Sony's Heavenly Sword for the Playstation 3 is a top action title that carries visceral action in a stunning fantasy world. The combat engine wields a variety of actions that are as engaging to perform as they are to watch.
"Heavenly Sword is a fantastic title that offers an excellent theatrical gaming experience. While the title turns tamer in crossbow action sequences, the razor-sharp swordplay, gorgeous visuals, and top production values make it an undeniable killer app for the PS3 hardware."
i agree with everthing you said but you fail to mention the game is to short i beat the game in 2 seatings. 5 hours total. for those wondering why the demo was so short its because if it was any longer you whould have played the whole game . 100%strong rental a buy at $30 price point
he owns an x360 which has burned down.
This is why he is trolling the ps3 section.
Hs makes all games on x360 loook like wii games
i am sooo getting this game its has stunning graphics and kickass gameplay
They also managed to make good use of the sixaxis, shooting arrows and controlling them with the sixaxis, it's fun.
Most reviews I have read, including this one, says its sub-par, feels tacked on, and isn't much fun.
To this article - "Players are required to tilt the Sixaxis controller to weave the arrow directly into the enemy. The combat can become repetitive over various missions,"
Sorry but besides that I can't seem to find where I read that from, so for lack of a link I take back my statement and sorry to anyone that got upset because of it. Not tryin to flame, thought I read that in a couple of diff places.
Its general average reviews is an 81. No subpar, tacked on, and un-fun game is deserving of that score. Which makes heavenly sword no where near that range. Where do you get your info from? are they review sites, or fanboys?
And then to say "including this review" What the? You're joking right?
wow? That to me is honestly one of the funnest parts of the game. Every comment I mention about Heavenly sword, I have to mention how fun this sixaxis gameplay element is.
You shoot arrows and then you become them in slow motion, and you gotta direct them. Slows everything down and gives you pin point like accuracy. I loved it, it's one of my favorite parts of the game. It feels like it really gives you an edge sorta like Max Payne slow motion.
Hell, it's even fun when you miss. You feel like you just came inches away from sticking someone good.
if u cant afford a ps3 and play the game yourself
shut up go get a job and get out your
moms basement already
mommy wont buy you a ps3
I think you read that in PSM but take into account this is also the same reviewer who gave warhawk a 6.5. but the arrows part is alot of fun and can be pretty funny.
I wish my parents would buy me a PS3 or I wish I did live in my parents basement, then I could afford a PS3 but unfortunatly, like I have said before, I have way to many things to pay for all by myself: Rent, car, directv, highspeed internet, phone, electricity, food, gas, school and misc loans, a 2 1/2 month old daughter and a girlfriend that has yet to find a job. I don't have enough money to spend on a $500-600 gaming system. Those are the facts. I would be willing to fork over $400, but I don't have the resources to up that by $100-200. It would be nice if I could but I can't.
A 5.5 hour game with no online and no multiplayer, with relatively no repeat value is a killer app?
This is hilarious, enjoy playing Heavenly POS and Liar, and I'll be loving every minute of Halo 3 and Bioshock!
No one says it better than a true 360 fanboy. Lol. Truely. Lol. Keep it up, and MS will hand you a check before you know it.
Is just as short and also has no multiplayer...
It took me over 20 hours to beat it on the hardest setting the first time through. And that was without going everywhere you can go.
Going to have to interject here and say you are wrong. Bioshock is a 20 hour game (took me 25 because I take my time). Quit being a fanboy. HS is a great game..it keeps most of my time :). Don't be an idiot. Fighting fanboyism with fanboyism is pointless. I own both consoles and have to say that Bio is worth pickup up a 360 and HS is worth picking up a PS3.
Look, the only reason why Heavenly Sword seems to be 5.5 hours is that our console doesn't risk dying an hour after playing the game. I totally agree that you are going to enjoy "every minute" of your Halo and Bioshock gametime because once your console goes out of whack, it's a long, excruciating wait 'till you get back your *laughs* refurbished 360. And the cycle repeats again. So yes, 360 games are way longer, 'coz there's no way in hell can you finish them within a year, with all the repair and shipping going on.
I've finished plenty of games on my 360 and have yet to wait for anything? What do you possibly mean?
Surprise, Suprise. Another brand loyal Xbot come to try and pull down this title.
5.5 Hours - More like 10+hours
You obviously havent played HS so how can you comment. Why is it so hard for 360 owners to accept that the PS3 also has great games, hmmmmm.
I detect a lot of bitterness in your post so maybe you have already come to realise this.
Am opinion like that comming from you considering your avatar seems some what strange..*sarcasm*...you haven't even played the game, how can you judge. I purchased the game and am enjoying it. It's not like the game being a single player was a secret. We all knew what we were buying. So far it's been a great game. You probably don't get to play much since the only game worth buying is multiplayer games. You probably never enjoyed games like Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Bioshock, MGS...how sad, instead of being a fan of games, you come off being a fanboy. Enjoy what you can but I suggest you keep dumb comment like that to your self.
wow now its 5.5 hours. The speedruns are getting better.
I am at the end of chapter 3 with 9 hours invested. I could see someone playing strait through in maybe 6-7 hours. But you can run through ico in around 4-5 hours, and that doesnt make it any less of a masterpiece. I guess some people play a game to beat it, or for the achievments or whatever. I like to take my time and soak in the game, look around and note all the detail that has been sown in. If you dont just run through every level this game will last you for quite a bit of time. Then there is going back and unlocking 100% which should take a while, and then hell mode. Rez has 5 stages an unlockable stage and some extras and its still a great game. Ico and SoTC only have hard modes, and very little unlockable content, yet these are some of my favorite games.
Anyone who hesitates to get this title is doing themselves a dis-service, and people who havent even played it that keep on spouting out "6 hour" this and "6 hour" that just need to break from the groupthink.
I actually got my xbox360 today and i got bioshock. I respect people who play both systems and i'm into all kinds of games. I just think it's unfair how people automatically discredit the game because it doesnt have multi-player. Not every great game has to have multi-player. I will enjoy both games without multi-player. If you read any of my previous posts, you would know that I am not a fanboy. Quote from my previous post about the PS3 in it for the long term:
"I'm tired to all the fanboys on this site. Both consoles are great and have strengths and weaknesses. I like the fact that PS3 is coming out with games like Little Big Planet, Echocrome, Pain!, and everyday shooter that are different from any other games out there. I also am going to get viva pinata, lost planet. I appreciate unique games that deliver new and interesting ways to play. I like the fact that the PS3 includes wi-fi, whereas XBox360 does not include this feature. I think that XBox360 provides excellent online capabilities and I am going to enjoy downloading HD movies to it when I get it next week.
About the article, it's just an opinion, and I would leave it at that. In my opinion, the current DVDs I watch now have excellent picture clarity and there is really not a big jump in clarity from DVD to HD-DVD or Blu-ray discs on my HD TV for me to spend the extra money on a HD format. That's not to say that i won't buy Blu-ray or HD-DVD movies in the future, but it's just not worth the extra money at this point. I think as more people buy HD TVs and as the prices for the movie players and the movies come down in price, then of course they will become mainstream. But for now, there in no reason for the general public to upgrade to HD DVDs. Just like any other technology, the price will come down in time and there isn't that big of a picture quality difference compared to when we went from VHS to DVD.
I do think the PS3 is built with a longer life cycle in mind, but that's not to say that it will stay like it is for 10 years. There will be harware revisions much like in the past. I do think Sony made it with the long haul in mind, with the ability to replace the HD with any laptop HD and with a Blu-ray player. Microsoft is more or less focusing on the X-box Live service, rather then the hardware itself. Although hardware add-ons are optional, they are pricy and all proprietary. (wi-fi, new HD, HD-DVD drive) Because they did not build these options into the unit, I think they are going with a more short term strategy, although as the hardware evolves, it is possible that they will include these in a future unit. This strategy is ok for the short term, but in order for them to be profitable they need a long term strategy (which they didn't have with Xbox) and they Xbox360 should be out for at least another 6 years.
On my PS3 I own Lair, Heavenly Sword, Warhawk, Need for Speed Carbon, Ridge Racer 7, Oblivion, Resistence: Fall of Man, and Motorstorm. All of which I really enjoy. My PSN name is: ZombiesNJ
When I purchase an Xbox360 Elite next week I will also get Bioshock, Lost Planet, Gears of War, Viva Pinata, Madden 2008, and of course Halo 3 on the 25th. I look forward to playing these games with everyone online and I respect people who own both systems for whatever reasons they purchased them, I hope they enjoy them."
Ain't anyone curious why HS play time is getting shorter and shorter every time someone bring it up?
First is 10-12 then 7-9 then 6-7 now we have 5.5?
what next 3 hours??
So while this game is original in its game play mechanics you would sit and play a boring ass FPS with terrible storyline, recycled gameplay,and to bioshock yes its fun, but has no replay value at all either you would still call this game bad? Wow from a guy who owns a 360 get a damn hobby and play this game before you knock it. This game is badass. PS3 is building up on fun games faster than Xbox did. I believe at this time in xbox 360s life it had probably 2 fun games, FEAR, and Gears.
Warhawk, Heavenly Sword, Motorstorm* which was a launch title that kicked ass*, and more to come...funny isn't it?
Bioshock...are you kidding me..i bought bioshock and i wish that i hadnt..bioshock is around 10hours of gameplay going straight through the game my roommate and i both beat it in around 8-10hours.. yes it's a little longer if you do all the side missions which only diehard people with no lives do..and in most games side missions are so pointless and people dont bother with them so why have them in the game in the first place..and it also has no online so i dont see your point in mentioning bioshock. Halo 3 yes it's going to be a good game and yet i promise you it wont be more then 10-12hours long. For one not first person shooter is ever a lengthy game. They've put so much into Halo 3 which is made on a dvd format disc might i add so i'm sorry to say you diehard xbot fans know this..bungie has put way more effort into the online part of the game the story will not be lengthy point blank and simple and if it wasnt for online everyone knows this that halo wouldnt be jack squat. People wouldnt still be playing Gears if it didnt have online because the story is stupid and short. HS is not freakin 5hours it's almost right on the button of 8 so you obviously havent played it or you're just saying crap to down a fantastic game that's entertaining all the way through not at just certain points and it is a killer app..it's sold out at almost every retail here..I live in atlanta so it's not a small area. yes I'm gonna buy halo 3 only because ive played the story of the other two the online part never really got into that but yet when UT3 is released for the PS3 i will be all over that..I like my 360 but it's not gonna get much attention thanks to my PS3...hate it love it PS3 rocks FTW
Don't know what kind of reviews you have been reading but ok...they probably have a green stamp on the cover no? ;)
Tell you what: try out the game yourself and then judge it according to your own experience.
Anyways, I don't know why there needs to be someone saying this game or that game is AAA, it appears now games can only be great if these supposed 'professional game journalists' say so...
On another note, the only real criticism this game got is that its way too short...and when thats the only big negative point that can be found about a game its a pretty good sign it has got everything else right on spot don't you think?
P.S. @ 4 a.k.a. xbot in denial cause Halo 3 isn't here yet: man go walk your dog or read a book or something, just cause you still can't have a nerdgasm while playing Halo it doesn't mean we have to put up with your mindless babbling...BTW, 5.5 hours? Where did you get that from? Your ass?
Tell you what: you will enjoy Halo 3, Bioshock, Mass Effect and whatnot more and PS3 owners will enjoy Heavenly Sword, Racthet & Clank, GT5: Prologue, Uncharted, Haze, Unreal Tournament III, etc.
Don't worry, I will be enjoying those games as well. I won't, however, be enjoying them until the PS3 price drops to $399.00 or lower. I have always said I'm a big Playstation fan, just not a fan of the PS3's pricetag.
a game which takes 6 hours to beat (rental), has no multiplayer, and scores an average of 81% is a killer app? This means the Xbox 360 and maybe Wii has like 15 killers apps then WTF. Gears of War was a killer app, selling 4 million in ten weeks, was one of the best looking games, and probabaly still is, beat out Halo 2 in most played on Xbox Live, surprisily enough it was the the #7 game in Japan when it came out, it boosted Xbox 360 sales in NA. That's a killer app, Heavenly Sword isn't a killer app, if anything, it's FF13 and MGS4, not this.
No, the 6 hours do not make this a killer AAA title. The Movie quality feel, superb presentation, beautiful locations and enjoyable gameplay do.
Try playing the game from start to finish and you might get to see what everyone is talking about. Why does it annoy you so much that the PS3 should get a good title?
Do you know what an AAA game is?
The actual meaning of 'AAA'.
I really think you don't...
If I'm not mistaken, Bioshock has no multiplayer as well. I bought Heavenly Sword and I have put in many hours so far and it is a GREAT game. If you like God of War and such type games then this is the one to get.... And it is not 5.5 hrs, unless you try to blast your way as fast a possible without getting all of the medals in each chapter. I don't have time to sit in front of the TV all day since I'm married and have a life. If I want multiplayer, then I'll play my Warhawk game, now go back to school.
BioShock extends to 20 hours and achievements which give it replay value and reason for you to beat the game more then once. Also BioShock got 10/10 for many many websites, only 2 sites gave it an 8, everyone else gave it a 10 or 9's. Bioshock is the 4th best game of all time on Gamerankings, HS just got an 81%. Also, BioShock was never hyped as a killer app. If it was, it would be alright to use it as an excuse here, but it isn't. Did this really make anyone go out and buy a PS3? I really want to know. I'll understand FF13, that I would do it for, but not HS. No way in hell for a 6 hour game would I throw $600 for.
you halo dorks are losers
Heavenly Sword is pretty much all action. I don't want to find stupid keys or explore the world finding stuff for 30hrs. Not every game has to be drawn out. Im actually quite happy they released a straight up action game, without sneaking in super long and boring puzzles.
If it wants to compete and be compared with everything else out there. I heard God of War was 20 hours long, and I beat Ninja Gaiden in 15 hours, never beat DMC3 but thats probaably 15-20 hours long and those three are better then HS according to review sites. In my opinion, I wouldn't trade NG for anything, but HS isn't the best out there in its genre or the PS3 platform. Sorry :/
Im an action freak, and I own all those games including NG and NG sigma. They require more puzzle solving than HS, hince why they are longer. For people who want to pick up the controller and start fighting instead of moving rocks to solve boring puzzles then this is for them. You should actually try playing it. its fun. Some people on this board want to bash HS because they don't own a PS3. I myself own all three systems and really don't care what system a game comes on. If its good im getting it.
if GoW took you 20 hours then HS will last you even longer. I beat GoW in around 10 hours (looking at my last save 9hrs 33min), and HS I am only done with the 3rd chapter, but I've spent 9 hours so far. I beat DMC1 in less than 10hrs and NGS in around 15.
If you check NGS's rankings (hard mode) you will see that the #1 ranked finished the game in less than 7 hours and on easy mode someone finished it in less than 6. So STHU a$$hole.
I'm pretty sure you can extend this game quite a bit more getting all of the Medals in each chapter as well. You have to get three in each which is hard as hell to get. Bioshock was a surprise hit, but what was new on there that hasn't been done before. (and yes I have it on my PC). Another thing, why are you saying this game will not justify paying $600 for a system (what about $500 for the 60 gig). How about this game, Warhawk, RFOM, Motostorm, Ninja Gaiden Sigma and whatever else tickles your fancy. One last thing, how long would it take to beat most games (including Bioshock) if you rush through the whole thing without getting all of the unlockables, not too long would it.
@Rluvah.... Exactly, The developers use a story arch so when the story ends, it ends. A story doesn't need to dragged out in order to get it's point across. If they did that, then the story would be pretty damn boring after about 25+ hours.
Still, taking what you have said into consideration, this isn't the PS3's killer app. A killer app is a game that makes you want to go out and buy the system just to play the game. (FF13 for most) I'm pretty sure people who bought HS were previous PS3 owners. It's really hard for a new IP with little exposure to become a killer app, the only one to do that recently that I know of is Gears, and even then, sales for Xbox 360 didn't exaclty skyrocket, but gears managed 4 mil which was impressive
If I didn't already have a PS3 and saw this game, I would go out and buy one. HS is by far my new favorite game, and favorite story of all time.
Stop throwing that BS around!
VERY few games make anyone buy a console just to play them...its just games like Halo 3 (there's one hyped game for you ;)), MGS4, FFXIII, etc. that do it.
And if you are saying that to try and make it look like the PS3 games hasn't got any games, stop being a dumbass. PS3 has PLENTY of good games and the flow of games that started with Warhawk won't stop anytime soon...so stop spewing BS once and for all.
BTW, an AAA game is a game with stupidly high production values, like huge amounts of hype, an enourmous budget, etc. Heavenly Sword is a great example of an AAA game cause it has all of those plus it adds up the most impressive cutscenes and voice acting ever seen in a game.
It may not be all it was made out to be, but it is sure as hell an action packed and awesome experience overall.
"Heavenly Sword comes very close to being great, but nearly every element of its design falls short in one way or another. The combo system is quite good, though it has a few holes (like no specific block button). The battles quickly become very repetitive due to a lack of interesting enemies and the "arena" battles that frequently pause your progress."
This is no Killa App, and the pathetic little rrod jokes are not helping it's cause...it's all about the games.
we all know where the true games are..I hate how every starving ps3 fan Label every game that comes out Killlaaaa..hmm Waiit a little longer, maybe 6 years..
This is another button smasher..not quite there with NG yet, try again.
You're a jackass, all your doing is making real NG fans look like a bunch of turds. You're just a fakeboy trying start wars here, at least be reasonable and have valid arguement if not, GTFO. I'm out of bubbles later! :0
I think macalatus's post #4.5 is rather valid.
@ Segasage LOL if you can't get a grasp of the games mechanics of course you will label it a button masher. There is a block in this game but you have to be in the correct stance to use it. Or were you saying you can only handle a control method that relies on a single block button?
Seriously, if you learn the combo's the air combos and the timing of the counters this game becomes so much more than what you've been playing.
game yesterday thanks to my girlfriend. So far from what I have played, its the good kush. The acting and gameplay are top notch. I loved every second thus far.
haha speaking of which, I only burn the good kush when I play it!
+bubble for you sir
It is only a button masher if you havent the skills to play. Ariel combos are mad, and blocking is done with being in the correct stance, not just pressing a button.
The fighting is better in MY opinion than ninja gaiden
good game, good reviews... im buying it :)
Still loving every minute of this game. Just started chapter 5 and its had me on the edge of my seat every second.
Its deffinatly a killer app in my eyes, I wasnt expecting this game to be as awesome as it is.
But I absolutely love this game. Even though it is kind of short and linear, it is definitely a killer app in my book.
I love it....sure it is short...I am not done with it yet....but we all know Heavenly Sword 2 will come out in a year or so...and be even more badasses.....plus it might have some multiplayer too...
Get heavenly sword if you have not gotten it yet. At least rent it...it is a great game...I had more fun playing heavenly sword than bioshock.
If you can replay chapters and still have as much fun when you first played through them then its a killer app. BTW this game is wicked awesome and its longer than 7 hour if you just play for the story but if you try to get all the medals like me then its longer then 10 hours its taking me about 12 hours. plus I just unlocked hell mode so as soon as I get all my medals here we go hell mode.
you know that if it's any good news of the ps3 the haters will come and try to bash it
this is their way of making themselves feel better..
heavenly sword it's a great game, and it will keep selling and selling, it doesn't matter what our ps3 haters say..
but the thought alone of the ps3 catching some air it's a fearful thought..
it' is fair to say that the game while is not a 10 hr game, is definetly longer than 6, it took me about 9, but that's cause it took me about 1 hour to beat king bohan.. i guess a really fair number would be around 7 1/2 to 8 hours, is not 5 or 6 that's for sure, i barely died and the checkpoints don't send you back pretty much at all, so is definetly around 8
don't pay attention to haters, they really don't know what thy're talking about and missing, it's a GREAT GAME like it or not haters, and no matter what you say, this game rocks..
Just like they do on any positive Xbox 360 news. How many RROD comments do you see a day on this site??
Hell, they even bash the 360 on positive PS3 articles.. Look in %99 of all the posts here you will find a fanboy bashing a system.
It sucks but not specific to one console.
im not sure im gonna come close to finishing this in even 9. ive only died a couple times too. gonna get closer to 11 or so.
for those who have beaten this in one sitting how did you do it? my nerves get shot after about 1 to 1.5 hours each time with all the drama...
anyone's girlfriends watching this game and wondering what they hell their dude is playing? my girl caught part of the fight with fox and then some with bohan's kid and was really wondering about me for a bit there haha.
HS isn't a killer app, got the game now; too many shortcommings which i have stated before prevent it from being so.
My HS copy will hit ebay very soon.
Edit: no need 4 sarcasm crippled death, HS is a fun game with great graphics, i wasn't bashing. Calm down please.
yeah i know what you mean.. like bioshock it reminds me of the condemend too much( like i have stated before)........it feels like i already played this game.....my copy of bioshock will hit ebay soon.
Twing Twang!!!.... anyone?
Sorry but I actually like Kai more than Nariko....
but her scenes are freaking fun as hell. the first major one where you're helping her dad get across the bridge had me feeling like i was 8 the first time i played mario.
I think the reason that I like her is because there are a lot of back story behind her past which dev never address in dept, we know her relationship with Nariko is a deep and attach one but we never know how they met each other or what happen to Kai before she met with Nariko.
Will all these back story be address in any other HS sequel or prequel?
But killer app?? i dont think so
I am seriously WOWED....This game is incredible in its own rights...there is not one thing that sucks in this game and everything is impressive!!
Finished the first chapter in a hour and change, and loved every minute of it... The game is simply beautiful...
After Countless hours of playing i'm still hooked.
The game reminded me of the feeling i had when i got and listened to Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor.
It is so Refreshing,New,and gives you an experience like never before.
Heavenly Sword is trully Heavenly.
Ps3 still has no games and this game god of war it isn't maybe sony should make something original for once. Whoever says this is a kiler app doesn't know the meaning on the word, and the only reason people buy it is because there isn't anything else.....what's next in 8 months heaven;y sword 2?
I don't care who you are, as a gamer this is an experience everyone should have. The end of the game is honestly one of the most epic moments in gaming history. If this was an actual movie I would pay to watch it again. All gameplay aspects are fine tuned and really fun. Yes it is a short game, but if this was on everyones system of choice, there would be very few naysayers. Heck even if you don't have a ps3, I heard this one guy begged his friends to let him play it at game crazy and spent the day going through the game. I hope someday that most people will have the opportunity to play through this game, because it really is a peice of art, and goes right down to the roots of why games are fun.
Ive been playing HS half a day of the last Sunday. and still not finished it yet.