gamers (99%) found this review helpful
This is a game you can really sink your teeth into... provided you meet a few specific criteria:
1. Patience. This game moves very slowly. You may want to start off and be able to use Guns and Magic right away. Well, I put a good 40 or so hours into this game, and never got the ability to use either of those weapon sets. So be prepared to put some time into this game if you really want to get the most out of it.
2. Love of Strategy. Few war games ever quite capture the strategic element of war, but Bladestorm does this quite nicely. With a plethora of different "job classes" that you can (eventually) utilize, and each of those job classes having different strengths and abilities, the amount of ways you can approach a certain battle situation is staggering. However, if you don't like your games to make you think too much, this may be off-putting.
3. More Patience. Not only is the pace of the game's campaign slow, but the battles themselves may feel slow to gamers who are used to rapid button-pressing and combos. There is no button-mashing here. The outcome of a skirmish is decided entirely on strategy, practice, and good decision-making.
So while casual gamers would probably find this game rather disappointing because of it's adrenaline-free battle system, this game still does what it set out to do very well. It's a deep and satisfying strategy/war game, with plenty to do and (what with multiple storylines and a create-your-own character) quite alot of replay value.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This game is about what I expected, which as a fan of Koei's games, suited me just fine. I was just happy it featured European history for a change. For those unfamiliar, Koei excels at the two genres of military strategy and hack'n'slash games. They've endeavored to bring the two together over the years, and Bladestorm is their first foray into the new generation of games. If you are not a fan of these two genres, this game will be really fun for a few hours, and then the tedious story, repetitive gameplay, and so-so graphics will begin to get tiresome. It's worth playing regardless, if only for the rush of charging a troop of cavalry over an enemy army. Few games offer such satisfying carnage. For those who are familiar, Koei has really outdone themselves this time. The variety of troops is staggering, and you can customize abilities on every one of them. I really liked that the game got deeper the more I played. The gameplay is very much like Dynasty Warriors, but instead of going it alone, you'll lead army troops to fight with you, much like Kessen. Unlike Dynasty Warriors, you're not just playing the same battles over and over again with different characters, but rather 100 years worth of scenarios on the battlefield. Unlike Kessen, you aren't so much the general as the commander, meaning that though you don't determine where the armies go, you get the greater satisfaction of fighting with them, as opposed to just watching them fight. For fans, I give the game an 8.
gamers (96%) found this review helpful
The 9/10 for this game is my comparative rating within the genre. It is a well-enough-designed war strategy game with a lot of perks and bonus materials to be discovered that keep the game interesting even after 30 hours of game play.
However, it has a very insufficient tutorial. Therefore, one needs to read guides online before delving into the actual game. There are EXTREMELY crucial points left out of the lengthy tutorial, namely the use of L1 and L2. You can learn about basic aspects of the game by visiting the Gossip section at the Tavern within the game, also.
Altogether though not a perfect game, it is good enough to keep a demanding player busy for hours of battle fun! Give it a try...