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90
Way of the Samurai 4 is a game which very much gets by on cleverly executed ideas, flexibility of action, and outright silliness, rather than super-expensive production values. The vast replayability (thanks in part to a structure with many branches,) in combination with an unmatched level of player agency are its greatest triumphs; aided by a campy, offbeat tone that does much to encourage a sense that this world is meant to be messed about in. As someone who craves player freedom and appreciates ridiculous dialogue, being at last able to play one of these cult titles on PC is a real delight.
80
Garage Band Gamers (Oct 27, 2015)
If you’re a fan of the series and haven’t played this yet, now is a great time to pick it up. If you’ve never played a game in the series, but like the idea of choosing your own path in games, definitely give this a go. If you want something that doesn’t take itself seriously, you got it, play this. If you’re more of a graphics snob and like your games to be serious affairs, you should probably steer clear of this.
75
Game Watcher (Aug 06, 2015)
Deserving praise for encapsulating the sort of Japanese-themed action RPG shenanigans that PC owners rarely glimpse, it’s nonetheless fair to say that Ghostlight’s latest is far from perfect. For those willing to forgive its more archaically-rooted foibles however, Way of the Samurai 4 very often proves to be a hugely entertaining prospect while providing a gleefully quirky look at one of the most enticing and formative periods of Japanese history.
70
Brash Games (Aug 05, 2015)
Overall, I think Way of the Samurai 4 deserves a 7. It’s a fun game for those who are fans of the swordplay action adventure genre, and there is also a lot to go back and do after playing it once. The amount of freedom is a huge plus point, however, this is a port, so don’t expect 60fps and amazing graphics. It takes a little bit of practice to get used to the combat, but you start having fun almost right away. There is also a hint of Dead Rising in here as the costumes tend to be over the top craziness. It’s worth picking up if you’ve got the funds for it and if you’re up for a lot of fun!
70
Digitally Downloaded (Jul 20, 2015)
Way of the Samurai 4 didn't impress me a great deal, or perhaps I didn't look in the right places, but it isn't altogether bad. It has its charm and some good ideas running in the background, but these are offset by the game's more overt issues, and a taste for the surreal that will never be popular for the mainstream. That being said, while this game was not for me but it is just odd enough that it might work for you.
60
PC Gamer (Jul 27, 2015)
Way of the Samurai 4 is, like Deadly Premonition before it, a game that’s fundamentally a bit rubbish, but might be worth playing just to experience its weirdness and quirky sense of humour for yourself. The structure is the most interesting thing about the game. By replaying the story, and taking a different path through it, you get to know Amihama and its residents over time—although none of the characters are especially three-dimensional. Ultimately, this is a weird little Japanese curio that, as poor as it is, has some memorable moments and ideas.


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