posted by rsteadman (WEST COLUMBIA, SC) Aug 7, 2011
Member since Aug 2011
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Muramasa is a strange beast. On one hand, it is a modern take on a side-scrolling action game that would fit perfectly in the SNES library along titles like Hagane and Actraiser, or NES stalwarts Legend of Kage and even River City Ransom with it's RPG elements -- just with the most amazing 2D art and animation ever. On the other, when not in frentic combat -- think modern Ninja Gaiden on a 2D plane -- the game is deliberately paced; almost meditative. You may backtrack through a level and do nothing but hold 'right' for a couple of minutes, but you can soak up and admire all the incredible art and imagination put into the characters and breath-taking environments. You can restore your health by eating at restaurants or making you own food, but rather than be a few quick menu clicks, you're forced spend time with these gorgeous hand-drawn animations that -- like a tea ceremony -- make you take the time to appreciate them.
It's not for everyone, but that's no mark against a sublime take on a genre that's fallen out of fashion. This is easily one of my favorite games of this generation and certainly a top 10 on the Wii.
I have played all key games on Playstation1-3, WII, Game cube, N64, SNES, NES, Genesis 1-3, Sega CD, ect.... and to date this is officially the best console game I have ever seen. The good about this game far outweighs the bad and I'll try to explain why.
SUMMARY - Fast paced 2D sidescrolling Japanese style RPG. Hack and slash your way threw this game you will gain experience/level, acquire items and craft swords, etc to make your "assassin" stronger. The game is built around an interesting storyline that unfolds as the game progresses.
This game has the best artwork I have ever seen in a game to date. The game is fast paced and fun. You will be adsorbed by the story and the games true authentic Japanese feel.
---GOOD--- Best graphics ever, the art is simply amazing. Lots attention to detail, bright and vibrant colors and the background consist of multiple layers giving it a 3D like effect that I have never seen before, I LOVED THE ARTWORK!!!! The game has a true Japanese feel to that makes it exciting, you almost feel like your in Japan. The story is amazing. The audio and sound effects are equally as good as the art, game play and story. The game is fast paced. The game is easy to play so it will be appealing to both new gamers and hardcore gamers.
---BAD--- A small part of the game is cooking food that is used to heal, this process is slow and repetitive. But don't worry you can buy healing potions from a NPC you will eliminate the need for cooking.
---NEUTRAL--- The game is a button masher, the only attack buttons are A for main attack, and B for special attacks. I normally hate games that are "BUTTON MASHERS". But, due to this games extremely fast pace, Japanese feel, splendid artwork and interesting story the controls worked. I was irritated by the jump control setup for the first 15-20 min; to jump you press up on the nunchuck's analog stick. But, after getting use to pressing up to jump it worked flawlessly with this game.