I know this is a long shot, since most people don't even know this series, but I'm contemplating buying 4 for $30 off the Playstation store, and I'm wondering if anyone's played it and can weigh in opinions.
Way of the Samurai was one of my all time favorite games for the PS2, and I STILL love going back and playing it again from time to time, but its hard to deny that there's only so much to do in it, and after years of playing it, its only really fun in small doses anymore.
Way of the Samurai 2 was... eh. I barely played it, honestly. I did love Kyojiro, though.http://download.gamespotcdn.net/d4/user_images/901/images_2.jpg
Way of the Samurai 3 got me back into the series. It wasn't perfect, but it was really fun, and I liked how it had the OPTION of being all silly and goofy, but it also gave you the option of playing the game straight and serious if you preferred.
This is where my worries with 4 come in... a lot of what I've seen in trailers and screenshots seem to emphasize the 'silly goofy' aspect of it. It almost feels like the series is pulling a Saints Row, and just getting goofier with each installment. I love Saints Row 2, 3 and 4, but I loved Way of the Samurai for the dramatic storyline.
For anyone who hasn't played it, Way of the Samurai 1 only takes maybe an hour to a few hours to beat, but with multiple endings based on the choices you make, unlockable outfits and heads for the player character, the ability to collect swords to use in future playthroughs, etc. it has a strong replay value. Still, I loved that in the short time you had with the characters of that setting, the game really got you to like some of them.
The Akadama Clan ending, man. The feels. Especially if you've kept Chelsea alive up to that point.
So. To anyone who HASN'T played these games yet... and wants to now check them out... wooo! They're really great, especially if you're interested in Japanese history, enjoy games that give you some freedom to roleplay, or just love samurai swordfighting. The first game is set in the aftermath of the Boshin War; around the same time period as the anime Rorouni Kenshin. I can't recall when the second is set, except that it takes place before the Boshin War, as there's still a Shogun. The third game takes place in the Sengoku period, aka. the Warring States period, which is the setting of... well, tons and tons and tons of stuff. If it involves feudal warlords fighting for control of Japan, it almost definitely takes place in the Sengoku period. The fourth, which I haven't played yet, takes place in the time leading up to the Boshin War.
NOW, to anyone who HAS played these games, and particularly has played 4. Can anyone tell me if its worth playing, particularly for one who would like more than "Saints Row: Samurai Edition". Is there any more to this game than the silliness, or am I better off passing this game up, and maybe just replaying my copy of 3 a few times.
EDIT: To clarify, for anyone who may be interested in these games; 1 and 2 are on the PS2, while 3 is on the PS3 and 360, and 4 is a PS3 exclusive.