This could and should have been brilliant. Think about it, it's set in a feudal Japan type era, you get to run around with a samurai sword (plus other weapons) and hack demons to bits. You have a choice of characters who have very different attributes and weapons, plus you can change between them at the press of a button during the game. You've also got RPG elements where you collect various objects to improve your weapons, health etc. And personally I think the graphics are good for the style they are in (though probably not pushing the PS3 anywhere near it's limits). So far so good you might think, but then we come to the thing that completely destroys the game. The camera angle. You see it's fixed, and if it was fixed directly behind your character that would be ok, but it isn't. Each scene you go into it's in different directions and most of the time completely useless, you can't see what's going on around you. In one bit near the beginning you have control of the female character and you have to use her weapon as a sort of grappling hook to bridge a gap. You have to aim at a stone pedestal thing across the gap which then winches you across. But the camera is behind and to the side so it makes it ridiculously frustrating to hit the object. This is completely unforgivable for any next gen game. You should be able to just flick to first person mode or be able to move the camera view around to aim. But you can't and it ruins the game so I cannot recommend it even a little (unless you enjoy being frustrated to the point of launching your sixaxis across the room).
The price of £19.99 is very reasonable for a PS3 game but look what you could get instead.
1) Super Stardust HD. Probably the best downloadable game I have ever played. At points there is a ridiculous amount of things on screen at once (100's I would say) and it gets so frantic you're convinced you're going to die at any moment, but you manage to fight through it and it's fantastic. I remember Super Stardust from my Amiga CD32 days (anybody else have one of these?), it was good then, it's brilliant now.
2) Tekken 5. Well it's Tekken, if you're a Playstation owner you have to have Tekken (and this is a good no-frills fill in until Tekken 6 comes out).
3) flOw. Not technically a game but it shows that the motion sensing will work and was a good idea to include. And it's a very relaxing experience after playing Super Stardust HD.
We've still only spent around £15 so that leaves us with enough money to buy a pint and a couple of lottery tickets!
So the choice is yours, do you want a game that will frustrate the hell out of you or 3 excellent PS3 experiences, some booze and the possibility of becoming a millionaire? Not a difficult choice is it?