Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku
|Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku|
US box art for PS2 version
|Distributor(s)||Cartoon Network Interactive
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Nintendo optical disc
Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku is an action-adventure video game released in 2004 by Adrenium Games and Amaze Entertainment and based on the Samurai Jack animated television series on Cartoon Network. BAM! Entertainment, the game's original publisher, canceled the game soon after development began, but the title was picked up by Sega. The series' original voice actors, including Phil LaMarr, Mako Iwamatsu, Jeff Bennett, and Jennifer Hale, reprised their respective roles for the game. An Xbox version of the game was planned, but never released. This game was after event of the series and series finale.
The game features an original story interconnected throughout 24 levels in 4 worlds. The player takes control of Jack, the series' protagonist and main character, as he rescues villagers, battles Aku's minions, and ultimately searches for the time portal to take him back to his own time. Jack's move set contains 25 moves and combo attacks, and his weapons include four elemental swords, shurikens, and a bow and arrow. The player can also fill Jack's "Zen meter", which allows him to enter a special slow-motion attack mode called "Sakai mode", among other things. The game ends in a final battle with Jack's nemesis, Aku. Other bosses include Mad Jack and the Scotsman.
Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku received generally mixed to negative reviews from critics. Mary Jane Irwin of IGN criticized the game for its annoying combat system, "uninteresting" story, and lack of challenge in boss battles. She also heavily criticized the game's visuals, saying, "Everything is incredibly angular and the only way to describe it is awful. It's just sad that in no way was the show's incredible presentation translated into the videogame." GameSpot's Alex Navarro called it "utterly forgettable" and said, "its lack of depth, style, or technical polish essentially ruins whatever chance it ever could have had to appeal to anyone outside of the most diehard of Samurai Jack fans." Both critics did, however, compliment the game on its sound.
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