Review: Boreal Blade (Nintendo Switch)

Boreal Blade

Boreal Blade is a team-based melee fighting game with a focus on player vs player combat, combining reactionary and tactical gameplay with extraordinary freedom to variate your attacks and develop your unique fighting style.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 1.0gb download size.
  • Melee combat gameplay.
  • Touchscreen support.
  • Camera settings-distance, height, and player offset angle.
  • Crosshair-set for swords/spear/throw.
  • Motion control support with sensitivity sliders.
  • Headphone mode.
  • Invert axis and sensitivity sliders.
  • Always pick up options set for none/weapons/items/all.
  • Character creator-gender/voice/head/body/skin tone/hair/hair color/facial decor/facial decor color/emblem/helmet dye/chest armour dye/gloves dye/leg armour dye.
  • Optional repeatable tutorial.
  • Modes-online/local wireless/training hall.
  • Game modes-duel/Boreal claim/Boreal battle/deathmatch/team death match.
  • Spectator mode.
  • Punishes button masher.
  • Game of skill patience.
  • Different blade/weapon types.
  • Actions-attack/feint/roll/dodge/block/charge attacks.
  • No lock on to keep it fair.
  • Motion controls are really well done.
  • Fun but brutal.

Boreal Blade

Cons:

  • No explanation of what each mode is.
  • Matchmaking times can take a while.
  • The spectator cam is not good.
  • Small levels.
  • Games can last ages.

Boreal Blade

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

Boreal Blade is an excellent melee combat game that takes the Mordhau formula and scales it back to a tighter team-based focus. The tutorial has you jump straight in and answers enough questions to get you going, the rest comes with experience. It uses a combat system that for honor players will be familiar with, you have an arrow showing your trajectory, and can freely move it with a wiggle of the stick. Yes, the game is tough, even more so at the beginning as you have a lot to take in and learn and it’s a brutal way to learn but the reward is satisfying combat and when you kill someone it’s amazing. Boreal Blade takes parts of other games and brings them together for a unique one of a kind experience. A must play on the Nintendo Switch and do not overlook motion controls. For me, this is a snackable Mordhau.

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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