Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War reviewed by GameSpot

Frills are nonexistent in both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game. Neither offers up any multiplayer modes of play. Both are pretty much equally bad when it comes to video and audio quality. Graphics have been dialed back too close to original Xbox levels possibly because of the large numbers of troops onscreen simultaneously. So the game moves quite well on both platforms but isn't much to look at on either.

Visual design isn't spectacular either largely because of a flat color palette that makes it tough to tell different types of troops apart and to read the minimap (which is also too tiny to use properly even on a 54" HDTV). Audio effects are of similar quality, with lots of tinny bombast involving swords smashing together and horses galloping. The only major difference between the two platforms seemed to be stability; the 360 game locked up on a number of occasions while the PS3 game ran without a hitch.

Even with such a solid, action-first squad-combat idea, Bladestorm comes off as only half-finished. Both the new gameplay concepts and the European setting need to be fleshed out more to really pick up on the promise shown here.

Score: 5/10

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Review: Bladestorm: The Hundred Year's War | Digitally Downloaded

Digitally Downloaded writes: "Just recently Bladestorm, a Koei game from back in 2007, was released for download on the PlayStation Network."

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Flexible history

AWESOMEoutof10's Fraser Brown proposes that anachronisms in video games can be a good thing. From the anything in history goes attitude of the Civilization series, to the use of swords in modern settings. It's all part of games offering players freedom and the keys to the toy box.

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Looking back: Bladestorm: Tecmo Koei's most under appreciated game? | Otaku Gaming

But at the end of the day, the game simply wasn't received well enough for Tecmo Koei to feel the need for a sequel. It's a pity, because this kind of game is a niche that isn't really being filled right now.

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Dark_Overlord4737d ago

I loved this game, but I only play it every so often, the combat can get rather boring very fast.

maniacmayhem4737d ago

this game was good but i think Deception deserves the most underrated game.

jc485734737d ago

good, but not great. And by great, I don't meant to say that this was so under appreciated that it was great (only some deserve it).

oceancrown4737d ago

an amazing game, just wish i had completed it, got to last battle and it broke. typical

Ares844737d ago

Ohh man, I totally forgot about this game. I need to get it.

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