Stray Blade Review (PlayStation 5)

For Stray Blade Review, we try out an action adventure where you play a rogue Adventurer exploring the ancient Valley of Acrea with your companion, the Xhinnon wolf Boji. Unveil the history of the forgotten valley and master the powers of the three Acrean Metals to restore balance to this war-torn land.

Stray Blade Review Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 9.27GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Five difficulties – Custom, story, adventure, challenge, and Farren must die.
  • Difficulty modifiers – enemy health, enemy damage, enemy poise, poise regeneration speed, and enemy attack indicators.
  • Tutorials on/off option.
  • Controller settings – Invert axis and sensitivity sliders, along with rebind controls.
  • Male or female avatar and male or female voice, the game allows you to mix them up.
  • Action RPG gameplay.
  • Handrawn animated cutscenes and in-game.
  • Can skip cutscenes and interactions.
  • Pick berries to replenish health.
  • Button icon pop-ups.
  • Your character narrates his actions as you play.
  • Full 3D world complete with full 360 camera.
  • Energy works like stamina and is used when attacking, and replenishes over time.
  • Full inventory system.
  • All pieces of gear/equipment show stats and levels, made easier with red and green text.
  • Acrean shrines act as a checkpoint.
  • Enemies can drop loot.
  • Customizable gear with color palettes.
  • Combat requires a lot of learning patterns, dodges can be timed to allow an opening, and parrying with backstabbing is also mixed in.
  • Bright colourful world.
  • Collect resources from enemies, chests, and the world itself.
  • Blacksmith forges allow you to use resources to upgrade your equipment.
  • Find new colors/dyes for your equipment.
  • The world does allow you to find secret areas and explore a bit.
  • Execution moves.
  • Find blueprints for new armor and forging options.
  • The compass will (when pressed) appear around you showing objectives and direction.
  • Poise – parry and/or attack your way to deplete an enemy’s bar to stagger them.
  • Earn EXP and level up to get a skill point to put into the massive skill tree.
  • The glossary fills in as you encounter enemies, regions, items, etc.
  • You can equip teo weapons at one time and swap instantly with a button press.
  • Collectible pieces of art off the wall.
  • Each area has a Collectibles percentage.
  • Uses weapons and they (over time) unlock abilities and slots.
  • Boji is a kind of sidekick who tags along with you.
  • A rich living world with some beautiful locations.
  • Boji has his own skill tree and you get lore points from Collectibles to spend on it.
  • All new animations once you recruit Boji.

Stray Blade Review Cons:

  • The transitions to cutscenes are sharp and jarring.
  • The slight slowdown in places.
  • The combat is very clunky.
  • The parrying system is not easy to use and feels impossible at times.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • Never sure when the last save happened.
  •  Checkpoints don’t heal you.
  • The compass is not always perfect.
  • Conversations can still happen even if you are doing something else.
  • Guys can be hot and die in walls making it impossible to get the loot drop.
  • Stealth is very broken, no real tale tell sign it worked, the distance is hard to grasp and enemies seem to always sense you.
  • Dying seems to just reset the whole world.
  • Checkpoints are far apart meaning a lot of repetition.

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Stray Blade:

Official website.

Developer: Point Blank Games

Publisher: 505 Games

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  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10


A really good ARPG with beautiful locations and so much to do, Its biggest and only real letdown is the combat. The combat is just mashy and messy and it doesn’t feel good at any point. It’s such a shame as I really like the story they are telling and how they have paced out the gameplay styles to make it a more engaging experience. Stray Blade on the grand scale is a more beginner entry into the genre and that is in no way meant as a dig for it does a really good job of getting new players in but having enough meat on the bone for veterans to get a lot from the game.

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!