Seeing the samurai’s action in the film always makes the mind churning with happiness. Especially for fans of Japanese culture or things. How could we not, we are presented with cool action in the style of a Japanese warrior who is both tough and elegant.
So, how does it feel if we can experience being a samurai in a video game? Of course, there is a sensation that you won’t get in movies or anime. Through the game, we are presented with various storylines, pleasing graphics, and addicting gameplay.
There are many samurai themed video games that you can find. However, the eight samurai games below can be said to be the best and you should play. Come on, for you fans of samurai and video games, see the list below!
For Honor (2017)
If you are looking for a samurai game that emphasizes realism, For Honor is the right choice. This multiplayer fighting game features the theme of four factions, namely Wu Lin, Knights, Vikings, and Samurai. Thanks to the For Honor class system, you can choose the type of samurai warrior as the main character.
Call it Kensei, a versatile samurai warrior who fights their enemies with a nodachi sword, or Orochi, an assassin who has mastered the art of counterattack with a katana. If you prefer heavier tools then feel free to try Shugoki who holds a kanabo, which can crush his opponents. One more thing is Nobushi, who is equipped with a naginata pole weapon to control space and defeat enemies from an ideal distance.
For Honor can’t be said to be the best. However, the realism element in this game is too bad to miss. What’s in this game is quite representative of the real samurai. Whether it’s seen from the visuals in the form of costumes or weapons, to the gameplay with a complex combat system.
Before Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice appeared ‘to haunt’ gamers, NIOH arguably first appeared as a samurai version of Dark Souls. This game is set in the Sengoku era in Japan. This story presents a story of Japanese history with a blend of fictional fantasy. This is also able to provide a satisfying atmosphere for the game.
The complex combat system is a key feature of NIOH. Every fight feels like a chess match. You have to be really precise about how to maintain your stamina or when to dodge, and think about what attacks you will use.
Each level is packed with secrets and there are lots of treasures for you to find. Hence, browsing is an important feature that you must do. The bosses in this game also vary. There are big, small, fast, slow, difficult, and easy.
Total War: Shogun 2 (2011)
This game is the answer to your boredom of the samurai action game genre. Total War: Shogun 2 applies a turn-based strategy game format like Final Fantasy Tactics which is equipped with several other gameplay aspects.
This game series offers you clan battles and diplomacy. The generals you control are the main elements of the RPG. This means that you have to develop the traits of a tough leader in order to master the game as a whole
One of the coolest aspects of Shogun 2 is its historical foundation. This game presents a bit of a historical aspect to the original gameplay, as well as another side of the samurai culture that isn’t always about the lonely Ronin. The battles you are running are large-scale. The zoom in feature provides details of complex battle situations.
Genji: Dawn of The Samurai (2005)
Maybe some people don’t like Genji: Dawn of the Samurai. Some of the reasons are because this game is too short and the fixed camera angles also create some problems that annoy the players. However, it’s all still a fun experience and you can catch the ebb and flow of ninja-style battles very well.
You will be presented with stylish battles, for example some boss fights that are artistically cool. This is supported by responsive controls that make the game even more interesting. Genji may not be the most revolutionary or influential samurai game on the list of coolest samurai games. However, this game is still worth trying.
Shadow Tactics: Blades of The Shogun (2016)
For those of you who like the real-time strategy genre as well as things that smell like samurai, this one game should not be missed. In general, Blades of Shogun presents you with knowledge of the samurai world in a beautiful visual art style. This game is about a samurai named Oshiro Mugen and he is joined by Hayato the ninja, a thief named Yuki, Aiko the spy, and Takuma who is a long-range sniper.
You will have a little trouble because this game features stealth-based gameplay. Like it or not, you have to be ready with trial and error in this game because the difficulty level is quite high.
Even though it’s difficult, this game has a pretty interesting gameplay format with the ability to control one to five characters. Each character has its own skills. Some of them are more useful than others, although you will need all five in battle.
Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada (2016)
Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada may not be as good as its sibling games from the Dynasty Warriors series. As one of the Warriors series, the main feature you get is a large and noisy battle sequence. You can destroy dozens of enemies or provide deadly Musou moves to defeat formidable enemies.
Outside of combat, you can explore Castle Towns, which offers a glimpse of everyday life during this time, albeit through a series lens which is very stylish. During the campaign, you will experience 48 years of life as Yukimura Sanada, a true samurai officer who is considered the last Sengoku hero and one of the greatest warriors in all of Japan.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019)
For those of you who idolize action-adventure and hack and slash genre games with a difficulty level equal to Dark Souls, this game is the right choice. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will invite you to play as shinobi with prosthetic hands.
As a shinobi, the characters you play must rely on a stealth fighting style. This ability will be useful when you will infiltrate a place. Apart from dealing with fellow shinobi or samurai, you must also be prepared to fight monsters or enemies with mystical powers.
The difficulty challenges offered by this game make it even more interesting to play. One thing that is interesting, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has a ‘bad’ reputation that frustrates the players because the difficulty level doesn’t make sense. Apart from all that, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a neat combination of challenging gameplay and amazing quality graphics.
The presence of a samurai in the world of pop culture makes it easier for us to study the lives of Japanese warriors. Through video games, we can see and feel the journey of a samurai during his time. Besides presenting the storyline, we can also try various kinds of traditional Japanese weapons through various iconic characters. For this reason, the seven games above are here to quench gamers’ thirst for quality samurai games.