We are always amazed by Japanese culture, and of course, the samurais are part of it. Many games adapted from samurai stories are acknowledged by gamers as well. Let’s review the best Samurai games of all time on RivalArium.
For Honor developed by Ubisoft, does not only involve samurais but amazes you with knights, Vikings, and many other historical characters.
The samurais and their battles are implemented beautifully in For Honor. In this game, there is no common 2D side camera mode of fighting games like Mortal Kombat. Instead, a third-person view is used, which changes the essence of combat.
The change in these dimensions has made fighting in the role of a samurai enjoyable, unique, and real. As a result, without the need to hear boring stories, players go straight to the main work of fighting.
NIOH 1 was a perfect inspiration Developed by FromSoftware, but it was the second version that made a unique identity for itself. NIOH 2 was first released in 2020 for PlayStation 4 and later for PlayStation 5 and Windows. It is an action Role Playing Game that allows the player to build his style as a samurai as he progresses through the story.
The story goes back to the latest 1500s AD in Japan. Most of the story parts of Nioh 2 are prequels to the first version and the ending parts of its sequel. The addition of Soul Cores and Brust Counters in this version improved the game experience compared to the previous version, and players can connect more with the samurai nature of Nioh 2.
Thanks to its unpredictable, multi-layered, cliché free story, creative and speedy gameplay, artistic design, and of course immersing music, Katana Zero has become one of the best independent games in recent years. Katana Zero tells the story of war, humanity, and the bitter truths of our world. At the point when we think there is nothing left to imagine, this game suddenly introduces lines of fantasy into the story.
The 2D design of the gameplay gives it a nostalgic sense, and not to forget the outstanding cyberpunk lightning. The main character introduces us to one of the best Katana mechanisms in the gaming industry.
Ghost of Tsushima
As you know, the potential of samurai games in the 50-year-old video game industry, unlike cinema, has blossomed only recently. However, Sucker Punch took a huge risk in 2020 by releasing an exclusive title with a Japanese theme, which ultimately succeeded.
Ghost of Tsushima displays the symbolic samurai character from the age of foreign enemies’ invasion of Japan. Jin Sakai the main protagonist, struggles between being a traditional Samurai or a modern ghost. He is trying to rescue his people from the brutality. So, he crawls in shadows so that Japan, the land of the rising sun, can shine again. In addition to Jin’s traditional Katana, many weapons are used in this game as well.
Sekiro, Shadows Die Twice
Although “shadows only die twice”, players must experience the pain of dying thousands and thousands of times to enjoy FromSoftware’s masterpiece. After several long-awaited versions of the Dark Souls series, the mentioned studio decided to innovate and of course, did it well.
The story is about a Shinobi Samurai called Wolf. Wolf adventures in a fictional time in ancient Japan. The developers have been inspired a lot by philosophical and Buddhist concepts. The battles we can say are probably the closest, most complex, and most technical samples with inspiration from samurai culture. Unlike SoulsBorne games that timing and playing technics are more important than constant hitting, this game focuses more on working with Samurai weapons. Sekiro has won the best game of the year in Game Awards as well.