Xuan Yuan Sword 7 Review (Xbox Series S)

This Xuan Yuan Sword 7 Review introduces you to n ARPG rooted in Chinese history and mythology. Players take on the role of Taishi Zhao, a calm and reliable swordsman who was accidentally involved in a tragic fate. To protect his beloved family, he starts a journey in this chaotic realm to find the truth.

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Xuan Yuan Sword 7 Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 18GB download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Action RPG gameplay.
  • Invert axis and sensitivity sliders.
  • Auto-lock on – off or on.
  • Tutorial pop-ups and manual with each showing a video clip of what it’s explaining.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Japanese voice.
  • On-screen mission markers.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Plays in the 3rd person.
  • Fire pits allow you to save and replenish your health.
  • Find loot chests in the world.
  • Puzzle elements but after a time you can skip/autocomplete them.
  • Hack and slash combat with light/heavy attacks, blocking, and dodging.
  • Elysium – kind of your little hub in a menu where you can use materials to build new buildings that unlock new options like crafting and upgrading. Upgrade the buildings to improve it all.
  • Optional side quests.
  • You can play Zhuolo Chess.
  • The map fills in as you explore.
  • Guard stones are used as fast travel points.
  • Play how you want to a certain degree as a lot of the world is accessible.
  • Enemies drop materials and loot, you automatically pick it up.
  • Trap enemy souls and learn recipes to fuse them together for passives and buffs. Works a bit like a Pokeball as you have a better chance when they are low health.
  • Massive boss fights.
  • Full craft table for armor and weapons.
  • Loadout – weapon, armor, accessories, and appearance.
  • Weapons and armor/accessories give passive buffs or stats boosts.
  • Stances can be earned/unlocked and you switch freely between them with each one granting different attack styles and moves.
  • Your companion can fight alongside you as you give them commands.
  • Possible to capture many souls in one go as the spell casts a circle and any in it can be had.
  • Streamlined easy-to-use climbing system.
  • Companions have their own Loadouts that you can change like yourself.
  • The game really gets going after an hour, better enemy encounters a fighting companion and loads loot!

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Xuan Yuan Sword 7 Review Cons:

  • Slow starter.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Robotic animations.
  • The skip cutscenes button takes a few presses to work.
  • Markers stay on screen and it gets confusing and cluttered, this is also the case with the compass bar.
  • I lost track of the story a lot.
  • Is short with only around 20 hours.
  • Very easy to get sidetracked.
  • Combat doesn’t mix up enough and gets quite spammy.
  • A lot to learn for button combinations.

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Xuan Yuan Sword 7:

Official website.

Developer: Softstar, DOMO Studio

Publisher: Eastasiasoft

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PlayStation

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

Xuan Yuan Sword 7 is a very good action RPG. It is a game that borrows mechanics from popular games but encases them within the goal of the game making it feel like a complete package rather than a jumbled collection of bits and bobs. What really stuck out to me was how the combat looked meaty and spectacular but pulling off moves was a breeze, the way you change stances to do different attacks and blocks, stances can be unlocked via the skill tree or by defeating bosses. The World it’s set in is vast and full of exploration opportunities with fast travel points and fires to save and heal up, it’s just a great RPG that I look forward to playing every time it comes up, I have nothing but fond memories as I always felt like I was advancing, not necessarily the story but my character, my enjoyment just kept growing as I found a cool shortcut or pulled off a mega combo against a bunch of dudes. Boss fights are on a scale like Monster Hunter, big towering creatures that require patience and pattern recognition. Loot is everywhere and has rarity levels meaning you have another long list of goals going on. The upgrades and crafting are fantastic, it is a collection of buildings that you collect materials and upgrade the buildings to enable better crafting and fusing. Oh man, another cool feature is it takes a bit of Pokémon to task! You can lay down a soul trap that works like a Pokeball whereby enemies within it have a chance to be sucked in and you get their souls, remaining health factors into the capture chances. Souls are then fused and used to craft magical items. But wait there’s more good shit! You have followers who have their own skill trees and inventory, you can leave them to fight or you can issue on-the-fly commands, it sounds like more work but honestly, it’s not that bad at all, and later on you need all the help. I got Metroidvania vibes in some of the denser parts of the map with a lot of back and forth as abilities unlock. Xuan Yuan Sword 7 is a game that just plays really well and is one of those games that come out of nowhere, sounds like a generic thing but takes over your life, your work schedule goes to shit and you are left just transfixed on a game hellbent on giving you more and more. Just because no game is complete without a Dark Souls mention here in Xuan Yuan you get ever so slight Dark Souls style mechanics but they are not as rough due to better checkpointing but the difficulty is well balanced and you do get three levels of difficulties so crack on with what makes it better for you. In conclusion, I found Xuan Yuan Sword 7 to be a surprise hit and is worth any gamer’s time.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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