December '15 - Heavenly Sword.
remember playing Heavenly Sword a number of
years ago on the PlayStation 3. It was one of
those love it or hate it type games and I
loved it, yet kind of hated it too. The
concept of the game was fantastic and I loved
the hack and slash fighting, the gripping
storyline, and the wonderful six-axis
controls, but the wavering difficultly levels
of the game jumping from incredibly easy to
ultra difficult was frustrating. The design
bug of having two main menus was annoying too
especially once completing the game and
realising you have to start it from the
beginning again because the second menu was
story is essentially about the evil King
Bohan who wants to rid the world of clans so
sends his armies to hunt them down killing
them all. He also has a personal collection
of weaponry and wants the Heavenly Sword for
himself to put on display. (Incidentally the
Heavenly Sword is actually two swords joined
together.) A woman named Nariko is in charge
of protecting the sword but it's not until
her father is attacked that she decides to
wield it herself.
character named Kai is the last survivor of
another clan and has been adopted into Nariko's
clan. The atrocities that Kai has seen has
sent her mind into a childlike state and she
crawls around on her knees a lot to the
extent that they have turned red. Nariko is
only a few years older than Kai but acts
motherly towards her.
also father and son bond between King Bohan
and the larger than life bumbling oaf son
named Roach showing a loving side of the evil
king. This father son love becomes more
apparent at the end of the game.
revealed where or when the game is set but
Nariko's clan are clearly Oriental while King
Bohan and his armies are not. There are also
female Ninjas that attack from paragliders so
there are some Steampunk style elements to
this game but I'm not sure it was intentional.
It's not supposed to be realistic after all.
and slash is pretty straightforward and
generally not too difficult, it's only when
there's a boss fight that ruins the enjoyment
of this game. The bad guy known as Flying Fox
is particularly frustrating especially his
taunts that can't be skipped. Ironically the
final showdown between Nariko and King Bohan
is relatively easy.
enjoyable parts of this game involve the use
of the six-axis on the controller
particularly when playing as Kai using her
pump action crossbow. There's a real pleasure
in controlling the bolts fired then watching
them fly through the air while controlling
their trajectory. At one point Kai is hanging
upside down and the screen is flipped giving
a real sense of disorientation.
no longer own a PlayStation 3 I'm still
tempted to purchase this game via PlayStation
Now and play it on the PlayStation 4. I have
no desire to replay through the whole game
however, especially the Flying Fox boss fight,
but luckily Kai's missions take place before
that so I could just play my favourite levels
rather than completing the game fully.
Kai talks to a guard via a blower tube.
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