Greetings Geeks! Woller here. This is what I hope is the first of many father-son reviews written by myself and my 12 year old son, Junior. Enjoy our big geek-little geek take on a review.
Woller Sr.: So, I want us to start off with a brief description of the game. It’s a side-scrolling, hack-and-slash with over 100 different weapons to collect. There are also some very interesting light RPG elements to the game. This includes forging swords, learning to cook…
Junior: …and finding different Demon blades. Demon blades can destroy colored barriers ranging from red to white.
Woller Sr.: Some barriers open paths to different lands…
Junior: Mmmmm hm.
Woller Sr.: and some open gateways to optional sub-bosses. Do you take the side quest or not? This is but one type of choice in the game, for example, when you boot the game up, you immediately have two choices to make. Normal difficulty or hard (we chose normal) and…
Junior: to play as a boy or a girl, Kisuke and Momohime.
Woller Sr.: we chose to start with Kisuke’s quest, and the bulk of the review is based on it.
Junior: <starts reading from the instruction book in Espanol>
Woller Sr.: <raises eyebrow> …soooo, on the review.
Simply put, this was a great game. Both Junior and I had fun playing and watching the game.
Muramasa is truly a beautiful game, in fact it’s probably the best looking game I’ve ever seen…
Junior:…on the Wii
On the Wii or any other system I’ve played.We will agree to disagree on that small point. The entire game sports a hand-drawn look reminiscent of…
Junior: Old Japan. Reminisce is a vocabulary word this week it means “to remember a pleasant memory.”
Indeed. Even Mrs. Woller commented on how beautiful it is. If you can imagine a Japanese style screen painting you can imagine the style and beauty of this game. I know I’m gushing about the look, but it is that well done.
Junior: Remember the screens in the background (before the 2nd boss) that moved like a real scene? And the ones with the fish-eye lens effect?
Totally. There are some great effects on top of the already top-notch visual style.
The sound effects were good, but the soundtrack was…
Junior: Grrrrrreat! Like Frrrrrosted Flakes!
Indeed. Some were quite catchy and we both thoroughly enjoyed them. I’m not usually a fan of game soundtracks, but this one was above par.
The presentation was easily the best part of the game, and that’s no slight to rest of the disc.
Junior: Of course, you start off with a tutorial.
Yep and I found the tutorial to be neither too long nor too short. Well done in that regard. The game itself is kind of a button-masher, but a button-masher with style. There are more than a few moves in the game, though all revolve around the press of one or two buttons. What makes the gameplay the most fun are the 100+ swords collected or forged throughout the game. Each sword has…
Junior: a special ability and most have an effect.
Right again, old bean. The “special abilities” are manifested through a special attack ranging from “nearly useless” to “boss killer,” depending on the blade. Thankfully most fall into the latter category. The best of the bunch give you spin attacks, criss-cross cuts, fountains of focused energy, or swarms of soul power. The effects might rejuvenate health points or increase strength.
There are new swords to be gained every few minutes, if you like, and this keeps the game fresh, especially when you have to backtrack through one of the previously explored areas. The need to backtrack throughout the game is probably the the biggest complaint I have about this title, but the ability to forge new, more powerful swords keep even this bit fresh and fun.
Add to all of this the surprisingly interesting cooking aspect of the game and all of the items you can buy from peddlers and you get a package that is just plain fun. Junior is an RPG fan, I am not, but we both found this to be a great game that has kept our attention for many hours on end.
Overall Woller Sr. gives this game an 8.75 while Junior gives it a whopping 9.2 out of 10.
Highly recommended for everyone from ages 12-35.