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Genji Days of the Blade

version: pal (it) - year: 2007 - developer: game republic - publisher: sony computer entertainment - format: playstation 3, blu-ray - condition: good - rarity: common

Originally released in 2006 in Japan


Review - I have to admit the main driver behind purchasing this game was the price, cause it’s one of the cheapest PS3 games out there. Not sure this represents a good reason to buy a game, but it worked for me. Of course, I heard a few good things about the prequel (which I never played) so I decided to give Genji a go. If you played any other feudal Japan 3d person action game before, you’ll know exactly what to expect here.

Generally speaking, Genji has nice, artistic graphics, an interesting traditional soundtrack and good enough gameplay based on a clever system. By accumulating experience points, you can upgrade your weapons or your spiritual “Kamui” meter. When surrounded, you can unleash Kamui attacks, and by doing so, the time will slow down and you’ll be prompted to press certain buttons to get rid of your enemies. Performing the combination flawlessly will give you extra items which will be very welcome further into the game. You’ll have a party of four characters, each with his/her specific abilities, strengths and weaknesses.

This helps the variety of the situations you’ll face and you’ll have to carefully upgrade each character, especially since the party will often get divided. Genji is divided in a few different gameplay sections. There are intense battle sections which can become a bit repetitive, some platforming sections which sometimes tend to be a bit confusing because of the fixed camera angle and some exploration sections which consist on simple puzzle-solving.

The hefty amount of beautiful CG cut-scenes greatly enhances the artistic direction of the story, and considering Genji is an early PS3 games, I would say that overall the cosmetics look convincing. In the end, Genji is a solid little game with a decent length, although the main problem I have with it is that it is conceptually old. Gameplay itself feels last generation, with save spots which are often far apart and despite the good there is in it, it is hard to recommend picking this one up in this time and age, unless you find it cheap. For fans of the genre only.

Bottom line: old school gameplay, tough yet addictive if you like the genre. 7/10












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