A Hack and Slash game set in an ambiguously Asian empire where everyone speaks with British or Australian accents. It was developed by Ninja Theory and released exclusively on the PlayStation 3 in September 2007.The plot concerns Nariko, the unwanted daughter of a clan whose duty is to protect the titular sword, which the ambitious King Bohan believes will grant him godlike power. Nariko and her clan sister, Kai, flee with the sword and spend the remainder of the game attempting to rescue Nariko's father and end Bohan's reign of terror. Though the plot is hardly new, it's solidly executed, with excellent voice acting and motion capture (due to the involvement of Andy Serkis and Weta Workshop) and a surprising amount of humor.On August 31, 2012, Nariko was announced at PAX Prime as a playable fighter in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Tier-wise, she's not doing so bad.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Nariko has just carved a bloody swathe through hundreds of soldiers, personally defeated Bohan, and finally collapsed in the dust to die...and through all this she looks like a model for skin cream. This is especially noticeable in the penultimate cutscene, where a long shot of Nariko's face shows off how clean it is.
Berserk Button: When Nariko starts taunting Whiptail back whilst blatantly saying that her master doesn't care about her and that he was the one who made her so insane, she repeats the taunt Whiptail had previously used to great effect: "Ohhhhh, it's so much better when you're angry!" Whiptail then proceeds to go even more insane.
Just being reminded that Roach is his son seems to instantly turn Bohan from relatively calm to the point of blowing like a volcano.
And if you hurt Kai, Nariko will thirst for your blood.
BFG: In several levels, Nariko wields cannons like overgrown shotguns.
Big Bad: King Bohan, until the very end, when it's heavily implied that he is in fact The Dragon for the raven that's been sitting on his shoulder throughout the game.
The animated series indicates that the Big Bad is The Raven King, who the original wielder of the Heavenly Sword fought and defeated. Presumably, he's taken the form of a raven, and Bohan is helping him claim the weapon that led to his original defeat.
Big "NO!": Nariko lets out a grief-stricken "NOOOOOOOOO!" after Kai's apparent death (and, shortly after, a variation which just has her screaming Kai's name).
Deadly Upgrade: Nariko trades in her longsword for the Heavenly Sword after being cornered by Bohan and his army. It ends the way you'd expect given the trope and the sword's well-documented history of eventually causing its wielder to die in excruciating pain.
Improbable Aiming Skills: Due to the implementations of the sixaxis controller, Kai is a damn good shot, depending on the player.
Improbable Weapon User: Nariko, though the Heavenly Sword is alive, so its improbability may be justified. Far stranger is her ability to steer corpses and other improvised weapons in midair after throwing them or shooting them. Kai can do much the same thing with her arrows.
Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Subverted with Bohan, who seems incompetent and acts like a complete goofball more often than not, but routinely performs monstrous acts in order to further his own ambitions.
Played a bit straighter with his son Roach.
Ink-Suit Actor: Bohan looks exactly like an older, more scarred-up Andy Serkis. All of the other main characters resemble their voice/motion actors in some way, too.
Ironic Name: Nariko is a Japanese name that means "Gentle Child". She's anything but.
Kick the Dog: Bohan does most of the kicking, and the dog is usually named Roach.
Kill the Cutie: Averted. Kai turns out to still be alive after her presumed death.
No Indoor Voice: Most of Flying Fox's lines are yelled at the top of his voice. In fact, one of the few times he doesn't yell is when he's dying.
No One Could Survive That: Kai is hung by her neck after being dropped from a great height, and presumably dies instantly. As it turns out, she's still very much alive, though weakened. Overlaps with No One Should Survive That, since that type of injury should cause instant death, or at least asphyxiation, and no explanation is given as to why it doesn't.
Le Parkour: The player can make Kai vault over several types of obstacles, which comes in handy when she has to evade enemies in a maze of random junk.
Pet the Dog: As Bohan is lying on the battlefield - defeated, broken, weakened and blinded - Roach, still ever-loyal, comes to his aid. Up until this point, Bohan's interactions with Roach have consisted of little but verbal, physical and psychological abuse towards him, but, this time, it seems that, deep down, he does care for Roach in his own way: "Roach... is that you? My son..."
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: If she weren't already dead, Nariko could probably stop wars just by showing up and glaring a little bit. She's that scary given that she literally tore through an army to get at the last person who pissed her off.
Start of Darkness: One of the animated shorts details how Bohan got to be King (unsurprisingly, it involved poisoning the guy before him).
Stay in the Kitchen: Nariko's clan despises her for being born female, as their prophecy specifies that only a male child is destined to protect the Heavenly Sword. Her father even went so far as to attempt to kill her while she slept for this unpardonable offense, but was unable to bring himself to do it. Her clan continues to treat her like crap even after she's saved their lives numerous times at great personal risk.
Stealth Hi/Bye: Flying Fox tends not to stay in one place during any conversation, but we never see him move.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Bohan rather cruelly does this to Whiptail after she's been defeated by Nariko - she lies on the floor, impaled by the Heavenly Sword, whimpering to him that she's scared, he leans in to kiss her... and then casually snaps her neck, before brutally yanking the sword out of her body and tossing her body aside.
The Raven Lord gives Bohan the same treatment after he loses to Nariko in the Final Battle. The Raven pecks out Bohan's eyes while he's pleading for mercy and another chance before flying away.