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3.9 out of 5 stars
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War (Xbox 360)
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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!
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on 25 August 2012
I got this game a while back but ended up trading it in after I finished it, probably because it didn't hold my attention for long after since I had many other games to play. However, I have missed playing this for a long time so I decided to buy it again.

It's a really good game, the massive armies marching around the French countryside is great. The Graphics are basic but that comes with it being a fairly oldish game but they don't take from the content at all. The badly done accents of both the French and the English soldiers are hilarious too.

The only thing I find a bit annoying about the game is that there are so many different types of unit from all kinds of cultures and time period crammed into one big war. Being a student of history this is a little peeve to me despite that it gives the game a good variety of troops to play with since I know full well African warriors took no part in the war.

Each of the units playable needs to unlock a book which allows you to use them and this book also allows you to spend exp on the units to upgrade the abilities. This is a great feature and it really allows you to play about with specialising with the units.

However cheesy the game it, it's very fun to play and if you don't mind the bad graphics then it's a great game to just sit down and have a laugh.
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on 31 July 2013
Based on personal views after playing quite a bit of Koei games. Gameplay is interesting for Koei fans who want a change of pace from action roleplaying to strategy/action roleplaying. After trying out most of the units, things start getting repetitive. Storyline is lacking. Progression is not at the pace I find challenging after a hundred battles... Still something to try out, but there are better games out there, don't get your hopes up for this one.
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on 12 April 2015
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on 9 March 2017
superb would definitely buy this again
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on 14 May 2015
I love this game!!!!!!!! If your after amazing effects then this game isn't for you. If your a fan of dynasty warriors you will really enjoy it. Though it's probably more like the kessen games.
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on 5 January 2015
Quick response, item brill.
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on 6 May 2015
Partner can't stop playing it
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on 3 April 2014
In its own way its is a great game, really fun, and quite different and new. Tailoring a chracter, a Mecenary leader, that can take control of any unit on the field. Shame its graphics are dated, Voice acting terrible and the repetiviness of it.
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on 4 November 2007
koei makes the samurai warrior and dynasty warrior games which are known as button bashers with masses on units on screen at once.

Now though there switching continents to europe during the time of the hundred years war.

Whats new, well they've ditched the button bashing gameplay for a more tactical type of fighting where timing and controlling your units are required to rack up them kills.

The new type is quite good and after a while using it i was smashing my way through hundreds of units, like previous koei games it also has rpg elements and sprawling battle fields with many towns/forts/castles about the landscape it also has a storyline to follow though the outcome is entirely down to the player.

As the games begins like any other rpg you create a mercenary type character and are offered various ways of making money and building up your character, you do this primarily by undertaking missions for either the french or the english forces (each has its own storyline) namely capturing fortified bases (towns/castles) and fighting battles.

Battles consist of fighting other units though unlike the previous koei games this time you can control units of soldiers (sword guys/cavalry/archers) each have their own strengths and weaknesses and as your character gets better so does your control over these units.

The A.I. in this game is also good even the early battles can become hard fought with you trying to capture towns while the opposing force is also doing the same makeing you either push for victory or retreating to defend your closest base.

Overall i really liked this game a lot its probaly the only type of its kind on the 360 the graphics are good and the gameplay i feel is also good with good replay value.

I give it 5 out of 5
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