Sword of the Samurai
Publisher(s): Genki (JP), Ubisoft (EU, US), SCEI (JP)
Genre: Action, Fighting
Wikipedia: Link (Kengo series)
Game description: Typically, sword fighting is quarantined to hack-and-slash adventure games or is simply a part of your typical fighter where 20 other styles are represented as well. But the Kengo franchise is the exception in that it is entirely dedicated to the art and it does its best to emulate what it's really like to take your life in your own hands. After all, one wrong move in a sword fight and you're six feet deep. As a spin-off to the Bushido Blade franchise, the first Kengo for the PlayStation 2 was rife with realism, but short on technical merits. For Kengo 2: Bushido Master, the same simulation-styled gameplay has returned for another go, which may end up disappointing fans of the series.
Kengo 2 is the sequel to the "Kengo", releases in the West as Kengo: Master of Bushido. Like its spiritual predecessors the Bushido Blade series, Kengo 2 is not exactly a fighting game; it is a swordfighting simulation, one wrong move and you're likely to suffer fatal wounds.
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- Original names: 剣豪2 (SLPS-25107) & (SLPM-74412), 검호 2 (SLKA-25009)
- Also known as Kengo 2 (JP), Kengo: Legacy of the Blade (NA)
- Ubisoft announced a US release to be called Kengo: Legacy of the Blade at one point but the deal ended up falling through, thus it was never released.