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Way of the Samurai 4 Out on PSN Today

Jessica Chavez's Avatar + Posted by Jessica Chavez on Aug 21, 2012 // Localization Manager, XSEED

Last time on PS.Blog, my colleague Tom introduced you guys to our upcoming release (out today!), Way of the Samurai 4. He expounded on the back story, the sandbox nature of its gameplay, and a bit of the silliness you will encounter if you take up arms in Amihama. He tried to warn you. I’m just going to tell you. This game is crazy. Like, if you punch people, eggs fall out crazy.

Way of the Samurai 4 drops players into a period drama populated by Edo-era Japanese citizens, trade-hungry foreigners and hundreds of crates flaunting their breakability. As a masterless samurai, you’re free to aid whichever faction vying for dominance in Amihama that you like. You can choose to support the local government (the Shogunate forces), the isolationists movement (the Prajna), or the diminutive, sweets-obsessed diplomatic envoy from the British. Or you can do what I did and just run around killing everybody.

Whether or not you play by the rules is up to you. With ten endings and a ton of branching story potentials, I highly recommend just trying everything. Everything.

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If you enjoy wanton destruction as much as I do, you’ll surely catch the attention of the lovely Kinugawa sisters, and get to enjoy one of three classic torture mini-games.Yes, you’re reading that right. I did, in fact, utter the highly unlikely word combination “torture mini-games.”

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Quests will send you on trips to destroy pottery, dispose of peeping toms and crush the dreams of honest merchants. If you manage to get the language school up and running, you can engage in eloquent and highly intellectual discourse with the foreign settlers (please talk to the half-naked man on the Black Ship wearing naught but a pair of boxing gloves and striped underwear. He has one of my favorite lines in the game). And finally, you can attempt to romance the local and foreign ladies by selecting the correct pick-up line.

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There’s also a ton of content to flesh out the silly bits. Here’s a quick rundown of some of Way of the Samurai 4’s features:

  • Replay, replay, replay – 10 endings, multiple branching story paths, unlockables…
  • Customization – Weapons, appearance and fighting style can all be tailored to your exact liking. There are literally thousands of combos you can make with the weapons available (heck, you can wield a fish if that’s been an unfulfilled dream of yours), 150+ accessories to decorate your samurai with and the more endings you get, the more options you’ll get, like making your avatar a female. Or super-deformed. Or blue.
  • Night-Crawling – Navigate the torrid waters of love in Amihama and then meet your paramour for a night of revelation. If you can beat the other guy in the room trying to do the exact same thing (race of love?!).
  • Duelists – The game has a cool semi-online feature where other players’ samurais will be uploaded into your game as a computer controlled enemy for you to challenge and vice-versa. If you beat them, you get to claim their stuff.
  • Dojo – You can take over and run the local dojo in Amihama… and fill it by beating people up and forcing them to be your students.
  • Fishing – Anywhere there’s water pretty much is potential fishing grounds.
  • Casino – Buddy up to the foreign consulate and unapologetic hedonist, Jet Jenkins and you’ll get to try your luck at the tables.

So as you can see, this isn’t a title that takes itself too seriously. Things happen in this game. Wonderful things, terrible things, things you can’t unsee…

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…but it’s all in good fun, and well worth multiple playthroughs to fully explore the game’s grit and absurdity in equal parts. I hope you’ll give it a try.

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+ FoxMarduk on August 21st, 2012 at 11:05 am said:

Night-Crawling? Oh Japan, you so crazy!


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 11:30 am said:

    Night-crawling is the least of it. There is so much weirdness in this game, and I love them for it. ^_^


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+ jhernandez360 on August 21st, 2012 at 11:08 am said:

looks pretty good :)


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 11:31 am said:

    Huzzah! It has tons of replay which means many, many chances to do insane things and look appropriately stylish doing them.


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+ hungcanh19 on August 21st, 2012 at 11:10 am said:

Thank You So Much for bringing it over here in the US. Can’t Wait to buy it today.


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 11:32 am said:

    And thank you for supporting it!


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+ LovesJapanManga on August 21st, 2012 at 11:12 am said:

How much does this cost to buy it from PSN Store? Thanks.


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 11:34 am said:

    It will be $39.99. ^_^


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+ MoonLance on August 21st, 2012 at 11:12 am said:

Tried that pickup line once. All I got was this stupid restraining order.


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 11:35 am said:

    *We cannot guarantee results with these incredible pick up lines outside of the game, unfortunately. ;)


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+ KosmoCrisis on August 21st, 2012 at 11:15 am said:

If Jessica Chavez is comfortable with the humor, then so am I.


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 11:35 am said:

    *salutes*


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+ Deekman on August 21st, 2012 at 11:18 am said:

One day I hope you guys sweet talk Sega in to letting you bring over Yakuza: Kenzan. This looks great!


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 11:38 am said:

    Thanks! I think people will get a kick out of it. We also take game suggestions on our forums, so feel free to drop yours there and it will be looked at for sure.


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+ enjionPS on August 21st, 2012 at 11:25 am said:

Already own the Japanese version. Game is freaking great, and much better then the rather drab WoTS3.

PSN Wallet is ready for the update.


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 11:41 am said:

    Nice! Feel free to share any of the cool things you did/saw when playing that I didn’t mention in the blog. There are so many to choose from…


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+ lisatsunami on August 21st, 2012 at 11:26 am said:

I didn’t know there were foreigners or banana hammocks in feudal JPN.


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 11:43 am said:

    They also used to tie onions to their belts, which was the style at the time.


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+ KingTygerVII on August 21st, 2012 at 11:32 am said:

Say this is a FREE PLUS surprise game and I will be happy as heck… I loved the first 2 Way of the Samurai(thought I prefer magic over sword play)


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 11:47 am said:

    Free Plus(<–Not sure what this is)? I don't think so. It's $39.99.


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+ akibake on August 21st, 2012 at 11:37 am said:

Should we expect Japanese audio with English subtitles? I hope so. Can we change the subtitle language, and if so, what are the options?


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 11:45 am said:

    Yup. Japanese audio + English subtitles (only). Certainly makes the setting feel uber authentic. ;)


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+ Brock2097 on August 21st, 2012 at 11:40 am said:

Do you know if the DLC available for the Japanese release and/or the extras from the Plus version will be included?


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:19 pm said:

    DLC will be coming down the line later, but they aren’t included in the game itself.


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+ Ryumoau on August 21st, 2012 at 11:40 am said:

$39.99 sounds way overpriced considering how low budget it looks and how bad WotS 3 scored critically. What is with these direct to psn japanese games being so overpriced (Legasista at $29.99). :/


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:26 pm said:

    Way of the Samurai 3 was $49.99 and keeping the digital nature of our release in mind we made WotS4 $39.99. It is a very full game, not a mini-download or anything, so I think you’ll find plenty of content for that price.


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+ Ryumoau on August 21st, 2012 at 11:41 am said:

Why not release a demo? Afraid to scare off new comers right of the bat?


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:27 pm said:

    I don’t believe there was a demo for the Japanese version, and we’re just publishing what there was to offer. I don’t doubt the pictures I chose for the blog will scare off plenty, though. :D


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+ FlowchartUbi on August 21st, 2012 at 11:41 am said:

*Patiently waiting for the store to update*


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+ RavageHeitaro on August 21st, 2012 at 11:42 am said:

i’ve been waiting for this :)


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:35 pm said:

    Hope you enjoy it!


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+ jqtaxpayer on August 21st, 2012 at 11:44 am said:

Awesome — I’ve really been looking forward to this being localized. Is there any chance of a physical release in the US, or is it going to be download only? I like to have a physical copy of things and would rather not import the Euro version if I can avoid it. Thanks!


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:35 pm said:

    It’s going to be DL-only for the US release, I’m afraid. Still worth your time, though! :D


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+ Rotsujin on August 21st, 2012 at 11:45 am said:

Does this version support the original Japanese text or do I have to import it to play in Japanese?


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:36 pm said:

    There are Japanese voice-overs, but English subtitles-only.


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+ Littleronin on August 21st, 2012 at 12:00 pm said:

Really wish this could have a physical release. My internet provide has absolutely crappy usage caps and sadly are the only broadband provider in town.


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:38 pm said:

    I’m sorry. Sometimes this is just the way that we’re able to bring some games over. :(


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+ MarkakaJin on August 21st, 2012 at 12:17 pm said:

Ahhhhhh! I want this game but I can’t as of now. I want to but I just can’t. Other than that, thank you very much for bringing it over to the U.S. I’m a big fan of the series. I’ll definitely get this copy myself when I can!


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:39 pm said:

    Awwww… OK. Looking forward to your thoughts on it when you can get it!


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+ iiGeTMoNeY23 on August 21st, 2012 at 12:17 pm said:

Looks like this game can be great fun and addictive and a unique experiences is exactly what every console needs.

I would pick it up if it was cheaper, $40 seems overpriced, I’ll wait until a price drop.

Why isn’t this game on PSVita as well? What are you guys doing? Make all games for both consoles with Cross Buy, Cross Play, etc and the exclusives each console has are games that can only be played on each respective console like Tearaway on PSVita for example.

Will this game come out on PSVita? If so, I assume it will support Cross Buy, Cross Play, etc. right?


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:43 pm said:

    We’re just a publisher that brings over the games from Japan that have already been made. It was created by Acquire for the PS3, so I don’t believe it will ever be on Vita.


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+ Nates4Christ on August 21st, 2012 at 12:31 pm said:

Should I play the first 3 or at least the 3rd one before I play this?


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:44 pm said:

    They’re all related in gameplay style and there are some returning elements, but they’re all fairly standalone titles. I think you’d be fine just playing WotS4.


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+ t_tocs on August 21st, 2012 at 12:38 pm said:

How is the story? I know it’s silly but is it at least serviceable?


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:46 pm said:

    It is. I highlighted the silly bits here, but there are several branching story lines that are not ridiculous or over the top. The game is as crazy as you make it. You can definitely just have a normal, classic samurai adventure without running about in your underpants. :)


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+ Use1cc on August 21st, 2012 at 12:55 pm said:

This Genre is great and like you stated in your reply to #7 Deekman- Please, PLease let Sega and Sony know how much my friends and I in the North American PS3 Community want the Yakuza 1 & 2 HD remake to be made available on the PS store in November. My understanding is that its confirmed for the PS Store in Japan but not in NA. Pease help. Big fan of anything in the Yakuza series.
Thanks


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+ phatmillips on August 21st, 2012 at 1:05 pm said:

I dont know where some people are coming from, 39.99 is a fantastic price for a full PS3 release from Japan. Legastia is a fantastic price at 29.99 for a full Japanese release on PSN // these are two different titles and shouldn’t be compared as the same. Also why must everything also be on Vita as well? I have a vita and sure I would love a few more games for it but every game that comes out shouldn’t also come out for Vita as well. If you need games to play there’s tons of backlog PSP games you can buy and transfer onto it for the time being.


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+ tacotaskforce on August 21st, 2012 at 1:19 pm said:

Cool Mazinger Z cosplay in that last pic. So is this Samurai Dou 4 or Samurai Dou 4 Plus?


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:50 pm said:

    This is just Samurai Dou 4. I picked the wackiest screenshots from the assets sent from Japan, but we will be releasing the DLC later on.


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+ boomstickbhg on August 21st, 2012 at 1:29 pm said:

Thank you for bringing this over.

Already bought and currently downloading.

And I for one think 40$ for a full game New release, that was only able to release digitally is more than fair.

Now I just have to wait for the download to finish.


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:52 pm said:

    Thank you for supporting it! I think everyone will get a lot of mileage out of the game too, so I hope they’ll dive in regardless. ^_^


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+ Brock2097 on August 21st, 2012 at 1:45 pm said:

Sad to hear DLC’s not bundled but happy that it’s planned, and that we get this in English. Do you know when the DLC will be up on the store?


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:53 pm said:

    That comment below was for you! … :D


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+ Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 1:53 pm said:

Don’t have the exact details yet, but it we’re definitely working on it!


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+ harlequin24 on August 21st, 2012 at 1:57 pm said:

So, will this be available on the European Playstation Store today, too?


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 2:01 pm said:

    I keep failing at the comment system… Answer below. :P


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+ Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 2:00 pm said:

The EU version is being handled by a different publisher, so you’ll have to check for those release details.


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+ ModernYorkster on August 21st, 2012 at 2:08 pm said:

Is Way of the Samurai 4 a PSN Exclusive?


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 2:31 pm said:

    This is the 3rd time I’ve done this now with the comments. I think the Banh-Mi I had for lunch is to blame. (answer to your question is below)


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+ Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 2:29 pm said:

Yes. It’s a DD for PS3, but don’t let that deter you. There is much wonderfulness in this game that must be shared! Overwrought pottery quest man! You must seek him out!


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+ MP_is_for_Chumps on August 21st, 2012 at 2:52 pm said:

I never played WoTS before, but it reminds me of a slightly different feudal-style Yakuza game. And as Kenzen is unlikely to get a western release, WoTS seems like a great alternative :)


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 3:25 pm said:

    Definitely give it a go. It’s not all silly and there’s plenty of serious undercurrent to the game. It’s meaty for sure. :)


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+ ModernYorkster on August 21st, 2012 at 2:55 pm said:

Curious why doesnt it list WotS4 as a PSN exclusive on the PS Store?


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 3:30 pm said:

    Not sure. Our version is definitely DD-only, but it’s also being released in Europe, so maybe that’s why.


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+ PrinceofXIII on August 21st, 2012 at 3:14 pm said:

ace :D

now can we get Shinobido PS2 please!!!!

definitely will be getting this Acquire :)

the walking diaper :D

also 17 Kicks FTW!!!!!!!!!

thanks Xseed and everyone who did everything to see this on shore :)


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 3:31 pm said:

    Hurray for Way of the Samurai 4! Hurray for banana hammocks! Hurray for 17 kicks to the face!


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+ Gaucho21 on August 21st, 2012 at 4:18 pm said:

I’ve been a huge fan of the franchise since the original WotS. Can’t wait to play this one!


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 21st, 2012 at 4:30 pm said:

    And can’t wait to hear about your adventures running around Amihama! Thanks for supporting it! :)


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+ SHINOBI_3 on August 21st, 2012 at 5:47 pm said:

i wish i could get this, but im so poor, haha. i loved part 3 though.


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 22nd, 2012 at 12:09 pm said:

    Aww… Perhaps something to save up for? If you liked WotS3, then you’ll love this one. :)


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+ Gamesgbkiller on August 21st, 2012 at 6:10 pm said:

Hmm. not bad .
But i hope the other JAPANESES games like FF Type-0 come to other countries :(


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 22nd, 2012 at 12:10 pm said:

    Keep supporting the games that come from Japan and surely more will make their way over here. ^_^


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+ Neil on August 21st, 2012 at 6:28 pm said:

Is there still time to add the term Waifu anywhere in the game?


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 22nd, 2012 at 12:11 pm said:

    Alas, all the text is done. You can name your character “Waifu” if you want, though. :D


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+ Saracen_Son on August 21st, 2012 at 6:55 pm said:

Many thanks for the west release XSEED games.I have a question pls respond in anyway possible.Since I live in Turkey I have TR PSN account but the game has released for US PSN.Is this game ever gonna released for TR PSN too or not? I will also buy the physical copy that you will released for Europe but I dont want to wait till September/October.I have also mailed to XSEED game regarding it.Is there anything you can do about this?Sorry for my poor English and May Success be with you


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 22nd, 2012 at 12:13 pm said:

    Got your question in our email line as well, so I think they’re writing you back.


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+ jimmyfoxhound on August 21st, 2012 at 7:21 pm said:

Love it, just an hour into it and it’s really great. The production value is a little on the low side but really with a game like this I’m totally willing to overlook it. These kinds of games remind me of the heyday of the PS2 and all of the wonderful Japanese games we used to get… ohhhhhhhh do I miss those days…. thank you XSEED. I’ll prob import the EU disk version just to have a physical copy too.


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 22nd, 2012 at 12:19 pm said:

    You’re welcome! Happy to hear you’re having fun with it. Spread the good Samurai 4 word!


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+ zero274 on August 21st, 2012 at 9:57 pm said:

FINALLY!!! WotS3 was an okay game because a lot of the features I love in WotS2 were abandoned (I do love the limitless day feature in WotS3, reached 100+ days doing nothing but work =)


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 22nd, 2012 at 12:22 pm said:

    I think you’ll enjoy a lot of the new features in WotS4. That Duelist feature is pretty trippy…


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+ AizawaYuuichi on August 22nd, 2012 at 1:03 am said:

Seeing all the excitement for this game has tipped the balance in its favor. I can’t pick this up right now, but it is now on my “need to purchase” list. Hopefully I can pick it up sometime in September before BL2 and One Piece: PW release.
Also, $40 for this is an amazing price. Warriors Orochi 3 was $50, and WotS4 looks to have tons more content. So definitely a lot of bang for your buck here. I look forward to getting a chance to play this. :)


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 22nd, 2012 at 12:35 pm said:

    Awesome! ^_^ Really happy to hear it’s reached “need to purchase” status. You will definitely get a lot of bang for your buck and hopefully some laughs too.


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+ gunner1987g on August 22nd, 2012 at 2:05 am said:

ahhh cool i remember playing the first one it was freaking awesome never new they made 2 and 3 but i really need to get 4 :D yea!!!!!


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+ Beckanno on August 22nd, 2012 at 4:59 am said:

First of all thank you for bringing it stateside. Ive been google searching “WOTS US release date” since last year. Ive been a fan of WOTS since I played the psp version & subsequently bought WOTS3 for my ps3. I only got to play the latter for two days but I couldn’t put it down. Almost didn’t finish my homework during spring break due to that game. Needless to say I experienced withdrawal, but Ill buy this sequel when I am able I assure you.


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 22nd, 2012 at 12:40 pm said:

    Our pleasure. We know digital-only releases aren’t appealing for some, but sometimes that’s the only viable way to bring it over, and we really appreciate you guys supporting it. It’s a full game, and I think you’ll get tons of play out of it. And as always, more support for the games we bring over means more games coming over, so cheers for that.


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+ Syrlis on August 22nd, 2012 at 7:37 am said:

Was really looking forward to this. Sadly it is without its DLC so I will not be purchasing it until I can get them bundled together :( …hopefully by then I can use remote play to enjoy it on my Vita


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 22nd, 2012 at 12:42 pm said:

    The DLC will be coming, though later, but I know many are eager to have it. :(


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+ Einhander138 on August 22nd, 2012 at 7:49 am said:

It is *inexcusable* that this game is PSN.
Another fine example of how XSeed doesn’t care for the people they are happy to take money from.


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+ piratedrunk on August 22nd, 2012 at 8:06 am said:

I did weild a fish once and took a frozen squid to the arm for my trouble so doing it in this game will be much safer I think. Thanks Jess and the rest of the XSEED crew for bringing this over! I will download it today but might not get around to playing it for a while because I am a busy guy.. (playing The Last Story obsessively).


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    + Jessica Chavez on August 22nd, 2012 at 12:43 pm said:

    For all the suffering that seafood has inflicted upon you and yet you still show your support, you have my thanks. Walk on, brave samurai. Walk on.


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+ Ryumoau on August 22nd, 2012 at 11:42 am said:

@44 Warriors Orochi 3 was also overpriced. Koei should be ashamed charging more than $20 on any of the recycled repetitive entries in their dynasty warriors series.


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