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Watch Heavenly Sword running at 4K and 60 fps in the RPCS3 emulator

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The RPCS3 emulator continues being regularly updated, and some of those updates have made console exclusives playable on PC. Games like Demon's Souls (opens in new tab), Skate 3 (opens in new tab), and Dante's Inferno (opens in new tab) have all made the leap to our platform of choice, and so has Heavenly Sword. 

This hack-and-slash spectacle fighter from Ninja Theory, developers of DmC and Hellblade, was released in 2007 as a PlayStation 3 exclusive. A planned sequel was cancelled after disappointing sales, though it did pick up a cult following and was adapted into a CG movie. In the game Andy Serkis plays the villain? I don't know what else to tell you about this deeply seven-out-of-ten QTE action-adventure.

The emulated version previously suffered from an "out of video memory" crash, which has now been fixed. Its broken shadows, which moved with the camera, have also been fixed as demonstrated in the video above. If you don't have a DualShock 3 or 4 you'll need to turn off the Sixaxis motion controls, which were used for aiming, and then you'll be able to revisit 2007 on your PC.

That video shows it running at 60 fps, which is possible with a custom configuration and a monster rig, but it'll probably be a lot easier to get running at its original 30 fps. 

Jody Macgregor
Jody Macgregor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was published in 2015, he edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and actually did play every Warhammer videogame.