Heavenly Sword Updated Hands-On

We got our hands on a near-final build of Heavenly Sword to see how the anticipated action game is turning out.

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It looks like PlayStation 3 owners will be in for a dose of sword slashing action when Heavenly Sword finally arrives. Everyone has already played the demo, and earlier this month we took a look at the entire second chapter of the game, but a near-final version just landed on our desks. Here's a look at what to expect when the game finally hits shelves in early September.

You start the game at the height of your powers, but everything is quickly taken from you

We had previously only played the second chapter, so we were in for a surprise when we booted the game up for the first time. It plops you right down in the middle of a huge battlefield in which Nariko, the game's heroine, is surrounded by thousands upon thousands of enemy soldiers. (This appears to be taking place near the end of the story; the title card for this section reads "The Final Battle.") With nothing but her sword to rely on, she wades into the troops all by her lonesome, chopping them down by the bushel. The game's scale is breathtaking here, though it does have some frame rate chops that are no doubt caused by the hundreds of onscreen troops and catapults.

Although Nariko easily dispatches her foes, her fortune quickly takes a turn for the worse: the curse embedded in the eponymous sword that she wields overwhelms her, and she falls to the ground while mystic text burns itself across her body. When she awakens, the sword is gone, and she's been transported into a large, tranquil field where she implores an unseen, silent interlocutor to let her return to the battlefield. This area acts as the level select for the game, and you return here after each chapter to continue Nariko's pleas. You play through the game in a series of flashbacks that relive the last week or so of Nariko's adventure, presumably until you reach the current moment and continue from where you collapsed on the battlefield.

During the first of the flashbacks, which takes place five days before the events on the gigantic battlefield, Nariko and her clan are being hounded by Bohan, an evil general who wants the Heavenly Sword for his own. After being chased into an abandoned fort, Nariko has to help fend off attackers with nothing but a plain sword; at this point in the game she's fairly weak, and can only use a few simple combos.

It's like shooting fish in a barrel.

The next morning, the fort falls under fire from massive catapults that storm across the field outside. It's Nariko's job to provide cover while the rest of her clan escapes across an icy river. She does so by taking control of a massive cannon that can fire on the advancing troops, thousands of which flood across the field. You can rapidly fire the cannon to attempt to hit the troops, but you need to use the game's aftertouch controls to guide the cannon shots into the catapults' weak spots to destroy them.

Aftertouching involves pressing the fire button, then guiding the projectile in slow motion toward its target. You can do this with the Sixaxis controller's motion-sensing capabilities if you like, but if you don't hold the controller correctly as you fire, the shots veer off course very quickly and are difficult to reorient. However, switching motion sensing off lets you use the analog sticks, a much easier solution.

After the catapults are destroyed, your clan takes off, but you still need to destroy the invading army to make cover. You have to reach 700 kills here, but luckily the battlefield is strewn with mines that, when hit with a cannonball, kill everything around them. The enemies are so densely packed that it almost takes effort not to reach the 700-kill mark within the time frame allotted.

Later in the game, after Nariko is imprisoned by Bohan, you have to take Kai out for a whirl. Kai is Nariko's endearingly crazy friend who appears as an immobile sniper in some parts of the game, using her rapid-fire crossbow to pelt enemies. In a change of pace, after Nariko's imprisonment, Kai has to embark on a journey to free her, which entails infiltrating Bohan's castle and killing a large number of guards. Kai herself can't engage in sword combat, so she needs to use her agility to jump over barricades and avoid soldiers before plunking them with crossbow bolts.

Kai's sections are a fun diversion from the swordplay of Nariko's story.

One of the recurring themes of Kai's levels is the use of explosives. If you use the aftertouch feature with Kai's crossbow, you can navigate a bolt through a torch to set the projectile alight. If you then send the bolt into a pile of explosives, which are (somewhat improbably) scattered around Bohan's castle, you'll destroy anyone nearby. You'll be doing quite a bit of this over the course of Kai's levels, but luckily it's a lot of fun--provided, again, that you don't attempt to use the Sixaxis' motion detection for all of it.

Kai's goal here is to recover the Heavenly Sword from Bohan's armory. Although the wisest thing for Bohan to do would probably be to kill Nariko and her clansmen, he instead chooses to become a Bond villain by throwing the lot of them in a fighting arena, leaving the sword relatively unguarded. While Kai searches, Nariko is forced to actually fight against her clan. Bohan promises the 16 soldiers in the pit that, if they fight each other, the last man left standing will be set free. Although Nariko doesn't wield the Heavenly Sword at this point, the rest of her clan still believe that she's the most dangerous of the lot, and so they betray her, attempting to take her down before finishing the fight among themselves.

Despite the betrayal of your clansmen, you can still save their lives by paralyzing them in this fight.

Despite the disappointment of being double-crossed, Nariko can still save the lives of her clansmen if she wishes to do so. You have the option during this fight of attacking and killing the other soldiers, which, even though you're armed with only a regular sword, isn't all that difficult to do. Alternately, if you counter their attacks, you can perform a special martial-arts move on them that will leave them paralyzed and immobile on the ground. Presumably this will let them fight on your side later in the game.

While this isn't a retail copy of the game, Heavenly Sword has improved a bit since we last saw it. The frame rate could definitely still use some tweaking in spots, but Kai's levels look like they'll supply a welcome break from Nariko's swordplay-heavy adventure. (Kai's crazy antics are also a wonderful source of comic relief.) Graphically, the game is still looking amazing, with some wonderfully expressive motion-capture animations and voice work. Stay tuned to GameSpot for a full review in the coming weeks.

Discussion

210 comments
jfd1994
jfd1994

ohh yes this game is going to be sweet!!!!!!!!!!! SO SWEET !!!!!!!!!!!

SkyCastleDan
SkyCastleDan

Reviews have been generally good. However, I can already tell this is a 7.0 on Gamespot from the preview. They didn't talk that great about the gameplay, just the visuals. Reminds me of Lair, just not broken. Doesn't mean I ain't buying it though.

obiwanvader
obiwanvader

I own a 360, but now I'm thinking PS3 so I can play this game. It looks and sounds friggin' fantastic.

cooper797
cooper797

cant wait for this one had my eye on it for ages, "GOD HURRY UP"

mojahid_1st
mojahid_1st

I'm excited about this game, i just hope that the reviews stating the game only lasted 6 hours are grossley exagerated! Also Nariko is hot!

p5ilocyb3
p5ilocyb3

fukkn right..this looks very nice..cant wait. Ps3 is definatly shaping up well..another step in the right direction imo.

FirstAlchemist1
FirstAlchemist1

your not as dumb as you look eric lol.jk well put your absoloutely right and like i said before, as the technology that speeds up development time enhances they will have more time to focus on those areas so for now we must wait till these things happen and once it does the games wont be great but they will be amazing i think people will see "Heavenly Sword" as a small stepping stone in that direction. I cant wait to play it

Doolum
Doolum

something that should become part of my game library sometime soon.

eric7233
eric7233

Yea i do also think they could do more with the power available to them..because next gen is not just about graphics .. its about AI and milti tasking and huge interactive worlds ..i think that developers are focusing too much on graphics and its taking away form them adding more complicated or deep gameplay. I'm looking forward to seeing them take advantage of the power. Sorry about the name i noticed as soon as i submited that i messed it up so it was too late. I thought lair was going in the right direction but they got too many things wrong and wound up with a game that was too sloppy. I have high hopes for mass effect and gta4 though .. well see.

FirstAlchemist1
FirstAlchemist1

compared to what the system's power can actually put out eric the games are well polished well colored and hd ready. i mean cmon the games cant even get the frame rate down right if a game is to be called next gen it should be well past that problem. games look only 60-65% better than they did before and thats a great improvement but the development technology needs to improve even moreso before we can call these games next gen. I think we can agree on that. I mean were not really seeing anything different yet the games are looking better true enough but the games are not being built to thier full potential which is making them not hit that next gen mark in my opinion. These games both for 360 and ps3 both only using 25-30% of system power in my opinion next gen would be 60-70% p.s. The names not full metal (FirstAlchemist1) eric7891

eric7233
eric7233

By the way full metal i disagree that theres no next gen games. i think oblivion, bioshock, ghost recon advanced warfighter 2 and forza motorsport 2 qualify as next gen ..but yes there shold be more and i think we will get more this holiday assasins creed , mass effect, gta4 i could go on but im tired of typing.

eric7233
eric7233

Im not talking about the technical differences between xbox and ps3 ..i do agree the blu ray is obviously going to be be less of a pain when developers start using that kind of space ( i know im too lazy to keep getting up off my recliner to switch dvds.) My only argument now is that now and for a little while to come its a beter time for a gamer to own an xbox360 because they have many more HIGH QUALITY exclusives. I don't have to own a ps3 to see that the games available now and the games comming soon are much better on xbox. If it was the other way around i would own a ps3. As it stands i will continue the benefit of being a xbox owner for a long time to come and then in about a year i will probably rent ps3 (thank god for rent a center) for about a month or 2 and catch up on games like god of war 3 or the like. But by the tme that happens i will have played some of the greatest games in gaming history on xbox ..some exclusive and some multi platform. And by the way ...xbox live is well worth the 5 bucks a month because its an awesome and well pt together sevice for gaming, movies and tv shows. I just watched 300 in hd that i downloaded from xbl marketplace. On another note .. even i was looking forrd to lair being great so i could lay it eventually but that one fell flat too. Haze may be good but i doubt it will be anything that stands out much form the current greats like halflife halo or gears of waror crysis..H.sword doesnt seem to be that great either so i all im saying is that if i had bought a ps3 instead of xbox 360 i would be really upset right now cus with very few exeptions the only decent games that ps3 has so far are also on xbox and i would have missed and would be missing tons of great games.

FirstAlchemist1
FirstAlchemist1

flackstone please quit posting ur embarassing me with your stupidity developers want to focus on whatever system they want to make a game for for any number of reasons i mean going half way in to making a game and the developers say were gonna make this an exclusive that's thier decision. Like the recent Haze decision multi-platform now ps3 exclusive its all about what the game developers want to do with the direction of a game little to do with the system. (its all about art and money son) p.s. Xbox is trying so hard to keep past exclusive titles they have had exclusive i wonder how long they can do so.

dewmandew7
dewmandew7

Hm.... I may still get this game.

shanemaguire
shanemaguire

Hey eric7233 i have a 360 and ps3 and the thing i have to say is: 1. do u even own a ps3 'cause how can u say wether it is good or not when u don't own one. 2. the 360 may have some great eclusives but so has the ps3... and to be honest i find resistance more fun than gears of war: REASONS: longer campaign (completed gears in all 3 difficulties within a week..) better online (extreamly large maps compared to gears, more people in each map 1-60 while gears has only 1-8... big differance). 3. free online on ps3 while 360 u have to pay 4. Play blu-ray dvds. 5. huge amount of memory on ps3 6. You don't need to spend any extra money on batteries for the controller So dude: Really i feel sorry for 360 fanboys

Deadwalker_135
Deadwalker_135

hey eric7233 u are gettin annoying. i solely agree with aznhayato7.

wars45
wars45

un real t 3 and haze now thats wot i call next gen

flackstone
flackstone

publishers will start focusing on PS3 because they will soon find they can make a better game on that system not going to happen its like xbox1 had alot more power than the ps2 and they didint make games on that oh wait they didint "UNLOCK" the power of the xbox its so bs ps3 needs some help.

FirstAlchemist1
FirstAlchemist1

were all getting ripped off if you ask me because i have yet to see a game that can truly be called a next gen game produced on the 360 or ps3. But were getting close with games like "Heavenly Sword" and more to come. The ps3 is just an upgrade of the ps2 and the 360 of the xbox until we start seeing some stunning mind blowing eye popping games with stylish gameplay, the ps3 nor the 360 is not next gen. But here is where the problem lies a great game takes time to make 2-3 years and i dont think developers want to spend that much time to produce a game and get it on the market. Although as the technology enhances the developing time for games will be cut in half for both systems as this is occuring as i type. So my ps3 and 360 fanboys quit bickering and be patient and when the real next gen games roll in let the sparks fly

Shinkada
Shinkada

Damn, can't you people stop discussing consoles for fives seconds to discuss the GAME? Yeah yeah, "The PS3's getting a new game!" funny, the joke's old, let it rest. Both the systems are on equal footing graphically, as they nearly always will be. If you're going to argue about consoles, argue about library and non-gaming additions. Oh, and to wazntryhardguy? Suddenly being a fan of a console stops you from being able to play the other one? I supported the Xbox in the last wars because it was technologically way ahead. The PS2 still had buttloads of great games. As did the Xbox. Yeesh. Anyhow. Heavenly Sword. I hate it. God of War with an obsession with crotch-hits. Why are her swords on some kind of chain/wire/rope, identical to God of War? Suddenly that's a staple of the genre, swords on strings? I can understand wanting to make a game similar to God of War but FFS, at least TRY to PRETEND you're not ripping it off completely. What's with the crotch-shots? Suddenly you can't be a woman and kick-ass without resulting to the family jewels? And why do enemies just fly everywhere after those grapple attacks? I think the only thing I like here is the look of her weapons. Though I have to concur that trying to contend with Kratos in ass-kicking is a stupid and futile effort. I guess they went for a more comedic approach... Which I'll pass on. And of course it has to be Asian themed. I'd tell developers to stop being idiots and cashing in on the Japanese fad, but since certain stupid people keep licking it up (not pointing at anyone wazntryhardguy), they have no reason to stop. Yeah. Even if I had a PS3 I'd quickly pass on this one.

vass86
vass86

"publishers will start focusing on PS3 because they will soon find they can make a better game on that system" that didn't happen with PS2 and xbox and it won't happen now either. publishers focus on the system that has the most owners usually

Latinbro1
Latinbro1

I doubt Ninja Theory will make any tweaks. As I understand it the game is done and I'm surprised that GS would get a "working progress" game while other sites have played through the game entirely. Anyway, my prediction from GS is between a 6.6 & a 7.5. I'll still pick it up.

aznhayato7
aznhayato7

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boopis1
boopis1

Termadoyle, Where did you hear gears of war used 20% of xbox 360's power? Lol, Im pretty sure it was 80%. Anyway, in the long run, ps3 and xbox 360 arent that different graphically, there may be little things each console does better, but overall its pretty much the same.

eric7233
eric7233

The ps3 doesnt have a bunch of good games now and wont have a large selection of quality for a year or two like you said .. im speaking about being a gamer and having great games to play now and this holiday ...xbox has a lot more to offer. I may get a ps3 someday but theres no reason to spend that kind of money at the present time cus thres harly any games to justify it. When ps3 finaly gives an onslaught great games ill swallow my xbox fanboy pride and buy and ps3. Cus the most important thing is having fantastic games to enjoy. Just for the record the ps3 games yoou listed arent that great exept devil may cry which xbox will have anyway.

durial117
durial117

Eric: Does it really matter what system the games are on? You act like the Xbox 360 is God. I own a PS3 and an Xbox 360 and I think there are a strong variety of AMAZING games on both systems, that have already been released are going to be released soon. PS3 has plenty of awesome games coming in the next year or two. Devil May Cry 4 FFXIII The new Ratchet and Clank Kingdom Hearts 3 Warhawk Grand Turismo 5 You get the point. You really cant call Crush a PS3 fanboy because you are just as much an Xbox 360 fanboy. I mean I love all of the systems, and the games they have to offer.

eric7233
eric7233

Crush, i covered 4-5 genres just with the ones i listed so you must have a very narrow window of game types you like. And youd be crazy -or not really a gamer at all- if you knew anything about those games and had no interest. They are cream of the crop. I also guess you dont have interest in them cus they are xbox only and being a ps3 fanboy you refuse to acknowledge great xbox games due to your fanboy pride. I have no problem admitting god of war was one of the best games ever or that otaki and devil may cry were fantastic ..in fact i rented a ps2 so i could play them. Im just stating a fact that xbox right now and for at least the near future has the better games and any true gamers would be doing themselves a disservice not to have an xbox toplay them on.

crushgoil
crushgoil

eric7233, I'd never play any of those games you listed, not just because they are on the 360 but because I have no interest in those games or their genre. This game looks amazing and I loved the demo. I have no problem with admitting that I enjoy a good hack and slash game from time to time, and this one looks like an amazing one. No matter the ratings I loved the demo and believe I'll enjoy the full game that much more.

eric7233
eric7233

I feel bad for you ps3 fans .. it seems like every hope you had to stand up against the xbox is falling flat...you guys should just swallow your pride and get an xbox 360 so you dont miss out on all the fantastic exclusive games xbox has. all the other good games out there are playable on both consoles so you wont miss anything ..the only thing that is sure to be a well received exclusive for ps3 is MGS ( even though i never liked that series.) Don't let fanboy pride make you miss masterpieces like bioshock, mass effect, halo3 , splintercell conviction, fable 2 etc......

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

EDGE magazine gave this game 6/10 hmmm maybe that is a case of enough said

red_x2004
red_x2004

Am actually surprised that Heavenly Sword took a" 7 " on IGN , after all the hype for the game in E3 or even in the last few weeks ,the game is definitely visually stunning and the cut scenes are top-notch but that just doesn't seem to make up for the Gamplay,some sites mentioned that the combat system is repetitive and it has taken a lot from God Of War, i just hope that the game turns out to be as amazing as God Of War,although that seems a bit far now.

wures7
wures7

I must unlock the power of the PS3 to attack the weak point for the massive damage! Hahahah. Owned.

senjutsu
senjutsu

"unlocking the power of the ps3 is a dead argument" errr, nobody realy cares, I mean, the ps2 had GOOD looking game from the 1st year (after a year) like FFX, but still, the last games that graced the ps2 were SO MUCH more beautifull. It's always like that, the console is not more "used" or "unlocked" but the devs find ways of using the same power more efficiently, so the game look and plays better, not because we use 25% of the hardware (we almost ALWAYS use 100%, just things like katamari damaci use less, lol) but because devs are getting used to the console. now, for the topic: The game is looking SWEET, it'll be the 1st game I'll buy on my ps3 (buying a ps3 pretty soon now that I've got the cash). I can't wait to see the gamespot score. Still, I fear the result, knowing that blue dragon (wich looked GREAT) had 6.0... while Lair (wich looked cool) had 4.5... two flops around the same week.. I hope that heavenly sword will do GREAT, like warhawk! :D

jlp817
jlp817

Has anyone listened to the ID tech demo, The developer clearly states that they have to dumb the game down for PS3 because it has less memory.

StarDust666
StarDust666

why is this game or the ps3 have choppy frame rates?? isn't it the most powerful system ever?! its just another hack n' slash game... it will not past a 7...

Falfuren
Falfuren

Woah this looks great. Help spend the time until GOW3

FirstAlchemist1
FirstAlchemist1

shut your face flackstone its has nothing to do with "unlocking the power" the games just take to goddang long to make for the system thats why you see releases coming out later for the ps3. although im tired of hearing these guys say,"o were only using 25% or 30% of the ps3 power." Well give us a game that uses 75-90% goddangit !

flackstone
flackstone

guys "unlocking the power of the ps3" is a dead argument i mean how hard is it to make a game for that damn system if you they really cant unlock the "true power" that that is sonys fault for making a system what you cant develope for. Also it didint take the 360 one year! to get amazing games out on it like gears of war honestly people come on.

BlueyesCyclone
BlueyesCyclone

This game is gonna kick some king sized ass. I now have Warhark and when you play it in full 1080p HD it looks fantastic one of the best games i've got so fare just as fantastic looking as Oblivion and now Lair which is out now in USA and Heavenly Sword and so meny other games that i want comeing out only for the PS3 damn i'[m gonna have to work over time to buy them.

Dr_Yassam
Dr_Yassam

"True statement, but what is also true is that the 360 is already maxed out on its potential as far as graphics and gameplay are concerned." That's completely untrue madmonk42002. Neither the 360 or the PS3 are anywhere near being maxed out, and the only people who say they are are gamers on forums, like yourself. :| To assume the 360 has plateaued whereas the PS3 will continue to improve only shows you know little about hardware. Sorry, but it's true, since it's not based upon facts, but instead is based upon hope. (Also, how can gameplay be maxed out?) Comparisons to last gen are meaningless. You may feel the XBox hadn't progressed as much as the PS2 (although I don't recall seeing games looking like Doom3, Half-life and Riddick at the XBox launch, do you? Thought not ;)), but what happened last gen has nothing to do with this gen. The main issue for Sony's console last gen was that difficulties programming the PS2 resulted in early games looking worse than they *should* have been, hence the PS2's improvement is more about the initial games falling below expected standards, not because only Sony "allows developers to constantly make better and better games", since that applies to ALL consoles. Like the PS2 compared to the XBox, the PS3 is more difficult to program compared to the 360, but it isn't so bad that it's holding the games back as it did on the PS2, and therefore it can not be said that the PS3 is performing below the standards gamers expect at this stage. Both consoles will continue to improve at similar rates this gen. So if you're waiting for 360 games to stand still whilst PS3 games continue to improve, then I suggest you don't hold your breath. ;) Termadoyle, I'm not sure Epic have given actual figures to how much they've pushed the 360. I know EA made comments regarding 20% on the PS3, but I don't recall the same being said regarding GeOW or GeOW2. Do you have a link? Thanks in advance. You're right that GeOW doesn't represent the 360's full power, not even close, but I don't agree that some of the 360's launch games look better than anything released on the PS3 so far, I think you're exaggerating on that point. ;)

termadoyle
termadoyle

not really true madmonk42002. even the best looking games on the PS2 couldn't match up with some of XBOX's games like Ninja Gaiden, Dead Or Alive series and etc. The people behind Gears Of War officially stated that they only utilized 20% of the XBOX360's power and by Gears of war 2, they'll try to reach 50%! and let's not forget that even some of the launch games for the XBOX360 look better than anything the PS3 has accomplished in this one year. I have both platforms and I'm happy with both because I've payed for both of them and I expect to have one hell of an entertainment experience form each and not think that one is inferior or superior to the other. to sum up, take a look around the web and look at the hard facts before acting like a fanboy. please, we have enough of those around here.

madmonk42002
madmonk42002

Dr_Yasam wrote: "Actually, by now, everyone should know that there isn't much difference in power between the 360 and PS3." True statement, but what is also true is that the 360 is already maxed out on its potential as far as graphics and gameplay are concerned. The PS3 is still in its younger years and if the past can tell us anything, the PS3 will continue to grow while the 360 sits in its current plateau. Dont believe me? Look at the original XBox's 1st generation of games. Not too different from the very last games they made for the system, ie not much growth. Halo1 - Halo2; even though I loved both games, there were not many strides made there (hell even Halo3 if you ask me). Now look at the first generation of PS2 games compared to the last few generations of them. Smugglers Run, Timesplitters, even Ridge Racer V. Also a game that came out in March 2001 that you X360 fans know all too well, "Ring of Red" :-) . Compare those launch titles to later generations God of War, God of War 2, Socom 3, Metal Gear Solid 3, Devil May Cry 1 and 3, etc etc etc. Vast improvements, and they are still finding new ways to utilize that 7 year old hardware... Sony is smart with their hardware. Sure they have a learning curve with it but that allows developers to constantly make better and better games giving the system a longer life. Instead of getting their best out there early, they gradually improve over time to avoid becoming obselete so fast and force the consumer to buy ANOTHER system just to keep up. This also means that Sony doesnt have to line publishers pockets to focus attention on their system (ahem EA), publishers will start focusing on PS3 because they will soon find they can make a better game on that system. Publishing companies with some sense of integrity at least (ahem unlike EA). So to say there isnt much difference in power between the 360 and PS3 at this point in the game is a HUGE compliment to Sony because its like saying a rookie, who has much room to grow, has the same skill level as a professional, who is already at his peak performance. So again, Sony thanks you for the compliment Dr_Yassam ~videogame fan

Dr_Yassam
Dr_Yassam

Eclipse83Lives wrote: "I mean by now everyone should know the PS3 has the potential to be uber powerful, the 360 is solid but no PS3" Actually, by now, everyone should know that there isn't much difference in power between the 360 and PS3. :|

Ravion
Ravion

alot of you got some problems liking to compare so much. just see the game for what it is good looking game so far. Rent if you are intrested buy if you got plenty of $$.

Ariolander
Ariolander

So what is this? An overhyped Jade Empire meets God of War just not half as good as either of them? "Meh"s all around...

Ryusennin
Ryusennin

Good-looking, but gameplay promises to be rather a mixed match. Think I'll wait for God of War 3.

Eclipse83Lives
Eclipse83Lives

I'm not even sure if Gamespot knows they do it. But you know how Gears had some faint slows here and their. And Oblivion had horrid load times on the 360 "during game play even." Great games yea. But you never really see them have to point these out when talking about those games. And if they do its covered by, "its for the better?" Yet on PS3 games you usually hear of some kind of tiny incy bitty litle problem, written in as a first thing. Usually in the the first paragraph of every article, of every game they write about it. I mean by now everyone should know the PS3 has the potential to be uber powerful, the 360 is solid but no PS3. Its simple. I think their trying now to be un biased, but their still struggling. But I see a effort at least.