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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 a 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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Good Game Sep 25, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Aug 25, 2007 4.5 out of 5 90
TotalPlayStation Sep 12, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Deeko Sep 20, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GamingExcellence Nov 26, 2007 8.6 out of 10 86 Sep 11, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Game Positive Sep 24, 2007 8.2 out of 10 82
GamingEvolution Oct 02, 2007 8 out of 10 80
EL33TONLINE Jan 30, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameDaily Aug 27, 2007 8 out of 10 80


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1001 Video Games

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


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.


  • 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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