Why 'Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time' Is Everything We Need Right Now

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If you’re a 90s kid or millennial, chances are you remember the popular animated series, Samurai Jack. The show originally aired on Cartoon Network from 2001 to 2003 spanning four seasons, and for one season on Adult Swim in 2017.

You may also remember the two video games that came out as well; Samurai Jack: The Amulet of Time and Samurai Jack: The Battle of Aku, which were released in 2003 and 2004. Now sixteen years later, we are seeing another Samurai Jack revival with the release of Battle Through Time. A 3D action platform that allows players to experience that classic mid-2000s video game feeling. The only problem is, some people aren’t completely feeling it.

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For those Millenials who were born in the early to mid-nineties, it’s a blast from the past. The gameplay, graphics, dialogue, and music makes you feel like you’re back in the year 2006. It reminds you of action games like Tekken, Final Fantasy, and Kingdom Hearts, all while making you feel like a kid playing on your PlayStation 2 again.

But some of those Gen Z’ers aren’t as impressed, calling Battle Through Time slightly outdated when it comes to the storyline, visual elements of the game, and camera style. Another common complaint is the lack of dialogue and sound effects amongst the characters. 

However, even with those criticisms, everybody can agree that Battle Through Time is the game that finally does the Samurai Jack series justice.

While the first two games did a decent job of representing the show, they weren't exactly memorable. Many people don't even remember the games coming out at all (The Amulet of Time was on Gameboy) but that won't be the case with Battle Through Time.

Fans instantly recognized that the game is based on the last episode of the show where Jack and Ashi were in the portal and realized that they would finally get the chance to experience a more in-depth look at what happened leading up to that final battle. Not only that, but they also got some interesting plot twists as well.

Now is it the most original game you're going to ever play? Not necessarily. Is the most visually appealing game you're going to ever play? No, not exactly. Yet it comes together beautifully and does the job of taking Samurai Jack fans through an adventure. You know how the saying goes, sometimes less really is more. 

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