Excerpt: Heavenly Sword tells the story of Nariko, a fierce red-haired warrior whose clan has long protected the Heavenly Sword, a blade of immense power that drains its wielder of their life. A power-hungry ruler known as King Bohan is trying to obtain the sword to gain its devastating power, and after beginning the game the player is immediately thrust into the final battle with Bohan’s army. After slaying many of Bohan’s soldiers, Nariko can no longer fight.
Excerpt: Ask a large number of PlayStation 3 owners what the console needs and an almost endless echo of “games” will come back in reply. This writer has got to admit that £425 was a lot of money to spend on a system that hasn’t exactly hit its stride as of yet. Still these are early days, and in the PS3’s first year comes Heavenly Sword, a Sony exclusive and a hopeful big hitter for the console.
Excerpt: A fellow reviewer and I have in the past discussed the merits of a head/heart rating system. It would be useful for those games where you’re split over how to score it; in your head and from a realistic critical perspective you have to be harsh, but despite any deficiencies and misgivings you are terribly fond of it, and in your heart you adore it regardless, and want to get on your soapbox and tell everyone.
Excerpt: An old prophecy predicted a child's birth. Pure of heart and full of courage, the infant would grow in strength before finally reaching adulthood and leading his people to the Promised Land. With the Heavenly Sword at his side, no adversary could stand against him and his people would find peace and prosperity. Years passed, and at the appointed time the child foretold was born. There's only one problem: he... was a she.
Excerpt: Action games are a dime a dozen and most of them, even the great ones such as God of War, really devolve into button mashers much of the time. While entries such as Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden manage to retain the intense action without resorting to interactive cutscenes and button mashing these are few and far between.