Brave Fencer Musashiden
While being touted by Square as an action/RPG, the company's latest creation, Brave Fencer Musashiden, is really more of a hybrid platform/adventure/role-player, with elements from all three genres rolled into one extremely promising looking package.
Shown for the first time at the Spring Tokyo Game Show in Japan, BFM stars a young boy named Musashi who carries a big...err two big swords and travels about in a huge, colorful (and nicely detailed) 3D world. The demo at the show featured three playable areas of the game, each with different objectives and some gigantic Bosses and enemies. By allowing your sword to charge up, you can unleash special attacks, and like any good platformer or action/RPG, you can run, jump, use items, talk to people (there's a lot of voice in the game) and more. In certain areas (like the beginning), the viewpoint changes to an "into the screen" view similar to Crash Bandicoot, and presumably there will be other varied camera angles as well during play.
The character designs are being done by Tetsuya Nomura, the extremely talented person responsible for the characters in both Final Fantasy VII and Parasite Eve, so expect the game to have loads of personality. The PlayStation is painfully lacking in the action/RPG department right now, so Brave Fencer Musashiden should make for a welcome addition to the PS library when it is released in Japan this summer. Hopefully Square will bring it to the United States before the end of the year.
- MANUFACTURER - Square Co., Lid.
- THEME - ACTION
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1