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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 4.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.5
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
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Overall User Score (7 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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Afro Samurai does so much so well, it’s a shame that the little things are what drag it down. With the superb voice acting and sound, frantic gameplay, and an engrossing (if at times confusing) storyline, Afro Samurai comes so very close to being game of the year material. Several missteps drag this title away from perfection. Whether it’s the poor camera controls, the absence of trophy support, or the limited replay value, each little mistake detracts from the overall game. For fans of the original series this is a must-have title, but for everyone else there are better games out there that will provide more play for your hard-earned money.
Gamernode (Feb 13, 2009)
Afro should at least be commended for precisely translating the show's feel to a game, especially considering all the poor adaptations out there bearing little in common with their original properties.
Afro Samurai doesn’t revolutionize action gameplay. It does, however, bring a level of quality to the presentation that is wholly appealing. On the basis of visuals and sound quality alone, this game simply can’t be failed. However, the game doesn’t just employ beautiful graphics and awesome music. I thoroughly enjoyed Afro Samurai’s combat mechanics. Anyone who tries to say this is just a button masher is either not a very good gamer or didn’t spend enough time with the title. How can you fault a game that tracks gallons of blood spilled as one of your stats? This may not be a must-buy, but it is a stylish action romp that will please a mature audience looking for laughs and an ass-kicking good time.
Extreme Gamer (Feb 09, 2009)
“AFRO!!” (Picture a yelling Sam L. Jackson) jumps off the screen into a stylized hack n’ slash adventure that has been overly scrutinized by the majority of the public. Afro Samurai is a fun action game that brings the anime to life with an interesting plot development overly the dizzying basics of the hack n’ slash formula. This one is a non-brainer, turn off the up-stairs lights and have fun. Soaked in his adversaries’ blood, Afro Samurai showcases the unique twisted tale of a revenge mixed into a pot of anime inspired action with the vibrant beats fueling his steps. I guarantee you haven’t played a game like Afro in the past, even if it feels like it. Fans of action slashers should defiantly check out Afro Samurai. Even if it’s not a 100% purchase, Afro should give you enough enjoyment out of a weekend rental. “AFRO!!!!”
GameFocus (Mar 02, 2009)
While Afro Samurai won’t be the worst game you will play in 2009, the only thing I can say is that it could be so much better. The incredible presentation level, the nice graphics/animations and the compelling storyline are overshadowed by the poor camera angles, the repetitive and tiresome gameplay and the impossibility to change the X-axis controls (especially needed in this game). Sure, every Afro Samurai fan will take a deep breath and enjoy the game to the max…but there’s a limit and you will reach it quickly if patience is not your thing. Yes, it’s too bad but this is definitely one of those games which you have to give it a solid try and weep at the lost potential of Afro Samurai. And if you have never been introduced to the world of Afro Samurai this is a game which can cause you to run out and rent or buy the TV series at your local DVD store and if it doesn’t in the words of Ninja Ninja, “Whats your problem m*therf*cker?”
With the remarkable hip-hop infused soundtrack and strong voice acting from all the lead actors of the show, the game is worth it for action fans willing to tackle this bloody exploration into the nature of vengeance.
Good Game (Apr 20, 2009)
Gameplay is a bit dull, I'm not even saying it's a great game, but in terms of the overall Afro Samurai experience, I enjoyed it and it adds to it. 7.5 from me.
Armchair Empire, The (Apr 06, 2009)
Gamers looking for a transcendent gaming experience most likely are not going to find it here. But for fans of anime, samurai movies, Samuel L. Jackson, and animated samurai movies starring Samuel L. Jackson, Afro Samurai is a literally bloody good game.
Critique makes it all too easy to forget that the game can be a blast. Afro Samurai is heavy on style and aggression, so it stinks that things like the camera get in the way of a game you really want to love. Afro Samurai is a six-hour excursion with plenty of ill-conceived aspects, but katana-wielding destruction is yours for the taking if you can cope with the oversights.
Game Revolution (Feb 03, 2009)
You could spend all the money in the world hiring the best decoraters in the business to try and make your home perfect and you would still find flaws. While Afro Samurai makes for a fun and visually enticing escape, there's really not much left to do after beating the game. There's only a single -layer story mode and once you're done, you've pretty much seen all there is to see and killed everyone you possibly can. While eviscerating so many ninjas is cathartic, Afro Samurai ends up feeling more like a slick, hyper-visual arcade experience more than a solid home console experience. But still fun nonetheless.
Gamer 2.0 (Feb 19, 2009)
Once you make your way past plot and balance issues, what you are left with is a well-presented, just above average game that handles well but leaves you wanting something more. The game could be more worth it with a little refinement, but at the same time it doesn’t feel like it was rushed. It’s worth the time if you have a chance to check it out, but purchasing the game is something to take into heavier consideration.
Pelit (Apr, 2009)
Afro Samurai kurottaa tyylissä korkealle, mutta unohtaa oikean pelillisen sisällön. 70-lukumaisen split screenin käytössä on myös heikkoutensa, sillä ainakin PS3-version ruudunpäivitys notkahtaa pahasti kuvajakojen yhteydessä. Harmi sinänsä, hullusta aiheesta olisi voitu saada aikaiseksi jotain komeaa.
GameDaily (Jan 29, 2009)
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.
Gamervision (Feb 03, 2009)
In the end, Afro Samurai is a flawed, but entertaining experience. Reminiscent of last year’s Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, the potential for greatness was there, the combat was tight, but horrible bosses and mediocre platforming ground the game to a shrieking halt. It’s close to being amazing, and there are times when it is, but there are too many times where it just simply isn’t up to par with the current generation’s standards. The camera is too jumpy, the bosses are too frustrating, and the platforming just isn’t any fun. Hopefully a sequel could fix the issues and create something truly wonderful, but sadly, Afro Samurai doesn’t live up to its potential.
Worth Playing (Feb 15, 2009)
I still found myself really enjoying Afro Samurai for the PS3, but less so because of the action and more because of the setting and characters. The combat is serviceable, but it's not particularly new or mind-blowing; it just manages to make the grade and keep the game interesting. It's a solid first attempt at making a game with the Afro Samurai franchise, and if we see a sequel, I hope that the developers will build upon the current game to make the combat more unique. It is worth checking out, particularly if you're a fan of action games, but don't expect this title to replace your current top spot any time soon.
GameSpot (Jan 27, 2009)
Its flaws are noticeable, but Afro Samurai is ultimately a lot of fun. It isn't the next action classic, but it embraces its subject matter with vigor and delivers equally dynamic combat in spades. You can squeeze a good seven hours of enjoyment out of the experience the first time around, and hidden items and ensuing unlockables may drive you to return, if the fun and ferocious combat isn't reason enough. In other words, it's a problematic but ultimately worthwhile reason to don the Number Two headband and see that justice is done--and that Justice is done in.
Gameplanet (Apr 16, 2009)
Overall, you’ve got to hand it to Namco-Bandai Games for creating a solid anime-crossover title. The first few hours you spend with Afro Samurai will be filled with exclamations of joy, honest surprises and laughs. The soundtrack fits snugly with the action and fans of the anime will be happy to hear the voices of the original cast. Ultimately though, Afro Samurai becomes tedious, repetitive and frustrating. A worthy rental title, but sorely lacking in innovation to carry it into the realm of a classic.
Game 2.0 (Apr 20, 2009)
Το Afro Samurai αδικεί τον εαυτό του κατάφορα. Ενώ διαθέτει ένα σύστημα μάχης εφάμιλλο σε ποιότητα με αυτό του Heavenly Sword και του God of War, τα θαλασσώνει στους υπόλοιπους τομείς, εκτός του τεχνικού φυσικά. Το συστήνω ανεπιφύλακτα στους fans του anime, όχι όμως και σε όσους απλά ψάχνουν ένα ολοκληρωμένο hack and slash παιχνίδι για να περάσουν την ώρα τους. Μπορούσε να τα πάει πολύ καλύτερα. Κρίμα…
At the end of the day, fans of the anime series may enjoy this title, however the fiddle some control system and camera problems unfortunately just make this a truly frustrating gaming experience and I really wanted to like this title. Quite a shame really!
GameZone (Feb 03, 2009)
Initially a jaw-dropper but quickly a repetitive action game ruled by hack-n-slash mechanics, Afro Samurai is worth playing but does not warrant more than a rental.
XGN (Apr 10, 2009)
Een gamer die een diepgaande game zoekt zal deze misschien niet vinden met Afro Samurai, maar als je eens lekker wilt hakken is dit de game voor jou.
Game Shark (Feb 04, 2009)
I could further bemoan the lack of character customization, the mash-a-licious combat system, and the (mostly) fluid yet barebones platforming, but sometimes we all need a little simplicity. Like a Jason Statham action flick, Afro Samurai won’t change your life in any meaningful way, but it’s perfect for those days when you want to sink into the couch, turn off your brain, and watch some bloody entertainment.
IGN (Jan 27, 2009)
It sucks that Afro Samurai isn't awesome. If you take the plunge and buy this game, there will be times when you'll be playing, having a blast, and think that I'm full of crap. Falling through the air while brawling with Afro Droid while rocking out to some fat beats is an amazing experience, but when you couple that with a piss-poor camera, terrible platforming sections, and cheap/mentally challenged bosses, the end product suffers.
65 (Feb 12, 2009)
Though the game may have its shortcomings with an overemphasis on fighting and lack of puzzle elements, cut-and-paste story editing, a fairly limited combo list and nonexistent extra modes of play; gruesomely satisfying limb-lopping action, an album-worthy soundtrack, comic book art style, and superb voice acting from the show's cast, all combine for an experience that may leave you scratching your head as to why exactly you're killing so many people on either console—but it's completely worth a run through at least once if you're a fan of over-the-top violence in the name of revenge.
Game Over Online (Mar 18, 2009)
Ultimately Afro Samurai ends up being a pretty classic style over substance experience. It brings some interesting graphical style, some cool hip-hop beats, and some top-notch voice work by Sam Jackson to the party, but it’s too short, too repetitive, and too flawed design-wise to be anything but a mediocre game. Only if you really love gory swordplay or Afro Samurai are you likely to find anything here but a passing novelty, and that doesn’t meet most people’s criteria for a gaming purchase. Rental or bargain-bin pick up maybe.
InsideGamer (Mar 26, 2009)
Afro Samurai is een licentiegame die behoorlijk trouw blijft aan de animé-serie. Ondanks een flink aantal gebreken, blijven de sterke kanten van het spel overeind. De ijzersterke soundtrack en het slow motion hakwerk zorgen ervoor dat het spel speelbaar blijft en dat fans van de serie en het genre nog best aan hun trekken kunnen komen.
65 (Apr 01, 2009)
Afro Samurai is an enjoyable, if not deeply flawed game. The action can get very repetitive and the camera very frustrating, however if you enjoy beautifully animated, blood spilling action then you won’t go wrong with this title.
IGN Australia (Feb 26, 2009)
End line is this: Afro Samurai isn't awful. It's just awfully average. If you're a massive fan and you need this game to complete your sick, fetish-like obsession with samurais and big hairdos, then you'll probably ignore all the honesty and negativity in this review, emerging the other end a little poorer of intellect and lighter in purse for it. For everyone else: move along, nothing to see here. It's sad – there is still a lot of potential here, so hopefully someone can nab the rights and do this series justice down the line.
Giant Bomb (Feb 02, 2009)
Afro Samurai achieves a decent balance, providing enough style and combat to work more often than it doesn't. But considering how short it is, and how annoying parts of it can be, you'll want to approach this game with some caution, especially while it's being sold for full price.
Vandal Online (Mar 25, 2009)
Es evidente que Afro Samurai es un título entretenido, que se deja jugar y nos puede llegar a ofrecer mucha diversión si conseguimos olvidar sus carencias, pero eso no impide que tenga problemas de cierta relevancia. Anda escaso de opciones (y son accesibles sólo desde el menú principal, no desde la pausa), tiene algunos problemas técnicos, y jugablemente parte de buenas bases e ideas que no se han concretado con la eficiencia deseada, por lo que eso acaba jugando en su contra. No es un título sobresaliente, está claro, pero hay una parte del público que sabrá exprimirle el jugo y pasarlo bien con él.
PSX Extreme (Jan 31, 2009)
In the end, Afro Samurai ultimately fails to achieve what it set out to do, and it's a shame. The game is riddled with immense potential that is overshadowed by a myriad of amateur flaws that should've never been there in the first place. With poor a camera that is also permanently inverted, lack of depth, little replay value, poor platforming elements, and brutal difficulty in some boss battles, Afro Samurai is better off left alone. It may have a super slick presentation, but you can save yourself the frustration by just buying yourself a copy of Ninja Gaiden to fill your need for a great sword-swinging action title, and a copy of Afro Samurai Season 1 on Blu-ray. Win-win.
60 (Mar 27, 2009)
Afro Samurai is erg gericht op de fan van de anime. Voor de niet-kenner is er geen touw aan het verhaal vast te knopen en is het eigenlijk verplichte kost om eerst de anime te kijken. Wat overigens zeker geen straf is. Fans van Afro lopen waarschijnlijk weg met deze game. Voor de overige gamers rest de vraag of ze Afro Samurai het mindere camerawerk en het ongebalanceerde gevechtsysteem kunnen vergeven.
60 (Mar 27, 2009)
The bad news for Namco and Afro Samurai fans is that the game falls into that not good but not bad category. Fans of the show are likely to get a kick out of the solid virtual representation of the key characters and locations and will probably enjoy the combat for a few hours. Problems will become more and more intolerable though, especially towards the end of the game where bosses are bordering on unfair, and platforming sections repeatedly make you want to quit the game there and then. Hardcore fans of the genre are even less likely to get anything from the game, with the combat system simply not packing enough depth to offer any significant reason to invest in the game.
60 (May 15, 2009)
Afro Samurai tienes los valores de producción dignos de la mejor super-producción, además de su cuidado diseño visual en el apartado sonoro cuenta con los ritmos del rapero RZA y con las voces de actores de la talla de Samuel L. Jackson y Ron Perlman. Sin embargo, aunque el envoltorio está cuidado la propuesta jugable no deja de ser la de un machacabotones repetitivo y del montón, donde el único objetivo es avanzar sin rompernos demasiado la cabeza. Se deja jugar y no deja de ser divertido ir por ahí descuartizando con un estilo tan 'cool', pero partiendo de una premisa tan atractiva como la serie ha resultada ser una pequeña decepción. Y eso sin contar que la historia no está bien explicada para aquellas personas que no conozcan el anime original.
AceGamez (2009)
Afro Samurai falls well short of what could have been monumental. Unfortunately, playing the game leaves you with this constant feeling that you're watching a film while occasionally tapping at one of the buttons on your controller to continue the story. Right now, Namco's development is at a crossroads, and with some concentration on the mechanics that make a game enjoyable we could be looking at a very successful franchise. It's very close, but despite his love of smoking, this time it's no cigar for Afro Samurai.
Video Game Talk (Jun 26, 2009)
If you're a fan of the show, then Afro Samurai is definitely a game you should take the time to play. It may lack polish in a few key parts, and it may be shorter than we'd like, but the fact of the matter is that the game is a blast. The sense of style has been lifted from the anime and once you start busting out some Focus powers you'll definitely feel the rush. In the end this one is more suited for a rental, but it's one that fans have to check out. If you own both the PS3 and Xbox 360 then you really just have to flip a coin for what version you get. Both are on equal footing and there's hardly any difference between the two.
Console Obsession (Apr 16, 2009)
Afro Samurai is not a bad game by any means, it’s a slightly above average hack and slash, but has far too many problems to place it in the same league as a number of similar games and does little to mirror the level of creativity of the show it’s based off. It’s certainly one for the Afro Samurai follower then, but also manages to not be a too bad offering for genre fans either.
Good Game (Apr 20, 2009)
Unfortunately it doesn't stand on its own very well. Without the show, it's all style and no substance. There are action titles out there with much better gameplay, like Heavenly Sword or Devil May Cry 4. I'm giving it 5.5
GamesRadar (Jan 27, 2009)
It’s really too bad that Afro Samurai is bogged down by nagging annoyances, because the core game is actually decent, if not spectacular. If it had a healthy dose of polish it would be a solid rental (but not full-price purchase). As of now, it could still scrape by on a rental for fervent fans of the show or beat-‘em-ups in general – just be ready to wade through a morass of irritations.
50 (Mar 08, 2009)
For a game that has all the presentation nailed down to near perfection, the gameplay was poorly handled. The focus must have been so intense on the visuals that it swallowed up all the development time. For a visual showpiece, Afro Samurai is outstanding but for everything else, you can safely pass.
UOL Jogos (Feb 06, 2009)
"Afro Samurai" respeita o material original, apresentando visuais sensacionais que parecem criados à mão e uma dublagem de primeira qualidade, com vozes de Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Perlman e Kelly Hu. Triste é saber que tamanho capricho não se estendeu à mecânica, simplista e repetitiva, e aos movimentos de câmera, que teimam em sabotar o jogador em momentos críticos da ação. Quando se nota que o jogo prende mais a atenção pelo desenvolvimento do enredo do que pela própria interatividade, talvez seja hora de largá-lo correr atrás do animê.
48 (Mar 05, 2009)
If you play Afro Samurai, you are going to want to like the game. Your heart is going to tell you that you are enjoying this game, but your brain is going to argue against that notion the entire time the controller is in your hand. The game’s flaws and inconsistencies are so apparent that the overall game experience is really nothing but a suffering mess. Because there are so many problems, there is no way I can recommend this game. Fans of the show will appreciate this title more, but I cannot even recommend playing past level 1 for even the hardcore. Be warned. Be very warned.
1UP (Jan 27, 2009)
Ultimately, Afro falls into the same pitfalls as almost every other game based on a movie/television license: It presents an edited down version of a story that's familiar to fans but indecipherable to newcomers, wrapped up in a generic game housing. It looks great. It sounds great. But, otherwise, it's a mashup of characters and situations that makes little sense. Afro fans may want to check it out for the game's altered ending, but everyone else would be better served just checking out the DVD.
GameSpy (Jan 28, 2009)
Regardless of the reception of Afro Samurai as an animated property, Afro Samurai is a mess of a game. It's such a shame to see such a beautifully rendered and stylish world ground into the dust by such staggering gameplay foibles and technical glitches. Even though the lack of gameplay variation matches the lack of depth found in the subject matter, Afro Samurai will still likely be a bitter pill for fans of the franchise to swallow.