What are the best Samurai games?

Samurai games has been a surprisingly scarce genre in the gaming world. Through years developers have spurned out only a few titles about the Japanese warrior's way of life. That doesn't mean they aren't good or lucrative. Here are the best Samurai games we've found for those wishing to yield a virtual katana.

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      #1Samurai Shodown

      Samurai Shodown

      Samurai Showdown is a fighting game created by SNK for Neo Geo arcade and home consoles. It was first released in 1993 and became the first game in what will become a long series with 19 installments in 25 years.

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      Online, Xbox One

      Free

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      #2Total War: Shogun 2

      Total War: Shogun 2
      Total War: Shogun 2 is a strategy video game set in 16th-century feudal Japan, in the aftermath of the Onin War during the Ashikaga Shogunate. It was developed by Creative Assembly and was published by Sega.
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      Windows, Mac, Linux

      $29.99

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      #3Nioh

      Nioh

      Nioh is a historical action role-playing game being developed by Team Ninja. The story takes place in the early 1600s Japan during the Sengoku period. An Irish-English sailor named William is enlisted by Hattori Hanzo to defeat the yōkai.

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      PlayStation 4, Windows

      $39.99

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      #4Shinobi

      Shinobi

      Shinobi is an arcade game, developed and published by Sega. It was released in 1987 and ported to numerous systems. In Shinobi, the player controls a ninja named Joe Musashi whose mission is to rescue his students from a group of terrorists.

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      Online

      Free

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      #5Samurai Shodown 2

      Samurai Shodown 2

      Samurai Shodown 2 is the second installment in SNK's fighting game series. It was released in 1994 for arcade machines and Neo-Geo consoles but was later released for PlayStation, Windows, and mobile devices.

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      Android, iOS, Xbox One

      $2.99

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      #6Samurai Warriors

      Samurai Warriors

      Samurai Warriors is the first installment of a video game series created by Koei's Omega Force. It's based loosely on the Sengoku, a period in Japanese history marked by social, political and military conflicts. 

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      Amazon, Amazon

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      #7For Honor

      For Honor

      For Honor is an arena game that involves dueling with your enemies. There are 3 factions: Knights, Samurai, and Vikings. Each faction has 4 classes of characters that are available to play, and they all have their own strengths and weaknesses.

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      Windows, Xbox One

      $59.99

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      #8Genji: Dawn of the Samurai

      Genji: Dawn of the Samurai

      Genji: Dawn of the Samurai is a PlayStation 2 game developed by Game Republic and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The story is based on The Tale of the Heike, an epic that depicts the struggle between the Taira clan and the Minamoto clan for dominion over Japan. 
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      Amazon

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    Summary

    Best What are the best Samurai games
    RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
    1Samurai ShodownGames 18 Free
    2Total War: Shogun 2Games 12 Paid
    3NiohGames 10 Paid
    4ShinobiGames 3 Free
    5Samurai Shodown 2Games 2 Paid
    6Samurai WarriorsGames 2 Paid
    7For HonorGames 1 Paid
    8Genji: Dawn of the SamuraiGames 1 Paid
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