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SAMURAI MAIDEN Review

Pretty ladies + slick combat

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS5 on 👹

SAMURAI MAIDEN is also available for PS4 and Nintendo Switch

SAMURAI MAIDEN is rated Teen by the ESRB

If you enjoy slashing away at demonic forces with a cast of lovely ladies then you're one cultured individual; here's SAMURAI MAIDEN.

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Whatever you say, Hagane!

Meet the maidens

SAMURAI MAIDEN stars Tsumugi (Priestess of Harmony) who's a modern woman and just happens to go back in time to the Sengoku period where she faces off against Nobunaga Oda. What kind of sorcery is this? Thankfully, she's joined by a bubbly group of chums including Iyo (Nobunaga's Ninja), Hagane (Mechanical Ninja), and Komimi (Great Onmyoji). Each of these characters is bursting with personality that's portrayed through attractive character models, distinct Japanese voice actors, and spot-on animations that make each character flow as you see their hair and clothing move with them. It's visually appealing stuff for sure and I absolutely love the cast. v1d30chumz 35-172-230-154

Not just hacking and slashing

The core gameplay of SAMURAI MAIDEN will have you run and jump around stages while performing combos of light and heavy attacks. You can also double-jump and evade which helps immensely with evading enemies. On top of all this, there are plenty of abilities that make the combat more strategic than I was expecting. Specifically, you only play as Tsumugi but you can command the other 3 maidens to perform cool abilities that will give you a huge advantage if you unleash them effectively. For example, you can plant a bomb with Iyo then use Komimi to pick it up and throw it into a large enemy to catch it on fire which gradually decreases its health. Add in Devoted Heart special moves and you're left with a formula that I personally never got bored with. You just need to play it right. 😉

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Now, this is an action shot that'll give Keanu Reeves a run for his money

Hone your blade

As you progress through SAMURAI MAIDEN, you'll unlock oodles of extras. For starters, most stages have treasure chests to find which can unlock gallery items or increase your maximum bombs, health potions, and such. Finding all of them is definitely useful and on top of that, your relationship with each character levels up and upon reaching certain thresholds, you'll unlock additional skills and weapons. You'll even occasionally unlock bonus levels known as Bubble Encounters which provide unique challenges. However, the most substantial upgrade involves enhancing your weapon which increases your HP and attack power as well as unlocks bonuses such as status ailment protection, etc. All of this makes for rewarding replay value as you find more treasures, amass cash, and deepen relationships. 💕

Where did the panties go?

I'm often asked if games are censored and I usually don't know the answer because I rarely play the Japanese originals so I have nothing to compare against. However, I noticed something very odd with SAMURAI MAIDEN which happens when you pause the game or enter photo mode as characters' panties turn into an empty void and that's one of the oddest things I've ever seen. I mean; if you want to take photos of the cast's panties then what's wrong with that? But, no, you're not allowed to. I also heard that some of the dialogue is changed but I don't really care about that much since I skipped a lot of the dialogue anyway as it tends to drag on at points. 🩲

Not-so-pretty elements

It's time to discuss the elements of SAMURAI MAIDEN that could use some work. First, there are occasional difficulty spikes that force you to grind previous stages in order to overcome them. This isn't all that much of an issue because discovering more treasures and unlocking extra Bubble Encounters can be a lot of fun but it's still a bummer when you're forced to do it. Next, I encountered some odd performance issues where the visuals stuttered a lot for a couple seconds at a time. This occurred in the later levels when there was too much onscreen. Similarly, there are specific control problems such as how unleashing skills too quickly will cancel the previous one out which annoyed me as a lot of the time; the skill gauges increase faster than you can effectively use them which is just awkward. 🥴

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Time for a quick selfie after yet another grueling battle

I thoroughly enjoyed SAMURAI MAIDEN's combat with its wealth of skills and charming cast of lovely ladies. However, it does have its issues, especially if you want to take photos of the characters' panties because you'll end up incredibly disappointed. 📸

  • + Simple hack and slash action with plenty of unique abilities to unleash
  • + Pretty characters and great animation
  • + Enjoyable unlockables add replay value
  • - Occasional difficulty spikes will force you to grind in order to progress
  • - Certain control and performance issues
  • - Some odd censorship choices
7.0 out of 10
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