Last weekend, commuters (well, except for one guy who’s oblivious and continued sleeping) were taken aback by Peter Chua, a 39-year-old man who drew his samurai sword on the train.
SMRT’s security kept commuters away, and arrested the Subway Samurai after he alighted and exited the train station.
Singapore’s stringent laws won’t go easy on him. The Straits Times reports that Chua faces a jail term of up to five years. That’s not the least of it. Six strokes of the infamous cane might even be unleashed. Ouch.
Other samurai-wannabes, please keep your sword in the sheath. Take our advice, stay at home and indulge in these five samurai-themed games to live out your bushido fantasy.
Based on the popular self-published manga by Takashi Okazaki, Afro Samurai is a 3D brawler game, allowing players to perform light and heavy attacks plus timely blocks to fend off enemies. This PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360 game lets you go on a warpath, seeking revenge against Justice, a gunman who killed the titular character’s father. Each level is loaded with hard-hitting action, ending in the usual boss fight. If the game isn’t enough to satisfy your thirst for samurai action, check out the anime TV series and movie, and stand by for its upcoming live-action feature film.
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Onimusha 3: Demon Siege
Capcom’s Onimusha series is worth checking out for its action-packed gameplay and at times, infuriating puzzles that’ll keep you occupied. The third installment in particular gathers French actor Jean Reno to portray Jacques Blanc, who wields an energy whip while returning hero Samanosuke sticks to close-quarter combat with his trusty samurai sword. Yes, you can unsheath your sword and cut through Genma enemies led by the warlord Nobunaga Oda, without getting into trouble with the law (ironic, since Jacques IS a police officer).
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Samurai Shodown 2
This 2D fighting game, also known as Samurai Spirits in Japan, stands tall as one of the many classics in the 90s. Action is fast-paced and quick, where players have to rely on their reflexes to dodge and perform swift strikes on their opponents. Characters are dressed in full-on samurai gear, some of which are somewhat outlandish and unbelievable. Background elements include a delivery man that tosses a chicken to heal or bombs to disrupt players, changing the tide of the game when you least expect it.
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Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes
Lots of button mashing here. Like its Dynasty Warriors counterpart, Sengoku Basara has a wide roster of characters, based loosely on the history of the Sengoku era in feudal Japan. This hack-and-slash action game throws you into a massive battle royale and it’s all about keeping the combo alive, as you mash them buttons, level up, and unlock more skills to introduce a world of hurt. The brawler adds some variety in the form of missions to guard castles, raid food reserves, and fellow generals that you can bring along to perform damaging combos and dish out the pain.
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Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai Collection
Come on, samurais aren’t all brawn and no brains. Not if you’re a shogun who has to manage a massive army and send your men to their impending doom. This real-time strategy and tactics game requires your grey matter to build a settlement, track economic growth, and maintain diplomatic relations with the other samurai clans. While you won’t be engaging in first-person combat, the impressive field battles, where your clansmen march in formation to fight rival clans, will leave you breathless.
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