Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked
Developer(s): Grasshopper Manufacture
Publisher(s): Bandai (JP, KO), Namco Bandai Games (US)
Genre: Action, Fighting
Game review links: Metacritic: 66/100
Game description: Samurai Champloo steps out of the hack-and-slash action genre and offers a new way to swing a finely-honed samurai blade. Set in Japan with hip hop feel from the hit TV series by the same name, this title allows gamers to breathe life to a "lost episode" as one of three playable characters - Mugen, a reckless samurai with break-dancing fighting style, calculated Jin who abides by the decorum of Bushido, and a mysterious new character exclusive to the video game. Stranded in northern land of Ezo (current day Hokkaido) in search of the samurai who smells of sunflowers, the player must face foreign mercenaries, master swordsmen, diabolical assassins, mythical beasts, and gangster monkeys. The core of the game's unique combat system lies in the innovative integration of music and linked attacks. The players can choose an array of combos based on the different hip hop grooves that they can swap at will. Music tracks become collectible, opening an extensive assortment of linked attacks that can be implemented tactically during combat.
A great third person gem, that has replay value, with it's intuitive game structure. The game follows an original story based anime that combines the Edo Period of Japan (1603–1867) and the hip hop culture. Each character has his own specific storyline, so playing through the game several times will offer a different experience and adventure with each character.
Test configurations on Windows:
||0.9.8 r4600||gsdx-sse4.dll r4600||
||BIOS: SCPH-77001, This game will easily run on a decent pc without speedhacks enabled, but if you feel like you might need them enabled, then go right ahead., If you have a pc that can perform with less hardware, replace the specifications posted here please.||HuskyMuffin24|
|NTSC-U||Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit||
||1.2.1 r5875||gsdx9 Hardware mode||
||•SPEEDHACKS: preset lvl2
•PERFORMANCE:very similar cpu to the one listed above but less powerful gpu game runs just fine altought i played only the tutorial and the first 2 stages slow but still very very playable With native resolution on the tutorial 45-55 FPS the situation gets better in the actual game 50-60 FPS most of the time •OVERALL: i say medium demanding not too heavy not too light can be slow at parts but it's still fully playable i haven't noticed any input lag when it runs at 40-50 fps
- Original names: サムライチャンプルー (SLPS-25600)
- Also known as 사무라이 참프루 (KO)