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  • Summary: Bladestorm heralds a break from the tradition of basing games on Japanese and Chinese history by being set within the Hundred Years' War. This famous European conflict between the English and French provides the setting in which hundreds upon hundreds of soldiers clash on the battlefield. IfBladestorm heralds a break from the tradition of basing games on Japanese and Chinese history by being set within the Hundred Years' War. This famous European conflict between the English and French provides the setting in which hundreds upon hundreds of soldiers clash on the battlefield. If you thought the massively populated battles in the Dynasty Warriors games were huge, think again. [KOEI] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 26
  2. Negative: 6 out of 26
  1. The mixture of real-time action and strategy is a joy to play, and a nice departure from what is fast becoming a stale play mechanic.
  2. Bladestorm works hard to appease both the keen strategist and the action-hungry player, while confidently answering critics who claim that Koei is nothing more than a one-trick warhorse. [Christmas 2007, p.95]
  3. As one of the few fresh things on the menu, I would implore anybody with determination, an interest in strategy, and a desire for something new to check it out. It's got a fair few flaws, some of which can be draining, but it's a fine game indeed, one of Koei's best efforts to date.
  4. A strategy game that succeeds at what it's tried to do, even if it isn't that clever. [Christmas 2007, p.84]
  5. It tries hard to be a good mixture of action, strategy and RPG. But its repetitive nature, limited gameplay and few strategic options make for a boring experience. [Dec 2007]
  6. Fresh ideas can't save Bladestorm from mediocrity.
  7. It is really hard to recommend this title, especially considering the next-gen price tag. The game is marred by technical problems and, if anything, is an exercise in mediocrity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. Sep 4, 2010
    9
    These Koei games (the others being the Warriors franchises) cater to a specific audience. I rate this game about 7/10 as an overall game,These Koei games (the others being the Warriors franchises) cater to a specific audience. I rate this game about 7/10 as an overall game, however it gets a solid 10/10 for this tiny genre. The best of the Warriors style games out there, it has strong RPG style elements, allows for more upgrading, more tactics, more mission control, and more intelligent AI than any other game in the genre. For that reason, I lean towards the higher end of the scores. Expand
  2. MattN.
    Jan 19, 2008
    9
    I don't know why this game hasn't got many good reviews. Personally, i think it's brilliant. Sure, sometimes the people you I don't know why this game hasn't got many good reviews. Personally, i think it's brilliant. Sure, sometimes the people you are fighting are dumb, such as not realising you're there until they're dead but it is still Very addictive. Expand
  3. Joshua
    Oct 9, 2007
    8
    Based on demo:

    As a jaded fan of "Romance of the Three Kingdoms", "Dynasty Warriors", and "Kessen" I wasn't too pumped to play
    Based on demo:

    As a jaded fan of "Romance of the Three Kingdoms", "Dynasty Warriors", and "Kessen" I wasn't too pumped to play "Bladestorm". I downloaded the demo while waiting for "Heroes" to come on and ended up missing "Heroes" and staying up past bedtime playing the demo. "Blade storm" is a breath of fresh air - gone is the button mashing. Instead of being a super warrior you need your troops to win combats. Command is straight forward and easy to pick up but more enjoyable once a little finesse and experience is applied - i.e. breaking a cavalry charge with a well timed broadsword swing. Of course there's the Koei micromanagment of troops and all that good stuff as well. The graphics are nice, what a Koei game should look like on the latest gen. It's really impressive to see large units of troops in combat with no lag or ugliness. I'm looking forward to picking this up.
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  4. Feb 6, 2014
    8
    This was the first game I got on my 360 and boy did I give it a belting, I remember playing dynasty warriors for the first time and veryThis was the first game I got on my 360 and boy did I give it a belting, I remember playing dynasty warriors for the first time and very rapidly becoming bored, this game rather than putting you in that same button mashing hero position in stead puts you in charge of the soldiers around you in a more strategic way.

    In the end graphics aren't great, the gameplay gets repetitive but is helped by the constant influx of new unit types, the story is pretty terrible and very slow to progress, the "strategy" side of the game requires very little strategy and the horses and elephants are massively overpowered. But all those negatives aside this game was so entertaining and so different that I just kept coming back.
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