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3:30 PM on 10.30.2013

First look at the CG animated Heavenly Sword movie

That direct-to-home-video Heavenly Sword movie didn't inspire much confidence when it was first talked about. This trailer, I'm sorry to say, has done little to change my mind. The CG animated film from Blockade Entertainmen...

Jordan Devore


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2:30 PM on 04.25.2013

Discretion is the better part of profiteering

We have a lovely new installment of Office Chat for you to enjoy today. Jordan and I are joined by Chris Carter. We talk a little bit about all of those properties Nordic Games scooped up in the final auction of THQ ass...

Conrad Zimmerman

8:00 PM on 04.23.2013

Grand Theft KIFFLOM, Endless Summer & THQ's Final Auction

Today on The Destructoid Show, we discuss Grand Theft Auto V's KIFFLOM and Epsilonism, The Endless Summer, a mysterious new Bethesda title that's popped up on the Australian Ratings Classification Board, and Ratchet &am...

Max Scoville

10:15 AM on 04.23.2013

Heavenly Sword is also getting the movie treatment

Ratchet and Clank gets all the spotlight this morning as far as game-to-movie adaptations go, but another is looking for some gamer love. According to the very end of Variety's article on the film, in addition to Ratchet and ...

Dale North

3:18 PM on 08.30.2012

Medievil's Dan Fortesque and Nariko in PS All-Stars!

[Update: The gameplay video has been pulled. We got a nice little picture of Dan out of it though!] Sir Daniel Fortesque, the jaw-less hero of the Medievil series, and Heavenly Sword's Nariko have both been confirmed for Play...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 05.09.2011

Rumor: Heavenly Sword 2 to be revealed at E3

It's been a while since Heavenly Sword was at the forefront of anybody's mind, but a new rumor suggests that Ninja Theory's PS3 launch title is finally getting a sequel and is due to be revealed at E3 this year.  Accordi...

Jim Sterling

1:40 PM on 06.21.2010

Ninja Theory: 'We would've done Heavenly Sword 2'

I remember Heavenly Sword being one of the better responses to the question 'Why did you spend $600 on a PS3?' back in the day. It wasn't $600 good, but it was nice, and I'd certainly play a sequel game. If there ever is a se...

Dale North

4:30 PM on 03.29.2010

Ninja Theory made no cash from Heavenly Sword exclusivity

Enslaved, unlike Ninja Theory's last game, is going to appear on both the PS3 and Xbox 360. There's a very good reason for it too, since the developer has confessed that despite Heavenly Sword's massive hype, it never made th...

Jim Sterling

6:44 AM on 09.10.2009

Ninja Theory reveals Enslaved, says almost nil about it

Remember Ninja Theory? It’s the studio responsible for the PS3-exclusive Heavenly Sword -- a third-person title in the vein of God of War starring a scantily clad and somewhat clever female lead. There were plans for a ...

Brad Nicholson

5:27 PM on 02.19.2008

Ninja Theory teases new game, reveals no details, frustrates many

Shocker: Heavenly Sword developer Ninja Theory are working on a new title. OK, so while it's not shocking, it has been confirmed in an update to the company's official Web site. "Right now we're working on an exciti...

Nick Chester

7:56 AM on 02.16.2008

Time for a VIDEOGAME drinking game: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!

Considering all of the different types of drinking games there are, I'm surprised there's not one centered around videogames. Sure, you can create your own -- like every time you hear "Welcome to the circus of values!&qu...

Dr. Boa







Destructoid review: Heavenly Sword photo
Destructoid review: Heavenly Sword
by Nick Chester

For a game that started life as a PC title bound for next-gen consoles -- the Xbox 360 among them -- Heavenly Sword has come a long way. The game's developer, Ninja Theory (formerly Just Add Monsters of Kung-Fu Chaos "fame"), had gone through a number of publishers before finally making a home with Sony Computer Entertainment, and the PlayStation 3. 

Originally described as "Ninja Gaiden meets Half-Life," the title was once labeled "too ambitious" by one of the game's previous publishers. Some four years after its 2003 reveal, Heavenly Sword has finally seen the light of day, and -- in some people's eyes -- came with a huge responsibility: To prove the viability of the PlayStation 3.

With Sony openly acknowledging the lack of original, high-profile titles, Heavenly Sword's stunning visuals and high-impact gameplay has surely turned some heads. But is it a stepping-stone title that can finally put the PS3 on some gamers' radar, or is a repetitive God of War-clone that never truly reaches its full potential?

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Contest: The Heavenly Sword letter opener - Aerox Wins! photo
Contest: The Heavenly Sword letter opener - Aerox Wins!
by Niero Gonzalez

The staff at Destructoid realizes that some of you may just have digested a meal, so we will spare you from posting the winner of the Heavenly Sword Redhead babe of death contest we ran last week.  We challenged our readers to find the ugliest, most knocked-up woman possible that would be suitable for the kind of warfare that Nariko might undertake in the sequel... and we've had trouble sleeping since. If you're a brave soul, hit the comments to view the entries.  The winner of the sweet letter opener pictured above goes to comment #89 by Aerox.  Close seconds were 31, 2, and 71. The guy with the legitimate boobs and random body hair was certainly the most notable. You know, it's times like this when we must marvel at the knowledge made possible by the internet(s!).

I'd also like to announce that our PlayStation 3 contest drawing is tonight!  Please make sure your ballots are accurately represented in our reconcile tally.  We'll be spending the night drinking creating the paper ballots and will video the drawing.  Good luck!  If you don't win this time we will be announcing another console contest very shortly as well as our Halloween promotion.  Anyone dressing up as Mr. Destructoid to scare the chilluns, by chance?  It's about the only day of the year that I can go out in a bucket head and blend in, so I'm looking forward to it.  Miami's a fun place for shenanigans.

Last but not least, we'd like to thank everyone that downloaded our Bomberman character last week. We know it didn't go without a hitch -- there's a bug where you can play as Dtoid but saving the character is not possible unless you have the other pack installed. Needless to say a small patch is already in the works, no need to purchase anything additional.  As soon as that's all working properly we'll let you know!  It's a good thing we didn't release anything on the Wii (zing!).

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3:28 PM on 08.31.2007

M4G interviews Heavenly Sword composer Nitin Sawhney

Music4Games has posted an interview with Nitin Sawhney, the composer of Sony/Ninja Theory's upcoming PS3 title Heavenly Sword. From the very little we've seen of the title, Heavenly Sword seems packed with musical goodness, b...

Dale North

7:35 PM on 08.13.2007

Heavenly Sword Part II: The Guardian of the Sword

The latest installment of the animated Heavenly Sword shorts has hit the net today. This second short, entitled "Guardian of the Sword," delves deeper in the mythos and history of the "heavely sword" itsel...

Nick Chester

3:42 PM on 08.07.2007

Heavenly Sword Part I: The Legend of the Sword

A new animated short giving more backround story on Sony/Ninja Theory's upcoming PS3 title Heavenly Sword has just hit the web.The video, titled Heavenly Sword Part I- The Legend of the Sword, gives us a little more backgrou...

Dale North