Review: Blade Strangers (Nintendo Switch)

A malevolent force known only as Lina is devouring data from a vast, interdimensional network of servers overseen by sentient computers called “motes”. In desperation, the motes summon heroes from a variety of parallel game worlds to face off against each other in one-on-one combat. The tournament victor has the potential to be awakened as the Blade Stranger—the savior who can vanquish Lina and protect the motes from further harm!

Pros:

  • Anime graphics.
  • 2.0GB Download size.
  • 2D fighter gameplay.
  • Anime cutscenes.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Seven modes- Story, Missions, Arcade, VS, Training and online.
  • Training mode- Moving, Basic attack, Skill attack, Other skills, DFF, Throws recovery, Combos and heat up scenarios.
  • Five difficulties- Super easy, Easy, Normal, Hard and expert.
  • Rounds 1-5.
  • Online Leaderboards.
  • Online- Host or search.
  • Three types of online matches- Stealth (Unranked and info hidden), Casual (unranked, info sent) and League (ranked and info sent) Info refers to your stats basically so how many wins and losses you have.
  • Missions- Challenge mode and survival mode.
  • Profile- Records, Plate and face settings.
  • Story- Each character has their own set of enemies.
  • 14 Base characters.
  • Cameos a plenty- Shovel Knight, Gunvolt, Lina and Issac and Quote.
  • Pro controller support.
  • Simplified button layout. You only use 4 buttons which makes it a lot more approachable for newcomers.
  • Arcade style pop-ups.
  • Combo counter.
  • Playing in arcade mode, Has online match interruptions option.
  • Each character has their own “Home” stage.
  • Fast gameplay.
  • Feels very balanced.
  • Fun to play.

Cons:

  • No touchscreen support.
  • The story mode is very short and lacks any real reason to even bother.
  • Some won’t like how watered down and simplified the fighting actually is.
  • Few instances of slowdown.
  • Online games are not that easy to get. Slow connection times and little population.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.4/10

Summary

Fighting games have always had a layer of complexity to them, Whether it be learning the combos or figuring out how all the buttons work, Blade Strangers takes all that away by incorporating a very simple 4 button control scheme. This allows new players to easily get into the fight, But it is clever in that even veteran fighting fans can get a lot of mileage out of it. It is actually very clever how four buttons can have so many variations. Ok so back to the game and training mode has a few scenarios but they are mere seconds long and not that helpful. The story mode is a joke, Really short and gives no real satisfaction you can and should just give that a miss. Online is great fun if you can get a game but I found it hard. Away from the actual modes, the strongest part is actually the most important part, The fighting and it works really well here. Blade Strangers is a fighting game you buy for local and online fighting as all the other modes are unnecessary.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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