Genji Dawn of the Samurai
If you've watched movies like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and House of the Flying Daggers, then the style and story of the game should be familiar to you. Set in ancient Japan during the time of the samurai, powerful jewels are found that give amazing powers (flying samurais, lightening attacks, ect) to those who can use them. As you might imagine, a group of rouge samurais use these jewels to take over all of Japan, leaving only small rebel groups to oppose them. The story unfolds from there as you lead one of these rebel groups in an effort to overthrow the Heishi clan, now ruling with an iron fist.
There are many things to like about Genji: Dawn of the Samurai but it has a few major drawbacks. First, the good. If you like samurai movies similar to the ones above, this is going to be right up your alley. It's all spoken in Japanese with English subtitles, the story is engrossing, and the cutscenes are beautifully rendered. The general graphics and audio also come off highly polished and do a great job of creating a believable setting.
Unfortunately, the gameplay doesn't follow suit. There's no question this is a hack and slash action game and it shows with the gameplay tiring quickly. It does change up slightly as there is an attack method that allows you to use a finishing move on enemies, but mostly it's a timing issue on when to push a button once the attack is engaged. I can also tell you that you won't get too tired of the gameplay however, as the game is extremely short. Probably no more the 8 to 10 hours.
Genji Dawn of the Samurai is definitely not a top level game, but it was a fun, albeit short ride. Really it's an excellent rainy day rental so the next time your looking for a quick game to kill some time, head down to the rental store and give it a try.