A compelling story and amazing graphics aren't all that make this title a must-have. Bushido Blade completely redefines the genre of fighting games and does it with panache. There are six fighters, eight weapons and one winner-takes-all round of the fiercest combat you've ever seen in a video game.
Besides the 2 player mode (split-screen or via a link cable) there is also Slash mode, where you are given a mission of defeating 100 armed ninjas in succession; and the innovative and fascinating Story mode which weaves a complete storyline into your numerous battles. You fight as a deserter from the secret assassin group known as Kage, the aim being to survive until you can find an escape route concealed somewhere in the confines of a ruined castle tower . . .
Bushido Blade takes a completely new approach to combat, with a selection of weapons for each character and various 'stances' both affecting the range of attack moves available. New special moves become available depending on which stance your character assumes. The system of simply taking a hit whilst blocking an opponent is gone too. Instead, Bushido Blade makes you actively work at your defense - by parrying your opponent's blade you can actually turn defensive moves into successful counter attacks.
Bushido Blade takes the fighting genre onto a higher plane. Now, you could sit down honorably and meditate on this whilst communing with the elements. Chances are though, someone will creep up behind you with a large sword. Eat your heart out Confucius . . .before someone else does.