Genji: Days of the Blade - PS3 - Preview 2
There was some mirth and an all-too-short bit of gameplay allowed but Sony threw a bit of a coming-out party for Genji: Days of the Blade.
Sony held the event at an exclusive club in downtown Hollywood. There was food, drink, a brief presentation – which included a never-before-seen trailer that still had to be fully translated – and the chance to get hands on part of a level.
That was a bit surprising, considering the title is slated to release in November with the launch of Sony’s PlayStation 3 console.
Days of the Blade is considered to be a traditional action-adventure title, drawing on the wave-after-wave of opponents similar to it’s predecessor and KOEI’s Dynasty Warrior franchise. In the game you take on the role of one of four characters (switching is a simple matter using the D-pad once you have unlocked – or introduced – the other members of the team) and work through a level battling a host of enemies. Sometimes you may need to jump between characters to accomplish tasks that one of the others could not.
This is very much a single-player experience. No multiplayer will be offered. The story itself takes place three years after Dawn of the Samurai, and continues to deal with historical and mythological elements of feudal Japan.
According to Sony’s press release, key game features will include:
Twice the Content, Twice the Action – Over 15 hours of gameplay continuing the story of Yoshitsune and based on the historical battle between the Genji Clan and the Heishi Clan
Swap between Four Playable Characters, At Any time – Take advantage of each of the four characters’ unique fighting style or unleash devastating team-based fighting combos by interchanging characters between attacks
Exquisite Combat - Gracefully articulated swordplay captured by Mitsuhiko Seike, Japan's finest sword fighter, provides the heart and soul of intense authentic action
Massive Battles – Lead Yoshitsune and his men against hundreds of warriors, as you strive to reach, and defeat, the enemy warlord in epic battle sequences based on Japanese history
Beautifully Detailed Battlegrounds – From shimmering details of the great naval battle of Dannoura to epic monumental horseback encounters at Ichinotani,
Genji: Days of the Blade truly harnesses the power of PLAYSTATION 3 to deliver next-generation visuals
With 25 levels taking place in four or five distinctive environmental areas of Japan, Days of the Blade will also feature expanded characters on screen. There may be as many as 100 different characters on screen simultaneously.
The available partial level featured two of the main characters working down a creek that spilled down a mountainside. The game was very strong graphically , featuring solid environmental textures and strong special effects, though the camera was not always in the best position to view all the action, or to target enemies for a bulrush attack. The controls were not all that intuitive but the learning curve was rather short.
The sound was somewhat lost in the environment of the nightclub, and some of what was available had not been fully translated.
Genji: Days of the Blade looks to pick up and improve on some of the elements that were not as strong in the original title in this franchise. With the power of the PS3, expectations will certainly be high and the dev team of Game Republic/Sony Computer Entertainment Japan is looking to elevate this title to the next level with solid gameplay elements and sterling graphics.