Developed by Ninja Theory and published by Sony Computer and Entertainment Europe for the Playstation 3 video console, Heavenly Sword is a single player game. This action-adventure video game uses the “hack and slash” or “beat ‘em up” style of game play. The result is that this game is more of a martial arts game that combines melee combat and features ranged attacks that you can use when fighting your enemies.
The protagonist in this game is Nariko, a red-haired warrior believed to have come from the heavens. His primary weapon called the Heavenly Sword, which alternates between three different forms. These forms depend on the type of attack that he wants to use at a particular time. The Speed Stance allows the sword to take the shape of two separate blades that supply an equal balance between speed and damage. The Range Stance also takes the form of two blades, but this time they are chained together and they allow long range attacks. The attacks using this stance are weaker than the speed stance. Lastly, the Power Stance is where the sword takes on the profile of a single double-bladed sword that has the slowest, yet most powerful form of the three.
Kai is another character that appears in certain parts of the game. The stages that involve Kai include sniping missions and the ability to hop over objects. She is also able to free herself from the grasp of an enemy and she has a crossbow that she uses to either attack enemies or to protect her allies.
The basic premise of the story is that Nariko must protect the sacred sword, which is guarded by his clan, and keep it from falling into the wrong hands, such as those of the evil King Bohan.
Aftertouch is a feature in the game that allows the manoeuvre of projectiles with the use of motion sensors. Kai’s projectiles are mainly arrows. As for Nariko, a rocket or cannon can be guided. Characters in the game include Nariko, Kai, Flying Fox, Roach, Whiptail, King Bohan and Shen.
The game received positive response due to the great graphics and the combat system. Game Pro awarded the game 4.5 out of 5, IGN 7 out of 10, Game Rankings an 81% and Game Informer an 8.75 out of 10. Some complaints have been received based on the short length of the game but that certainly did not stop a large number of gamers from purchasing it.
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