After receiving a North American console release by XSEED Games and a PAL console release by Nippon Ichi Software America, it is Ghostlight who have put the effort towards porting Acquire / Spike Chunsoft’s action-adventure game Way of the Samurai 4 to the PC (via Steam). After announcing their plans earlier this month, the game is now available digitally via Steam for $24.99.
While early adopters received a more significant deal of 40% off the launch price, Ghostlight are offering a launch week discount of 20% off. I reviewed the PlayStation 3 release of Way of the Samurai 4 back in August 2012, giving the game a decent grade of C+.
As the game allows you quite a bit of freedom of create your own individual samurai, the Ghostlight team recently put their creative talent to work into creating some very unique samurai’s of their own. These creations have been put into promotional imagery, which I encourage everyone to check out below:
Official Synopsis for Way of the Samurai
Way of the Samurai 4 takes place in the humble port town of Amihama during the mid 19th Century, several years after the arrival of the “black ships” from the West ended Japan’s long history of cultural isolation. Amihama’s downtown area has slowly been converted to a “Little Britain,” complete with European-styled buildings, occupied by an influx of adventurous foreign settlers. Not everyone welcomes these new residents though, and three distinct factions with opposing ideals begin to take shape.
You must take on the role of a master-less samurai looking to establish yourself in this conflicted land of opportunity and uncertainty. It is up to you to decide which faction to support in an almighty conflict amongst the region’s three powers, and so direct the course of Japan’s history.
Will you aid the shogunate pro-government in their attempts to keep the peace and establish cordial relations with the foreign contingent?
Will you help the nationalistic isolationists in their attempts to exile this potential threat to the Japanese way of life?
Or will you ally with the foreigners directed by the British Navy in their attempts to establish silk trade and foster cultural exchange?
Who will you support? Who will you betray? Become the ultimate bastion of virtue or the ultimate disgrace to humanity, and do it however you’d like. The choice is entirely your own…