One thing I will say that this game has going for it and that's looks. On a huge screen TV, the art design, visuals make for an utterly gorgeous combination that could have you leering for hours. Some snapshots of the gameplay almost look photorealistic, while others look like they could have popped right off the pages of a Japanese painting. This is the kind of title you could flaunt to all your friends as if to say "Check out how powerful my PS3 is!" It makes great tech demo material.
Unfortunately, that's about all it has to offer. The gameplay itself is woefully uninspired and repetitive. Some reviews have compared the gameplay to ONIMUSHA, complaining that it hasn't really evolved the formula. It's actually devolved. Compared to ONIMUSHA, the combat is sluggish, the character movesets and enemy offerings both lack diversity.
Yes, I am aware that this was a sequel to a late generation PS2 title: GENJI: DAWN OF THE SAMURAI. That game, despite its flaws, was better than this one with more depth to the gameplay. Only recommend if you have a burning interest in the subject matter and art style. Otherwise, there are better action games out there.
One more note: the title GENJI is misleading as well. The game is actually a fantasized adaptation of the national epic TALE OF THE HEIKE, NOT THE TALE OF GENJI. Just thought I'd point that out.
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