THE Way Of The Samurai series has never fully sparked into life, so this fourth attempt must be seen as something of a last chance saloon for the franchise.
Set just after Japan opened its borders to the West in 1853, you’re tossed into a world of opportunity and uncertainty as a masterless samurai looking to make a name for yourself.
Here, you must take command of all the customisation, exploration, and action gameplay options on offer to rise to the upper echelons of your chosen faction.
If you’re looking for a one-sentence summary of what the game offers, you could probably point to this game as a low-budget, GTA-style Samurai adventure.
It’s got a big sense of humour, too, and playing through the game, you definitely get a sense that this has been created with real love, despite the numerous bugs that made it through to release.
But don’t let that put you off – it’s a game with big ideas and big fun to be had; it just needed a bit of a bigger budget, too.