Heavenly Sword Released 10 Years Ago Today

September 12, 2017Written by Tyler Treese

Heavenly sword

On this day 10 years ago, Heavenly Sword was released for PlayStation 3 in North America. The heavily hyped PS3 exclusive was published by Sony, and was one of the system’s marquee titles in 2007. It wasn’t quite the success commercially as many were hoping for, but it still managed to become a beloved title for many PlayStation owners.

We didn’t review the game when it initially released (we have a good excuse considering the site didn’t exist yet), but we did revisit the action title in 2009. Here’s a snippet of what Adam Wolfe had to say in his Heavenly Sword review:

What helps out the believability of these characters, as well as the fantastical world they inhabit, are the graphics. Though the shadows are a bit jagged, every other aspect is done very well. Huge vistas, detailed walkways, and an organic layout to each level definitely sells the tangibility of this world. Everything is living and breathing, and the game has definitely come a long ways from the GDC previews. The number of enemies onscreen during the final battle is just absolutely ridiculous, and is helped out by the robust physics engine. This is one of the best looking PS3 games of 2007, and a wonderful example of what the PS3 is capable of.

Ninja Theory has stayed busy since releasing Heavenly Sword, and you can take a look at how Ninja Theory has evolved as a developer in the slideshow below:

I hope you enjoyed our look back at Ninja Theory’s action games throughout the years. It’s been an exciting road for the developer, one with ups and downs, but they still manage to make great games to this day. It’s a testament to their longevity that they’re still making awesome games a decade after Heavenly Sword came out.

For more on Ninja Theory’s latest title, check out our Hellblade; Senua’s Sacrifice review. Here’s how reviewer Paulmichael Contreras summed it up:

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a complete experience for a bargain price. Struggling through life as a psychosis sufferer is an alarming experience, and Hellblade provides an illuminating glimpse into the lives of those afflicted by such terror. Combat is visceral, yet on the game’s easiest mode should prove no problem for those interested in experiencing the story. At an asking price of $29.99 USD, the campaign is just long enough to feel like this is money well-spent. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a stellar entry from Ninja Theory, and I can only hope this is the first of many “independent AAA” games to come from the veteran studio.

Let us know what you think about Ninja Theory’s PS3 title below!