow of Aku will entertain the player till they complete it, but the lack of replay value and all too short lifespan drag the game down. We wouldn't call it a bad game: it's a good licensed title with several faults that simply limit broad appeal, though it's a must for fans of the show as you're getting another part of the story. There are extra difficulty modes for those who want further challenge, but even so it’s an easy game - as you'd expect from something based on a children’s program.
60
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Je ne sais pas si c'est une bonne idée mais je ne peux m'empêcher d'effectuer la comparaison entre Samurai Jack et Batman Vengeance. Malgré une esthétique fidèle, les deux softs ne parviennent pas à retranscrire l'esprit de la série dont ils sont inspirés, et accusent des faiblesses de gameplay qui rebuteront les fans du dessin animé. Du coup, on ne conseillera le titre de Sega qu'aux jeunes joueurs curieux de prolonger leur série préférée sur leur console de jeux.
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GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
Je ne sais pas si c'est une bonne idée mais je ne peux m'empêcher d'effectuer la comparaison entre Samurai Jack et Batman Vengeance. Malgré une esthétique fidèle, les deux softs ne parviennent pas à retranscrire l'esprit de la série dont ils sont inspirés, et accusent des faiblesses de gameplay qui rebuteront les fans du dessin animé. Du coup, on ne conseillera le titre de Sega qu'aux jeunes joueurs curieux de prolonger leur série préférée sur leur console de jeux.
60
GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
Overall, The Shadow of Aku comes across as an amazingly generic action title. It's a shame, as Samurai Jack is easily one of the most unique cartoons on the air today, so this could have been so much more.
60
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Overall, The Shadow of Aku comes across as an amazingly generic action title. It's a shame, as Samurai Jack is easily one of the most unique cartoons on the air today, so this could have been so much more.
60
PlayStation 2GameZone
Cult cartoons often rely on slick animation, furious action, or offbeat humor to power their way into the minds of geeks everywhere. The spectacular Samurai Jack, part of Cartoon Network’s excellent lineup of original programming, deftly uses a combination of all three to defy genre and keep fans consistently enthralled. The show follows (you guessed it) Samurai Jack, a hearty warrior trained in the ancient arts to defeat the evil shape-shifting demon Aku. Aku banishes Jack to a strange future world under Aku’s control via a time portal, and Jack must somehow find a way back to his time and defeat Aku.
52
PlayStation 2IGN
Shadow of Aku is generic in the extreme. While it's hard to recommend it to people that actually play games, I would usually say that most licensed games are worth a look if you're a fan of the series. Shadow of Aku is perhaps even worse to be played as a fan because its faults are even more glaring. If you're curious to see what it's all about, give it a rental, but the six hours of mediocre gameplay and few unlockables (background art, sketches, and character models) don't justify a purchase -- even if you are a die hard fanatic.
52
GameCubeGameSpot
Since its debut on the Cartoon Network in 2001, Genndy Tartakovsky's quirky animated action series Samurai Jack has developed a sizable following. The show follows the wacky-yet-action-packed misadventures of a samurai named Jack, who, while on a quest to defeat an evil wizard named Aku, is transported thousands of years into the future, where the aforementioned evil wizard has taken full control of the world. The show is best known for its unique visual style and offbeat sense of humor--neither of which, sadly, are to be found in Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku, Sega and Adrenium's action game based on the series. Shadow of Aku is a thoroughly generic combination of beat-'em-up and platforming gameplay that draws upon only the most rudimentary elements of both genres and does nothing particularly interesting with either of them. Both exceedingly trite and exceedingly brief, Shadow of Aku is pure mediocrity from beginning to end.
52
GameCubeIGN
The samurai known simply as Jack has finally made his way into a videogame. Making Shadow of Aku a reality was as daunting a task for developer Adrenium as Samurai Jack's eternal battle against the evil shape-shifter Aku. While the episodes are fairly formulaic -- Jack usually has to defend innocents from Aku or some other evil whilst searching for a time portal that will transport him back to his own so that he can save his people from slavery -- the real allure of this cartoon is its stylized presentation.
52
PlayStation 2GameSpot
The only remarkable thing about Samurai Jack is how utterly unremarkable it is, and that's certainly not a good reason to play this game.
48
GameCubeN-Zone
Was für eine Verschwendung von eigentlich guten Ideen! Eine gute Cartoonvorlage, fernöstliches Samurai-Ambiente und die Bullet-Time sind eigentlich Garanten für ein richtig interessantes Spiel. Leider versagt Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku in allen Bereichen: Die Grafik ist detailarm und manchmal richtig hässlich, der Held bewegt sich, als hätte er Valium geschluckt, und die Gegner haben nicht mehr Grips als ein Stück Brot. Schon nach einer halben Stunde Spielzeit ist man mehr als gelangweilt. Da gibt es für den GameCube ein Dutzend bessere Alternativen.
40
GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
Every single one of the four points I'm giving this game is for the animations seen in sakai mode. Sakai, apparently, makes time slow down and allows Jack to execute some really nice kung fu-inspired moves. But to be kind, the rest of Samurai Jack's latest outing is less than inspiring.
40
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Every single one of the four points I'm giving this game is for the animations seen in sakai mode. Sakai, apparently, makes time slow down and allows Jack to execute some really nice kung fu-inspired moves. But to be kind, the rest of Samurai Jack's latest outing is less than inspiring.
40
GameCubeGameSpy
Samurai Jack feels like the first draft of what could have been a fun action-adventure game, once the plot was added and the battle system was tweaked to provide a challenge. The animations of Jack and the enemies are really quite smooth, and the game's audio is top-notch, featuring a soundtrack faithful to the original cartoon's and voice acting by the series' regulars. As it stands, however, Samurai Jack is an uninspired, tedious, derivative game that fails to capture any of the energy or coolness of its source material. Die-hard Jack fans might get some enjoyment from renting Samurai Jack on a 5-day pass from Blockbuster (which is four days longer than you'll need), but it's definitely not worth forty bucks of your hard-earned cash. Save your money for the release of the Samurai Jack: Season 1 DVD set when it's released this May. Not only is it cheaper than the game, it's also longer.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy
Samurai Jack feels like the first draft of what could have been a fun action-adventure game, once the plot was added and the battle system was tweaked to provide a challenge. The animations of Jack and the enemies are really quite smooth, and the game's audio is top-notch, featuring a soundtrack faithful to the original cartoon's and voice acting by the series' regulars. As it stands, however, Samurai Jack is an uninspired, tedious, derivative game that fails to capture any of the energy or coolness of its source material. Die-hard Jack fans might get some enjoyment from renting Samurai Jack on a 5-day pass from Blockbuster (which is four days longer than you'll need), but it's definitely not worth forty bucks of your hard-earned cash. Save your money for the release of the Samurai Jack: Season 1 DVD set when it's released this May. Not only is it cheaper than the game, it's also longer.