Heavenly Sword

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Heavenly Sword
Developer(s) Ninja Theory
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date(s) NA September 12, 2007
EU September 14, 2007
AU September 20, 2007
Release type PlayStation 3 exclusive
Genre(s) Action, Adventure, Hack and slash
Mode(s) Single-player
GameID(s) BCUS98132 (IRD), BCES00078 (IRD), BCAS20016 (IRD)
Demo
NPUA80103, NPEA90016
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Heavenly Sword was a launch title for the PlayStation 3, and follows Nariko, who uses a weapon called the "Heavenly Sword" which changes into one of three forms depending on what attack stance the player uses as part of a unique fighting style. Speed Stance provides an even balance between damage and speed, where the sword takes the form of two separate blades. Range Stance allows fast, long-range, but weaker attacks, with the sword being two blades chained together. Power Stance is the most powerful, but slowest style, where attacks are made with the sword in the shape of one large, two-handed blade. For exploration and certain battles, the game also makes use of quick time events (QTE). During a QTE, a symbol for a certain button or for an action such as moving the analog stick to the right or left appears on-screen and the player must match what is shown to successfully complete the scene.

In addition to Nariko, a secondary character, Kai, is controlled for some portions of the game. Many of Kai's stages take the form of sniping missions, using her crossbow to pick off enemies, in some cases to protect characters. While Kai cannot perform hand-to-hand combat, in stages that call for her to explore the level she is able to hop over objects and to free herself from an enemy's grasp by temporarily stunning them.

Projectiles can be maneuvered to their targets using the motion-sensing capabilities of the Sixaxis controller through a feature known as Aftertouch. Such projectiles include guiding Kai's arrows after she has launched them, and for Nariko, guiding a cannon or rocket launcher, or picking up and throwing objects.

Configuration

Only options that deviate from the default configuration to ensure best performance are listed below. The full list of default options is available here.

GPU configuration

Setting Option Notes
Anti-aliasing Disabled Anti-Aliasing uses a lot of VRAM especially when paired with resolution scaling and can introduce crashes

Known Issues

The short Picture-in-Picture scenes can use a ton of VRAM when Anti-Aliasing is enabled and Resolution Scaling is cranked up. This results in crashes if your GPU doesn't have enough VRAM. Disabling Anti-Aliasing is highly recommended.

Rough VRAM estimates with Anti-Aliasing Disabled:

4GB GPU = Don't go over 175% scaling

5GB GPU = Don't go over 200% scaling

6GB GPU = Don't go over 225% scaling

8GB GPU = Don't go over 250% scaling

10GB GPU = Don't go over 275% scaling

11GB GPU = Don't go over 300% scaling


Rough VRAM estimates with Anti-Aliasing Enabled:

4GB GPU = Don't go over 100% scaling

5GB GPU = Don't go over 125% scaling

6GB GPU = Don't go over 125% scaling

8GB GPU = Don't go over 150% scaling

10GB GPU = Don't go over 175% scaling

11GB GPU = Don't go over 200% scaling