Reviews and Problems with Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War
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2 January 2008
Excerpt: If you're a strategy buff, chances are, you're a big fan of Koei. The publisher has always worked to deliver some of the deepest strategy games ever on consoles, and they've been doing this on a consistent basis ever since the original PS2 launch title,
Summary: It looks like Koei has finally exhausted Asia. The publisher best known for its takes on Chinese and Japanese history heads to Europe with Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War. The game is a look at the bloody conflict that spawned a few classic Shakespearean plays and the legend of Joan of Arc. This shift to the West doesn't come without its problems, however.
Pros: Easy-to-use controls for commanding companies of troops, Great idea to blend arcade action with squad combat
Cons: Campaign just recycles the same style of battles over and over again, No strategic depth or arcade satisfaction, Ineffective artificial intelligence, Dated visuals and sound
Summary: It's raining swords. Koei's push into European history self-destructs.
Pros: Bowling through battalions of infantry is chaotic and fun; good number of troop types; lots of units on the screen at once; there's music; game provides some token historical context.
Cons: Incomplete strategy or action elements; Bladestorm doesn't provide enough tools to develop meaningful tactics; one-button combat; unresponsive AI resolves enemies to being sword-fodder; no competitive or co-op modes (online or local); ability- and unit-development systems inconsistent and unclear; dull presentation feels recycled from an old engine; cut-scenes and storytelling are nearly non-existent.
Summary: Typical Koei visuals, tons of characters on the screen at once and very hectic action in general, but boring drab environments Fantastic soundtrack helps set the mood, but this is balanced out by the absolute worst voice acting I have ever heard in this generation of games. Strategic version of a Dynasty Warriors game, nothing ground breaking but shows Koei is trying to change the formula. Starts off very slow but picks up when you invest the time.
Summary: Bladestorm: La Guerra dei Cent’Anni è innanzitutto un titolo coraggioso: dopo i molti beat ‘em all (Dynasty Warriors e Samurai Warriors), KOEI ha voluto riproporre uno dei conflitti storici più famosi in una salsa ben più incline alla strategia. Purtroppo le buone idee non sono state supportate da un comparto tecnico all’altezza: la grafica non raggiunge gli standard di questa generazione videoludica, un’intelligenza artificiale scadente affligge una giocabilità altresì...