Namco Bandai Dates Afro Samurai

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Namco Bandai's upcoming action and adventure game, Afro Samurai, now has a United States release date: January 27, 2009. Afro Samurai will be based on the popular anime series of the same name. Afro Samurai is the animated epic of a samurai’s hunt for the gunman who murdered his father. Academy Award-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson stars as the uncompromising hero in a world that mixes traditional Japanese culture, sci-fi adventure, and modern hip-hop taste (music by famed 'Kill Bill' composer and Wu-Tang Clan rap band leader RZA.) Much like the anime series, Samuel L. Jackson will be voicing the lead character in the game.

For more information on this game title, check out our dedicated page for Afro Samurai here.

Via Namco Bandai Press Release:
Santa Clara, CA - July 28, 2008 – Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., announced today that high-style action will be unleashed on January 27, 2009 with Afro Samurai® for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. Based on the critically-acclaimed anime series starring and executive- produced by Samuel L. Jackson, Afro Samurai the game blends urban hip hop culture with traditional Japanese aesthetics to create a brutally fresh cinematic, interactive experience.

In Afro Samurai, follow Afro in his tale of revenge as he searches for his father’s murderer and the holder of the coveted number one headband. The game follows the plot of the original anime series with added material and background for fans and new comers alike.

Blood is beautifulâ„¢ in this hip hop infused action adventure as Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as Afro and Ninja Ninja, his wisecracking sidekick. A striking cross-hatch art style gives Afro Samurai a truly unique look and feel across beautifully animated open environments as he wages war against his adversaries to become number one. Using an innovative gameplay system, enemy A.I. is affected by the beat of the musical score supervised by The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan fame. These dynamic battles ensure stylized encounters throughout the game that affect the overall tone of gameplay. Slice and dismember opponents as Afro acrobatically leaps from one location to the next, interacting with anything and everything in the environment to help him on his journey.

For more information about Afro Samurai, please visit: NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. or Afro Samurai - Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Perlman & Kelly Hu.
I liked Afro Samurai, for all it's randomness and shortness. But I wish there was an FLCL game. Now THAT would kick ass.

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I'm not too fond of games made after animé. =\

They're usually crap, and I've played a lot of anime games. Though, I haven't really read so much in a release of an anime game. Maybe this one will be the one that doesn't flop. xD

It has Samuel L. Jackson voice acting so if that's any motivation to rent or buy it, go for it. I may rent this game once it comes out and hopefully let you guys know how it is.

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