developer: Ninja Theory
publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Game mode: single player
game language: English
game release date for PS3:
Heavenly Sword for PS3 is an action game developed by Ninja Theory in cooperation with Sony Computer Entertainment. The story of the game focuses on the red-haired warrior named Nariko, who, after the death of her relatives, is craving for revenge and decides to deliver justice to king Bohan. Exceptional sword fighting abilities will help her in completing this task.
The title sword is the most important treasure of the girl’s family and it was supposed to secure her future. The legend tells that the owner of the weapon gains great power that allows him to defeat a whole army. Sadly, Nariko’s father, Shen, is captured by Bohan – an evil ruler who wants to obtain the artifact. The girl starts a long journey despite the fact that she understands her fate – as the prophecy says, the owner of the sword is supposed to pay with his own life for the victory.
The gameplay focuses on dynamical combat on various arenas. The player faces a few or even more than a dozen of opponents simultaneously. A modern combo system helps in defeating opponents. The system combines three ways of dealing damage – from distance, by using great strength and by using heroine’s speed. Many abilities are related to the use of SIXAXIS motion detection, including bow shooting and using catapult. The game also contains fights with bosses who eagerly use their minions against the player.
Heavenly Sword has graphics with very detailed textures and modern special effects. The game was designed to use the power of the seventh generation consoles and the levels are very large and filled with details. The developers also made sure that the characters look good. During intensive battles both Nariko and her opponents remain well looking. A very good dubbing and facial animations are worth mentioning as well. The usage of motion capture technology in the game was supervised by Andy Serkis, well known for his role as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Serkis also gave his voice to king Bohan.
Game score 7.13 / 10 calculated out of 945 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 10 / 10 calculated out of 2 players' votes.