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Genji: Dawn of the Samurai (2005)

Genji (original title)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daisuke Namikawa ...
Yû Kashii ...
Lady Shizuka (voice)
Yui Horie ...
Princess Minazuru (voice)
Miki Nagasawa ...
Kuyo (voice)
Ayumi Kida ...
Shinta (voice)
Junji Majima ...
Saburouta #3 (voice) (as Jyunji Majima)
Eizô Tsuda ...
Narrator (voice) (as Eizo Tsuda)
Dai Tabuchi ...
Yoshitsune, Moritoshi, Additional Voices (voice)
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Benkei, The Narrator, Additional Voices (voice)
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Kagekiyo, Additional Voices (voice)
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Kiyomori, Additional Voices (voice)
Wayne Forester ...
Kichi Hogen, Additional Voices (voice)
Haruka Kuroda ...
Minazuru, Kuyo, Additional Voices (voice)
Jon Glover ...
Kichiji, Additional Voices (voice)
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Shizuka, Additional Voices (voice)
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Fantasy

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20 September 2005 (USA)  »

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Referenced in Game One: Episode #1.2 (2006) See more »

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Stealing the Moon
(Ending Theme)
Vocals by Chitose Hajime
Lyrics by Gen Ueda
Composition by Gen Ueda
Arrangements by Gen Ueda
Licensed by Epic Records Japan
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Genji: Dawn of a Samurai
10 February 2006 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

this is a PS2 game, about Minamoto Yoshitsune going on a quest to get rid of the Heishi who abuse their power of the Amahagane (a powerful stone with special abilities) and bring upon hard times for the villagers. Yoshitsune is basically the main character in this game and his companion, Benkei. both possess the Amahagane as well, therefore many believe that they'll be the ones to bring down the Heishi. both have very different fighting skills and looks. Yoshitsune is more agile and light, he's much faster and seems to be dancing when he fights but the damage he causes upon the enemy with each hit is little but takes much damage himself if hit. but he moves fast.

on the contrary, Benkei is big, tall and uses clubs and stuff to swing at his opponents. each hit is powerful but he takes a long while to prepare the next blow, as compared to quick Yoshitsune. Benkei doesn't take too damage with each blow he receives. there are 3 chapters to this game, it's considered rather short in my opinion. the final boss fight wasn't as difficult as i expected but after the whole game, Don't stop playing, wait for the credits to finish too! (its such a nice song!!) then you'll have a new feature "Extras", i'll leave it to you to find out the features it has and then a difficult mode will be unlocked. (gee, remember to save your game!)

difficult mode is replaying the whole game over once more but you will not level up at any point, you aren't allowed to buy weapons or stock up on any resources. meaning you will remain at level 1 all the way through. in which i only defeated the final boss when i was level 27. sooo it'll be hard, yes. with your life bar that short, you only have the choice to be careful, defend your self much and you will be able to collect essences of Amahagane from opponents and else where! you will want to! there'll be some more of shukenten's tests and trials as well, a 100 true kills. meaning killing a 100 enemies without taking a hit yourself and you'll get a reward.

it's a game worth trying, it has beautiful graphics. breathtaking, and the colors never ceased to amaze me. and Yoshitsune looks good(: at some points maybe not but he's rather impressively done. it has a nice soundtrack as well. its not very hard but it's entertaining. the opponents tend to keep repeating the same moves over, after awhile you figure out what he/she's gonna do at what time lol. but it's worth a try! (if only it had some sort of love story to it.. hahha)


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