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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Nariko, 10 Aug. 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Heavenly Sword - Platinum (PS3) (Video Game)
In Heavenly Sword you play Nariko, a gorgeous red-haired warrior who's clan guard the Heavenly Sword, a weapon that is too powerful to be used by mortals and slowly drains the user's life-force. King Bohan (Andy Serkis of King Kong & Lord Of The Rings) wants the sword and is attacking and killing Nariko's clan to obtain it. When Nariko's father, Shen, is captured by King Bohan, Nariko decides to sacrifice her own life by becoming the wielder of the sword to save her father.

You start off the game at the end of the story when Nariko dies and you then go on to play the game as a five day lead up to the final battle and Nariko's death. Heavenly Sword will take ou on Nariko's journey to save her father and make sure that King Bohan does not obtain the sword. She is followed by her adobted sister Kai, who is the only survivor of a clan who were once targeted by King Bohan and his henchmen. Nariko and Kai are just a couple of the amazing characters that Heavenly Sword will introduce you to on your adventure. Kai is cute and a little quirky and is Heavenly Sword's second playable character.

As Nariko, you have to fight groups of enemies at a time using the Heavenly Sword. The sword has three distinct stances - range, power and speed. By pressing L1 or R1, the stance changes for the sword and you get a powerful but slow huge sword or it will turn into a chain that you can swing to shield of enemies that surround you. Aswell as being able to change the sword, you get many different combos in Heavenly Sword, which after you have learned to pull off can prove very useful and very entertaining.

You will be able to perform air combos where Nariko will take a guy into the air, and by using the sixaxis controller of the PS3 and different button presses you can inflict further damage and perform special cinematic style attacks. There are a number of these cool attacks ranging from attatching a guy on the end of the chain and using him to take out a load of other guys by swinging him in a circle to performing neck breaking or other very painful looking moves. The game features a full list of all combos and if you do buy the game, I would reccomend you take the time to learn them instead of just button mashing your way through the combat as you'll get a much more satisfying gaming experience and in the final battle where there are literally hundreds of enemies surrounding you they are essential if you want to survive.

For about a third of the game, you play as Kai. Kai uses a crossbow to shoot arrows at enemies and offers a completely different kind of gameplay than using the sword with Nariko. If you've ever used the sixaxis controller of the PS3 before you may know that it can be difficult to get to grips with at first, however, once mastered in Heavenly Sword, it offers an incredibly fun and extremely smooth and satisfying experience. Kai can be in a number of positions from walking on the ground to high up on walls and you must take out enemies from a distance with the crossbow. You fire the crosswbow which releases the arrow, then you're taken intoa first-person view of the arrow and then you're able to control the path of the arrow by tilting the PS3 controller. You can even guide the arrow through flames and then send it slicing through barrels which will explode and take out large numbers of enemies.

Nariko also gets to use other weapons in certain parts of the game such as cannons which use the same sixaxis gameplay as Kai's arrows. Once you get used to controlling the weapons with the controller, you'll find they are extrememly responsive and quite accurate and it adds an whole new experience to gaming that we've never experienced before and it's a load of fun. Thanks to the PS3's sixaxis motion-sensing which is built-in to the PS3 controller this game is able to provide you with some great gameplay that will make you want to play again and again.

One of the best and most noticable features of Heavenly Sword is the outstanding motion capture performance and voice acting. You've really never sen anything as good as it in games before. It's like a movie. The characters have so many realistic facial expressions and display real emotions and feelings especially Nariko and King Bohan. You really have to check out Heavenly Sword just for the story and performance, it's really quite something. Kai is a very adorable and cute supporting character who Nariko will do anything to protect. I assumed she acts so childlike and strange due to seeing her clan murdered and she relies on Nariko to protect her which makes the relationship between them so touching and there are some moments in Heavenly Sword that will bring tears to your eyes.

You will also get to meet Whiptail, Flying Fox and King Bohan's son Roach who become boss fights for Nariko to deal with. One thing that is so noticable about the game is how well written the characters are with each one having their own story and background and together the good vs evil makes for a really emotional and thrilling story that will keep you dying to see what happens next. And the cutscenes never fails to impress.

As for graphics, the game is simply stunning, the style and music and shadow/weather effects make the game absolutely gorgeous to look at. This game really shows how powerful the PS3 is and is a great example of a next gen game. You will be blown away by some of the graphics in Heavenly Sword and they never failed to make me just stare in awe at how amazing they are.

Heavenly Sword is a masterpiece and a must buy for anyone who loves action/adventure or hack and slash games. My only complaint about the game is that it is quite short but it certainly offers quality over quantity. I hoped you enjoyed my review and I hope you have as much fun with Heavenly Sword as I did.
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Initial post: 29 Sep 2008 12:42:45 BDT
Ducky says:
I was going to write a review of this game myself, but this review is simply spot on and made my coffee break at work very entertaining.

I love this game, so do my friends. I usually trade them in once completed but this has so much replay value that I simply can't bare to part with it. Lets hope they do a sequel soon. If only so we can be treated to another great review. Cheers mate ;0)

Posted on 7 Nov 2008 13:02:47 GMT
Trigger says:
Nice review, I really enjoyed reading it.

I have just ordered this game for the bargain price of £8 after playing the demo; looking forward to getting it soon :)

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2008 21:58:14 GMT
beserker says:
where did you a) get it for £8 and b) get a demo, thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2009 16:31:10 BDT
Trigger says:
I know this is a very (very) late reply, but I'm fairly sure there is a demo on UK PSN, and I bought it used from Play.com for £8. However, I have seen it in Blockbuster/Toys R Us for similar prices in the last six months or so (used and new respectively).
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