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Muramasa Rebirth Review

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Back in 2009 the 2D action side scroller RPG fusion Muramasa graced the Wii, and reminded us that simple mechanics mixed with a beautiful art style is a win every time no matter the platform. Now its almost four years later and Vanillaware has hit another home run by bringing a remake of the classic to the PS Vita with some extras.

The Story- In this iteration there are now two different stories to explore (WHHHHHAAAAAT!?). One is the original where you play as Kisuke a ninja who has amnesia. You search the world and put the pieces of the puzzle back together. The second campaign centers around a Princess, Momohime, possessed by an evil spirit. In this campaign you roam the same country side with a different goal. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say both stories were very well done (If you played the original just play as Momohime first).

Game Details

Title: Muramasa Rebirth
Genre: Side-Scrolling/RPG
Developer: Vanillaware
Platforms: PS Vita
Price: $39.99
Rating: Teen
Release Date: June 25, 2013

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PRAISE:

  • THE COLORS DUKE!- This game is by far the most beautiful looking game on the Vita. Seriously I took a million screen shots and still cant get over the art.
  • Like butta- The controls are so slick and sexy (that’s the only way to describe it). Tight controls and an easy layout make me wish every action game was this simple. It will take absolutely no time before you are  racking up high combos, and decimating the baddies.
  • Fast and Furious- The combat is fast and relentless. Every encounter is a mystery and enemies are varied to keep you guessing. You may have to shoot projectiles back at one type or break down the defenses of another. Its addicting (I played 7 hours straight without batting an eyelash).
  • I see what you did there- There are some comic moments that made me chuckle. Me and my friend sent quite a few screenshots to one another highlighting the witty dialog.

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  • Still standing- The boss fights are incredible. They can be long but they are always epic. They are by far the most difficult segments of the game. I’ll give you a helpful tip. If you find yourself losing to a boss quickly — don’t use up your healing items. Grind the boss and try to beat him/her/it in one life bar without healing. You’ll level up quickly and every time you die you keep the XP; afterwards you can save and get some more.
  • How many!?- There are 108 different swords to collect or forge. Some are fast and nimble short swords and others are slower and heavier hitting long swords. Each has its own unique name, unique ability (Special Attack), and its fun to collect them all. Did I mention you can have three of them equipped at the same time? Well you can!

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AWKWARD SILENCE:

  • Level up?- The leveling system is weird and I feel it could have been left out to make a pure action game. When you level the only bonus is the ability to use a sword that you couldn’t before. That’s fine but in order to forge a sword you also need souls and spirit points. I would have rather seen less of an abundance of points and just use those to progress. Something about the system was just a little awkward (See what I did there?)

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WELL-DESERVED CRITICISMS:

  • Eenie Meenie Miney Mo!- The over abundance of swords makes your arsenal constantly change. I loved collecting the swords but as soon as you get attached to one it is obsolete and needs to be changed out for a superior replacement. Some people may like this. I would have rather have upgraded a smaller set of swords and had them be more tailored to me.

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CONCLUSION:

GO BUY THIS GAME! This is a must have for any PS Vita owner. It doesn’t matter if you like action games or not — you will love this. This pulled me away from The Last of Us (which wasn’t hard but still). After you play this make sure to go pre-order a copy of Dragon’s Crown. I wasn’t sold on Dragon’s Crown, but now Vanillaware can have all my money. So what are you waiting for? Go hop on that roller coaster and don’t forget to take in the gnar. Enough about what I think tell me what you think in the comments below.

Scorecard

Gameplay: 9
Story: 8
Graphics: 10
Sound: 10
Replay: 8
Overall: 9

 Amazing – This is a must have, you’ll see this game on top ten lists at the end of the year.

Hey guys my name is Steven Mari. I'm a 25 year old lifetime gamer. I love games and I love technology. I study at Idaho State University and I work as a Certified Surgical Technologist/Certified First Assistant at our local hospital. When I'm not gaming I work out or go mountain biking. What am I talking about?...I'm always gaming! Feel free to post me your comments good or bad I'm here to listen and get feedback so I can better steer you in the right direction in your future gaming/technology investments...PEACE!
  • http://www.geekrevolt.com/ DeShaun Zollicoffer

    Great review, Steven. I need to pick this up soon :)

  • ntsaint

    kisuke and momohime were both playable in the wii version.