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Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War - Playstation 3
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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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Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War PS3
Amazon.comIn 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.
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The game loosely follows the hundred years war between England and France and you play across the whole map of France. You are a mercenary and you choose from a selection of missions which have you fighting for the side you choose. Most missions are not pivotal but some push the story along, introducing famous areas of battle and NPCs. Between missions you can buy gear, hire squads to summon to your aid in battle and upgrade the abilities of certain weapon types.
Gameplay is fun, and once on the battlefield you can either run around on your own (not sensible), take command of a friendly unit (if you have found the requisite book or tome), or summon one of 3 hired squads of troops. The battle field is large and dotted with bases (friend and foe) which can be captured - most missions involve capturing certain bases. Bases are defended by a garrison of squads, and they also spawn extra units. Once these defending squads are defeated, you take on the garrison leader, defeat him and capture the base. Repeat to meet your mission objectives.
There are numerous squad types available for command from assassins to cannon to knights and camels. Each squad has a unique set of 3 attacks which can be deployed at critical moments, and a regular attack. This is very different to Dynasty Warriors, and it is important to fight as a squad and choose the right squad to take on your enemies. Don't take your heavy pikemen up against rapier units! As you use a squad type you gain XP to spend of attributes for that type of squad (either generally, or for specific attacks). You find books and tomes throughout the game which enable you to command more exotic units.
I haven't played through to the end of the game yet but I've put in about 30 hours so far. Some things are confusing and aren't explained enough like side missions for collecting 12 parts of a shield or gemstones or whatever - no info is forthcoming after your first, brief interaction with the character in the tavern. There's also a lack of variety in the missions, and whilst some have small side quests, these are few and far between and again don't give you any detail until you're on the battlefield - sometimes miles away from the unclear objective. Filler missions are all the same and involve capturing locations in a set number of days (like rounds), and if you die (retreat!) you start over. Story missions have cut scenes which are terrible and pretty lame compared to the Dynasty Warriors ones (nothing like seeing the Prince of England looking like something out of Final Fantasy). One highlight for me was the female Welsh mercenary called Branwen - she has a Welsh name and they even used an actor with a Welsh accent! Being Welsh and living in the US I really miss the accent of cute Welsh girls... but anyway, she's dressed in some Japanese fashion and probably belongs in a Hello Kitty kind of game.
At the end of the day though, if you like battering loads of enemies over and over (like me) you'll enjoy this, but if Dynasty Warriors felt repetitive to you then you will find this 10 times more so.