Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War Review
PS3 | Xbox 360
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War box art
System: PS3, X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Omega Force 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: KOEI 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 6, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: TEEN 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

To keep the player engaged, certain missions are signaled out with an "!". These story driven levels move the central campaign along and provide some cinematic cutscenes. Unfortunately, the cutscenes suffer from horrendous voice acting and sloppy dialogue. The voice actors have terrible cliché accents and spout cornball phrases. While these scenes do present an opportunity for character development, the potential is wasted. The characters are mainly concerned with either victory, nationality or money, and little else.

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Even in the graphical department Bladestorm is a mixed bag. Omega Force has done a commendable job with the amount of troops rendered on the screen, but once the camera swoops in to show the detail you'll realize there's not much there. The character models are decent, but they leave much to be desired. Things can get hectic with hundreds of characters on screen and a little slowdown is the inevitable result. There is an option to install a cache file on the system which dramatically reduces the load times and number of slowdowns.

The gameplay quickly becomes a grind as missions revolve around capturing bases over and over again. Occasionally an extra contract is thrown in - such as escort mission - but this is the kind of variety you'll want to skip. This formula is rinsed and repeated so you can expect to get somewhere around 60 hours out of Bladestorm. The reason the word "around" is used is because the game could not be finished. There is a bug in a mission near the end of the game the might stop some players dead in their tracks. Whether it is isolated to the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 version is uncertain.

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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. Ambitious on so many fronts, Bladestorm ultimately never finds a satisfying home. Take heed: this blade is dull.

By Jason Lauritzen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
The scale of battles is impressive, but detail is sacrificed in the process.
3.0
Control
Controlling troops and issuing commands is easy. The inability to control more than one squad at a time is frustrating.
2.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The orchestral score draws you in, but quickly becomes repetitive. The voice acting is atrocious. You'll wish the developer had thrown out the voices and opted for just subtitles.
2.0
Play Value
The campaign is monotonous. The overall length is artificial as the game derives much of its longevity from making the player repeat the same tasks.
2.0
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Lead a mercenary force - Immerse yourself in the role of a mercenary commander. Lead a broad array of troops from varied nations, including heavy infantry, longbowmen, cavalry, cannoniers, and castle siege specialists.
  • Real-time action - Control entire units in real-time. Issue offensive and defensive commands through an intuitive user-interface. Each soldier is independently animated and fights and reacts in a startlingly realistic and visceral manner.
  • Conquer armies on a grand scale. Clashes are widespread throughout varied terrain. Richly-crafted battlegrounds span the breathtaking provinces of southern France to coastal settlements along the English Channel.
  • Your fortune is limited only by your ambition. Establish a reputation as a formidable warrior and leader of men. Build your war chest and lure hardened soldiers to your employ. Achieve your mission objectives and more profitable battle contracts will be presented to you.
  • Heavy Metal Thunder - Amass a battalion outfitted from an arsenal of over 400 weapons, armor, and other historically-accurate items from the battles that shaped medieval European warfare.


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