It is interesting khổng lồ come across a long running series that I’ve never heard of before. Xuan-Yuan Sword 7 is a Taiwanese developed game whose legacy dates baông xã to 1990. It is only the second game in the franchise khổng lồ be released in English và, if Xbox Tavern is lớn be believed, Xuan-Yuan: The Gate of Firmament was a bad start to Western releases.

The good news is that Xuan-Yuan Sword 7 is a marked step up in quality from the last English entry, & knowledge of previous entries is not required lớn enjoy it.

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Whereas the previous games in the series were RPGs in the vein of Final Fantasy, Xuan-Yuan 7 is an action RPG most lượt thích Onimusha.

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Played in third-person with a không tính tiền roaming camera, the player controls Taishi Zhao, the son of a diplomat, now a swordsman living in obscurity with his sister Xiang. Zhao comes out of hiding after the village he lives in is attacked by monsters, và soon enough he finds himself embroiled in an adventure involving conflict between warring factions, plague outbreaks, & political finagling.

The combat itself does not have sầu the depth of a character action – there is a light and heavy attaông chồng, a stance modifier và special moves – but everything is useful in fighting the various monsters & soldiers Zhao encounters.

The game feeds abilities through conventional levelling, a crafting, and a soul fusion system. The latter is done by stealing the souls of various opponents and combining them with other items lớn provide passive buffs, or other items. There is an elaborate upgrade system and harvesting all the crafting items và souls will take some time & focus. There was a màn chơi of satisfaction to having crafted two abilities that allowed my character khổng lồ regenerate health upon receiving fire và bleed damage & making certain encounters inconsequential.

Going off Xbox Tavern’s nhận xét of the last game in this series, the two major complaints were that it was visually disappointing và that the translation undermined the work put into the story. Xuan-Yuan 7 has gone to lớn great lengths to lớn address both.

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From a visual perspective sầu, the main character, his companions, & most of the big antagonists have sầu a ton of detail. A lot of work has gone inkhổng lồ movement & animations – the little flourishes Zhao gives every time he vaults onto lớn a high platkhung shows care and attention. Some of the backgrounds aren’t as clean to look at & many of the ancillary characters are cookie cutter – but nothing that I think would ruin anyone’s enjoyment (except for those people – you know who they are).

At the time of this article, the game is fully voiced in Chinese with English subtitles. Although not perfect the English here does a very good job. The mood is clearly conveyed in the broad strokes of political intrigue, in the casual villager comments that appear above sầu their heads as the protagonist walks through populated areas, or the neat campfire chats that can be triggered at most save points. The game made me want to look up the Chinese mythology and history that some of the game is based on.

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My only real complaint is that the combat that threads all the good parts of Xuan-Yuan 7 is merely competent. At no point did I feel lượt thích I had truly mastered it, or that there was anything to lớn master. A number of trùm fights were me quaffing health potions and picking the right moments to lớn rain sword slices down on them. I was never bored, & that was enough, but it would be hard for me to lớn endorse this game for those that are craving evolved fighting.

Xuan-Yuan Sword 7 is very competently made & offers an interesting insight into lớn its topic matter. This is a must for anyone who is curious to lớn kiểm tra out a hitherlớn unknown game và looking for a good time. For those who are fans of this game series, I would love sầu to hear how this pivot away from RPG has fared in their eyes.

Conclusion

Xuan-Yuan Sword 7 is a curious and fun insight inkhổng lồ a franchise that hasn’t seen much air outside of China. Solid combat, with detailed tăng cấp systems, underpins a compelling story.

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