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Enjoyable and oddly challenging
on 27 February 2008
I just got the game today, a few hours ago, and in just the few hours I've played it, I think I've got enough to review the game.
Bladestorm is set in the Hundred Year War between France and England, the era was really three wars and two eras of short lived peace and instigated by a claim on the throne of France by English nobles of the time. I would recommend looking up the history to get the full story, it's quite interesting.
Anyway Bladestorm is a mix of Kessen and Dynasty Warriors, it has the slamming into large armies angle of DW while having the troop and tactical concepts of Kessen.
You play as a mercerary for hire and after creating your character, the character creation options are sadly limited to just face, gender and voice - For shame, more could have been done in that area, you then go into battle after accepting a contract from whatever force you wish to fight for.
You can fight for either force depending on what contract you accept, you then command a number of troops and do your best to fulfil the contract. Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it? It is, of sorts.
The battle system is different in Bladestorm, you select the attack you'll do, depending on what style of troops you have, each type has different attacks, and if you personally want to get right into the fight, you hold down the right bumper, on the 360 pad, and I think it's the R1 button on the PS3 pad, and you fight for your life.
The sound is nice, nothing special, but functional. The controls are fluid enough, you could be forgiven for yelling out "CHARGE!" as you charge your opponent.
There's not many options in the game, just the general story mode and a few game options for sound, visual and so on. Seems a bit lacking, but oh well, maybe a sequel in another era might remedy that.
The voice acting is as bad as ever, I don't know who the developers of the DW/Kessen/Bladestorm games hire for voice acting, but they really need to get people who can actually put some feeling into their characters and can actually sound right.
There are unlockables, they are unlocked as you progress and improve. Mostly improvements to your fighting, troops and so on.
Bladestorm is a slightly different approach for the usual from Koei and their development teams, while it feels and looks the same, it plays in a new way. The new battle system takes some practice, but after a while it becomes second nature. The era the game is set in is a nice change and every bit as interesting as the Three Kingons and The Clan Wars eras.
The graphics are pretty nice, quite fluid as well, almost forgot to mention that.
If you're looking for something to enjoy, then you can't go far wrong with Bladestorm. Don't expect it to be incredible, just have fun as you play it. So it doesn't have guns and explosions, so what? Not every game needs to be a mindless FPS to be worth while, so give it a try. You might like it, you might not, you won't know till you try.
Now, it's battle time. CHARGE!