Summary: " Muramasa The Demon Blade " is one of those games which looks great but is let down by some uninspiring gameplay. At first I was pretty impressed with the overall game and in particular the fact that it had a nice retro feel and did not try to utilise the gimmicky controls.
Conclusion: Even though Muramasa: The Demon Blade only offers the story mode, the two difficulty levels, the two different storylines and upgradeable characters, the extra challenges, the boundless amount of swords, and the dazzling Japanese visuals make up for a great experience most players will enjoy.
Excerpt: Japan's greatest swordsmiths, Masamune and Muramasa, were not contemporaries, but there are several legends involving both of them. One tells of a competition in which each one forged a sword and lowered the blade into a river.
Excerpt: First things first—I need to say up front that I am a huge fan of Vanillaware's art team. Their visual designs are appealing, their artistry is clear to see, and the attention to detail given to every aspect of their presentation puts them near the top of the 2D game scene, hands down.
Pros: The hand-drawn artwork is incredible eye-candy.
Cons: Feels empty and barren; a rough sketch of a bigger game.
Excerpt: Following closely in the traditions of its predecessors, such as Odin Sphere and Princess Crown, Muramasa: The Demon Blade continues with much of the same formula that made those games popular and entertaining: beautiful hand drawn backgrounds and characters combined with an interweaving storyline...
Summary: Muramasa is a supermodel holding a cardboard sword – a gorgeous game that treats combat like a flimsy prop. Rarely are visuals a game’s main attraction, but Muramasa’s colorful backdrops and hypnotic flowing animations are its only attention stealers.
Excerpt: Muramasa: The Demon Blade, the latest game from Vanillaware, draws players into an elegant and action filled adventure set in the Genroku Age of Japanese history. This is a game that stands out for its artistic quality, personality, and an amazing display of how 2D images can still have some life in...