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Dennis Feeback On December - 23 - 2013

Publisher/Developer: Ivent LTD
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What they say: It’s YOU vs THE GAME! No holds barred! No quarter given!

And in this game, as in real life, one thing is certain – YOU. WILL. FALL….AGAIN and AGAIN!
But the measure of a person’s Strength is not how many times he falls, but how many times can he Get Back Up?

Features:
– Dozens of fighting skills and combos
– 12 beautiful stages
– Bunch of unique enemies
– 4 unique BOSSES!!!
– 8 milti-level Items/PowerUPs
– 5 unlockable swords
– 5 unlockable shields
– Challenge pit with 4 difficulty modes
– Online ranking

strength of the sword 3 01What I say: While I had never heard of this series before the release of this game it looked interesting enough and I quite looked forward to giving it a shot. Although I later found out there does not seem to be a part 1 or part 2 it did little to dampen my enthusiasm. You play as a Heaven sent clockwork Knight sent to earth to fend off an invasion of evil monsters and robots. Each stage has you locked in a city and must fight off waves of the evil beasts. At this point it basically becomes a weapon based brawler. As you defeat creatures and bosses, you get powered up weapons and move on through the twelve stages.

The game has a very steampunk feel to it and the various cities all have strength of the sword 3 02their own distinctive designs. Your character and the creatures all have that steampunk vibe and it gives the game a unique feel. Combat is about what you expect but don’t expect to button mash. The enemy AI is pretty on top of it and after a few one on one battles they start to gang up on you and things tend to get cheap as hell. The enemies are not afraid to beat the hell out of you while you are down. The game obviously got its inspiration from Demons Souls and it shows. While it is not the same genre it is pretty damn challenging. However, unlike Demons Souls where you can learn and adapt, Strength of the Sword 3 is just about being cheap. You can get better and advance but at times it seems more like luck and not skill. This can be frustrating but when you do beast a troublesome group of enemies it is pretty satisfying.

Overall, this is a fun little game and it looks pretty good, especially considering it was completed by a two man team. Just make sure you are mentally prepared before you start and pray your family doesn’t have a swear jar.

Rating: 7/10

The fine folks at Ivent has sent over three US PSN codes to giveaway to our beloved readers. In the spirit of Christmas, there are no hoops to jump through. All you have to do is e-mail me what game you hope to get for Christmas at dennis(at)adarkerimage.com. First three e-mails win! Then head back tomorrow soon for a Vita game giveaway!

 

It’s all over! The winners are…

Alejandro Quiñones 

Scott Scott

Adonis McHodge

Categories: Reviews, Video Games

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