Emotionally charged, stunningly beautiful, and delivering unprecedented dramatic character performance, Heavenly Sword™ showcases the power of PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system. A dramatic tale of revenge sees Nariko, … see full wiki
Sometimes, being a good girlfriend means sitting on the couch and watching him play a game or playing a game together. I'm a moderate gamer; the new controls are generally more complicated than I'm willing to commit to. He is a hard core gamer. Some games are easier to watch than others, and some are easier to play. This review is not for the hard core gamer. This review if for the girlfriend (or boyfriend, who am I to judge?) that sits on the couch and watches.
Heavenly Sword has a great story and is beautiful to watch. The animation and cut scenes for this game are exactly right. The characters and scenery are beautiful, but still have enough of an animated feel so you aren't pushing the boundary of realism too far. We finished the game in three sittings, I would guess between 6-8 hours. I'm glad this was a short game, because while the characters pulled at your heart and the story drew you in, there were times when the game was very frustrating to watch. The fight scenes (even with the special move cut scenes that were imbedded in the battles) were long enough to get boring, but not so long that you had time to do too much else while they went on. The weapon guidance with the six axis controller was extremely frustrating to watch, especially in the beginning while you are getting used to it.
If life were a video game, Nariko is the kind of heroine every girl wants to be. She is beautiful, strong, independent, confident, determined and beautiful. (Yea, I know I said beautiful twice.) Her "sidekick" Kai is equally adorable. Her relationship to Nariko is somewhat of a cross between a younger sister and a childhood pet. But don't let Kai's naivety fool you; she is as clever and cunning as she is cute.
As a game, this would get 5 stars from me. But, since I'm doing a girlfriend review, I decided to give it 4 stars. There were just too many points where I found myself bored or frustrated to give it a 5. That being said, it is easily worth the short time investment of playing or, if you're like me, just watching someone play.