LW4K Game Spotlight: Samurai Warrior 5

This is the next video in a new LearningWorks for Kids series, Game Spotlight! In each video, we are highlighting some great games both old and new and defining the key executive functions that can be strengthened through play. This video will focus on Samurai Warrior 5. Click below to watch the video and learn more. The transcript is also provided below for your convenience. A special thanks to our videographer J.R.  for his work on this awesome video!



Hey everyone, welcome to LearningWorks for Kids Game Spotlights! This is a new series where we will be walking through some of your favorite games and talking about how playing them can help you get better at real-world skills! If you want to know more about how to take your gameplay to the next level, visit learningworksforkids.com and explore our course listings. 

Today we are going to be talking about Samurai Warrior 5. This game is a reboot of these popular hack and slash games and features a new direction for the series. In the game, you can choose from 27 different characters to play, but the main story centers around two real-life figures from Japanese history, Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi. The game takes place during the Sengoku jidai, a period in Japanese history where warring factions were tearing the country apart. You must battle swarms of enemies, capture bases and complete various mission objectives in order to claim victory. Players can learn move combinations, upgrade their abilities using a skill tree unique to the character, and upgrade items like weapons and horses in order to better prepare for battle. Do you have what it takes to put an end to the fighting and unify Japan? Grab your katana, your horse, and your Japanese history book and let’s find out!

Samurai Warriors 5 is a great way for players to practice their focus and working memory skills. There is a lot going on in the game’s battles; between the hordes of enemies, the information from the UI, and the larger, harder to beat bosses, the player can get overwhelmed pretty easily. Staying focused on the mission objective and locking onto your target can be a way to block out all the other distractions that can trip you up in the middle of a fight. Players also need to use their working memory skills to remember different button combinations while they are in the middle of fighting. Some enemies do not take damage from regular attacks and the player needs to recall what combos need to be executed in order to take these special enemies down.

Which is your favorite character to play in Samurai Warriors 5? What have you learned about Japanese history by playing the game? Let us know in the comments below. And if you enjoyed this video, be sure to hit that Subscribe button to see new reviews and play throughs every week. Well, that’s all the time we have for today but be sure to join us for the next Game Spotlight at learningworksforkids.com! 


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