“ Manufacturer: Koei / Genre: Strategy / Output Signal Supported: 720p / Output Signal Supported: 480p / HDTV Support: HDTV Support / Aspect Ratio: 0,672916666666667 / Control Elements: Gamepad / Max. Number Of Players: 2 / Release Date: November, 2007 „
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Name - Bladestorm The Hundred Years War
Game Type - Real time action strategy game
Publisher - Koei
Age Rating - T for Teen
Players - 1
Other systems released for - Playstation 3
Price - Currently £25.43 from Amazon.co.uk
Bladestorm The Hundred Years War was one of the first games that I got with my Xbox 360, I paid about £25 for the game brand new which I thought was very good value as I have had lots of gameplay from it. When I got the game I expected it to be a bit like Dynasty Warriors although the game is made by the same people and graphically looks like it the game is nothing alike. The game is hard to get into as the game is confusing to begin with and the tutorials are not that good, which is the main let down of the game and you find yourself doing trial and error pretty quickly but once you get into the game it is worth it.
The game is loosely based on The Hundred Year war between England and France in the 14th and 15th Century although the makers has changed a few things to make the game more playable and to add different options to the game like you can save Joan of Arc for example. You play as rogue commander who commands a bunch of mercenaries and you can align yourself to either England or France.
You can also choose for each mission which side you will fight for so you can either side switch or play one side than play again as the other side. You only control your own character but you have to deploy the other soldiers under your command to an area of the battleground. You command a wide variety of different types of units like normally infantry and cavalry through to elephants and archers, as the game progresses and your reputation increases the amount of soldiers under your command increases as well as their skill.
Game Play - Good Story well written with good scenes and fun to play
Graphics - Good Graphics
Difficulty - Hard controls to learn and use as you have to move your character and order your troops at the same time. The AI is also pretty good and the game takes a lot of practice to complete.
I'd never heard of Bladestorm before, however as a big fan of fantasy / medieval genre as well as a fan of the related Dynasty Warriors games, when I spotted this one on the shelf of my local game store I thought I'd better give it a go. And I'm glad that I did!
Anyone familiar with the Dynasty Warriors series will know the drill here - trekking across a large battlefield, you lead your army of henchmen into over-exaggerated but exciting combat with other huge armies, capturing bases and ultimately the final objective of each mission.
However there is a key difference here, which is what makes this game stand out. In the Dynasty Warriors titles, your henchmen really are a little bit ineffectual - the real force to be reckoned with is your own character, who will typically have the ability to leap into a crowd of baddies and mow them all down with only a few blows. Fun - yes. However this unfortunately removes a little of the potential strategy in these games. Why use strategy when you could win more quickly and more effectively by simply using the brute force of your unstoppable warrior?
As well as adopting a nice and familiar European fantasy theme, Bladestorm takes a more strategic approach. The character that you control is more commander than heroic warrior - not quite the force-to-be-reckoned-with of the Dynasty Wars series, but this is no bad thing. Yes, you will no longer be able to wade into a heated battle without worrying... however this shifts your concerns to the bigger picture, to the positioning and clever usage of your troops.
Control is from the perspective of a character on the battlefield - an interesting take on the RTS genre that reminds me of one of the first games of this type, the revival of 'Battlezone' on the PC many years ago. Anyone remember that? Well, the control system here is much more fluent and it shows how much this genre has really come along over the past 10 or so years.
There are a host of powerups in the game that you can earn and use, which are often worth saving up for the trickier situations. A lot of this game is actually pretty difficult, and these can often turn the tide of battle.
The graphics here are quite lovely, with lots of detail in the environments and in the wildlife that inhabits them even! Some of the animations may be a little wooden but this doesn't stop the large battles looking epic and exciting.
Overall, Bladestorm is in no way revolutionary, however it is a fun little game that's a bit different from the genre clichés. I recommend this to anyone who's a fan of big medieval battles!
Blade Storm the hundred year war is an Action Strategy Game for the Microsoft Xbox 360 games console.
In this game you play during the periods where Britain is at war with France. I believe the game is as historically accurate as you are going to get in A videogame.
The gameplay in this is quite unique, at first I thought it would be like the dynasty warriors series which is famous for its mindless button bashing. In this game are your character has a few different moves all with the recharge time, so you can only use the moves when you have it available.
Your soldier can join other groups of soldiers and take command of them, so you can go a round of the battlefield experiencing every type of a soldier from horsemen two swordsman.
You can get this rather unique action strategy game for around 20 to 30 pounds which is a good price, I recommend this to those of you looking for a game like the dynasty warriors series, but that has more tactical strategy.
Bladestorm is a game based on a war between the French and English in which you, a mercenary is trying to make a name for yourself by siding with either side and getting things done. Without giving away too much of the plot let's get into the features and combat system.
Bladestorm follows in the tradition of games like Kingdom Under Fire, where you are controlling a leader that leads a squad of troops to accomplish objectives while your fellow commanders are out doing other things to pass the time, like killing the enemy.
The interesting elements of the combat system however is that the squads you take are wide and varied, and as you use a certain type of squad you gain experience with them, allowing you to unlock improved moves, up their health, attack, defense and other stats, and overall just make them more kick ass.
As you complete missions you are awarded reputation points which the more you have, the more dangerous missions open up to you and the more money you make.
The prime difference in this game is that you don't NEED a squad to play. You can dance away by yourself with your weapon of choice if you want, but realistically of course unless you're level one BILLION, running into the open battle field fighting hordes of enemies will get you killed.
The types of units that run around *which you can designate as your squad at any time btw*, really do make a difference. If you have pikemen and you see cavalry rampaging at you, raise the pikes and watch them drop like flies, if some mace men find your pikemen, and get close enough, everybody gets tenderized!
One of the great things about this game is that there is no end to it! You can do as many missions as you like! There are "critical" missions which are really storyline missions that will take you through the game, and if you find yourself getting smitten down again and again, you go off to play these normal missions for either team and earn some experience for yourself and the men you control.
There was a few quirks I didn't quite like to be honest. The soldiers all look like they belong in that age, however sometimes you can hire a band of mercenaries that are quite... bizarre. For example, legions from the Rome era... they're the most powerful spearmen you'll find in game, but seriously?!
The music is not too bad, not exceptional, but I found myself entertained by it, the storyline quite immersive. The missions do tend to get a bit linear but the critical missions all have these little twists in them which make them refreshing from time to time!
All in all, worth the buy, and the time you'd spend on it.!
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War brings to life the intensity and drama of a war-torn Medieval Europe featuring a rich tapestry of legendary characters including Joan of Arc and Prince Edward, the Black Prince.