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Well worth a play through, despite the short comings!,
This review is from: Heavenly Sword (PS3) (Video Game)
For starters lets mention the good. This is a stunning game. It has a great story that keeps you interested all the way through. Not only does it have a good plot, its also being delivered to you beautifully. The script and dialogue is well written and the voice acting is superb. Some of the characters are well developed and keep you intrigued. (Bohan makes for a very interesting bad guy, although admitedly the flying fox is a tad irritating.) I love the art direction and the visual style of this game. The graphics are also absolutley stunning. Making the story seem even more real and interesting is that the character all show detailed expressions on there faces. (My sister actually walked in while Nariko was talking to the screen and said it looked so realistic is scared her. lol.) Unlike in other games where you'd get fed up of the cut scenes coming up and you just want to play, on Heavenly sword you find yourself looking forward to watchign them, and replaying them afterwards.
I've absolutley loved playing this game from start to finnish, and would certainly consider replying it, although I can't deny it also has its shortcomings, which is why it didn't get a full 5 stars from me. Its a shame really that they didn't push the boat out just a bit further to make this great game into a classic. My first complaint is that its way too short. The gameplay (although I did warm to it), can also be a tad repetitive. It does have combo's and the the blocking can involve a little bit of thought, but other than that its mostly button bashing. I do like how Nariko has 3 different stances to fight in though and despite complaints about the lack of a block button, how well she blocks does depend on the enemies attack and the stance which your in (although this feature wasn't exploited as much as I would have liked it to have been.) The power moves and use of sixaxis are pretty cool though. The sixaxis does take a while to get use to. It can be shaken when Nariko is in the air to get her back on her feet quicker, and ts also used to direct arrows and canon balls. At first this can be frustrating, but as you get further into the game it becomes second nature and quite enjoyable (although some have said its an over used feature.) The last boss I also found not to be too enjoyable to complete as it was too frustrating. And to be fussy, Nariko's hair needs some better collision mapping, at times it doesn't look too natural (but its cool all the same.)
Despite this, I would deffinatley say its worth playing this game, if for the story more than anything else. It really feels like an epic and some of the scenes at the end are very cool. I think its absolutley amazing during the large battles, the number of entities that are drawn to the screen at the same time and yet I find not a single slow down. You can keep running and taking hundreds of enemies down at a time and they will still keep coming at you. Even though I know its not perfect, I can't help but love this game...