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GF Rating
7.6

1566 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

Not bad...

posted by Sayzel (WILMINGTON, NC) Nov 9, 2009

Member since Nov 2009

11 out of 11 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Alright, so I was pretty excited about this game when it was announced, but now that i've played it, i'd say it could have been done a little better. Keep in mind that I haven't played Odin Sphere.

Story: 7
Feh... Typical Japanese folklore. Nothing really new.

Graphics: 10
The visuals for Muramasa are outstanding. Incredibly detailed and vivid hand drawn environments for a 2-D side scroller and attacks and action scenes are also pretty well illustrated.

Sound: 7
Meh... Depends on your taste really. Nothing wrong with the music or the sound in this game, but there wasn't anything that stayed in my head. If you like Japanese voice acting, I think this game was well done in that aspect.

Control: 10 (Gamecube Controller) Didn't use the Wii Remote
I didn't find anything wrong with it. Both characters control relativly the same and there were no problems.

Gameplay: 7
Okay, here's the bread and butter. Muramasa is a tried and true solid action/hack and slash game. There are plenty of enemies to fight when they are on screen, so you won't get bored mowing them down... in the first couple of hours or so. Then it starts to get repetitive. Boss Battles also turn out to get this way and just scream dodge and attack, though that's the general idea with this kind of game.

There isn't much variety between the new blades that you get as the game progresses either. There are normal Blades that are a bit weaker, but attack faster, and then there are Long Blades that are slower, but stronger. Each blade has it's own unique special attack called "Secret Arts", but some of them aren't really that useful and later blades that you get are usually rehashes of ones that you already have, but you'll need them anyway because they're stronger and you have to be able to keep up with progressively stronger enemies.

All and all, Muramasa is a pretty good action title, but it might not be for everyone. The action is solid, but it can get a little old quick.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

More Than Just Eye Candy

posted by GeekyDad (CALHOUN, GA) Sep 15, 2009

Member since Sep 2008

12 out of 13 gamers (92%) found this review helpful

Muramasa isn't the deepest game in the world, but the controls and mechanics are excellent, the bosses are both interesting and challenging, not to mention gorgeous to look at, and if you have an appreciation for Japanese mythology and sensibilities, you'll likely fall in love with this game.

If there's anything I could complain about with Muramasa, it's that there's no way to quick travel from one main-map area to another. Other than this relatively minor complaint, however, the game is virtually flawless in terms of mechanics.

If you dig great combat, tough bosses and beautiful 2D visuals, this game is a must-have. The amazing sound effects and authentic Japanese themes only add an extra layer of awesome.

Don't go into this expecting Metroid, however. It's much more straightforward than that, regardless of what you might have read. That being said, it's still a masterpiece in its own right.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Super Japanese-y Beat 'Em Up Title

posted by SirKoenig (HOBOKEN, NJ) Jul 2, 2012

Member since Apr 2011

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

From a gameplay standpoint, this game is relatively fun. Repetitive, but enjoyable. Graphics are the highlight here (not that there are too many other 2D beat 'em up type titles on the Wii, but still). RPG elements help you progress along the way and upgrading your swords in fun, but they probably could've done a lot more with your skills and advancement in terms of talents/abilities/moves/etc (Ex. Brave Fencer Mushashi).

This said, the story is where makes this game falls short - HARD. While the 2 character's stories are linked, it's super flakey and unless you know the real Japanese story behind this (apparently based on Japanese mythology?), you'll probably be as confused as I was. It wasn't until the end of the game that I finally figured out what they were going for.

Final word - Rent it if you want some mindless hack and action 2D action with pretty graphics. Avoid it if you're looking for anything else.

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