Review: Xuan Yuan Sword 7

Xuan Yuan Sword-The series started as early as 1990 and now – 30 years later – it’s time for the seventh part of the series. This time you take control Taishi Zhao; a warrior who must do everything to defend his family in a world where Chinese history and mythology are intertwined and really anything can happen.

Photo: © 2020 EastAsiaSoft - Xuan Yuan Sword 7 - dialogue scene.
Photo: © 2020 EastAsiaSoft

I have not played any of the previous games in Xuan Yuan Swordseries, so I can not compare how part seven stands against the other six, but I can say how it stands against other games in the genre. What I am impressed by immediately as soon as I start Xuan Yuan Sword 7 is how incredibly beautiful the graphics are. The environments are impressive and the graphics are overall incredibly good-looking. The characters feel alive, the light effects feel realistic and the contrast between light and dark could not look better. I played Xuan Yuan Sword 7 on Playstation 4 Pro and I did not experience any lag, or anything nasty. Charging times are also not very long, especially not for a game of this size.

The story is rich and advanced and it is truly an immersive experience to be drawn into the Xuan Yuan Sword world. I did not feel that I needed the background story from the other parts of the series to keep up with what is happening in the game, but I did get the urge to play other parts of the series just to be able to immerse myself in the mythology.

Photo: © 2020 EastAsiaSoft - Xuan Yuan Sword 7 - role-playing game magazine.
Photo: © 2020 EastAsiaSoft

This is one ARPG (Action Role-Playing Game) and there is no stopping how much you can develop your avatar. When you talk to other characters, it is marked which dialogue leads one further – but also listen to everything else that is said, for look closely, clues appear that are indispensable for your survival.

Photo: © 2020 EastAsiaSoft - Xuan Yuan Sword 7 - Campfire story.
Photo: © 2020 EastAsiaSoft

What I think is a shame Xuan Yuan Sword 7 is that the controls feel a bit backwards. For example, you use the bumper buttons to fight and that leads to some confusion, as I am very used to using the trigger buttons. Then there are many times long intermediate sequences and absolutely that the story is interesting and good, but when you finally get control of your avatar again, it can be so bad that you go for ten seconds and then get into an equally long intermediate sequence again…

Photo: © 2020 EastAsiaSoft - Xuan Yuan Sword 7 - epic fight!
Photo: © 2020 EastAsiaSoft

In summary, that is Xuan Yuan Sword 7 is super nice and interesting ARPG, which really does very well against other games in the genre – just for its nice graphics, cool story and role-playing feeling. What I felt dragged down my gaming experience a bit was the rather boring game mechanics with repetitive fighters, long cutscenes and far too little to do between these in their places.