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on 25 April 2008
Certainly, this is a fun game to play: the good use of the sixaxis feature, the different enemies and bosses, the music and the amazing graphics all contribute to making it a good all-round game. I do have some major gripes, though: The battle system, for starters, quickly has you mashing buttons in the hope that an attack will hit and you'll take down big-man-with-helmet/annoying-seemingly-unhittable-ninja-woman. I accept that there are combinations that are recommended to you, and that if you press circle when her little bar is full she does some neck breaking/groin crushing, but a majority of the game is squaresquaresquaresquaresquaresquare. The story is good and I like the comic-booky cutscene bits, but I often found myself L1-ing my way through waves of pointless enemies only to get to one of those archaic bosses who at first seem formidable in the extreme, but their pattern is quickly discovered and it becomes a case of duck-roll-block-chain-BEAT-HER-TO-DEATH-BEFORE-SHE-RECOVERS-FROM-HER-CLICHE
I like the characters, particularly Kai, who I think is like gollum...but prettier, but I was discussing with my step-brother the similarities between Nariko and Lara Croft...or more specifically how Heavenly Sword was like a ninja reinvention of Tomb Raider, albeit with easier puzzles and more flesh.
The final battle makes for an unwelcome change: after slogging through the game fighting wave after wave, boss pattern after boss pattern, you suddenly come across this chap who, even though he, like the other bosses, has a very distinct attack pattern, you can't seem to beat. I have, obviously, but it took me a long while. I expect the main reason for this is because the only attack that can hit him is your speed attack which doesn't really do any damage, and when he hits you, you find yourself basically dead already. I'm not complaining too much about that, though. There's absolutely nothing wrong with a challenging boss, but there's a fine line between challenging and downright monotonous and time-consuming.
By all means, rent it. In fact, I recommend that you do. I wouldn't make it a long-term investment though...I find that I haven't yet returned to it after my initial completion.