Product Type: Sony PS3 games
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Heavenly Sword (PS3)
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Heavenly Sword (PS3)
Advantages: Looks good, and takes advantage of the HD system
Disadvantages: Gameplay and story are kinda dull. Takes like 10 hours to finish
Heavenly Sword was one of the first games released for the PS3 and was a sort of martial arts beat em up style game.
It told the pretty standard story for this kind of game - We are introduced to Nariko (Voiced by Anna Torv), the fierce red-haired warrior whose clan (her father is the chief) has protected the mystical Heavenly Sword, a blade with the powerr of the gods that, when wielded, drains the user of all their life. Andy Serkis plays the evil, power hungry ruler King Bohan who wants to use the sword for personal gain, like power and wealth and stuff.
Pretty standard stuff. What put this game apart from the others in its genre was that it played out more like an interactive film. While you ran around around killing things with the X button, followed by loads of crazy combos, it all felt kind of empty. To me, the main part of the game comes during the cutscenes, most of which are interactive.
The game seemed to be designed for the sole purpose of showing off the Playstation 3's HD capabilities as for the most part the game was a sequence of cutscenes where everything was huge and magnificent and every so often you had to press X or O or something to avoid dying.
For the most part, it also seemed like it was almost impossible to die. Sure there were some tough fights, but your character seemed a little too strong and most people a little weak.
There are also different modes of play. Throughout the story, you can play by firing rockets at mass armies and catapults, play as Kai - Noriko's weird Gollum-like friend and skilled archer.
The final boss fight, though, wasn't. You're invincible and for all you know he is too, and the whole point is just to slaughter your way through the thousands of people with huge sweeps of your sword. What's strange is that this is all given away right at the beginning, then the rest of the game is flashbacks all leading up to the point where you started. That and the fact that the game can be finished in an afternoon or two, and you wonder if it was worth it.
All in all, as a game it's kind of boring, and standard. As an interactive story designed to showcase how many soldiers the PS3 can show at any given time and - wow will you look at all of that in the distance there - it gets an A+. It's not the most original story, and the gameplay is all pretty boring, but it certainly looks good.
Summary: Get FFXIII. Better graphics, gameplay and story
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