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- Three progressively more difficult game modes: Unmatched Mode, Carnage Mode and Insane Death Mode.
- A unique action RPG, from the makers of Odin Sphere, with a story pulled from Japanese mythology.
- Entrancing 2D animation with the look of beautiful hand-drawn watercolor painting.
- Playable characters including a male ninja or female kunoichi, both possessing a wide variety of ninja skills necessary for progression through the levels in not only side-scrolling fashion, but vertical progression elements as well.
- Controller support for both the Wii Remote and the Nintendo Classic Controller.
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A number of cursed blades exist throughout the world. Blades that thirst for blood the moment they’re drawn. Even those blades thought to be holy slowly become corrupted over time as they are used in hatred and drenched in blood. Those who wield these blades slowly become homicidal. The curses laid on these blades are said to condemn those who use them to tragic and untimely deaths. It is in the Genroki era, a period of time in which the shogun Tsumayoshi Tokogawa reigned, that the force of the damned began to emerge, threatening the peace and prosperity that had long existed in the world. The cursed blades became the focus of the greed, self-righteousness, and arrogance of those who’d gain possession of them, and inevitably it was these conflicting desires that led to war. As the flames of chaos and disaster spread, denizens from the netherworld were dragged into the confusion as not only the evil spirits were summoned by the swords, but the Dragon and Demon Gods as well. How will the destinies of those drawn to these cursed blades unfold?
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Whoever developed the control scheme for this game is a damn genius. I dunno how something so simple could be so complex. It feels effortless and yet, makes you feel like you're really getting your groove on lol. I could hand a toddler the control and he'd instantly look like a master. Don't think it stops there, people who actually know what they're doing can take it a step beyond. A HUGE step beyond. Mixing styles and attacks, counters and dodging, rolling and gliding, there's a million ways to come at your foes. People who say the battles feel repetitive are, sad to say, not creative, or flat out CAN'T fight. You get a wide range of bizarre attacks from just pressing A, so people tend to just button mash and run through the game, making it repetitive for themselves. There are tons of swords and abilities to unlock, so you're kinda responsible for making the most of your gaming experience...or not.
I always prefer a game with English voice overs but I must say, the Japanese voice acting is very nice in this game, and it also helps add a nice touch to what feels like pretty deep Japanese culture. The replay value is pretty decent. There are two modes, you'll probably wanna play both. There are two characters, each with their own story line. Anyone loving Japanese folk lore/tale, or stories of the feudal era will be sucked into the story and its cast. Then there's the truck load of weapons to forge etc. If you want, this game has the ability to keep you busy for a while. The best thing is the price. This game is dog cheap! $9.99?! Brand New?! For something of this caliber?! It feels like the makers of this game ripped their own selves off! This is what I call putting customers first lol! This is a unique masterpiece, the kind you don't see often. You should grab it now before time passes, the game gets rare, and the price shoots up to what this game's REALLY worth. We're talking somewhere around $40-$50. HEED MY WORDS.
Although it doesn't have as many player characters, or as much character interaction, as Odin Sphere, and although it has more of a focus on combat, this is still just as good as the former, if not better. Why? Read the review and you'll get your answer.
Story: 8/10 - I'll admit, like most people who have played this game, the story is hard to follow, especially at the beginning. Of course, it gets more interesting by the middle, and both stories follow up with a dramatic finish in the end.
Gameplay: 10/10 - Like I said, this game tends to shift its focus more into combat. Luckily, they also delve deeper in to the combat system by giving you two choices of blade type: Blade (Tachi), a shorter weapon with an agile fighting style, and Long Blade (Odachi), a longer weapon with a slower, but more powerful style. Also, to spice things up, each blade has its own special ability, or Secret Art (Ogi), that gives you even more variety in the combat selection.
Characters: 10/10 - Most characters here have a higher degree of depth than others, like Momohime (Two personalities, both conflicting, make for an interesting scenario) and Jinkuro (It's interesting to see his progressive change of heart from spending more time with the original Momohime). Some, though, like the fox maidens, don't show much change, which is a shame.
Fun: 10/10 - For button-mashers and RPG fans alike, this is for you. But here's a word of advice; for RPG lovers in particular, plus all people new to beat-em-ups, start with Muso Mode. You definitely won't regret it. Either way, it's a fun game for nearly everyone.
Overall: 38/40 - Although not as good as some games I've played, Muramasa is one of the best I've seen so far, taking beat-em-up to a whole new level. Plus, the hand-drawn graphics, although nowhere near Okami, score bonus points for the whole game as well.
All reviews here pertain to the wii and not high-def systems.
1-10 with 1 being horrible and 10 best ever.
Graphics: 9.5 If you appreciate different art styles and not just reallistic, this is beautifully done. It feels like a custom hand drawn Japanese mythological story, with two protagonists offering different paths and battles.
Sound: 8.5 The sound is amazing as well, with a few catch riffs and good character sounds.
Gameplay: 9.5 This game offers many controller options, but the classic controller is best. There are two stories to play through, each with different paths, boss battles, and stories. The length is very long, with many hours of RPG elements, action gameplay, and a huge collectors item for serious gamers. This would have got a 10 if there was a multiplayer option, co-op, or battle.
Replay Value: 8.5 This game offers two protagonists one male and one female. Momohime the female has made me develop a crush on her, look at her figurine and you will catch my drift. :) This game is a must have for serious gamers, collectors, or Japanese art/myth appreciators.
Overall rating: 9.0 This game is beautiful, difficult, offers two different stories, and is fun yet challenging.
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