Summary: This is a classic example of the mediocrity of game magazine reviews. Heavenly Sword unfortunately received lukewarm reviews while other inferior games got great reviews from the FPS loving crowd. I got HS at the bargain price of $19.99 and boy was that a steal. The production values of this game are sky high and better than some Hollywood movies. WETA Digital, the company behind the effects from Lord of the Rings did most of the work here, as many have mentioned.
Excerpt: Move over Kratos, a new smasher is in town. Heavenly Sword follows the flame haired beauty "Nariko" in her quest in keeping the so called heavenly sword away from an evil king. Although, the story is pretty decent, the controls feels awkward and is full of non-poised action. In this game, enemies bosses are cheaters. I feel that ninja theory did this deliberately in their attempts to expand the time to beat this game.
Summary: As I'm sure you've read from other reviews, this game is a tad short. This is not a bad thing, though! I prefer my games not be 80 hours. The animation is great and the storyline is fun. The woman that plays Olivia from the TV show "FRINGE" is the main character's voice. The fighting is fun, the shooting is okay. Overall, we liked it.
Summary: One of the greatest titles to release for the PS3 early into its life-cycle. While the media were split on the overall experience, no one could deny the shear magnitude of the experience developer Ninja Theory packed into Heavenly Sword.
Excerpt: Ambitious. Ninja Theory’s first Playstation 3 project was one of the first to show off the true potential of the system. More than this, it was one of the first games to show off the storytelling ability of video games. For this, it is to applauded. It is a spectacle. Everything about it oozes style and panache, this is to be applauded. As a game though, it doesn’t quite succeed as well.
Celeste "Vodka, Apple Pucker & Sweet 'n' Sour", Amazon
9 June 2009
Summary: Sometimes, being a good girlfriend means sitting on the couch and watching him play a game or playing a game together. I'm a moderate gamer; the new controls are generally more complicated than I'm willing to commit to. He is a hard core gamer. Some games are easier to watch than others, and some are easier to play. This review is not for the hard core gamer. This review if for the girlfriend (or boyfriend, who am I to judge?) that sits on the couch and watches.