Geronimo Interactive and Winking Entertainment’s Reborn: A Samurai Awakens is a new PlayStation VR first-person hack-and-slash shooter. The game sees players facing off against cybernetic samurai in a futuristic setting using guns, laser swords and plenty of quick reflexes to survive against an onslaught of killer enemies.
Details on the game were unveiled over on the official PlayStation Blog, where Winking Entertainment’s brand manager, Eric Tsai revealed that the game is due for release at the tail end of 2017. They also released a gameplay trailer that you can check out below, clocking in at just under two minutes.
The story is pretty crazy, as players will take on the role of Yukimura Sanada, an infamous samurai resurrected in the year 2480 in order to fight alien cyborg ninjas from outer space.
Players will have laser swords, pistols and psychic powers to utilize against the varied enemies that will be encountered throughout the journey to rid the Earth of the evil mechanics samurai and ninjas.
One cool aspect of the game is that players will be able to mix and match the weapons used in each hand. The dual-trigger is very similar to what was in Halo 2 and Halo 3.
Additionally, players will be able to slow down time and execute counter-attacks against enemies.
One of the other things we see in the trailer is that much like Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, it’s possible to slice and dice and cut things into tiny little pieces.
While the action looks good, one thing I noticed is that it doesn’t appear as if there’s any locomotion and there’s only one stage on display. In the article on the PlayStation Blog Tsai mentions that there will be locomotion but doesn’t say how. Teleportation is definitely not making the cut (which is good).
Gameplay wise it doesn’t look bad, but hopefully there are more stages, actual movement and something solid for gamers to sink their teeth into. The comment section on the YouTube page is filled with a lot of mixed reactions, and some people still feel as if the game looks like a tech demo. So hopefully Geronimo can overcome the negative criticisms by improving the game and providing something worthwhile for PSVR owners when Reborn: A Samurai Awakens launches later this year.