YMMV / Heavenly Sword

  • Awesome Music: The entire soundtrack.
  • Memetic Mutation: Hat + Gong = Door opens! Also, Kai loves fireworks.
    • Also, "We may need you to play twing-twang" leaps into mind.
  • Les Yay: Kai and Nariko
  • Moral Event Horizon: Flying Fox killed Kai's mother, then had her stuffed, mounted and put on display. Years later, he shows Kai his handiwork.
  • Narm: The voice acting in the movie is horrible, compared to the game. Even worse is that even Anna Torv, who reprises her role as Nariko, gives an almost wooden like performance. The only one who seems to be trying is Alfred Molina as Bohan.
  • Player Punch: Sort of. The scene in which Flying Fox, after spending a portion of the game gleefully tormenting Kai, captures her and then proceeds to hang her by the neck from a really big height (apparently killing her in the process), deliberately doing it as Nariko watches is just plain upsetting. Nariko's anguished screams at Kai's apparent death really serve to make the moment hit even harder (but don't worry, Kai gets better).
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Using the Sixaxis to control projectiles in mid-flight. Yech. What's worse is there's no option to change it to the control stick, which ultimately makes a few levels utterly headache inducing. Special mention to Dawn Siege, which has you trying to shoot teeny tiny targets on catapults using a cannon: twelve targets in all between the three of them.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending. Also, the moment in which Bohan is lying, helpless and blinded, while Roach runs to his aid, telling him that he's going to take care of him and begging Nariko to "please let me take him home" qualifies.
    • The apparent death of Kai.
      • Nariko's death too.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome / Uncanny Valley: People tend to see the extensive use of motion capturing and lip syncing in the game as either absolutely stunning or uncomfortably mechanical.
  • The Woobie: Roach, a rare villainous example. Kai, as well.