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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Graphics - 8/108/10
- Sound - 7/107/10
- Accessability - 8/108/10
- Length - 7/107/10
- Fun Factor - 7/107/10
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.