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. The remainder of this experience is bogged down with energy-sapping gameplay design. Roughly half of this quest is dedicated to backtracking across the same areas to reach previously locked-off areas.
Summary: Parents need to know that this action/platformer is filled with violence and themes best suited for a slightly older audience. Players spend most of their time in battle against villainous ninjas and spirits. They use a variety of bladed weapons to attack, but there is no blood; enemies disappear in puffs of colorful smoke. When damaged, our heroes imbibe alcoholic beverages to restore health.
Excerpt: Every so often, a game comes out that looks so incredible, it's easy to look past the small problems bubbling just beneath the surface in order to enjoy its brilliant artistic design. Muramasa: The Demon Blade offers so much more than its pedestrian combat and meandering story promise.
Pros: Gorgeous backgrounds, Intense boss battles, Lots of swords to collect
Cons: Combat lacks depth, Not much to do outside of combat
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.
Excerpt: It’s a very rare situation when I can safely say that a Nintendo Wii game is without a doubt one of the best looking games I’ve ever played. It’s also an even rarer situation when said game plays well too. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is the third title from Japanese developer Vanillaware and the first one for the Nintendo Wii.
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. If you're into arcade action and don't mind some RPG'ing as you go, this game might be one to look for the next time you visit the game store. Or, if in doubt, rent it out!