One thing that is shown to best advantage is the graphics. The character models, enemy models, and world are all breathtaking, and some of the graphical features in the levels will have you slack-jawed.
This game is a sequel to a game on the PS2, Genji: Dawn of the Samurai, and it continues where the story of that first game left off. The hero of the tale is Yoshitsune, a young swordsman who must defend the Genji clan against all enemies. The primary enemy that must be fought is the Heishi, the enemy clan from the previous game, who have transformed into demonic fighters with pink crystals jutting out of their bodies. Your character will team up with three others who will adventure with you through the game.
The game is played much like other hack-and-slash style of games, with the face buttons performing attacks and allowing you to jump. The right-side shoulder buttons can be held down in combat to allow your character to lock on and dodge. The right analog is the one difference from other styles of games, in that it allows you to perform rolls, dodges, and flips to evade attacks and attackers. Pushing the D-pad in any direction will switch in and out players. You are only allowed to have one of your four characters fighting at any given time, but you can freely switch between them for the character that is right for any given situation.
Its actually the case that you will find yourself switching between characters a bunch, too. Thats because each individual character has their own life bar, and if the character that you are using runs out of life, your adventure is over. So, you will switch your characters up to keep them alive and utilize the best one in any given situation.
The characters in this game receive upgrades as they go on, too, to both their weapons and their skills. Acquiring a new weapon for any character as you go through the game opens up entirely new combat skills, and will show your character performing new attacks when theyre equipped. This is not something youll find yourself doing a bunch, however, as new weapons dont increase your damage or need to be used to fight against certain types of enemies. Its an intriguing new system that is not used to its best advantage in this game.
One thing that is shown to best advantage is the graphics. The character models, enemy models, and world are all breathtaking, and some of the graphical features in the levels will have you slack-jawed. Regardless, there are only a few different enemy character models to fight, and the levels have a traditional level layout and feel, even if they do look nice.
If youre looking for the very prettiest hack-and-slash adventure game out there, then youve found it with Genji: Days of the Blade. Just dont expect a whole lot of game mechanics to back that up.
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