Summary: Muramasa Rebirth is a fine upgrade to the original game, but there was one thing that didn't sit right with me. For whatever reason, someone decided to take the only new content that was created for the game (four new characters with original stories), and sell it as DLC rather than an extra. It's a shame, because with a bit of extra content, Rebirth would have been an absolute must-buy for pretty much everyone -- even if you played the original Wii version to death.
Summary: To simply call " Murumasa Rebirth " a rehash borders on criminal. Yes, at its core Murumasa is the same game that hit the shelves in 2009, but it wasn't the beauty it was capable of being then. Rebirth is more a realization than a remake - a game that has finally lived up to its potential.
Review: Muramasa Rebirth comes back to life on the Vita
14 August 2013
Excerpt: Back in 2009, Wii owners were treated to yet another fantastic game from developer Vanillaware, who's not only bringing their unique and charming art style to the table, but some rather deep and tactical combat to boot. Four years later, fans can once again revisit Muramasa: The Demon Blade through Rebirth on Sony's PS Vita, giving old fans a great reason to replay this fantastic hack-n-slasher and offering the chance to those that might have missed out on the original...
Conclusion: Muramasa: Rebirth was a great game on the Wii but on the Vita, it is a masterpiece. Excellent and engaging gameplay, enjoyable stories (yes, multiple), and one of the most visually appealing art styles ever used in a video game combine for an adventure that every Vita owner should take.
Conclusion: "Don't be surprised if you find yourself stopping to admire something as simple as the wind brushing through a field." "Both the combat and the visuals are at their absolute best during the boss fights that close out each chapter." "...far too much of your time will be spent holding the thumbstick in one direction and praying for a random encounter.
Pros: Gorgeous visuals, Fast-paced 2D swordplay, Unique and rewarding boss battles
Cons: Retreading through empty environments, Both characters are essentially the same, When the combat gets old
Excerpt: This would look so much better in HD. It was a thought that often crossed my mind when playing 2009's Wii title, Muramasa: The Demon Blade . So when given the chance to play Vanillaware's stunningly beautiful side-scrolling action RPG on the Playstation Vita's sexy screen, how could I say no? I was definitely not disappointed. As with the original Wii title, you take control of two characters who explore the same world but have their own stories to tell in each.
Conclusion: Concept: Formerly a Wii exclusive, Muramasa gets the HD treatment on a handheld
Graphics: Muramasa is one of the best-looking games on any system. The graphics, art direction, and animation all impress
Sound: Sparse Japanese music fits with the samurai theme, as does the lack of English voiceover
Playability: The ability to remap the controls makes the swordplay even better than before
Entertainment: The fast-and-furious combat and gorgeous visuals can only hold your...