Genji II is action adventure role playing game that takes place in feudal Japan. Control a powerful samurai and fight your away through numerous exciting levels.
|Developer: Game Republic
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Release Date: November 13, 2006
JustRPG Score: 67%
+Easy to learn combat system,
+Immersive story line.
-Poor artificial intelligence.
Genji II Overview
Genji II is an action adventure role playing game that was developed by Game Republic and was released for the Sony Playstation 3 in late 2006. Players take control of Genji, a samurai, who is attempting to avenge his fallen allies. The game sports pleasant visuals and has an easy to learn combat system. Although the combat system can be pretty entertaining it is also very easy and the enemies barely attack you at all. The game is also extremely linear and predictable.
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Genji II Review
By, Josh Ferguson
|In 2005, Sony released the action title Genji: Dawn of the Samurai for the PlayStation 2. When the game was released, critics praised it for its beautiful presentation, but weren’t so kind when it came to the actual gameplay. However, in November 2006, coinciding with the launch of the PlayStation 3, comes Genji: Days of the Blade, the sequel to the 2005 action game. Will Genji: Days of the Blade improve on the flaws of the original, or will it create even more? Read on to find out.|
The storyline in Genji 2 continues to follow Yoshitsune, the original game’s main character, and takes place three years after the events of the original game. News has begun spreading that demons have joined in the heishi army, but many of these reports have been overlooked as rumors. Nevertheless, when Heishi troops begin storming Shishi Temple, Yoshitsune, Benkei, and two new companions join forces to try and stop this new Heishi threat.
|Similar to the original, the storyline in Genji 2 is loosely based on Japanese historical events. I say loosely because while the events may be similar, I kind of doubt demons were around for the battles, and, after all, we all remember the whole giant crab-flipping fiasco that plagued internet forums for some time. Still, the storyline isn’t necessarily bad, but that’s not exactly the game’s high point, nor does it intend to be. Genji: Days of the Blade focuses much more on action rather than story, which I will get into later.|
|Throughout the game, players will be taking on the role of four different characters to battle through the enormous Heishi armies. If you have played through the original Genji, then each of these characters should seem somewhat familiar. During the game, players are able to switch back and forth between any of these four characters by pressing the direction on the D-Pad that corresponds with that particular character. Players can switch back and forth between these characters at any time of the game, which definitely helps with some of the game’s larger-scale battles. Throughout the game, you will also run into areas that can only be accomplished by certain characters, such as breaking down walls, jumping across large gaps, or running up walls. Also, each of the four characters at times might be more effective against certain enemies, which gives another reason to switch back and forth between the different characters. It might not be necessary to constantly switch, but this can make the experience easier and more interesting.|
As for the four different characters in the game, each of them plays out a little differently than the others. Yoshitsune is basically the game’s balanced character; he’s extremely fast and has a good amount of strength, but no one carries as big of a punch as Benkei. Similar to the original, Benkei is the game’s powerhouse, extremely slow but his attacks can devastate nearby enemies. While Yoshitsune and Benkei are basically the same characters in the original, this time around there are two completely new characters named Shizuka and Buson. Like Yoshitsune, Shizuka is very quick and agile, but her weapon of choice is a chain blade, which can be used very effectively against enemies. While her attacks can be somewhat on the weaker side, her chain blades can effectively damage enemies from a great distance, which allows her to defeat her enemies before they even have a chance to get near. The next new character, Buson, uses a sort of spear to twirl around and defeat his enemies. Out of the four characters, Buson is probably the oddball of the group. There really isn’t anything about Buson that sets him apart from the rest of the group. However, when he constantly twirls his spear around on a few enemies he can be very effective.
|Earlier, I stated that the game focuses heavily on combat, and this is definitely true. Players will be thrown into battle after battle against these Heishi warriors. Of course, everyone loves to be thrown into combat over and over and over again, right? Well, yeah, but the problem is that the combat in Genji can become somewhat repetitive quite easily. One problem with the original Genji was that the characters really didn’t have any types of abilities, which made combat a little repetitive. Sadly, aside from Buson, the characters still really don’t have any abilities. Basically, you will be hacking and slashing your way through the hordes of enemies throughout the game. Luckily, each of the characters will have a few different types of weapons at their disposal, which alters that character’s types of attacks. In other words, one weapons attack maneuver will more than likely differ from the next. Also, players can switch back and forth between any of their weapons in real time, which makes this even nicer. Still, chances are most players will find one weapon that they like and continue to take advantage of that particular one.|
|One of the reasons players will more than likely stick to using one particular weapon is because the game allows you to upgrade your weapons. Throughout the game, you will encounter certain enemies who bare something known as “Mashogane”, which can be used by your characters to increase the strength of a weapon. Each weapon can be upgraded a total of four times, so unless you are a completist, more than likely you will upgrade the hell out of one weapon and continue to use that one over and over. Also, by using the “Essence of Amahagane,” which was in the original, players will be able to increase their characters’ HP and something known as Kamui.|
As I’ve stated numerous times, throughout the game players will be hacking and slashing their way through a number of enemies. Any time your character successfully attacks an enemy, that character’s Kamui bar will begin to increase. Once that character’s bar has become full, the player can then press the L1 button to go into a sort of alternate realm and battle against the enemies on the screen. While in this alternate realm, the player will have to successfully press the appearing shape on the face pad. If you correctly tap the appropriate button, then your attack will be successful, but if you miss, the enemy will block that attack, or at times may even swing and hit your character. This type of attack is interesting at first, and looks really nice too, but the problem is that it is basically the same almost every time. While the combination of presses may differ from one enemy class to another, each of the classes has its own attack combination and when you battle the same enemies over and over, this starts to become a little repetitive and almost too easy. There are also certain enemies in the game who can use Kamui against your character, particularly some bosses. This is basically the exact same as when your characters use it, but rather than using the button presses to attack, you are now using them to defend your character. The problem with this is that the enemies also will be using the exact same combination of button presses too, making this almost feel too easy. To make matters even worst, some of the bosses will use this against you, and when all you have to do is press the same buttons over and over, it not only becomes a little repetitive, but almost too easy.
|Graphically, Genji: Days of the Blade is probably one of the better-looking titles to be released for the PlayStation 3 so far. The game features some great-looking environments that would make any player want to explore, but sadly the game is quite straightforward and doesn’t really allow for that. Character animations and the actual character designs of the game all look great and are very detailed. Like all of the other graphical areas, the cinematics are also great looking and shouldn’t disappoint. Sadly though, one of the biggest issues with the look of the game isn’t the actual graphics, but flaws with the camera system. Similar to the first game, which suffered from some camera issues, Genji: Days of the Blade also features many of these same problems. Since players can’t truly control the camera to get a better view of some of the environments or enemies, this causes some issues with off-screen enemies, especially with many of the boss battles. With the large amount of enemies that do appear on screen at times, often an enemy general will accompany them. With the large amount of enemies, it can be difficult to truly track down certain enemies, specifically the generals who need to be defeated before they summon more enemies.|
|Concerning the sound department, the game doesn’t fare quite as well as it does graphically, but it still is done pretty well. The sound effects are top notch, and the score is good too, but at times can be a little repetitive. There is also quite a bit of voice work in the game, which, unlike the original, is in English this time around. For the most part, the voice acting is pretty good, but there are a few characters that could have been a little better.|
Overall Genji: Days of the Blade is an excellent-looking game for the PlayStation 3. Even though it is a beautiful game, the actual gameplay is somewhat hampered by repetitive combat, a difficult camera, and lack of exploration. Still, the game is by no means unplayable, and if you were a fan of the original game, then you will probably find something to enjoy here, or at least something good to look at.
|Final Grade: 67%|
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