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Available on:Nintendo 3DSFeb 25, 2016

Developer: Mebius

Publisher: Rising Star Games

Genres: Action, RPG

Choose the role of a Samurai, Ninja, Monk or Rogue and confront an invasion of Japanese traditional Yokai taking over the nation. Hack and slash your way through an army of monsters using Swordsmanship, Ninjitsu, pole sword, bow, and supernatural powers. Enhance your skills by defeating waves of enemies and slaying evil bosses lying in wait. Level up and customize your hero to take on tougher foes and learn new combo skills for devasting attacks. Unselected heroes will support you as an Assist - or you can send them to Assist other players via StreetPass™! Hack your way through 23 stages based on Japanese historic battles across four chapters, all beautifully hand-drawn using classic 2D Japanese art style.

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In trailers and screenshots, Sadame certainly looks the part of a long-lost SNES classic. It's not.  The yearning desire of my inner child to relive those glorious golden years of gaming is in no way satiated by this repetitive adventure. Instead, the radiance of that era is dimmed just a touch as it reminds of the humdrum games from my youth that are usually invisible in the rose-tinted rearview mirror of the mind. And just as I came to forget about those games, so too shall I soon forget about Sadame.

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A fun action RPG with an infernal/feudal Japanese aesthetic and some great ideas, Sadame is a welcome eShop surprise. The core combat can get repetitive, and it lacks the fluid finesse of the best beat-'em-ups, but there's a lot here to love, including a particularly thoughtful implementation of its four-character hook. If you're in the mood for a hack-and-slash alt-history lesson, Sadame can definitely cut it.

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While 'Sadame' isn't a bad game at all, it feels like a particularly hollow one. The game has promise, but it all gets squandered on combat that's too simple and dull for its own good. For $15, the quantity of content is impressive, but despite the good ideas present, 'Sadame' doesn't have nearly enough variety or challenge to ultimately make it feel worthwhile.

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There are some elements of Sadame that are done well, but they are completely overwhelmed by the fundamental aspects just being so poor. Monotonous combat, inconsistent difficulty levels, and terrible AI all make for a truly frustrating and disappointing experience. Rising Star have delivered some real gems in the past, but sadly, this isn't one of them. While briefly enjoyable in the short term, it's hard to find a reason to return.

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