Muramasa: The Demon Blade
Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a 2D epic action adventure developed for the Wii by Vanillaware and published by Ignition Entertainment. The basic formula is similar to the basic formula of video games like Super Metroid and Castlevania. The story line of Muramasa: The Demon Blade is broken into two different character lines that are each a different experience. The first one is ninja princess Momohime Kosuke and the second an amnesia-stricken warrior who walks a different world. The story is told in a traditional Kabuki style that mixes drama and dance, only in the case of Muramasa: The Demon Blade they have added rhythmic, flowing swordplay as a story telling element of the game play.
Is the Game Play of Muramasa: The Demon Blade Entertaining Fun? (5 out of 5)
Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a world that opens up to you the more you play. At the start of your adventure your world is relatively small, but the world opens up as you explore and alternate routes begin to intercept the main story line. The game play experience goes deep with the main story line but it branches off into specific enemy rooms with insane challenges that reward you with useful new gear. In one of these rooms I faced-off against 100 ninjas!
This video game lacks quick-travel game play ability, so you’ll spend lots of time backtracking through empty lands and running through areas you have already travelled to get supplies. A lack of this quick travel ability slows down the pace of the game play of a Wii action video game that’s pretty reserved. The pace of the game play is exquisite as you find new cooking recipes, new accessories, new blades, and battle different enemies at every turn. The pace keeps you constantly anticipating finding something new and feeling like you’re progressing as you play.
The two button game play simple, but the action is deep, fast and engrossing for both story lines of this Wii action video game. The first play through will take you about 20 hours but delving into the harder difficulty of this title will reward you with new content that will take a little longer.
Do the Controls of Muramasa: The Demon Blade Work? (5 out of 5)
Muramasa: The Demon Blade implements a two button control scheme that will be familiar to gamers who have played with the controls of the Smash Brothers video games. This control system works seamlessly to create combat action and movements that are smooth and fast, and responded immediately to my commands in every battle. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a definite candidate for one of the 5 best Wii games for hardcore fighting fanatics.
Is the Graphical Presentation of Muramasa: The Demon Blade Good? (5 out of 5)
Muramasa: The Demon Blade has breath taking graphical presentation that will make your eyes get bigger and you say, “Wow”. This title is one of the most engrossing and artistically beautiful video games for the Wii that I have played. The color palette is stunning, with bright and crisp colors that stand out in the eye. The graphical effects in the battles are spectacular with each of the 108 blades included. The animation is amazingly deep and constant through out both story lines of this Wii action video game. All the animations were perfect in motion and looked realistic in all the sequences.
How Does Muramasa: The Demon Blade Sound? (4 out of 5)
Muramasa: The Demon Blade has an orchestrated mood setting music score that captivates the senses as it grows and progresses along with the action as you progress from screen to screen. The Japanese voice over work is still included with the North American release, but they added text that’s a mix of English and Japanese. In Muramasa: The Demon Blade you never feel like the experiences of your adventure are over. There’s always another song to listen to again, a dragonfly whizzing around in the background or a story element you didn’t catch the first time.
The Final Word on Muramasa: The Demon Blade (5 out of 5)
Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a video game that should be considered for one of the 5 best Wii video games period. The polish in all aspects of production with this title is a testament to the job done by both Vanillaware and Ignition Entertainment. Hardcore gamers will love playing this video game but only casual gamer willing to invest a little time will be entertained by Muramasa: The Demon Blade.
This post is part of the series: Muramasa Guide
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