Good or evil? Choose your path wisely with the ultimate Way of the Samurai 3 digital extras: a strategy guide and artbook

Wednesday 20th January 2010: Rising Star Games has revealed the initial batch of Gamebridge's Way of the Samurai 3 on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will launch alongside two digital bonus items; a definitive strategy guide, detailing an array of hints and tips, and a stunning artbook.

Can't decide which path to take in Way of the Samurai 3? Help is on hand with The Guide, an official tome delving into the diverse ways the game can be played, offering essential weapons information, unique character insight and an in-depth breakdown of how your choices affect the story for good or for bad.

There's key information on the extensive reward system, background facts on the two warring clans - the Fujimori and Ouka - and how residents of the sleepy village of Amana offer a third side to take.

With so many options available, multiple playthroughs are more than tempting, and hugely rewarding; the strategy guide reveals how each playthrough will accrue Samurai Points and how to use them to enhance and develop skills, gameplay and storyline arcs.

Crucial weapons information is also included, to ensure different styles of skills are honed and each weapon is used to its greatest potential, and customisation options allow the creation of distinctive weapons for the ultimate warrior.

Plus, there's a breakdown of all the job choices available and tips on how to effectively complete each task, and how to recruit a partner to complete multiple tasks.

The digital artbook is a must for any fan. Combining striking pre-production artwork and never before seen design sketches, it truly demonstrates the thought and detail that has gone into the development of Way of the Samurai 3.

"The strategy guide and artbook offer exceptional value for the release of Way of the Samurai 3," says Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games. "Each adds to and enhances gameplay, revealing incredible depth to the overall experience.

"With a game as diverse and open-ended as Way of the Samurai 3, the guide proves essential and unmissable reading."

Rising Star Games will release Way of the Samurai 3 Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the first quarter of 2010.

Screenshots and artwork can be downloaded directly here.

For further information, screenshots and press samples (when available), please contact:

Harry Cole (Premier PR)

harry.cole@premierpr.com

Yen Hau (Rising Star Games)

yen.hau@risingstargames.com

France - Namco Bandai Partners

Emilie Berndt

eberndt@namcobandaipartners.com

Germany - Koch Media

Andrea Stepper

A.Stepper@kochmedia.com

Spain - Namco BandaiPartners

Helena Careaga

hcareaga@namcobandaipartners.com

Italy - Cidiverte

Giovanna Cosentino

gcosentino@cidiverte.it

Benelux - CLD Distribution

Philippe Coopmans

philippe@cld.be

Nordic - Bergsala

Johan Lenngerd

johan.lenngerd@bergsala.se

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About Rising Star Games

Rising Star Games Limited is a video games publisher for Sony PSP™, Nintendo DS™ and Wii™ in the PAL territory. A joint venture between Japanese publisher/developer Marvelous Entertainment and long standing Nintendo Nordic distributor Bergsala AB, Rising Star Games is now in its fifth staggeringly successful year of trading and has published more than 50 titles including the worldwide hit series Harvest Moon alongside the renowned renegade Nintendo Wii title, No More Heroes. For more information please go to www.risingstargames.com

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About Gamebridge

With a history stretching as far back as their involvement in the NEC PC Engine, Tokyo based developer/publisher Interchannel has formed a joint venture with Nordic Nintendo distributor Bergsala. 'Gamebridge' will publish games across all platforms focusing on those titles Interchannel has created or licensed from studios in Japan and throughout the world. www.gamebridge.co.uk


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