Heavenly Sword

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Product Description

Emotionally charged, stunningly beautiful, and delivering unprecedented dramatic character performance, Heavenly Sword showcases the power of the PS3 system,. A dramatic tale of revenge sees Nariko, a fiery red-haired heroine, embark on a quest for vengeance against an invading King and his army. Thestory builds around the ancient Heavenly Sword, which once belonged to a powerful deity. It can never be wielded by a mortal without it slowly, but inevitably draining their life-force. When the invading King (played by Andy Serkis) destroys the warrior clan that guards the Heavenly Sword, Nariko takes up the sword in a desperate fight for survival. Nariko must now pay the ultimate price as she embarks on one last mission of vengeance against the King and his army before her life is finally and irreparably overtaken by the omnipotent Heavenly Sword... Voice and creative work by Andy Serkis, the world's leading CG actor. ESRB Rated T For Teen.

  • The Heavenly Sword itself can transform into three distinct weapons, each with its own accompanying fighting stance used by Nariko to vary combat styles.
  • The combat engine can scale up from sophisticated one-on-one encounters to one-on-many, where enemies employ intelligent squad-based dynamics, right up to combat against battalions pushing real-time gameplay and (AI) to unprecedented new levels.
  • The physics-based combat allows players to sweep debris against opponents, kick tables to halt an oncoming surge of fighters, smash the enemy into the scenery, or throw bodies into other enemies using “aftertouch” controls.
  • Heavenly Sword provides a wide range of objects & weaponry including rapid fire crossbows and massively damaging bazookas.
  • Coupled with real-time story evolvement and amazing set-pieces, Heavenly Sword feels like a blockbuster action movie that takes combat gameplay to new heights.

Customer Reviews:

  • #1 Reason To Buy PS3.
    This by far one of the most perfect games ever made for the PS3. Though it is similar to GOd of War in some instances, the game stands alone in graphis, story, and the mini games with the shooting is challenging but fun. Until GW3 eventually comes out, Heavenly Sword is the #1 reason to buy a PS3....more info
  • alright
    Good game difficult to play at the end. It may have been helpfull to have the manuel....more info
  • Good overall gameplay
    -A few too many combos to memorize
    -motion sense junk with dualshock is really annoying (same for all PS3 games that include this IMO)
    -mixing cinema scenes with required button pressing was also very annoying, and no ability to replay afterwards

    -Decent story
    -ok checkpoints
    -choose your own style gameplay
    -nice graphics/cinema
    -unlockables for replay value...more info
  • Lots of eye candy and storyline, but sooooo annoying
    This game has its moments - lots of storyline, rpg cutscenes, eye candy, and beauty all around. But its boss fights and some mini-game fights are so, so, so, SO annoying. It's annoying in that the fights are unnaturally hard and wastes a lot of your time even on supposed "Normal" mode, suuure... Normal mode for hardcore gamer standards. If you don't press a key button at a key time, it's over. And your HP potions are positioned very annoyingly in the middle of the battleground so you can't help but crack it open with your sword on accident and get full health when you don't need it. I gave it 5 tries on the "Roach" boss, and annoyed with the game wasting my time, gave up. Stupid, annoying little controller "tricks" like this wreck this game. Also very annoying that I had to rewatch the cutscenes over and over every time I restarted the scene and fight the boss. I'm never touching this game ever again....more info
  • BORING and awful
    This game is boring... so repetetive and boring.The graphics are only OK, not as fantastic as hyped up to be. Did I mention the storyline is boring? And repetative? Not worth your time....more info
  • Great game, but it needs WAY more refinement!
    Heavenly Sword is grand and epic, incredibly beautiful and a good title to show off the power of the PlayStation 3. However, aside from its aesthetic quality, it seems almost as though this game was rushed out to give the PS3 a killer title at a crucial time.

    The good: Gorgeous graphics, stunning surround sound, ultra-crisp high-definition, and probably the most gorgeous cutscenes I've ever seen in ANY video game...ever. Strong voice-acting and decently-developed characters also add to the beauty. DualShock 3 compatibility (added WAY after the release of the game) is really nice. They took their time with this aspect!

    The bad: Terrible, TERRIBLE frame-rate issues. When Nariko moves around, the entire screen becomes a choppy mess...from her movements to the scrolling and panning of the background. When you're hoarded by countless soldiers, it's hard to know what you're doing because the animation is so crappy. And on that note, the fighting goes on way too long and is way too tedious. God of War was a button-masher, but it was balanced and executed very well. Heavenly Sword takes button-mashing to a whole new level...it's just too much! The enemies just keep on coming, and you can't even see yourself. You just mash the buttons and impatiently wait for it to end. The Sixaxis controls are awful, but at least you can turn them off. I much preferred guiding my arrows and cannonballs with my analog stick. Finally, the short length of the game is notable. Definitely not worth $[...], but I got it used for about half that, and it's worth that much. By the end of the game, I didn't really want it to go on anyway.

    Overall, this is definitely worth a rent. The bad gameplay is well worth the cutscenes that follow and the unfolding of the story. I would like to see a sequel where all the issues are worked out. I don't regret buying this game, but I'm glad that I didn't pay $[...] for it!...more info
  • Pros/Cons

    - Amazing graphics and overall presentation
    - Outstanding production values
    - Great voice acting
    - Engaging story and characters
    - Beautiful cut scenes
    - Kai segments add welcome variety
    - Innovative combat engine
    - Massive battle sequences are impressive


    - Action gets repetitive
    - Combat system could have been more fun if less innovative
    - Very short game
    - Low replay value...more info
  • Nice concept, poor execution.
    I cannot believe how many five star reviews this game has received. Have you people really played this?

    I really wanted to like this game. But as I found myself quitting to play something else over and over, I never was quite sure if it was out of boredom from the repetitive gameplay, fatigue from the mindless button mashing, or nausea from the terribly over-acted voice work. It was dull, painful, repetitive and had a surprisingly shallow story throughout. The needlessly tacked on SIXAXIS elements were especially annoying.

    I eventually did finish the game, but I didn't really care. I have never turned it on since.

    Heavenly Sword wants very badly to be God of War. Unfortunately, it doesn't come close....more info
  • Great Start
    Considering that the PS3 wasn't out long before this title came out, I must say I was really impressed with this game.
    The game may be short, but the time that you play is extremely fun. Think along the lines of God of War II; it has different fighting styles and blocking system, but it also incorporates the same "mini-game" type of play: during boss battles, etc. The fighting styles have a ranged attack, fast style, and strong style. To block all you have to do is be in the right style. If you're having arrows fired at you, go to the ranged stance to send your blades whirling around you to deflect them.

    I showed this game to one of my friends recently and he had a blast. Using the Six-axis was a nice addition when doing "Aftertouch." For instance, when the 2nd character that you play uses her "bow" you fire the arrows and then guide them with the PS3 controller. This takes some getting used to, but is fun. The main character of Heavenly Sword can use Aftertouch when throwing things (or firing from a cannon), which includes bodies.

    The voice acting and cutscenes are great. You can tell that they really put a lot of work into it. There are a couple annoying characters that I could do without, but the main villain is hilarious. ...more info
  • A Beautiful Game
    I want to say one thing first for everyone that says "the game is too short." I have had my PS3 now for about 2 months and I can honestly say that I have not played a game yet (minus Oblivion) that I could not beat in 2 days. However, the REAL quality of game isn't how short the actual game is, but if you want to pick it up and play it again after you have beat it. With that being said, this game is easily one of the most beautiful games I have played as of yet. Everything from the backgrounds during battles, the shear amount of enemies that are on the screen, the cutscenes, everything about this game is graphically superior to just about anything I have seen for this genre of game. The story is engrossing and truly worth playing the game. Once you get use to it, the motion control used for throwing is definitely something different and very fun (being able to manually guide a dead body into several other attacking enemies like bowling pins was, for some odd reason, very linerating). A strong female lead character was a much needed boost to the "hack and slash" genre and very much the best route to take. It made the story that much better. Yes, the game is short, but I found myself going back to levels after beating them to get that coveted three emblem rating. If you loved God of War, buy this game. It will be worth the time you put into the first time and all the other times you play it....more info
  • good game
    this game is good.
    similar to GOW, good graphics and moves.
    the only complain that i have is: i can't make some movements that you see on the move list. i don't know why.
    but is good, but far of GOW....more info
  • Best console game to date?
    I dare say that Heavenly Sword is honestly the single most incredible game I have ever played..... across all platforms. It even made Bioshock seem a bit meh to me.

    What truly did it for me is the cast of characters in the game.So much soul, emotion and love was put into each and every one. Each with their own truly unique personalities, movements, gestures...... as a player I found myself becoming enthralled and connected to them. I actually CARED what was happening.... not just -hack slash- hack slash- upgrade weapon - beat boss..... even the bosses had their own unique identities. They made me laugh. Can I take this moment to say that Flying Fox is the awesomest most hilarious villain I've ever had the honor of "dancing" with? So mush "STYLE!" They did such an incredible job with the motion capture..... and it really supports my opinion that Serkis will be a legend in his own right.... sort of like Lon Chaney... innovating what is seen on the screen.

    Even more than the games Heroine Nariko..... I became completely enamored with Kai. How can you not love Kai? Sweet... cat-like... innocent and completely dependent on Nariko. Some of my favorite moments of gameplay were when you got the be Kai. She is completely different.... instead of strong goddess like sword swinging toe to toe like Nariko.... Kai is best being fleet footed..... running at her foe and suddenly hopping over their shoulders and bounding away over boxes and low walls to slow their chase, while she gets a few shots off with her cross-bow. Let me also say that these combat bits are awesome as well... when you shoot your arrow... suddenly everything is in "bullet time"... or rather... "arrow time"... and you can guide the arrow with the PS3 controllers tilt sensors... WAY cool.

    But more than anything was the cut scenes. Shorts worthy of being made into a film themselves... with acting and graceful sweeping theatrical motion that puts the vast majority of the blockbusters out there to shame. There weren't enough of them. I could watch them over and over.

    SPOILER:: So in the end, you are left with Kai..... promising to be the guardian of the sword.... she would hide it.... and hope it will be forgotten........ but will it? I hope not....more info
  • Heavenly Sword, PS3s first must own title for 2007?
    Heavenly Sword was one of the PS3's most massively hyped games for 2007. A brand new IP from developers Ninja Theory that promised lots of action, interesting characters, and one of the best graphical presentations on the PS3 to date. Some have even compared the game to Sony's other famous action series God of War and referred to the main character Nariko as the female Kratos or "Goddess of War". Does Heavenly Sword deliver? Let's see.

    The first thing I must discuss are the graphics. Simply put, Heavenly Sword is beautiful. Not only with it's cutscenes but also with the gameplay. There were times where you would literally have hundreds of enemies on screen at the same time but the game didn't jump or skip, nor did they let up on the visual quality. At its time of release, Heavenly Sword boasted the best graphics on the Playstation 3.

    The gameplay is very similiar to your typical action game. It's mostly hack 'n slash with combos you can do for more damage. The only major gripe I have is that for some reason the devs decided to strip Nariko of the ability to jump. One amazing feature that sets the gameplay in Heavenly Sword apart from other games is its use of the Sixaxis tilt function. I'm usually very critical of this feature in games because it seems like a tacky afterthought rather than a useful function, but in Heavenly Sword it is executed perfectly. Using Nariko's friend Kai (the other playable character), you are able to fire her arrows and direct them with the sixaxis tilt function. In fact any objects you throw in the game can be guided with the tilt function. This makes Kai's missions among the best in the game.

    I won't go into the story for the as I do not want to spoil it for anyone. I will say that it's very well told and I actually cared about the story and characters in this game.

    My only major complaint with this game (like many others), is the lack of replayability. Notice I didn't say length, I said replayability. Seasoned gamers know that action titles have never been very long so I don't take points from Heavenly Sword for being only 8-9hrs. The problem is that after you beat the game there isn't much incentive to play it again. Other action games have unlockable costumes, game modes, challenges, etc. Heavenly Sword only includes a higher difficulty level "Hell Mode" for those who want a bigger challenge.

    Overall Heavenly Sword was a very enjoyable game. It was well presented, well excuted, and well designed. Though it lacks replayability, it's a game that all PS3 gamers should play at least once. Whether you want to buy or rent.

    ...more info
  • Goddess Of WAr
    it has that lack of solidness that all new console game have. BUUUT is a very good action, game. lots of weapons? Chained swors, twin swords and a grand sword.. etc.awesome martial arts weapons handling.a beautifull NEO Cutting LARA character . incredible landscapes( i didnt like the flowing effect of her hair)but is a very good game considering it is part of the first ps3 generation. Is a Classic already,I should say, a must have. so you could say: Wach this.... this is how games looked like last year...more info
  • Awesome game!!!
    Well all i can say is this game is awesome... is really great, love combt system, best of all the time. Asides for what people say, its not too repetitive, new combos and trying to get the 3 glyphs in each mission make each fight interesting, avoiding, counterattacking, is the most complicated and at the same time easier combat system ever, making the whole game awesome, the aftertouch is also a great feature. Well yes, its kind of short, but if you buy it jnowing that, youll take the most of each mission, so you dont focus on just getting into the next chapter....more info
  • Short games are a waste of money
    Although this game may be really good, to beat it around 6 hours, it's not woth $[...].

    For that short time of fun I wouldn't pay more than $[...]....more info
  • Most Under rated games i have played this gen
    First i will address the comparisons with GoW. HS combat style is different than GoW with some similarities. That being said, this game is jaw dropping gorgeous. Literally, it takes your breath away with the beautiful environments. Critics were unfairly harsh on their reviews, and they pointed out a lot the fact that the game is not long enough by their standards. How long do you want your game to be is a matter of opinion. The production values found in this game are second to none, the cinematic, dialogue and story are top notch. The game play is action packed, and you feel like you are living the story, is really immerse. This game is a jewel that no PS3 owner should miss.
    On the down side you may find the game has average replay value. But is a really great experience
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  • Simpy Awesome!
    Ok it was short... BUT WICKEDLY ENJOYABLE! Prolly one of the best games I've played in 25 years of game playing (Including many of the Zelda games)... Sometimes I would just stop to enjoy the beautiful architecture. If this is the future of gaming.. BRING IT ON! Looking forward to Heavenly Sword II!


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  • Sure it's short but it's still highly recommended.
    The gameplay is a good God of War clone. The game is short but what makes this game so special is its production. The acting performances and music are very memorable. All the characters especially Bohan(Andy Serkis) and Flying Fox are a joy to see onscreen. There is a nice assortment of extras to help lessen the sting of the short playing time. ...more info
  • Deserves More Exposure
    Really a phenomenal game. Beautiful doesn't begin to describe it. Graphics and movement are amazing to watch, and gameplay is very, very fun and engaging. Storyline was quite intriguing as well. I really think this title deserves more praise (though most critics gave it high marks, it just didn't get a lot of mainstream press - probably because of the limited PS3 market upon it's release.)

    I'm hoping for a lengthy sequel!...more info
  • Amazing.
    Let me just say, this game alone provided me with justification in buying the ps3 console. It may not be long, but to be honest I don't have much time for long. To me, this is the perfect length for in between work and school. IMO, it has replayable value just for going back and getting all the combos and artwork. Beautiful graphics, hands down best voice acting I've ever heard in any game or really anything (coming from an anime fan). It's like you're involved in a live action movie (only in a lot of cases the story and acting are better :0). This is one of those classics that, once you get your hands on it, you'll wanna hold onto~ ...more info
  • too short.but you should know this by now.
    its a really good game. if it was twice as long then it would have been stellar. but unfortunately its not that long so a lot of people either never bought it like me until it was 20 bucks on sale, or they rented it. The graphics are quite nice with lush animation scenes. character animation and development takes center stage in this game but it loses out on the combos. If a combo has been initiated you cant stop it and you will be attacked by someone from the back and there is nothing you can do about it. but otherwise its a fine game. ...more info
  • Damn good game, shame it was overlooked
    It's about a year and a half old now (came out in summer 2007), but it's still a damn good exclusive for the PS3. Definitely worth picking up on sale (I ordered off Amazon on Black Friday 2008 for $20). It is most easily described as God of War without the puzzle solving, better graphics (obviously), comparable (although interestingly different) fighting mechanics, awesome incorporation of sixaxis tilt controls ("aftertouch") for some truly fun sequences, and a richer story and atmosphere (in my opinion). Most games boil down to traversing distinct levels from point A to point B. This one does, too, but the character development, flowing plot, and deep and consistent artistic direction competently mask the discreteness of the level structure.

    You can submerge yourself in the fantasy world of Heavenly Sword for a solid 8-12 hours. Unlocking rewards (videos and art) and additional gameplay moves provides motivation for replaying the game. Further, the game is designed to allow you to replay any portion (chapter or sub-chapter) after your first play through. This means that you can replay the parts that were the most fun or you can go over and over through one sub-chapter to do better and unlock extras. Note that this feature is drastically different from most plot-driven action/adventure games and I think it's a big step forward.

    I strongly recommend Heavenly Sword to any PS3 owner looking for an action fix before (or in addition to) God of War 3. By the way, the music was pretty damn awesome, too....more info
  • not as good as i thought
    while heavenly sword has stunning graphics, the gameplay itself leaves much to be desired as so much of the game is played like a tutorial... it gets really boring really quickly even though the cut scenes are some of the best i have ever seen... it also seems like it is paced so even 5 year olds could play...

    it gets better towards the end, but one must be willing to go that far......more info
  • Excellent Cinematic Game
    The game is graphically gorgeous, and the experience is immersive. I recommend this game to any Playstation 3 users who is interested in fantasy action games. A definite thumbs up....more info
  • Heavenly Sword
    This was a very fun action game. When you get into the "rhythm" of the combos, it's like participating in an action movie. The story is also well done. The additional "behind the scenes" videos show all the work put into the game and that work is easily seen in the quality of the storytelling. I'm looking forward to hell mode. I hope a sequel is made....more info
  • Awesome in almost every way
    WOW WOW WOW. This is such a great game, same concept as God Of War yet I feel it is much better. The graphics are great, the character is smokin, and there is non stop action. Great game I say again. The hardest part of this game is the very end. Probably two of the most difficult levels I have ever played on a game. Defeating the boss is quite a task, two times even. However, the rest of the game is amazing and well worth the money....more info
  • You get to play a 10+ hour movie
    I absolutely loved this game very much. The cut scenes are fantastic, best motion capture I've ever seen. You'll wonder who the bad guy actor is until it dawns on you it's Gollum from the Lord of the Rings movies. I've never looked at the extra content on a game before until this game, I just wanted to know more. The sound is amazing. I wish they had a sound track actually. If anyone knows where I can get it, I'd buy it right now.

    The game itself is action based God of War action type game, but the missions are short enough you don't lose sight of the plot. Each mission has a point, flows smoothly from one to the next. The plot rolls along like a movie and to me, it seemed like I was playing a movie.

    People will complain the game is too short, but you never backtrack, you never grind for better stats, you just play the game and advance the plot.

    The motion controlled projectiles are quite fun as well.

    I love this game. At the very least, I recommend renting this game. I bought it so I can play it again a while down the road, much like watching a movie I loved over and over. I cannot recommend this game enough.

    As for me, I am a semi-casual gamer after being hardcore gamer for years. I found most games are just clones of earlier games, and innovation, quality, and enjoyment are things of the past. While this game may not be the most innovative (though some things are very fresh), the quality and enjoyment are top notch.
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  • Awsome graphics
    I purchased this game on Black Friday for [...], what a steal!!! I can't believe this game has been out for 2 years and the graphics are still amazing! But there is one part in the game that I just can't seem to pass, which is the part where you have to destroy the 3 vehicles with the catapult. Can anyone help? ...more info
  • RAD!!!
    This game is my new favorite! it's amazing, the graphics and the music. Some people are saying it's too short but, the game is worth the time, it'll blow you away!...more info
  • One Of The Best For The PS3
    As said above this is one of the titles to get for the PS3 if your just getting the system. When I first got the game (when it came out!!) The graphics blew my mind, It was some of the best stuff I had seen on the ps3.

    Gameplay its similar to the Devil May Cry Series. Its fun, especially Kai's parts with the SixAxis controller. I did however encounter one problem with this gem. When I hooked up my optical sound system, the game installed some patches. After it did that in some parts of the game the frame rate would drop horribly! (The game froze once) The FR drop only happend 5 times. Maybe a Firmware update would solve it?

    Enough of that tho. This game is a must have. There is only one thing stopping it from getting a 5 Star....LENGTH! Heavenly sword has it all except it's short..very short, 1st play through took me 7.5 Hours, 2nd time around 6 hours.

    It's just too bad that Ninja Theory is not making a sequel (It was in the works for a trilogy, in fact they had the story all written up, but they decided to can the other 2 Heavenly swords due to interest in making multi-platform games. Because sony owns the rights to the name they *may* make a sequel, but as of now don't hold your breath for it. T_T)...more info
  • Amazing Game with Language options
    I LOVE this game.. it is amazing .. the graphics.. the story line, the fighting scenes..
    But what surprised me more than anything..
    When I first put in the disk it gave me an option to select my language out of a long list of language choices..

    I am german born and to have the treat to play this game in German just blew me away ..
    LOVE it.. !!...more info
  • Great Game, Not Much Replay
    Well, for starters, I played this game with the after touch (moving your controller to guide projectiles) turned off, I found this made the game way more enjoyable.

    The story line is pretty solid, needless to say you and your clan are on the run, and you have a serious piece of hardware in a melee weapon.

    The game is split up into multiple little segments some of them playing out like a hack and slash, and others involving sniping with a series of crossbows, rocket launchers, and cannons. As per the norm there are a few time based puzzles (though they are not specfically labeled as such, they require alot of timing).

    I found the game to be relatively easy, which is nice for a casual gamer, there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to get passed a specific enemy.

    However, there are a few downsides to the game:

    1. Very linear
    2. Sometimes (albeit rarely) the camera angle gets in the way and you can not properly see a projectile you would like to deflect
    3. No real replay value
    4. No multiplayer

    I would have liked to have seen some kind of co-op play, but it was not included with the game.

    Overall though this is a very solid game and definitely worth a play through....more info
  • perfect way of using the sixaxis!
    to be completely honest i dont understanding the bashing on the sixaxis. at first i hate it but it was only bc it was so diferent it took me a while to figure out how to use it. once i got use it, i loved it. it is a nice change of oace to use it and i enjoy the many ways you play this game bc of it. same with uncharted, i havent seen beter graphics than this game either. it is beautiful. If you like action adventure stick to ps3 and get heavenly sword, uncharted and the upcoming games of 2009....more info
  • Throughly enjoyable, makes great use of PS3 controls
    First off this is much more than just a sword/button masher game. It has a great story, beautiful graphics, an interactive environment, and it makes great use of the motion control sensors of the PS3. Best of all it is just plain fun, never boring.

    I am about a third of the way through and it has taken me quite awhile. I was afraid of the 'value' since the CNET review say it isn't that long of a game, only a few hours. Well that person must have been on game steroids.

    The 1up review point about the not so intelligent enemies is valid. But getting to master Nariko and Kai was fun nonetheless. Kai uses ranged weapons. Once you get the hang of it and using the motion detect of the controller you will have a lot of fun. And having to switch between them, switch between puzzle solving in the environment, and then fighting battles keeps the game moving along nicely. I see there is now a price drop on Amazon. I would say grab it if you have been holding back. Very engaging game. Well worth it....more info
  • Simple Wow and YES!
    It's been about 3-4hours since I played..and I can't let the controller go..
    Simple amazement and I was kept telling myself, "After this chpater, let's turn off the ps3..." but I couldn't.
    Story, Graphics, Easy controls, Innovative fighting scenes, and more.

    It's really cheap to get HS now, so get it, and enjoy it!

    :) so glad i got this game!!...more info
  • I Hated It
    So... I was looking forward to playing this, but I hated it. Hated. Loathed. I got so frustrated with it that I took it out of my PS3 and threw it on the ground and let it lay there for a few hours. The stupid throwing of the disk to hit the gong thing is so frustrating, I don't care who says it just takes a while to get used to. It's annoying - and I never got used to it. There's no meat to the game, it's just this weak storyline with freakishly sadistic characters -- all of whom I could care less about. Usually, despite any form of annoyance or stupidity, I play the game till the end. But not this time. I think I'm on the last level anyway- I hear there's only 6? Short (but at the same time way too long). Well... I'll watch the ending on youtube. I'm sure it won't blow me away.
    On the upside, the graphics are pretty. But, I just started Uncharted: Drake's Fortune which completely blows Heavenly Sword out of the atmosphere, hands down. So... eh... it's a double negative from me.
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  • Short and sweet!
    I don't play video games that often but I do own a PS3. Let me tell you this game is just spectacular! It's like being in a movie, and you get to play the lead! The graphics, the storyline, the martial arts moves, the musical score, and the gameplay are just stunning. It's my favorite game of all time. I'm crazy about Nariko now! =)...more info
  • Uneven
    I played the Japanese version of this, but except for the menus, I assume it's identical to the American version, including the excellent English voice acting. That, along with the gorgeous visuals and the very cool special moves, are the good parts of the game. Unfortunately, the game is stuffed chock-full with frustration.

    First of all, it's a button-masher--you will find yourself wondering over and over, "Why do I have to press the X button a thousand times when I could have just pressed it once to open that gate?" or "What is the point of having a little Dance Dance Revolution pattern minigame that does nothing but undercut what would otherwise be a terrific dramatic moment?" A game ought to suck you in with the fun, not exhaust you mentally and physically for no good reason, leaving you with a throbbing thumb and forearm, and a simmering sense of frustration.

    Speaking of which, the puzzles are, with a few exceptions, just bad. A couple of them are fun, but they are all dumb-as-a-rock simple, and yet often frustrating due to poor button-mashing choices on the part of the game designers. I often wondered why they even bothered with a puzzle at that particular place in the game. All it did was slow things down and annoy the player.

    Story-wise, there are some great moments, and some really awful ones where I would just go "Oh, come ON!" I don't mean awful in a good way--I'm all for tragic drama in a game--I mean awful as in making you feel cheated, or awful as in stupid.

    Characters are largely interesting, and I positively loved Nariko and Kai at times--Nariko's facial expressions can send a chill right through you when she's angry, and Kai makes you want to cuddle and protect her, even though she's a total psycho. But with every major character, there are moments when they do something that rings false just to advance the script. And there are of course the dumb fan-service moments that seem so common in Japanese games.

    So I would recommend this game only if you have a high tolerance for frustration--if so, it's worth enduring for the many good parts....more info
  • So far, intersting
    Excellent deep Story
    Its a Female hoo-haa
    changing betwen characters is excellent
    excellent graphics (DMC4 better)
    shooting arrows and canons best ever seen
    Compat style is good with alot of varities, but some needs to be change ( how the hell to do some combos by shaking the sixaxis)

    Lack of jumping
    some missions are very short
    somtimes alot of animes which thay are stupid
    I think the game should be done using GOD of WAR Engine, or DMC, it will receive better reveiws......more info
  • Great Game!
    I absolutely love this game. I finished it last night and then instantly started playing it again. It has chapter points that break up the long boards, and gives you the ability to start from any chapter after it has been beaten. The characters and the story line are both wonderful and the graphics are simply amazing. The only point that is annoying is the sixaxis slow motion control that is very hard to use. You get used to it and it's not used all that much, but it takes away a little from the fun. The game is certainly a button smasher, but a very satisfying one. I very highly recommend this game....more info
    I can't believe all the negativity about the length and gameplay. This is a kick butt action game with all the variety and story you would ever need in an action game. The voice acting and animation is down right the best I've ever seen in any video game in my life!! The personality that came from all the characters, especially King Bohon, was unbelievably cinematic. Honestly, in action games I'll usually play through them, have loads of fun, and love the game, but if someone asks me what it was about, I have no clue. I just chop, slice, dice, shoot, and destroy whatever they throw at me. This game was different. I was so into the story that I felt actual emotion when certain things happen. I won't ruin any surprises but there's one part towards the end where a villian does something that I genuinely felt pissed off about and wanted revenge. (Those of you who have played it know what I'm talking about) My girl usually hates watching me play games and she got into this game like she would a movie. She saw that part and started cursing and cheered me on to kill that SOB. This is truly that game they talk about where you feel like you're playing a movie. There are a ton of combos for you to learn but you don't have to if you don't want to. It's up to you. There's plenty of variety in game play too. Along with hacking and slashing, there are rocket launcher parts, crossbow sniping parts, button seqence parts, problem solving, and extremely fun boss fights. This is one of the coolest games I've played to date. It's been out a while so I'm sure you can find it used for cheaper too. I did. After playing it though, I would gladdly pay full price for this game if I had to. ...more info
  • 3.5; Last-gen trying to be next-gen
    There's certain games that for some reason, have parts or gameplay ideas that just simply don't work. Whether they're frustrating and cumbersome or it's repetitive or it's just simply not a worthwhile thing in the first place. In a way, I call it the "good idea/bad idea" syndrome where developers believe that if something sounds fun for the player, than obviously it will be fun for them regardless of how well it's executed. Heavenly Sword became one of the Playstation 3's big launch titles and one of the first to show off the power of the machine. On that note, everything as far as the look of the game is spot-on; it's everything else that's the problem.

    Story: You play as Nariko, a young female warrior who wields the titular and powerful Heavenly Sword which corrupts men's minds who want to possess it yet claims the life of whoever wields it. King Bohan, an evil ruler wants the sword to himself and with huge armies at his disposal, it's up to Nariko and her friend Kai to try to bring down Bohan and his warriors.

    Naturally, the story is the big highlight of the game and while it's rather simple and not exactly the most complex or even original, the presentation and just the general feel of the game helps the story move along when it would've been slightly generic in other hands. So while indeed it's a short game, it's a good story anyway.

    Graphics: Thanks to being picky and having specific choices about what games I try out, I find graphically they've been pretty stellar. Heavenly Sword is one of them as this is one beautiful game from the art design and the environments to the fast, flowing character animation and the motion capture, this is definately a game that an HDTV-owner will love. Sure there's minor things like really brief pauses or slight framerate parts but again, super minor.

    Sound/Music: The music is naturally that big, orchestral sweeping score that these games tend to have, like God of War. It's a pleasant soundtrack when it's on though I find myself forgetting the music later than admiring it again when I play the game. The voice acting though is absolutely great and with some great performances including Anna Torv (from TV's "Fringe") and Andy Serkis (Gollum, King Kong), this is definately voice acting done well...except for this one guy named Flying Fox; one of the most annoying voices I've ever heard in a videogame and I'm well aware of Farleen from Star Ocean: Till the End of Time by the way.

    Gameplay: Basically one way to describe this game is God of War with a girl. It sounds simplistic and there's enough differences but fundamentally anyone who's ever lopped heads off with Kratos will find much familiarity here. Nariko has 3 stances: Speed (normal, sword attacks), Ranged (holding L1, long chain attacks) and Power (R1, slow powerful attacks) and it's fun to switch back and forth depending on the enemy and seeing Nariko flying all over the screen doing the combos is quite something. However you start the actual fighting and you find the enemies also use the stances too and they glow a color according to the stance they're using and if you're in the right stance and don't press anything, Nariko will block and a successful one and a push of the Triangle button will be a Counter Attack or even an Instant Kill. The problem is when you're surrounded by literally 10 or more enemies and you're building up your combo, it's hard to figure out what stance will be needed and they'll always be that one jerk that resets your combo meter because you just couldn't press it fast enough or he somehow dodged/phased through your attacks.

    Remember that good idea syndrome I talked about where developers believe a good idea will be awesome even though it might not work? This game has the Aftertouch system and it's annoying as hell. Basically, if Nariko throws something or if you're on a Kai mission with her bow, holding down the firing button brings up a travelling camera similar to firing the guided missiles from Metal Gear Solid and by tilting the controller, you can control the direction of the arrow. The problem is that the game requires such sensitivity that even with careful precision and slow movements, you still miss your target anyway. I found it was better to just turn it off and use the analog stick and the whole thing becomes similar to the Sixaxis use in Ratchet and Clank: neat but entirely unnecessary since the analog stick does a better job.

    The other gripe is the oft-used and already overused system of Quicktime Events where you have to either repeatedly hit one button or just hit it once during interactive cutscenes. While at least in a game like Resident Evil 4, it always felt at least anticipatory with a decent enough time given to press the buttons, here it's rather quick and it becomes more about restarting and memorizing not only the button required (thank God they're not randomly generated) but also the place within the cutscene. This makes boss battles even more aggravating since I found failure of the cutscene actually replenished the boss's health; yes that right, fills it right back up. And with limited health pots in the fighting area, it's aggravating to have to widdle the boss down again simply because you missed one button.

    With some boss fights that seem more like cheap hits and near-unavoidable attacks and a rather repetitive battle system with nothing gained other than more glyphs which unlock artwork, videos etc, is this a game worth getting? Well unless you're a massive fan than no. Not only because of its short length and 60$ price tag but for the game itself. Yes it's a beautiful game and a great story but at times it felt more frustrating to play than fun....more info
  • The Definition of Next Gen
    I'll keep it short. Lots of good reviews about what makes this game great.

    This is to date maybe the best graphics showcase of what the PS3 can do. Wonderfully detailed characters, lush environments, huge sense of scale, dead-on control. Jaw dropping on a Hi-Def TV.

    I would compare the gameplay and length to one of the older LOTR beat-em-ups... though Heavenly Sword is much higher quality in presentation and control. You can probably storm thru this game and finish it in 4 or 5 hours if you're really good. But replaying levels with new combos or picking up a guard and hurling his body into a crowd of enemies takes this beyond the usual hack and slash game. Using the sixaxis controller tilt feature to aftertouch arrow shots is a thing of beauty.

    Not to mention that the story is very involving; tragic, yet upbeat and occasionally downright funny.

    The company who made this put nearly 3 years into making this game, and it really shows.

    Love it....more info
  • Unfortunate 1st game
    I say, "Unfortunate 1st game" because this was the very first video game I ever played. Now, unfortunately, every other game I play pales in comparison. This game is amazing. I love showing off the graphics to friends. The combo moves are way too cool. I really got into Nariko's character. Hated Kai at first, but grew to love her and replayed the sniper scenes over and over. Found no glitches. Scenery fabulous. Haven't found another game I enjoyed as much as this one -- My expectations have been set too high by Heavenly Sword. And, Nariko is just plain HOT! ...more info