Muramasa Rebirth is a port of Muramasa Demon Blade that was originally launched on the Nintendo Wii coming to you from Vanillaware. Muramasa takes place during the Genroku era (1688 for those who don’t know. Of course I already knew and didn’t google it. I DIDN’T GOOGLE IT!!) run by the Shogun Tsunayoshi Tokogawa (Whew.. say that 5 times fast).
With his culture being threatened, Tokogawa has an unquenchable thirst to attain Demon Blades which are cursed swords with amazing power. This game features real hand drawn 2D animation as you take control of a Male ninja or the female Kunoichi. The game plays and feels great as a side scrolling action game giving you cool ability to zip through the air, switch weapons on the fly delivering powerful attack, and special powerful moves that absorb spirit from you demon blade.
You can also customize your weapons and forge new ones as you progress and gain new weapons and gear to make you stronger. The games overall look and graphics were stunning and looked great on the Vita. The controls and mechanics were smooth and nice which made doing combos easy and fluid along with the very relaxed soundtrack with a nice 16th century soundtrack playing as you slack and hash multitudes of enemies.
Gameplay: Fast, fun, responsive. You could easily link combos together between enemy to enemy on the screen all while evading and countering attacks. Boss battles weren’t overly hard, but also not super easy. The game can pose a real challenge if you don’t pay attention to your weapons “health” or switch weapons at the right moment for that special defense attack.
Controls: Very easy, and simple on a handheld. You’ll find yourself button mashing more than you would meticulously and carefully connecting combos together, but it still works nicely.
Characters and Enemies: My one complaint I do have, if it’s a complaint at all, was there wasn’t enough enemies sometimes. You could run through 2 zones and not encounter anything at all. When you did though the heat was on! The characters themselves in the story are pretty memorable as you’ll learn more about them as you progress and what role they play in this war of interdimensional worlds.
Graphics and Art Direction: Look at those screens and I think they speak for themselves. The beautifully drawn character models, scenery, and levels all look fantastic on the PS Vita’s crystal clear screen. Crisp, clean, and smooth are the words that come to mind to describe the graphical quality. But how hard can it be to screw up a 2d side scrolling action game as far as graphics go. Right?
Replayability: High. Very high. With how fun and addictive the game is, you may find yourself wanting to get the platinum trophy for he game, which won’t be easy. The story isn’t the strongest part here, it’s the gameplay which may have you coming back for more and for that platinum trophy.
Final Verdict: This game was the perfect port to the PS Vita and easily one of my favorite games on the system so far. The Vita needs more games like this and Vanillaware did an amazing job with the port. I give this game a solid 10/10 making it one of our Platinum Games. Great graphics, great gameplay, great story. A must buy for all PS Vita owners.
Overall Score: 10/10
RGN Rating: Platinum Game
Publisher: Aksys Games
Available On: PlayStation Vita
Review Copy Info- A digital voucher for this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.