Black & White Bushido is an arena battle game in which you can play with up to three others both online and offline. Should it see the light of day on your console or be left in the shadows? Read our review below to find out…
Black & White Bushido is a simplistic game on the surface, with just two game modes that can be played both online and offline with three other people, the game modes being Capture the Flag and Deathmatch, and a singleplayer challenge mode. It’s this simplicity, coupled with challenging a few friends that makes Black & White Bushido the perfect time killer.
Once you’ve decided which one of the two modes you want to play, you then get the choice of which map you want to play on, and the total number of kills to win a match in Deathmatch. There’s seven maps to choose from, with the ‘Hell’ map being locked until you’ve hit a certain number of total kills, each map has a different theme and layout. Once you’ve decided on the map you can then choose whether you want to fight for Light or Shadow, which are basically the two sides, Black & White. Both have four characters to choose from, and aside from the weapon they use, and their look, there’s no real difference between them and how they are controlled etc.
The monochrome visuals play a big part in the gameplay, as depending which team you are, you can blend into the background allowing you to sneak around the level unnoticed until you start to run or jump. The background switches around during play between segments of black & white, and occasionally completely black or white.
There’s pick-ups to find during play too, these are caltrops, shurikens and smoke bombs, and spawn randomly throughout the game. I personally didn’t find the smoke bombs all that useful, however the caltrops are great for dropping and forgetting about as they stay in game until an opponent stands on them. The shurikens add some needed ranged combat as all the characters are restricted to melee, but they are of single use and require good timing, providing balance.
All of the above applies to the singleplayer challenge mode, except the game throws a handful of challenges at you, such as get a kill from a wall jump and get a kill with shuriken to name a couple. Once you’ve completed a set of challenges you are given more, the longer you take the more AI enemies join making it much harder to progress. Die once and it’s game over.
The controls are really simple to learn, adding to the pick up and play appeal of the game, with just a few button presses to remember, which are very responsive and give a nice fluid feel. Black & White Bushido has a distinct monochrome style that plays a huge part of the gameplay, the vivid splashes of red as you slice through enemies are a nice touch, the audio is spot on giving a ‘battle’ vibe and very fitting of the Japanese theme.