Katana Zero

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Based on 69 critic reviews
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80 / 100
Apr 25, 2019

Katana Zero is a fun game that tests your patience and rewards you with an interesting story. Sometimes I do run out of patience which then I step back and take a breather. I'll be honest, I rage-quitted a few times, but I came back with perseverance just to progress with the rich story it has to offer.

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Apr 29, 2019

Having said all that, it’s impossible for me not to recommend Katana ZERO. Not only is it a great game, it’s a perfect example of why I have such faith in indies. For $14.99, you get a fantastic and unique action platformer with some of the most phenomenal boss fights I’ve ever experienced. Sure, it could be longer and the plot could make more sense, but it’s still a wild and satisfying ride. And when you factor in how one ending hints at a sequel, it’s very possible my minor complaints could be cleared up in the near future. I’m really happy Askiisoft and Devolver Digital brought this gem to Switch, and I can’t wait to see the next game they have up their voluminous sleeves.

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Apr 18, 2019

Katana Zero creates a Synthwave filled atmosphere with some great visuals, wonderful gameplay and a surprising story. Taking a page of the Hotline Miami book, Askiisoft newest game is one of the hidden gems of the year. Can be a little short but definitely worth a shot.

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Apr 18, 2019

Katana ZERO has both substance and flare, making it one of the most enjoyable games of the year, especially if you enjoy your neon colors.

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Worth your time
Jun 26, 2019

A great package that combines gorgeous graphics and sounds with very well-thought-out gameplay mechanics, while managing to differentiate itself from the insta-death genre staples.

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8.5 / 10.0
May 10, 2019

Katana ZERO is an outstanding, though unfinished, samurai slasher.

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9.5 / 10.0
May 30, 2019

Overall Katana Zero is not only a great action platformer but also a game with a solid story that will leave you wanting more. Well worth buying to get that fix for your time bending katana wielding noir story needs. Katana Zero is available on Steam for $14.99 USD.

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A or higher
May 21, 2019

Katana Zero looked fun to me when I first saw it announced and I thought it might end up being a fairly shallow experience but I'm glad to be entirely wrong. This game pulled me in for hours at a time with its world and story and I can't recommend it enough if action platformers are your thing.

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7 / 10
Apr 28, 2019

Katana Zero is a very interesting first chapter of a bigger story that may be explored in future games —as well as its gameplay, simple yet well executed although it could be further explored in a sequel or DLC.

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Apr 17, 2019

Katana ZERO is far better than what should be expected of an action-platformer. The gameplay is incredibly rewarding and challenging in all the best ways, and the combat never ceases to portray the power the player has. As the main character fights for what he is told to do and to solve the lingering questions, the game does an amazing job of showing the folly of the character and even growth he goes through. Between the combination of story and gameplay, as well as a multitude of features unique in the genre, Katana ZERO stands above all others.

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