XSeed Games has announced that their latest port of a popular Japanese title is Way of the Samurai 4 for the PlayStation 3, which is set for release in North America starting August 21st. The only downside is that the game won't be releasing retail and instead gamers will have to grab a copy on PSN via digital download.

As stated in the press release...
Offering an unprecedented range of customization, Way of the Samurai 4 allows players to create their own samurai however they see fit. Nothing, from the most historically-accurate robes to more modern designs to the downright bizarre, is out of reach. Once set loose in the world, players are free to do as they wish, whether it be accepting missions to further the game’s story, shopping for new items and weapons or challenging other samurai in battle. A unique online feature allows the uploading and downloading of player characters to roam in other players’ games as a computer-controlled assassin to challenge and defeat in order to receive that character’s equipped spoils.

In other words, this game is sort of like the console, samurai version of Mount & Blade, which pretty much fits the same description as Way of the Samurai. While a lot of gamers complain that in titles such as this there is a lack direction or focus, but take into account that the focus and direction is directly prescribed to player choice, very similar to games like Fallout.

Personally, I love offbeat games that stray from the norm with these very kind of concepts, it's so cool and such a rarity, especially for console gaming which seems to have been plagued with a lot of hand-holding games as of late.

An additional highlight for Way of the Samurai 4 is that the game will also include Japanese voiceovers of the original game so if you're not keen on poor American dubbing you can at least listen to the game in the usually superior Japanese voiceovers.

You can look for Way of the Samurai 4 to make its Stateside appearance on the PlayStation Network for the moderate price of $39.99 starting August 21st. For more information on the game feel free to pay a visit to the game's Official Website.

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