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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.
The game had some beautiful graphic for a side scroller and pretty good music.
BUT the game got really tiring because of the fact that the distance between the actual boss stages were so far away. I got pretty tired of the music and there was a big lack of any story. It was not very humorous and pretty cookie cutter.
They had two characters to beat and a lot of weapons to get. I spent 7 somthing hours on each character. I think 6 of those hours were taken just running from one spot to the other. The only thing that kept me going was that the bosses were nice to look at.
I rented this game for myself. Of course since I work my step-son got to play it first. He beat it in two days. It might have been a day and a half. To the game's defense he did only play the female side of the story. But apparently the monotony of the random fights on every other board and the similarity of the story lines between the two characters didn't want to make him play the other side. After watching him play for a little while and beating the girl's side, I didn't want to play either.
The game is beautiful like everyone says but there is something missing. It didn't really seem that hard. He is no game guru and the default difficulty gave him little trouble. He died less in the whole game than someone dies in one level of Tomb Raider.