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Jul 26, 2016 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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7.5 / 10
Post Arcade (National Post)
7 / 10
PlayStation Universe
8 / 10
81 / 100
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8 / 10
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3.5 / 5
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Chambara - E3 2016 Gameplay Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

Chambara - E3 2016 Gameplay Trailer | PS4

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Critic Reviews for Chambara

If all these caveats sound fine, I think you'll like Chambara. Like many focused dueling games before it, it does one thing, and it does it pretty well.

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This USC Advanced Games Project release has some great – if underdeveloped – ideas around local competitive play

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The element of disguise makes Chambara surprisingly deep, though its shallow content leaves nothing for gamers uninterested in local multiplayer.

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These juxtapositions are what makes this game so great; it is a constantly shifting experience which is easy to pick up, but difficult to master.

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Chambara is a smart, stylish, and truly entertaining game to play locally with friends and family. There's a timeless class to games of this ilk which offer experiences that you simply cannot get elsewhere. As long as you can provide a steady stream of willing players to engage with, Chambara returns the favour with a limited but excellent selection of arenas to engage with them in.

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Chambara represents a compelling idea in the multiplayer duel arena genre thanks to visuals that are not only unique but play an integral role in the gameplay. The lack of modes and online hamper the longevity of its gameplay. Overall, though, it’s definitely a more than “OK” start for Team OK.

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Chambara lacks solo play, but its fast-paced kinetic action makes for a thrilling co-op experience.

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The first game published by USC features a fantastic concept that is executed well, but one that really feels like it could've used some more time to be fleshed out. 'Chambara' is a fun local multiplayer diversion, but the lack of online play and variety really stifles the overall experience. Hopefully a sequel will be able to take the game to the next level, but as of now I'm left with a rad proof of concept that is best played in short bursts.

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