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A turning point for gaming,
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This review is from: Heavenly Sword (PS3) (Video Game)
People have reported on the production values of games for some time now, but Heavenly Sword sets a brand new benchmark in quality. Before going into all of the that, though, the thing you really want from a game is that it's fun to play. Heavenly Sword has a reasonable learning curve, but it's not necessarily as well thought out as a Mario game, for instance. You can make your way though with some judicious button bashing, but you can also put time in to learn all the moves and really be expert in your adventure. There is no doubt that you will complete this game - it's not one of those huge sprawling games, but to me, I like that and especially for this game where the story is so important. If this game took 100 hours to complete, there would be a lot of people who never got to the end. The game is a journey, and you WANT to reach the conclusion. Usually, the stories for games are poor and there is very little depth to the characters. In Heavenly Sword, there is real emotional engagement and character depth which goes much further into your personal investment into the storyline developments than any other game I can think of.
So, the characters are well defined and resolved. In addition, the landscape is awesome. Brilliantly designed and executed, as is the music and even the extras. Usually, I would say that none of these things make a great game in themselves, and while it's true that without all of those things, Heavenly Sword would be no more than an average game, it is the attention to detail, the scale and well resolved story and characters that make this a 5 Star game.
I hope that this sets a benchmark for future PS3 titles as to date, I've not been thrilled with much of what's been released. Heavenly Sword is an exceptional title and a great game to play.
I don't mind that it's short - I can play it again and again, just like I'd watch a great film again and again. Try the game - it's the best I've played on the PS3 so far.