Samurai Jack The Shadow of Aku
|a game by||Adrenium Games|
|Editor Rating:||6/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
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It's a classic story. Not unstoppable hero versus irresistible evil, although weve got that, too; the seen-it-a-million-times story here is great source material (Samurai Jack the cartoon) licensed to create a so-so game. But Jack isnt nearly as horrible as I feared. Yes, its bursting with boring action-platformer standards like key puzzles, a samurai version of slo-mo bullet time, and odd, glowing-green statuettes youve got to collect for no apparent reason, but it also does a decent job of re-creating the feel of the cartoon. The music is dead-on excellent, and the combat, though rarely challenging, looks pretty impressive at times. Still, the developers could have taken it much further. Zelda: Wind Waker-esque cartoony graphics style would have been perfect for Jack, who, now that hes 3D, looks kind of like Jay Leno or John Kerry what with his freakishly long chin. And the cut-scenes often the only good part of a licensed game like this are embarrassing. It aint bad, but my favorite cartoon samurai deserves even better.
Shadow ofAku em-ploys all the standard platformers mechanics double-jumping, scads of items to collect but deploys them well. Jacks strongest moves are too cumbersome to be useful, but his basic repertoire of sword slashes is more than enough to defeat Akus robots, whose patterns are satisfy-ingly easy to exploit. Vibrant, distinct levels and excellent music prove the games faithfulness to the cartoon. Its fun, a bit formulaic, and too short. But then, so is the show.
Your younger sibling could certainly do worse than Samurai Jack. Visually, its repellent, but tykes (and reviewer Paul low blow!) will be able to overlook the hideous backgrounds, simplistic structures, and busting-at-the-seams character models in order to enjoy the shockingly decent gameplay. Jack commands a sizable arsenal of moves chucking shuriken, bustin out arrows, and felling foes in bullet-time Zen mode feels almost like Ninja Gaiden-Wte. But formulaic levels and cakewalk difficulty will bore Jacks older fans.