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Our overall verdict "silver"

Long ago samurai fought for honour, for justice, for the good cause. Now they’re fighting for your bragging rights in Black & White Bushido the 2D arena brawler from Good Catch Games. This game pits the forces of light and shadow against each other in single screen battles that are as monochrome in looks as the title suggests, but boy is it fun.

Taking control of either a white or a black samurai (other characters are available), up to four local players get to play one of three game modes: Deathmatch, Flag Capture or Challenge. In Deathmatch to win you just have to reach a set kill count. In Flag Capture you are battling for control of the screen; every time you capture a flag parts of the screen turns your colour, and once the entire screen is your team’s colour you win. Challenge mode on the other hand is a purely single player, offline affair. Here you must survive for as long as possible and get the highest score by completing a variety of different tasks such as keep moving for seven seconds, get a dash kill, or stay hidden. You can take the fight online too with both Deathmatch and flag capture modes.

If the game modes haven’t grabbed you then the hook of the game will. The background of each stage, pagoda, temple, waterfall, shipyard, field, village and (when you unlock it) Hell, randomly changes colour between white and black. If you are a white player in a white area of the screen and stand still you will become one with the background and disappear, and vice versa for black on black. This mixes up the gameplay and essentially gives you two ways to play at the same time because when you are invisible you can simply wait, bide your time and attack your opponents when they are unwittingly close to you. Whereas when you are not concealed you have no options but to go on the offensive.

The controls in Black & White Bushido are simple which makes the game easily accessible to players of all skill levels. You move your player around with the left stick, jump with cross, press circle to use any item (smoke bombs, shurikens and caltrops) you’ve collected and attack with square. Attack also doubles up as defence because if two players attack at the same time they clash, which causes them to bounce away from each other. This move creates frantic moments as you try to out button bash your opponents.

If you are looking to bolster your platinum count then Black & White Bushido can hook you up. The path to its platinum is a reasonable one that can be popped in under an hour. You’ll need to head into the challenge mode to obtain two target scores trophies. From there you can dive into the other modes to get the trophies for ten double kills, clashing mid air, slicing a shark, performing teleportation kills and more. There’s also a trophy for playing a four player local game which you can pop without four controllers if you need to.

Conclusion
Black & White Bushido is a fast paced, kiss-ass couch game. Simple in design, flawless in execution, a definite multiplayer must.

NelMaNo Rating – 8.5/10

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