Heavenly Sword PlayStation 3

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Sep 12, 2007
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 64 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
Buy On
  1. 70
    Heavenly Sword turns out to be a short experience, and one that isn’t going to challenge even the cerebrally impaired.
  2. No amount of lavish technical polish and drama-filled cut scenes can disguise how it feels to play, and the fact that at its core, the combat doesn't quite cut it. Put simply, it feels like it's trying too hard to be different for the sake of it, and throws all manner of good, well-established ideas out to its detriment. Instead of being a spectacular refinement of what's gone before, Heavenly Sword is a reinvention that doesn't quite pay-off.
  3. For those who are fans of the fantasy action genre and who overlooked this almost-classic first time around, I would strongly suggest you not let the negative criticism keep you from missing you on this incredible ride.
  4. AceGamez
    70
    There are definitely moments of triple-A brilliance to be enjoyed here, but they're occasionally overshadowed by the game's shortcomings.
  5. Ultimately very few players will wish to repeat the experience and for such a high profile release questions have to be asked just what went wrong.
  6. A solid action game, but not a "must have" title.
  7. 70
    Heavenly Sword's presentation is stellar and nicely ties the action sequences together, but we just wish that the same amount of care that went into these cutscenes were applied to the game's pacing.
  8. Heavenly Sword will run you about 6 – 7 hours but as an action game that’s about all we can really expect from a title that wants to tell a spin a narrow tale.
  9. 65
    A pretty, short, next-generation God of War-alike with quirky gameplay.
  10. For all its flaws, Heavenly Sword is still somewhat satisfying. Perhaps its short length (just ten hours or so) keeps the button-mashing from becoming overwhelmingly repetitious. Perhaps Nariko’s sexily smoky voice and gorgeous hair is just distracting enough to take your mind off the annoying camera?
  11. If Metal Gear Solid and Halo had acting this good, we'd be on to something.
  12. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    Too short despite early promise of an epic, Heavenly Sword is quite a disappointment. [Oct 2007, p.119]
  13. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    70
    Though it's mostly good, often excellent and technically spectacular, as a wannabe movie this can't help but fall short of heavenly. [Oct 2007, p.102]
  14. Edge Magazine
    60
    It’s worth experiencing for the artistry in its visual flair, excellent cutscenes and one or two inspired directional moments, but as a game? The previous generation God Of War has the definite edge. [Oct 2007, p.86]
  15. games(TM)
    60
    The excellent characters and simply beautiful looks throughout the many cut-scenes will do a fine job of impressing those looking to see what their PlayStation 3 is capable of, but despite these highs, it’s likely to be the lows that stand out. [Oct 2007, p.112]
  16. Play UK
    71
    If this game was longer than six hours, we'd give it a much better score, but the length of it isn't quite redeemed by the great story and mediocre gameplay. [Issue#157, p.72]
  17. PSM3 Magazine UK
    65
    For all its showboating, this is an average action game with few standout moments. [Nov 2007, p.74]
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 558 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 99
  2. Negative: 19 out of 99
  1. Aug 6, 2010
    10
    It was a good game with amazing gameplay, but it could have been better with more gameplay options. I like this game in general. if you haveIt was a good game with amazing gameplay, but it could have been better with more gameplay options. I like this game in general. if you have 5-6 hours to kill, try it out. Full Review »
  2. ThomasO.
    Jan 1, 2008
    6
    What looked to be a rather exciting and interesting title soon found itself being swapped for something else. The game was all over in 4 What looked to be a rather exciting and interesting title soon found itself being swapped for something else. The game was all over in 4 relaxed days of playing. The ONLY thing enticing the user to replay the game was the obligitory 'unlocked' hard mode. Visually the game is very nice for an early release however it is a long series of button mashing against the hoards with the occasional mini-game using the 6-axis for good measure. I would suggest hiring instead of buying. Full Review »
  3. RichardMitchell
    Aug 22, 2007
    1
    Ever since the demo of Heavenly Sword was released, it has been called "Heavenly Flop," because the "in-game" "Playable," graphics aren'tEver since the demo of Heavenly Sword was released, it has been called "Heavenly Flop," because the "in-game" "Playable," graphics aren't nearly as good as the "Cut-Sceen" "Non-Playable" graphics...also, the gameplay of Heavenly Sword is very clumsy--it plays like a "button massher," which requires no true skill. There are also graphic framerate problems with Heavenly Sword. Some reviews rate Heavenly Sword as a good game, while others rate it poorly. I think the main thing to keep in mind is that Heavenly Sword is receving, "Mixed Reviews." In other words, it certainly isn't considered anything special by everyone who plays it. Full Review »