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Heavenly Sword (PlayStation 3)

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Nariko is a young woman whose clan has sworn to protect a legendary hero's weapon (called the Heavenly Sword) from those who would use its power for evil. When the ambitious enemy king Bohan threatens the clan, the Heavenly Sword falls into Nariko's hands. She has to wield it to protect her people, but also has to bear its curse, as it drains the life force of those who use it.

Heavenly Sword is a third-person action game with a focus on melee combat similar to the God of War series. In most of the game, Nariko engages the enemy using the Heavenly Sword to execute spectacular feats of martial arts and swordsmanship. The Heavenly Sword can be used in three different fighting stances: Speed Stance for quick hack-and-slash attacks, Range Stance for attacking enemies at a distance, and Power Stance for slow, powerful attacks. During certain sequences Quick Time Events need to be completed as well. Players will also take control of Nariko's adopted sister, a cat-like girl named Kai, whose crossbow can be used as a long-range sniper weapon. In this and other sequences (such as holding off a huge enemy army with a giant cannon), the player can use the SIXAXIS motion sensor to apply aftertouch to the projectiles, guiding them to their targets in slow motion.

Fighting enemies relies often on counter attacks. Nariko has access to a large amount of combos for each stance, but only few of them can break guard. Attacks of stronger enemies highlight them in a colour and Nariko has to block, done automatically by not attacking, by choosing the correct stance. Blue is blocked with Speed, yellow with Power and red attacks are unblockable. The latter are avoided by evading using the right analog stick. Most of the new combos are unlocked by collecting glyphs. These are stored in pots throughout levels and also refill health, but many are awarded based on the player's performance. At the end of every section, up to three glyph symbols can be earned, by not getting hit or countering a lot of attacks. Nariko also has a number of counter moves that need to be executed at a precise moment, and for each consecutive hit a bar at the bottom is filled up. This is used to execute Superstyles, a brutal attack from up close.

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The Press Says

Giery.eu Sep 06, 2007 40 out of 40 100
Chief Oct, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2007 8.75 out of 10 88
VicioJuegos.com Sep 04, 2007 85 out of 100 85
4Players.de Sep 11, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Lawrence Sep 17, 2007 8.3 out of 10 83
Digital Spy Sep 14, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
AceGamez Oct 21, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Bordersdown Feb, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Maxim Magazine Sep 12, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Heavenly Sword appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Development

When early footage of the game was released, the title was nicknamed Goddess of War due to the similarities with Sony's God of War series.

References

  • The game is referenced in season 1, episode 18 of the TV series Heroes. The characters Micah and Niki Sanders are playing the game, even though it was not released yet when the episode aired.
  • In the game's third chapter, Kai's Mission, Kai needs to obtain a password for an armoury. When she traps the commander, she aims her bow at his crotch and says: "Maybe I'll hit your weak point for MASSIVE damage". That's a reference to Genji: Days of the Blade (see trivia section).

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cdwfs (1202) added Heavenly Sword (PlayStation 3) on Oct 03, 2007