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Developer:
Game Republic
Publisher: SCEA
Platform: PS2
Release Date: September 20, 2005

by Josh Ferguson




In September 2005, Sony Computer Entertainment America released Genji: Dawn of the Samurai on the PlayStation 2 console. To be honest, the game reminds me of the Chinese action film, Hero, starring Jet Li, with its beautiful scenery and fast-paced heavy action. So how does this game compare to other great action titles? Read on to find out.


The game's back-story begins with a war taking place between the Heishi clan and the army of Minamoto Yoritomo. There is no real reason given for this war other than the fact that the Heishi want supreme rule over all other groups. While the Minamoto put up a fight, they stood no chance against the larger Heishi forces and their power of the Amahagane. With these Amahagane, the bearer is said to receive godlike powers known as Kamui. Even after the war, the Heishi continue their search for even more Amahagane in an attempt to gain even more power and supreme rule forever.


Throughout the game you will be taking on the role of Yoshitsune Minamoto, the son of the late leader of the Minamoto army, and Benkei Musashibo, in a battle against the Heishi. For the most part, your main objective will be to travel around and obtain many of the Heishiís most powerful Amahagnes. Aside from finding Essences of Amahagne randomly located throughout levels, many of the most powerful will be obtained by defeating some of the game's bosses. Once you acquire three Essences of Amahagne, you will be able to use these to increase your character's health, defense, or attack.


The two playable characters in Genji: Dawn of the Samurai each have their own strengths and weaknesses. While you might have to switch characters to fully complete portions of the game, Iíd recommend sticking with Yoshitsune. Not only is Yoshitsune the game's main character, but he is also faster, easier to chain attacks with, and more fun to control. The only problem is that Yoshitsuneís attacks are somewhat weak, which is the area where Benkei excels. Benkei is pretty much the exact opposite of Yoshitsune: he is slower, stronger, and can literally launch enemies across the screen using his clubs.


As far as the actual combat is concerned, Genji: Dawn of the Samurai is a fun and fast-paced action game. There are two real attack buttons, one of which is the normal attack that can be chained together to pull off more attacks; the other is a special attack, which is a single but more devastating attack. The combat is pretty basic and can be a little repetitive, and it would have been nice to see more abilities learned in combat, and maybe an option of locking onto certain targets, but, for the most part, the fighting is entertaining.


Aside from increasing your stats, this power enables your character to avoid most incoming attacks. By pressing the L1 button, your character will use the power of Kamui and gain a sort of premonition of the incoming attacks. By pressing the square button at the correct time, you will then be able to dodge that attack and deliver your own deadly attack. This ability doesnít necessarily work on everybody, and it might be more difficult to use against certain enemies, but itís pretty interesting.


Each time one of your characters defeats an enemy, they will gain a number of experience. Once that character has reached a certain amount of experience, that character will increase in level. When a character levels up, they will gain stat increases to their health, defense, and their attack. Luckily, whenever the character you are using levels up, so do the other playable character. So if you go through the entire game using only one of those characters, the other one will be the same level. However, chances are most of your Amahagne will be thrown on the character you most often use, which could lead to the other character being quite a bit weaker.


Graphically, Genji: Dawn of the Samurai is a very impressive game. Not only are the game's main characters detailed and good looking, but so are most of the random enemies throughout your journey. There are also frequent cinemas that are very well done, too. Still, my favorite thing about the game's graphics would have to be the actual look of many of the levels. Some of the scenery throughout the game is very colorful and looks absolutely gorgeous, and, once again, reminded me of some of the scenery designs in the movie Hero.


Similar to the graphics, the overall sound in the game is also done very well. The soundtrack in Genji: Dawn of the Samurai fits the game perfectly, and reminds me of something that would come straight from the film Hero, starring Jet Li. Aside from that, the game also features some great dialogue, all of which comes in the form of Japanese. The addition of Japanese dialogue just makes the overall feel of the game seem even more realistic.


While I didnít have too many problems with this, I thought that I should add that the game does occasionally suffer from some problems with camera angles. The game really doesnít feature any control over the camera, making it sometimes difficult to see whatís happening on the screen. And since your range of vision isnít very large, it is also a little difficult to see what could be coming towards you on the next screen. There were also some boss battles and so on that had some odd-looking camera angles, adding unfair difficulty to the game.


Even though Genji: Dawn of the Samurai is a fun game, it isnít a game that's going to hold your interest for very long. And it's not because the game isnít any good... it's because the game is very short and can probably be finished in under 7 hours or so. Sadly, there also really isnít any replay value after beating the game once. It is possible to play through some of the missions as the other playable character, but aside from that there really isnít much of a reason to go back through the game.


Overall, Genji: Dawn of the Samurai is a fun action game featuring some great graphics and sound. If youíre a fan of action-adventure titles then you will more than likely enjoy the game. However, due to some minor flaws here and there, and the fact that game is too short, it's difficult to recommend it for anything other than a rental.


Final Grade: 73%




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