[ad_1] IIf you are a Western Hemisphere gamer, you can’t be blamed for completely missing the Xuan Yuan Sword series, but for our friends across the globe, that’s a different story. The Xuan Yuan The
IIf you are a Western Hemisphere gamer, you can’t be blamed for completely missing the Xuan Yuan Sword series, but for our friends across the globe, that’s a different story. The Xuan Yuan The games have enjoyed respectable popularity, especially among Taiwanese gamers, for over 30 years with its intriguing blend of Chinese history and mythology. The series has taken different forms since its debut on the Taiwanese computer game scene, and is perhaps more than ever realized as a respectable and well-polished narrative action RPG. While this new entry shares many common denominators with its predecessors, it also holds up very well narratively, so knowledge of previous games, thankfully, isn’t necessary.
Despite the game’s niche, it should immediately feel familiar to anyone who’s played a modern action RPG. There is a lot of fighting, dialogue trees with interesting characters, a few side activities, and a lot to learn. There are plenty of basic elements of the genre here, like quick travel totems, manual save points, and smooth exploration that is rewarded with additional items, but what will quickly become obvious to anyone playing this game is whoever is playing this game. he is superior to most of his contemporaries.
Taishi is an instantly likeable character who clearly wants only the best for her sick sister and for others. Despite his immense skill and popularity with Decorated Warriors, he holds back – instead focusing on the welfare of his little sister in a world that orphaned them many years ago. As soon as you realize their situation, they are attacked by monsters that roam the countryside, fatally injuring his sister.
“Simple at first but quickly blossomed into a complex system of upgrades and improvements, Xuan Yuan Sword 7the fight of is lively and poignant. “
From there, the story centers on our hero bringing his sister’s soul back to her body, as he fights against legions of mythological beasts, rival warriors, and the like. Taishi meets several characters along the way, and it’s impossible to ignore how well-written and interpreted their many conversations are. Obviously, some characters are more interesting than others, but the main cast is consistent with some fascinating personalities who fulfill their roles in the story well. Seeing Taishi and her sister deepen as characters is an always entertaining centerpiece of the narrative. While her sister’s healing is unmistakably the north star of the story, there are several parallel threads that delve into larger and broader concepts that also need to be paid attention.
Simple at the start but quickly blossoming into a complex system of upgrades and improvements, Xuan Yuan Sword 7The fight is lively and poignant. Sword hits usually deal better damage, but melee hits are more likely to stun enemies and lead to executions by reducing enemy stamina. Strikes with most weapons are quick, dodge is nimble, and sprinkling some of Taishi’s martial arts and other auxiliary moves in addition to the base combos is consistently satisfying regardless of the situation. It only gets better as more and more fantastic abilities become available. Enemy Lock is very popular and useful as it allows you to switch to the next closest enemy with a simple movement of the right joystick.
The evolution of our hero’s abilities quickly becomes and stays engaged with different clothes, weapons and stances that can really push the fight in different directions. Once you really start to tap into all that the game’s combat has to offer, you’ll happily cut through enemies, with both mundane and otherworldly techniques at your disposal. The variety of enemies here isn’t the best, but it does mix up its handful of enemy types with variations and different combinations in group fights enough to keep things from getting too stale. Most of the enemies in the game don’t really punish or reward you for any particular skill, so it might seem a bit superficial to some, especially during the first few hours, but there is also something to be said for a game that lets you down. find your handful of favorite moves and just have fun using them. Xuan Yuan 7The fight mostly sticks to landing here with a system that never overwhelms but rarely feels straightforward. It progresses through its intricacies at a fairly leisurely pace, giving you plenty of time to soak up the history and atmosphere as you progress through the largely linear adventure.
“You will also spend some time on the many puzzles in the game which can really start out as puzzles but usually come together logically after a brief period of confusion. Be fun to figure out.”
You’ll also spend some time on the many puzzles in the game that can really start out as puzzles, but usually come together logically after a brief period of confusion. I’m not usually a big fan of puzzles, but still found most of them fun to solve. Your mileage can vary of course, but luckily the game gives you the option to skip these puzzles if you wish.
As you get off one of the Xuan Yuan Sword 7‘s many simple paths, you will often notice how beautifully designed the environments are. Shadows of leaves dance on the ground as wind and light pass through the trees and each of the game’s many areas feels unique to each other, though they all clearly belong to this world. Outdoor spaces are greatly highlighted by what feels like a day-night cycle that you typically only see in more open games. However, the interior areas – especially the caves and ancient structures – can sometimes be a bit too dark to really appreciate the details that have gone into them. But thanks to the game’s linear design and the constant presence of subtle destination markers, you’ll rarely, if ever, feel lost or confused while navigating them.
The character models are also just as admirable despite their movements devoid of some of the more subtle nuances you might expect after playing a western action game on a much larger budget. That said, the characters’ somewhat stilted movements don’t do much to retain their well-interpreted voices and overall vibe. Every interaction is meaningful in one way or another, and that’s the most important thing. Globally, Xuan Yuan Sword 7The visual presentation of is excellent although it doesn’t quite hold up against some of its AAA contemporaries in 2021 in a superficial sense. For what this game is, the visuals are engaging and more than satisfying.
“There are so many things to love Xuan Yuan Sword 7 that it’s all the more shocking that so many of us aren’t getting properly introduced to the show until now, three decades after its existence. “
The audio is also well calibrated with one-off sound effects that complement the fast-paced combat and authentic music that conveys the loosely defined fictional version of its time. The biggest battles are often accompanied by grandiose orchestral pieces with modern twists that really make those battles stand out more than just visually. The dubbing, from what I can tell, seems to be top notch. I may not know the language, but I feel the emotional and measured performances of each character, and it does not go unnoticed by reading the subtitles.
There is so much to love Xuan Yuan Sword 7 that it’s all the more shocking that so many of us aren’t getting properly introduced to the show until now, three decades after its existence. All’s well that ends well though, as this is an exceptional game with a lot to show for its many years of evolution. Thanks to a combat system as fun as it is deep, a story as engaging and unique and an excellent visual and sound presentation, Xuan Yuan Sword 7 is one of the most recommendable games that I have played all year. The handful of legitimate nit-picks that can be done do very little to hold back what is, in the end, a great video game. Hopefully Domo Studio gets the widespread recognition they deserve for this game, and we’ll see more of them and this series in the near future.
The PlayStation 4 version of the game has been tested on the PlayStation 5 via backward compatibility.