GameSpot TGS 2008: Muramasa: The Demon Blade Hands-On

GameSpot writes: "Muramasa, known in Japan as Oboro Muramasa Yotoden, is a 2D side-scrolling action role-playing game that comes from the same team that brought the gaming world Odin Sphere. But unlike Odin Sphere with its Norse fantasy setting, Muramasa plonks you into feudal Japan playing as one of several ninjas battling against creatures from Japanese mythology. We got some hands-on time on the TGS floor with this Wii exclusive, and it's looking like a heap of fun for those keen on some classic beat-'em-up action.

The first thing that leapt out at us was Muramasa's presentation--it's an absolutely gorgeous game, and its vibrant backgrounds look like a mix of classic Japanese watercolour paintings and the impressionist style of recent Xbox Live favourite Braid. We saw a variety of different scenes in the short hands-on demo, including a secluded waterfall, a rustic village set amongst fields of wheat, and the rooftops of an ancient Japanese village at night, and all of them looked extremely lush."

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