I love 2-d sprite art and this game has the most beautiful art I have ever seen in a video game. Every scene is like one beautiful 2-d painting after another.
Also, the combat is much deeper than let on. You can't just mash buttons, you will need to master how to evade, rush, combo, and use things like the sword breaking skill and guarding. It's actually rather deep and enjoyable.
The music is outstanding and I am so happy that they kept the Japanese voices. For a game like this it's the only thing that would have fit.
The thing I felt was most appealing about this game was it's rich reliance on Japanese mythology. It doesn't even try to dumb it down or explain it to you. It just assumes it's common knowledge. Don't know what an Oni or a Kitsune is? Well, better wiki it cause this game isn't going to waste time in explanations. That would be like if an American game or movie took time to explain what a demon or giant is. So, I like how absorbed in the culture the game is.
I highly recommend this title to ANYONE that loves art and especially to those who love 2-d art. Though it's considered a sidescroller I actually think people who enjoy 2-d fighters might be more inclined to this game than people who enjoy sidescrollers. (though I am sure both will love it.)
I plan on buying this game. You should at least rent it.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade is the latest 2-D video games released exclusively on the Nintendo Wii, and it is, by far, one of the most beautiful and excellent video game to come out this year!
Muramasa: The Demon Blade has two story arcs where you play either the female kunoichi, Princess Momohime, or the male ninja, Kisuke. Each character has its own deep storyline that at some moments intertwine with each other.
The only flaw with the storyline for each character is that you'll need some basic knowledge of Japanese mythology because most of the characters that appear in the game are based off of some myths and legends in Japanese history.
Press the A button to perform your standard sword blade attacks. And press the B button to unleash your special attack which varies depending which swords you equipped. Press the C button to switch between blades. You can only equip up to three blades at once.
When using blades, each blade has a meter which can allow you to perform special attacks, auto-defend, etc. When your blade's meter runs out, your blade will break. During that moment, switch the broken blade with another one in your arsenal.
Each blade will repair itself and replenish its own meter when it is placed in its sheath.
The main aspect of the game is the HUGE amount of blades you can collect. There are a total of 100 blades you can collect in the game, and some blades can only be unlocked by completing the other story arc.
There are two types of blades: short and long blades.
Short blades are fast and easy to use. But they lack strength and break easily.
Long blades are powerful and last longer but slow to use.
The design of the game is just breathtaking as if you are watching a Japanese oil painting in motion.
Voice acting is top-notch with emotion and devotion.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade is an excellent game for the Wii. Though it is rather short, you will play hours upon hours, making it a must-have for any Wii owner!