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There’s been a lot of unfair criticism of Heavenly Sword, much like the PS3 itself in my view. Having purchased the game on Friday and finally finishing it today, I thought I’d share my views on one of the best games (in my opinion, if that wasn’t clear enough for you) currently available for the PS3.
Firstly, a little warning to those that haven’t yet finished the game or those that intend to buy it but haven’t got round to it yet. This post will contain a few spoilers. Continue reading at your own peril.
The game starts off with you on a battlefield outnumbered by 1000s of enemy soldiers. Dozens of enemies attack you at once with hundreds more surrounding you, waiting for their chance to attack. It’s a breathtaking start to the game.
This, I believe, is also where some people get the impression that it’s a similar game to the Dynasty Warriors series. It’s not. It’s more akin to Devil May Cry, Ninja Gaiden or God of War than the DW games.
After slicing up a few hundred men and using the super cool Superstyle moves, Nariko seemingly dies holding the cursed Heavenly Sword.
She then awakens on an empty plain, which is where you start every new chapter. Brilliantly, you can select any chapter or an individual stage from each chapter once you’ve completed it, meaning you can replay any section that you want in order to collect all the glyphs from each stage, or maybe you just want to replay a certain section of the game for the fun of it.
Either way, it’s a great option for players to have.
The story then goes back 5 days before Nariko picks up the Heavenly Sword, in the run up to the invasion of King Bohan and his massive army. You then battle your way through the 5 days that leads to Nariko’s downfall.
Seems as though it’s style over substance with very little incentive to replay through it once completed, not to mention it’s very short. I still want to play it but I might wait until it’s pretty cheap, around the £20 mark, but it’s very disappointing that it’s so short and offers no reason to play through it again, after completion.
No matter what some people argue, I believe that exclusive titles can only help a platform. That’s why I was glad to hear that the previously timed-exclusive game (as far as we knew), Haze, is now a real exclusive. Haze is a shooter that’ll be coming out this fall exclusively for the PLAYSTATION 3, and no PC or 360 versions are currently in development or planned.
Haze currently has 17% of the fall shooter vote, according to our informal poll. I’ll definitely be renting it myself, and if it impresses, I might even pick it up. They seem to be giving us everything we want in a shooter, especially some good multiplayer options.
[Thanks Jason and Glitch.]
What happens if you cross Haze with MotorStorm? Something like this maybe:
Despite it being far too bright, I was impressed by the dust during the explosions but it looked a little boring. I never enjoyed the vehicle based missions in Resistance either but I’m still looking forward to Haze later this year.
Four player co-op!!!
UK PS3 owners can pick up Heavenly Sword in just over 4 weeks time:
Confirmed retail release dates for Heavenly Sword are September 14 in the UK with the rest of Europe following on September 19.
I’m 90% sure that I’m going to buy it. The demo grew on me the more I played it and I soon got over not being able to jump. I hope they’ve fixed the screen tearing and other glitches though.