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Old 08-24-2007, 06:43 AM   #1
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IGN UK reviews Heavenly Sword

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So, all that in mind, is Heavenly Sword a bad game? No, it’s not – although it certainly seems that someone, somewhere, forgot to ensure they were piling those glorious peripheral trimmings on a game worthy of all that Sony gold. Combat is undoubtedly the title’s strength and offers some immensely satisfying thrills when you actually get your hands on your sword. Projectile combat, too, is entertaining in its own right – although nowhere near enough to carry such lengthy sequences as is demanded here. What you’re paying for then with Heavenly Sword is the grandiose spectacle, the overblown production values and the chance to show just what your PS3’s capable of when given the chance. It’s a benchmark in presentation for console gaming and the lavishness of the show might well be enough for you to overcome the game’s significant failings. There’s definitely some kind of fun to be had here – albeit of the one-engaged brain cell variety – but make no mistake: Heavenly Sword takes the age-old mantra of style over substance and drags it kicking and screaming into the next generation.

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9.0 Presentation
Superficially at least, Heavenly Sword is an almost impeccable display of sheer, unrestrained talent.
9.0 Graphics
Minor framerate and tearing issues aside, Heavenly Sword is an absolute tour de force of visual splendour.
8.5 Sound
Voice acting, effects work and soundtrack hit all the rights buttons with gusto, although occassional dodgy level mixing hurts.
6.0 Gameplay
As solid as its component parts are, poor design decisions and awful structure mean they never make for a cohesive, satisfying whole.
6.0 Lasting Appeal
Despite the wealth of combos and extras to unlock, you'll be constantly battling with tedium on subsequent play-throughs.
7.0
Decent OVERALL
(out of 10 / not an average)
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:09 AM   #2
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:23 AM   #3
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another killer AP bites the dust

first lair now this .. ... i rachet is out in Oct so fingers crossed there will be finally something to play on my ps3 .. other than hot shots golf which is the PSP verison in HD ... stil fun though .
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Old 08-24-2007, 11:24 AM   #4
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Not saying HS is good since I have only seen vids but IGN is the last place I would trust, for beat-em-ups in particular.
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Old 08-24-2007, 11:42 AM   #5
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I concur. They rated those LotR games pretty highly and I found those to be garbage.
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Old 08-24-2007, 02:01 PM   #6
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after playing the demo to death it is was quite clear this game was going to be all style and no substance .. and this review and the 6/10 Edge game it tend to suggest the same ..i mean for starts there is auto blocking and no jump
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Old 08-24-2007, 02:25 PM   #7
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I concur. They rated those LotR games pretty highly and I found those to be garbage.
GoW2 got a 9.7, enough said.

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i mean for starts there is auto blocking
Doesn't hurt Tekken.

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and no jump
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Old 08-24-2007, 02:28 PM   #8
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auto block sux ass as does Tekken .. so does no jump in a fighting game like this .. it would be like NG having no jump .. crap ...

like i said having played it all style no substance
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Old 08-24-2007, 02:40 PM   #9
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The review started with closing comments. Is that a UK thing or something? I thought closing comments were usually at the end but what do I know?
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Old 08-24-2007, 02:43 PM   #10
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auto block sux ass as does Tekken .. so does no jump in a fighting game like this .. it would be like NG having no jump .. crap ...

like i said having played it all style no substance
Not liking Tekken is not the issue here, I have never heard complaints about the auto-block.

And have you played God Hand? I'm saying this because the concept was alien to me before it, but after playing it I really don't care for jumping in beat-em-ups at all.
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Old 08-24-2007, 04:13 PM   #11
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I loved God Hand but I also love jumping.

So I guess that means I hate you both = (
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Old 08-24-2007, 04:15 PM   #12
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with all that rip roaring high flying action there is no jump? weird.
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Old 08-24-2007, 04:49 PM   #13
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Edge gave it a 6/10.

So...yeah. Looks like I'm not buying a PS3 until late next year.
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So whats left... Little Big Planet and MGS4?

I'm beginning to think that the Wii lineup isn't so weak after all.
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with all that rip roaring high flying action there is no jump? weird.
What he said.
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