Sharp Like an Edge of a Samurai Sword, New Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked Footage Cuts Through
Company: Namco
Live and die in the way of the samurai with brand-new footage for “Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked(TM)” for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system. Feudal-era Japan style mixed with hip-hop, this highly anticipated title promises aspiring wandering warriors a chance to live the life of a hip-hop samurai.

Based on the hit television series running on Cartoon Network’s wildly popular Adult Swim block, “Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked” is a truly innovative
fighting system that combines feudal Japan hack-and-slash combat with hip-hop grooves. With unique fighting modes inspired by the stylish series, this unique combination of music and swordplay is set to revolutionize samurai adventure games in April 2006.

About “Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked”
“Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked” for the PlayStation 2 steps out of the hack-and-slash action genre and offers a new way to swing a finely-honed samurai blade. Set in Japan with the hip hop feel of the hit TV series of the same name, this title allows gamers to breathe life into a “lost episode” as one of three playable characters – Mugen, a reckless samurai with break-dancing fighting style, calculated Jin who abides by the decorum of Bushido, and a mysterious new character exclusive to the video game. Stranded in the northern land of Ezo (current day Hokkaido) in search of the “samurai who smells of sunflowers,” the player must face foreign mercenaries, master swordsmen, diabolical assassins, mythical beasts and gangster monkeys.

The core of the game’s unique combat system lies in the innovative integration of music and linked attacks. Players can choose an array of combos based on the different hip-hop grooves that they can swap at will. Music tracks become collectible, opening an extensive assortment of linked attacks that can be implemented tactically during combat.
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Game: Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked (Playstation 2)