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Genji: Days of the Blade Review (IGN)

Next-generation consoles exist to deliver game experiences the previous generation could never deliver. That's their sole purpose in this life. So when a game comes along offering a strange mix of cutting-edge visuals but also tired gameplay, one can't help but feel a little cheated. Such is the case with Genji: Days of the Blade, the first PS3 entry in the series that started on the PS2 in 2005.

8.0 Presentation
Everything from character animation and environments to the menu system benefits from a high degree of polish.

8.5 Graphics
Highly detailed character models and slick animation blends with spectacular locales and overall design.

8.0 Sound
While it sounds very good, the score is somewhat limited. Also, the voicework could use a tad of refinement.

6.0 Gameplay
The awesome presentation can't hide dying gameplay mechanics.

7.0 Lasting Appeal
It's a lengthy game, though gameplay gets repetetive after a while.

6.0 Passable OVERALL
(out of 10 / not an average)

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DJ3908d ago (Edited 3908d ago )

After reading through the review I can see why it got that score. Even with great presentation, graphics, and sound, gameplay determines the final score. Granted, a bunch of haters are going to come on and say something immature about the PS3, but I guess that's just part of life.

I expect Untold Legends will meet a similar fate. Even with a new generation of hardware, there's always bad titles. It just comes with the territory.

BIadestarX3908d ago

Well, it is your fault. You specially have being saying that the PS3 launch line up with blow the 360 games out of the water. And how the PS3 games exceed the 360 games on everything. I mean, it is about the games right?

DJ3908d ago (Edited 3908d ago )

Do you have any quotes to back up that accusation?

"You specially have being saying that the PS3 launch line up with blow the 360 games out of the water. And how the PS3 games exceed the 360 games on everything."

Show some proof that I said those words.

BIadestarX3908d ago

"I don't know a single gamer (including 360 owners) that's actually interested in Gears. In fact, most of them started making fun of it once they saw the gameplay videos. And it wasn't the graphics that turned them off. =/

On the flipside, FEAR and Call of Duty seems to be hyping them up more. Yes, FEAR is old, but the pc requirements are ridiculously high so it makes sense that they would rather just get it on the 360 instead.

Marionz, TGS proved the PS3 is more powerful. The games showed superiority over the 360, and the majority of gaming journalists quickly pointed this out. You can see the difference a lot better in motion."

http://www.news4gamers.com/...

"No matter how much PS3 titles improve and show more and more superiority over their 360 counterparts, the haters will simply repeat the same accusations, and it's pretty funny how ridiculous their comments look now that games like Motorstorm get closer and closer to Sony's "CG Lies", which (as we get further along) look more and more like "CG Truths"."

"Most of the PS3 games look great and show a noticeable technological prowess over 360 titles that becomes more and more apparent as each month passes."

There are many more.. but this would be a long post. Not worth it.
http://www.news4gamers.com/...

FirstknighT3908d ago

Nice one Bladestar...you just busted Dj! Oh well...This game wasn't going to be any good anyway...Probably one of the worst from the launch...Same with Dark Kingdom. The Big one is Resistance...cant wait to see those reviews.

I cant believe DJ actually thinks Motorstorm is looking like the old CG "gameplay" from E3.

Oh DJ, I had hope for you, I thought maybe you were one of the few that had a head on his shoulders...but your just another sony droid. Oh well, I still have a few others on here that I can have an intelligent debate with.

Here is a link I got from somebody in here that is pretty funny...it shows the "noticeable technological" advance over 360! HAHA...

http://www.wii60.com/videog...

Ravenator5293908d ago

Bladestar just handed out a whole load of STFU!

DJ3907d ago (Edited 3907d ago )

" I cant believe DJ actually thinks Motorstorm is looking like the old CG "gameplay" from E3."

No, it doesn't look like the trailer. I specifically said that the game is getting closer and closer to that target trailer as each month passes, a view that is unanimous among gamesites and magazines.

Bladestar posted my statement: "Most of the PS3 games look great and show a noticeable technological prowess over 360 titles that becomes more and more apparent as each month passes." And again, the majority of game journalists have stated this as well ever since TGS. I said the difference is noticeable; never did I say "the PS3 launch line up with blow the 360 games out of the water". Be realistic. There's always going to be crappy titles, and we're comparing 2nd gen 360 titles to PS3 launch titles. But the fact that we can still see the power difference at such an early stagee in the console wars is pretty significant.

foxone3907d ago (Edited 3907d ago )

someone just got pwned

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Dits3908d ago

same old same old with shiney graphics

BIadestarX3908d ago

Ok, now I am confused. I though Sony said the cell it's so powerful that it may be smarter than you.

6.0 Gameplay
7.0 Lasting Appeal
6.0 Passable OVERALL

I wonder if with these ratings And Poor A.I. if they are calling their fanbase stupid!?

PS360PCROCKS3908d ago

Well their goes one of your vaunted launch titles, lol i'm sorry I don't want to be a total jackas* but with all the talk about how horrible the Xbox 360 launch titles were, it's just amusing that the worst score for ANY, oh yes ANY next gen game goes to a game totally developed for the PS3, it's not even a port! Please don't be mad at me, as I most likely won't be coming back to this post assuming it will start a fanboy war. I will say this tho, as it is only the first review, but if IGN hated it this much, well I don't believe others will like it much more...

kmis873908d ago (Edited 3908d ago )

Hahahaha. They forgot graphics aren't everything. But hey, who expected this game to be any good? Seriously, we all knew it was only gonna appeal to the mindless hack-and-slashers.

Other possible duds: Gundam looked weak in that Gamespot video, although I've read that they didn't know how to play it really. NBA 07 looks like it has shallow gameplay hidden by some nice graphics. And I guess Untold Legends could suffer the Genji fate: decent visuals but unimpressive gameplay. Thankfully I was never banking on any of these games to not suck, and they might surprise, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

#4 One bad review doesn't make it the worst next gen game. Off the top of my head the game that came to mind was Ninety Nine Nights. Impressive visuals, weak and shallow gameplay, first party titles, a 56 on IGN. Similarities? I'll let you decide. And just to completely crush the "worst next gen title" argument for the moment: Bomberman Act Zero, X-Men the Game, Samurai Warriors 2, Open Season, Dynasty Warriors 5(a lot of these types of games in this discussion), Fifa 06, Import Tuner Challenge. All of those games arguably worse than Genji.

Donkey Slayer3908d ago

Some people dig those types of game either way, just not me.

PS360PCROCKS3908d ago

Oh I guess your right, never knew that 99 nights sucked so bad lol, oh well

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