Genji: Dawn of the Samurai

Genji: Dawn of the Samurai
Developer(s) Game Republic
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Director(s) Yoshiki Okamoto
Artist(s) Keita Amemiya
Writer(s) Toshiya Shibano
Composer(s) Yasuharu Takanashi
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • AS: June 28, 2005
  • JP: June 30, 2005
  • KO: September 15, 2005
  • NA: September 20, 2005
  • EU: October 21, 2005
Genre(s) Action-adventure, hack and slash
Mode(s) Single player

Genji: Dawn of the Samurai (released as Genji in Europe) is a PlayStation 2 game released in 2005. It is loosely based on The Tale of the Heike. A sequel, Genji: Days of the Blade, was released for PlayStation 3.


The story follows the adventures of Minamoto Yoshitsune as he descends from his mountain retreat and eventually embraces a quest to defeat the Taira clan, thereby avenging his father. Early in his journey, he meets the Tamayori clan who are the guardians of the Amahagane (天鋼) – stones of power that allow select individuals to release magical powers known as kamui (神威).


Gameplay is third-person combat, similar to what is found in the Dynasty Warriors series (produced by Koei) and Shinobi 2 (produced by Sega). The player controls Yoshitsune or Benkei, and both characters are equipped with two basic attacks: Normal and Special. Yoshitsune is an archetypical fast and agile warrior, making up in speed what he lacks in strength. He is able to jump on small platforms (which, if jumped on by Benkei, would collapse). He wields two swords, and can double jump, and can use his sword to hang on ledges. Benkei is the more powerful but slower character, with greater range than Yoshitsune. He uses a large war club,[1] which can also be used to destroy certain structures and heavy doors in the game. Players can improve their characters by collecting experience and leveling up or by using Essences of Amahagane. Yoshitsune and Benkei both have a number of kamui bars under their health bar, proportional to their number of Amahagane collected. While in battle, the character's kamui bar stores power for the player to release devastating attacks.


Aggregate score
Review scores
Game Informer8.5/10[7]
Game RevolutionB−[9]
OPM (US)[14]
The Sydney Morning Herald[16]

The game received "average" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[2] In Japan, Famitsu gave it all four eights, for a total of 32 out of 40.[6]


  1. Benkei uses his super human strength to pulverize his enemies with a giant war club that is taller and heavier than most full-grown men, Genji: Dawn of Samurai Users Manual.
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  9. Reilly, Mike (October 12, 2005). "Genji: Dawn of the Samurai Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  10. Mueller, Greg (September 19, 2005). "Genji: Dawn of the Samurai Review". GameSpot. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  11. Padilla, Raymond M. (September 21, 2005). "GameSpy: Genji: Dawn of the Samurai". GameSpy. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  12. Bedigian, Louis (September 18, 2005). "Genji: Dawn of the Samurai - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 5, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  13. Sulic, Ivan (September 16, 2005). "Genji: Dawn of the Samurai". IGN. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
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  16. Hill, Jason (November 3, 2005). "Traditional and structured". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
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