Developer: UEP Systems
Platform: Sony PlayStation 1
Release Date: March 25, 1999
Tested on: Sony PlayStation 1
What you need to know about Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman
- Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman chronicles the tale of Zan, a Western gunslinger who found out that not everything can be solved with a gun.
- Zan picks up the way of the Samurai from a mysterious master and sets out to rid the world of evil, with both gun and sword in hand
- The player can rescue hostages throughout a level, and perform attack combos with both gun and sword.
- A theme song was written specifically for this game, titled “Johnny No More”, with complete lyrics.
The Good and the Bad
- The samurai gunslinger is an interesting premise that hasn’t been revisited often enough to become stale.
- Combos are easy to pull off and have a satisfying feel to them.
- Level design is decent, little backtracking, and good sense of forward progression.
- The quirky humour is enjoyable.
- Despite combos being easy to execute, controls feel clunky without the twin-stick arrangement most consoles have today.
- Game looks unpolished at times.
- Music is decent, but can feel repetitive after a while.
- There is the sense that so much more could be done with the premise in general.
Verdict: Try It!
As far as we know, the idea of a samurai gunman being brought into the 21st century hasn’t been revisited. With such an interesting idea, the potential is there that we may see a great game waiting to be born. This game is a fun little romp, nothing too special or brilliant about it, and it does have some glaring flaws, but it certainly could be a lot more if remade today. The quirky humour and cheesy dialogue make sitting through the game less painful, and the combos are still fun to mess with. If you still have an old PlayStation, give this game a look.