KATANA KAMI: A Way of the Samurai Story is ranked in the 34th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Critic Reviews

Wccftech
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2020

Katanakami: A Way of the Samurai Story is on the easier side of the spectrum for a Mystery Dungeon title, but the way it infuses the genre with decent swordplay.

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5 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2020

Katana Kami: A Way Of The Samurai Story attempts to bring back a beloved PS2 franchise with a new twist. However, its lackluster execution and heavy repetitiveness leaves very little excitement in its wake. Fans might find some appeal here, but only consider this game if you're looking for a repetitive and simplistic dungeon crawler.

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6 / 10
Feb 20, 2020

It's just not good enough for a game that revolves around loot and item management.

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RPG Site
Top Critic
6 / 10
Feb 21, 2020

Way of the Samurai returns with a smaller, more restrained, spin-off title that's an interesting experiment of how it would fare as an isometric roguelite, yet it never manages to capitalize on its ambitious gameplay systems.

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55%
Feb 20, 2020

No one should play this. Whatever your genre or thematic preference, there are assuredly several better options.

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6 / 10
Mar 27, 2020

Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story will most likely not satisfy fans looking for the next Way of the Samurai, due to the smaller scale and its genre.

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DottorKillex
Top Critic
7.1 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2020

Katana Kami A way of the samurai story is a nice throwback to the PS2 era, with an interesting combat system and plenty of replay value, but also plenty of repetition and a dull UI.

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4 / 5.0
Feb 25, 2020

Katama Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story is a well-crafted adventure that mixes rogue-lites with sword play in interesting ways.

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Scarlet Bell
Top Critic
8.2 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2020

You don't need to love Way of the Samurai to love Katana Kami, it stands out on its own merits, and it does so brilliantly. Through its addicting gameplay loop to its humour, refined combos, and great range of weapons, you find yourself losing hour upon hour. It is great fun, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anybody wanting a bit of randomly generated dungeon crawling action.

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4 / 10.0
May 1, 2020

Despite decent music and my love for samurai games, I cannot recommend Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story. There is little pay-off to finishing the game, aside from a cut scene and a new post-game dungeon. The bugs and clunky menus encountered along the way make the journey an absolute slog. There are better roguelites, loot-driven RPGs, and samurai games out there.

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Cubed3
Top Critic
8 / 10
Apr 13, 2020

Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story is likely going to still be a cult classic like its predecessors. This experiment has proven to be a huge success. Even gamers who are turned off by the words 'procedurally-generated' and 'roguelike,' might actually enjoy this new take on ronin simulation. It is mostly elevated thanks to the combat, and the attention to detail of choices that can be made to tip the scales in one's favour. Don't expect something like Ninja Gaiden 2, since the combat here is more methodical and gritty.

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70 / 100
Mar 12, 2020

Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story manages to balance, in a very competent way, a simple, dense and efficient gameplay with a differentiated system of resource and objective management. It brings a very direct story that has its greatest asset in the setting. Menus, canvas elements and even the artistic style bring good ideas, but they also present some problems, and the repetition of iterations can be more tiring than it should.

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Feb 27, 2020

My one real concern with Katana Kami is that I’m not sure just how well it conveys its themes to people who aren’t already deeply into this stuff.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2020

You’re not going to blown away by Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story. Don’t expect it to amaze you in any way. It is, however, a very enjoyable dungeon crawler that’s very easy to sink time into.

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Mar 25, 2020

Basically, this is a PS2 game running on the PS4 with a veneer of next-gen graphics. In 2020, that's unacceptable even as a throwback to a different era. To come full circle, the idea for Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story is solid. The execution is not.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2020

Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story is a must-play for roguelike fans. The game loop of earning money by day and fighting monsters by night creates a fantastic gameplay experience. Still, there are some features that could use some clarity and confusing menus do more harm than good to its accessibility.

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