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Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War

Platform : Xbox 360
Rated: Teen
3.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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  • Lead a mercenary force- Immerse yourself in the role of a mercenary commander. Lead a broad array of troops from varied nations, including heavy infantry, longbowmen, cavalry, cannoniers, and castle siege specialists.
  • Real-time action- Control entire units in real-time. Issue offensive and defensive commands through an intuitive user-interface. Each soldier is independently animated and fights and reacts in a startlingly realistic and visceral manner.
  • Conquer armies on a grand scale. Clashes are widespread throughout varied terrain. Richly-crafted battlegrounds span the breathtaking provinces of southern France to coastal settlements along the English Channel.
  • Your fortune is limited only by your ambition. Establish a reputation as a formidable warrior and leader of men. Build your war chest and lure hardened soldiers to your employ. Achieve your mission objectives and more profitable battle contracts will be presented to you.
  • Heavy Metal Thunder- Amass a battalion outfitted from an arsenal of over 400 weapons, armor, and other historically-accurate items from the battles that shaped medieval European warfare.
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Platform: Xbox 360

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When you consider Heavy Metal, you can imagine what a field of war was like in medieval times. Imagine a war that spanned a century! This is history. Visit the frierce struggles of two countries and enter the battlements or do you dare?
In the 14th century a quarrel over English succession to the French throne escalated into what history would call the Hundred Years' War. This ongoing war had exhausted the standing armies of both sides and there was a growing dependence on mercenary soldiers. An innovative action style enables you to command whole units and defeat countless numbers of soldiers with one cleverly chosen attack command. Outwit your opponents and overwhelm them with dominating force to be the last one standing when the dust settles on one of history's greatest conflicts. And you are there! Fight to the death or try to overcome with strategic thinking. Relive Medieval history- Outwit your opponents or overwhelm them with dominating force. The fate of two countries is yours to decide

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In the 14th century a quarrel over English succession to the French throne escalated into what history would call the Hundred Years' War. This ongoing war had exhausted the standing armies of both sides and there was a growing dependence on mercenary soldiers. Take charge as a mercenary leader and contract your army to the English and French. Watch the battle begin as arrows rain from above, knights charge on horseback and cannoniers fire volleys at heavy infantry. The style of action enables you to defeat large numbers of soldiers with one chosen attack command. Establish a reputation as a warrior and a leader and watch as the toughest of men will battle at your side. Outwit your opponents and overwhelm them with force to be the last one standing.

Features:

  • Lead an array of troops from varied nations, including heavy infantry, longbowmen, cavalry, cannoniers, and castle siege specialists
  • Control entire units in real-time by issuing offensive and defensive commands through an intuitive user-interface. Each soldier is independently animated and fights and reacts in a realistic manner
  • Battlegrounds span varied terrain from southern France to settlements along the English Channel
  • The Free Mission system lets you contract your army to France or England. Achieve your mission objectives and more profitable battle contracts will be presented to you.

Product Details

Platform: Xbox 360
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000Q7TGL6
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 5.1 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,318 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform for Display: Xbox 360
This game is absolutely brilliant. I am a Dynasty Warriors/Samurai Warriors fan and thought this would be very similar, but was surprised at how unique it is to anything I've ever played before. I have played a lot of games categorized as strategy that involved very little real strategy. This game truly is a strategy game! It is a cross between Dynasty Warriors and Total War (PC).

There are many different units you can lead in a battle. Some have advantages over others and are at a disadvantage when facing other units. It is like a rock, paper, scissors set-up. Yet there are helpful things on the game screen that allow you to see whether or not you will have an advantage or a disadvantage over an enemy. This keeps you from having to have a whole advantage chart memorized.

One thing I really liked is your character gains experience only with the types of units he has commanded during a battle. In that way, you get good at leading certain types of troops based on your experience at leading those troops.

I am in love with this game. The learning curve is really not that steep, though at first it might seem to be. This is definitely a unique game when compared to everything else currently out there, and might set the standard for a new style of real time strategy. A definite must play for fans of strategy games!
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I like this game. Most of the games that I play are of the PC strategy type, i.e. Civilization, Total War etc. I also like RPG's like Morrowind and Oblivion. I see this game as sort of a hybrid of the two types. Bladestorm feels more "light hearted" and just fun. It's totally open ended. You don't have to create units and build castles etc. you just use what's already there.

I was very pleased to find that you can go into options and change camera view to inverse. I think the graphics are excellent. It's really rich and beautiful on a wide screen HDTV.

The voice acting and music is pretty rediculous, but doesn't detract too much from the gameplay.

What this game has, that really makes it different is the "first person" relation to what's going on on the battlefield. You can't get that "bird's eye view" that you get in Total War. You see the battlefield the way a participant would. There's till plenty of opportunity to employ tactics,i.e. keeping archers back and on higher ground if possible, charging with cavalry in open fields etc.

Another interesting thing is the fact that you can't just "button mash" in battle. Each type of unit has it's abilities, each taking a certain amount of time to regenerate. Using abilities well in combination can be very devistating. You have to wait for the "power" to regenerate before you use it again. The same is true for defensive manuevers, i.e. raising shields. You can raise shields for a certain amount of time, until the power runs out. Then you have to wait for the power to come back again.

The AI is kind of a "mixed bag." The good thing is that they don't just stand around waiting for you to attack. They will attack you.
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I've owned this game for about a month and have played it regularly. I would best descibe it as playing one of the soldiers in a Total War game because there is a large scale battle going on while you control one character or unit to complete the objectives and win the battle.

Pros: Great grapics; the in-game graphics are great and very detailed. The individual soldiers within a unit are somewhat unique looking and are not 20 copies running around. Also, the lighting as the time of day progresses is very good and impressive. The artwork and design are also great, giving a Japenese styled image to European soldiers and characters.
The story/plot is interesting but not consuming. Short conversations and cut-scenes between battles provide plot while keeping the emphasis on gameplay. The voice acting was also impressive.
Gameplay is great and a lot of fun, you can take your character anywhere on the battlefield and choose to complete the mission objectives or make your own path.
Character/unit development keeps the game interesting as your charater develops new skills that allow you to control different units.

Cons: Gameplay can be pretty repetive, a lot of time can be spent performing the same actions again and again. But I say the game has great replay value because you can choose to focus on different units as you play through the game which gives it a different style and feel. For example, if you focus on cavalry the entire game you might get tired of running your knights into enemy formations all day, but using different unit classes provides new challenges and experiences.

Overall I would say this is a great game and would highly reccomend it to anyone who is a fan of stategy warfare games.
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While dusting, I came across this on my room mates shelf. Being a fan of omega's games and a fair strategy nut, I popped it in, expecting to slog through a small cities population while barely staining my mail hauberk. However, bladestorm takes an interesting middle ground between the 3-rd person slaughterfest of Dynasty Warriors and the nearly completely hands off approach of Rot3K.

Bladestorm puts you in the role of mercenary officer No. 5, a sellsword who works for the British and French in turns on various fields throughout the Hundred Years War. A nice cast of significant figures make periodic appearances and are voiced decently, from the Black Prince to Joan of Arc.

Advancing isn't a level by level thing, but rather a practice with spears, improve spears techniques and spear unit leadership skills. Points aren't automatically awarded, and you have a fair amount of control over the improvement of unit abilities (I personally ramped Calvary Charge up to max first thing, and thereby turned my horse line into a tank blitzkreg) The weapons are incredibly well balanced, and a wrong strategic step can quickly see your men slaughtered like lambs. Yuo also can't do the one man army approach thats so tempting from DW either, for similar reasons. Theres some strategic involvement, but primarily you fight from the fore, as to be expected.

The sad part of this is you feel like an extra in a movie, rather than a named character, much less a main one. You almost don't have control over yourself, and its easy to lose track of you among the throng, and suddenly find yourself surrounded, all your men dead and you at half health. You have no lines and no involved cutscenes, and you even get your thank-you lines in battle. The story crawls along, shackled wrist to ankle.
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