Greater Than The Sum: Samurai Gun(n)

By Ben Barrett on August 29th, 2013 at 3:00 pm.

Seriously, imagine a samurai with a gun. You finally surrounded the over-courageous little bugger and think you’ve got him beat. Suddenly he goes one-handed with the blade, fending off half your goons, while he reaches inside his robes for a high-calibre boom stick. Blasting away, he escapes down a mine shaft/elevator cable/well placed hatch and you’re left with nothing but your cat and metal claw. Next time. Anyway, Samurai Gunn is a brilliant looking game about two to four of these monstrous combinations of modern and ancient battling it out in local multiplayer. Trailer if you can slice through to it.

The stylisation of the kill shots is superb. Since The Matrix I’ve had an infatuation with sudden, massive slow-motion and I find it enhances fight scenes immensely. Used well, it either allows a player to feel overpowered (by leaving them in control at full speed) or lets them admire the destruction wrought. I’m not alone in my admiration, the game having been featured in a number of indie showcases. This includes fighting game mega-festival (and highlight of the gaming calender) EVO; the upcoming PAX Prime’s megabooth and the 2013 IGF awards, where it picked up a nomination for Excellence in Design.

You’ll be able to (peacefully and legally) slice your friends into tiny, harmless pieces come Christmas.

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20 Comments »

  1. luukdeman111 says:

    You’ll find the trailer after the break…. Wait….

    EDIT: Alright, he fixed it… Good job ;)

  2. Echo Black says:

    …I just can’t get enough of 2D indie retro! /sarcasm

    • mrwonko says:

      I can see how one might be fed up with the graphics, but I got to play this and it feels oh so good. And there’s far too few local multiplayer games on PC anyway.

    • Raiyan 1.0 says:

      I know, right? In fact, I’m getting tired of all these tried and true perspectives. First person? I’ve been playing them since the ’70s, with Maze War and Battlezone. Third person perspective? That’s just first person with added environmental awareness. Isometric? Psssh. Zoomed out third person shooters.

      Try something new developers, like, I dunno, fifth person perspective? Or don’t ya have enough jigarams and megahurtz in our computers yet?

    • Jesse L says:

      Why do you bother to say this? Someone says this every time a game with pixel art is mentioned. Why do you feel the need to keep saying it?

    • Time4Pizza says:

      lol Amen brother! Slap on graphics straight out of 1980 and suddenly we have a “brilliant looking game”, which when released will be praised on all levels. Gamplay, graphics, sound, marketing is all A++++ as long as your game looks like it is for NES!

    • Phendron says:

      Why can’t we just bloom our lens flares

    • killias2 says:

      It’s so retro with that game-style based on a mixture of Smash Bros and Bushido Blade! Geez, I feel like I played it all the time as a kid! /sarcasm

      • bongosabbath says:

        I would do awful things just to be able to play a modern Bushido Blade 2 remake.

    • Leandro says:

      I love it. Well done pixel art is beautiful. /sincerity

    • blind_boy_grunt says:

      for me there is still a kind of wonder at seeing something like this, something looking so old but running so smoothly. Also i just plain like the way it looks. But maybe i’ll grow old and jaded and cool like you.

  3. james.hancox says:

    Red Steel 2 had AWESOME samurai with a gun gameplay. When you unlocked some of the more advanced powers you felt like a total badass. I’m amazed its not been copied!

  4. Ansob says:

    Played this at Wild Rumpus and it was excellent fun. Shame it’s local play only, though. We’re using PCs, not bloody consoles.

    • Dharoum says:

      I agree, I am a lone loser with no friends to play with. Surely I cannot be the only one in this situation, why exclude us from all the fun!?

  5. zachforrest says:

    played at Wild Rumpus, was pretty great, although some sullen faced bastard gave me a right hiding on it and didn’t even manage a conciliatory smile.

  6. S Jay says:

    The gameplay looks a bit like Gun Monkeys.

  7. Totally heterosexual says:

    That looks fucking awesome.

  8. Amun says:

    If anyone hasn’t seen Yojimbo, go see it.

  9. Grargh says:

    The Extasy of Gunn?